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.”
Refusals by athletes from Islamic countries to compete against Israelis is nothing new. At the end of last month, however, a different scenario unfolded. At a competition in Malta, an Algerian swimmer, Abdullah Ardjoun did compete against an Israeli — and was severely reprimanded by his country despite winning the gold medal.
Scheduled archaeological digs carried out at Givat HaTitora in Modi’in — halfway between Israel’s capital city, Jerusalem, and the coastal city of Tel Aviv — a surprise treasure trove was uncovered in the form of bronze and silver jewelry dating back 900 years.
The organizers of this year’s 17th annual conference added another aspect of Israel’s security: the strategic importance of Christian Zionism.
When the 19th annual Pride Parade was held on the streets of Tel Aviv in the name of celebrating pluralism and “bisexual visibility,” it attracted 200,000 participants — including 30,000 from abroad — and was billed as the largest procession of its kind in the Middle East and Asia.