A visitor to Jerusalem's Old City will find eight gates, each with it's own history. Four of the main gates were constructed according to the four directions of compass. One of the gates is sealed awaiting the return of the Messiah and the end of days...
It has been few years now since my first and last visit to Jerusalem. As I sat across the Western Wall on that warm summer evening and watched my surroundings with mixed emotions, one thing has become clear: This was a special moment in my life, one I would always remember and cherish...
"Der Judenstaat" or "The Jewish State" is a small book published in 1986 in Vienna, Austria. The author of the book was the father of modern Zionism, Theodor Herzl. In the book he outlined his reasoning for the need to reestablish the historic Jewish state. This book is still very much relevant today...
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950BCE - King Solomon builds a Temple, which becomes the principal center for religious and spiritual life of Israel. It is situated at the place were Abraham is believed was prepared to sacrifice his son Isaac.
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U.S. law requires that the Secretary of State has to provide Congress, by April 30th of each year, a full and complete report on terrorism with regard to those countries & groups meeting criteria set forth in the legislation. This annual report is titled Country Reports on Terrorism.
As reported by the Jerusalem Post, a group of Italian academics is circulating an online petition demanding that institutes of higher learning sever all cooperation with the Haifa-based Technion Institute for what they claim is its complicity in Israel’s military rule over the Palestinians.It is puzzling to say least, that at the time when Europe is flooded by millions of refugees from Syria and other Muslim countries that the distingleshed academics find time go call for a boycott of the Institution and a country that has nothing to do with it. >>>
There is a self-imposed mental block with most Western news organizations and many politicians, including our president, when they speak about terrorism emanating from the Muslim world. They either never use word associations such an Islamic terrorism or if they do use the word Islam in their speech, it must be followed by the mandatory add-on sentence “otherwise peaceful religion”. >>>
The war in Syria is a perfect example of how difficult it is for any political settlement to take place when you have a proxy war between the major powers in the region. Syrian people are paying for it in blood with over 160 thousand dead, millions displaced and currently living in the tent cities in the neighboring countries. For decades the Arab-Israeli conflict masked the real major problem in the Middle East. It’a Shia vs. Sunny enmity. >>>
On 9/7/ of 2012, CNN run a story about an 8 year old Syrian girl named Rena, who was shot in the face by the Syrian army sniper while playing in her mother’s lap. Her relatives rushed her to the hospital through the sniper ally risking their own lives in the process. In the video you can see her on the hospital bed gesturing with her hands pleading for help. That hart-wrenching scene would make even the most cynical viewer cringe. >>>
At the time when Israel celebrates the Day of Independence the Palestinians and the rest of the Arab world commemorate the event by mourning the birth of the Jewish state. There is word for it in Arabic called Nakba or Catastrophe. It is also brought up every time the question comes up about the right of return of Arab refugees and their descendants, numbering around four million people, back to Israel. >>>
The Hamas controlled Al-Aqsa TV reported on May 30th, a day before the incident, that flotilla commander said 'We will not allow the Zionists to get near us and we will use resistance against them". How will they wage resistance? "They will resist with their fingernails. They are people who seek Martyrdom for Allah, as much as they want to reach Gaza, but the Martyrdom is more desirable" noted the commentator. >>>
When dealing with Arab-Israeli conflict, the most frequently quoted historic document is UN Resolution 242. The Security Council unanimously voted for this document on November 22, 1967. As a result of the Six Day War, Israel ended up with the Sinai, Golan Heights, West Bank and East Jerusalem under their control. They were willing to negotiate the settlement that would produce a peace in the region, but the Arabs shot that opportunity down during the Khartoum Conference where they refused to negotiate with Israel. >>>