New From Israel – November 29, 2017

No. 65, November 29, 2017

Inside Israel

2 injured in Gush Etzion terror attack. An Arab terrorist carried out a combined ramming and stabbing attack in Gush Etzion, leaving two Israelis injured, including one in serious condition. The terrorist then attempted to stab a soldier and was shot and neutralized by the security forces at the scene.

Dozens arrested in Haredi anti-draft protests. About 40 ultra-Orthodox Jews from the radical Jerusalem Faction arrested in violent protests throughout the country over the court’s decision to jail several yeshiva draft dodgers. The protesters blocked several main roads and highways in Jerusalem and the Bnei Brak area of Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu questioned for 6th time in corruption probeThe questioning focused mainly on Case 1000, the “gifts affair,” in which it is suspected that the prime minster received expensive gifts from various businessmen. “It is allowed – according to the law – to receive gifts from friends,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset in January.

Majority of Israel’s Arabs ‘proud’ to be Israeli. The vast majority of Israel’s Arabs, 73 percent, feel a sense of belonging in the Jewish state and 60 percent are proud to be Israelis, according to a new poll. 37 percent say they are “not proud.”

New national nursing care insurance plan unveiled. “We are making one promise: not to leave any citizen without nursing coverage. This is the generation that built the country. We have a duty to them, and we will not abandon them,” the Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon said. Among the key provisions of the plan are: an increase in home nursing care hours, house calls by doctors and nurses, full coverage of the cost for people over 60.


IDF Chief of Staff: Israel willing to share intelligence with Saudis. Gadi Eisenkot has offered to share Israeli intelligence about Iran with Saudi Arabia, in remarks published in a rare interview with a Saudi newspaper. “Under US President Donald Trump there is an opportunity to form a new international alliance in the region,“ he said.

US backtracks on decision to close Palestinian office in DC. The Trump administrationbacktracked on its decision to order the Palestinians’ office in Washington to close, instead saying it would merely impose limitations on the office for 90 days. Earlier, US officials said the Palestine Liberation Organization mission couldn’t stay open because the Palestinians had violated a provision in US law requiring the office to close if the Palestinians try to get the International Criminal Court to prosecute Israelis.

US Congressmen trying to prevent Israel from arresting teen terrorists. 12 Democratic members of Congress have introduced a bill to prevent US aid to Israel from being used to arrest Palestinian terrorists who are under the age of 18. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Betty McCollum (D-Minn.), characterizes young terrorists merely as “Palestinian children” and contends that their arrest by the Israeli army constitutes “abuse.”

Christian support for Israel.  At the 36th annual “A Night to Honor Israel” event in San Antonio, Christian Zionists donated over $2.1 million to 16 Israeli and Jewish non-profits. One of the beneficiaries was Saad v’Marpe (Relief and Healing) whose 700 Hassidic volunteers help patients and their families.

Culture and Lifestyle

WATCH: The inspiring story of Ethiopian-born Miss Israel. Yityish Titi Aynaw, Ethiopian-born Miss Israel 2013, once dreamed of coming home to Israel. Now she is living her dream and advocating for the Jewish state.

Israel’s ‘Culinary DNA’ unites the three Abrahamic faiths. “The culinary scene in Israel unites people. We have citizens who came from all over the world and we have chefs that are Jews, Arabs, Christians, other religions, and I think it’s amazing,” said an organizer of a culinary festival.

10 reasons to get excited about Israel’s newest airport. The brand new Ilan and Asaf Ramon International Airport, located 18 kilometers north of Eilat, will be opening in a few months. The airport is expected to encourage more cheap flights to a range of European destinations, including Milan, Budapest and Berlin. The new airport can also be used as a backup for the Ben Gurion airport in case of emergencies.

Science and Technology

Israeli remote-controlled space lab docks at International Space Station. The world’s first remote space lab, developed by Israel and conducted remotely by researchers on Earth, came on board the International Space Station. All the testing is directly controlled by researchers on Earth through a website. Results, images and data will be sent directly to them in real time, so they will be able to change parameters or even re-run tests if certain variables or conditions aren’t met.

Israeli High Tech leads the world! During the 3rd quarter of 2017, foreign acquisition of Israeli startups reached $1.7B, a 17-year-old quarterly record. In 2017, investment in autonomous car startups is more than double the 2016 totals. While Silicon Valley is a known hotspot for autonomous driving, Israel is a pretty solid No. 2 for startup deals.

Britain purchases Iron Dome technology. Advanced technology used in the Israeli-made Iron Dome missile defense system is purchased by Britain for 78 million pounds to protect the Falkland Islands from Argentina.

In Depth

Assertive booklets for pro-Israel students. A new series of pamphlets published by the Israeli Foreign Ministry aim to give ammunition to pro-Israel activists on American campuses. The series includes four booklets, entitled “The Jewish Settlements,” “A Century of Terror,” “The Quest for Peace” and “The Wonder of Israel”