In an early-morning raid on homes and antiquities stores in the Jerusalem suburb, security forces seized cash, artifacts and other valuable items that implicate the suspects in a smuggling scandal of titanic proportions.
In the wake of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s relationship-building visits to Africa beginning last summer, many African countries, even some with a Muslim majority and leadership, have started to warm up to the idea of diplomatic ties with the Jewish state.
The end is almost in sight for the controversial and ongoing saga of the soldier who was convicted of manslaughter for shooting and killing an already neutralized terrorist in March 2016.
Of the many non-commanded biblical feast and fast days commemorated in Judaism, Tisha b’Av is the most somber. Literally translated as the ninth day of Av, which is the fourth month in the Jewish calendar, Tisha b’Av is the only holy day to fall in the northern hemisphere’s summer.
In 2017, the ninth of Av falls on Aug. 1 and just days before this mournful day on the Jewish calendar, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced new discoveries from the time of Nebuchadnezzar II that definitively confirm the biblical accounts of that fateful calamity in Israel’s history.
A video uploaded to YouTube earlier this month that shows the host asking random members of the Israeli public what they think of Messianic Jews seems to indicate that Israelis are generally okay with Jews who believe in Yeshua.
In recent weeks, it has come to light that the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate sold hundreds of acres of land in Israel to foreign buyers.
Since the fateful attack on the Temple Mount in which two Druze-Israeli police officers were slain by Mulsim terrorists, there has been a surge in tensions between Muslim and Druze citizens within their communities in Israel.
In addition to plans to overhaul the infrastructure of non-Jewish neighborhoods in east Jerusalem, there has been a call to upgrade Arab schools in that area and a demand for additional funding for their education.
Israel is not exempt from this contentious topic. Being the only majority Jewish state in the world, the concept of “church” is replaced by “synagogue.”