Joni Koski


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Joni has worked in education and management and has been a writer for Kehila News Israel since 2016. He holds an MBA, as well as teaching qualifications. He lives in the north of Israel with his family. Joni has worked in education and management and has been a writer for Kehila News Israel since 2016. He holds an MBA, as well as teaching qualifications. He lives in the north of Israel with his family.

Can Israel be both a democratic and Jewish state?

The highly charged debate over whether Israel can be both democratic and Jewish represents a clash of Western post-Christian, Islamic and Judeo-Christian world views.

Can the United Nations reform?

Trump promised “things will be different after Jan. 20” when he takes office. He is likely to be even more strident if the UN votes to divide Israel before President Barack Obama’s veto at the UN expires with his presidency on Jan. 20.

‘The stones will cry out:’ Hannukah bowl bolsters Jewish claims to land

The discovery of a 2,100 year-old stone bowl in Jerusalem inscribed with the name ‘Hyrcanus’ has just been revealed by the Israel Antiquities Authority, to coincide with Hanukkah - the bowl likely dating from the time of the original Hanukkah.

Silent Night, Holy Night, All is Calm All is Bright – in Bethlehem

The little town of Bethlehem is relatively peaceful and calm this Christmas as pilgrims and tourists are fully occupying hotels and guest houses, making the 5,000 local families who rely on the tourist trade thankful that “there is no room at the inn.”

Israelis rush to save Syrian children

The race is on to support Syrian child refugees before the freezing Middle Eastern winter truly bites - and Israelis are generously rushing to the aid of their neighbors in Syria, a nation known for its hostility to the Jewish state.

British PM stands up to PA over Balfour Declaration

In July, the Palestinian Authority unexpectedly announced plans to sue Britain in an International Court over perceived harmful repercussions on local Arabs of the 1917 Balfour Declaration, which laid out a vision for a future Jewish State in the Middle East. This week, British Prime Minister Theresa May nearly affirmed her unequivocal support for the Jewish state.

Netanyahu forges relations with Muslim allies in Central Asia

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is fulfilling his vision of developing regional relations during his current trip to oil-rich and Muslim majority nations, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan.
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Israel’s new F-35s: A ‘quantum leap in air dominance’

The much anticipated arrival today of two F-35 Lightning II aircraft at Nevatim Airforce base near Beersheva “represents a quantum leap in air dominance capability” according to American-based Lockheed Martin manufacturers.

Blessed are the Muslim peacemakers – repairing a synagogue in Haifa

Arab Muslim wood suppliers consoled a tearful rabbi in Northern Haifa by offering free help ad supplies in repairing a conservative synagogue.

Touché: Michael Oren responds to French labelling of products from Israeli “occupied” territories

France has just announced that products made in the historic Jewish homelands of Judea and Samaria, otherwise known as the West Bank, in addition to products from East Jerusalem and the Golan Heights, should be clearly labelled as such as a warning to consumers.

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