Author: Gideon

MOSSAD

The renegade Mossad agent who drove Israel and Syria to the brink of war

Yehuda Gil in the early 1960s By Gideon Early on the morning of September 1, 1996, the Israeli military began preparing for a war with Syria they were convinced was imminent. The Israelis had received top-secret intelligence from a Syrian general and informant code-named Red Falcon, recruited 23 years earlier by Mossad spy Yehuda Gil—himself known […]

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JERUSALEM HISTORY
JEWISH RELIGION

Josiah – The King who placed Jerusalem in the center

By Gideon From the bible, from writings by non-Jews who lived in the ancient world, and from archeological digs, we know that prior to King Josiah’s rule , the Israelites (ancient Jews) worshiped other gods in addition to the Jewish G-d Yahweh (יַהְוֶה‬ in Hebrew).  Before his rule, Jerusalem was only one city out of many […]

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IDF
REVIEWS

The Real Fauda

By Gideon Aaron Cohen is an American-born Israeli soldier who served in Duvdevan, a top-secret Israeli special forces unit during the difficult days that followed the 2nd Intifiada, when suicide bombers were sent into Israel in waves to kill as many Israeli civilians as possible. Aaron unit’s Duvdevan was Israel’s answer to these terror attacks. Aaron […]

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ISRAELI NEWS
JEWISH NEWS

The Boca Parliament Brings Israelis Together

by Amit Tirosh On December 13th, 2015, the Israeli community of Boca Raton, Florida and the surrounding area was invited to a special gathering, one which they had yet to witness before. The keynote speaker was a former Israeli Air Force Apache pilot who survived a devastating, mile-high crash during The Second Lebanon War that […]

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MUSIC

What is Kululam? מה זה קולולם

Kululam is an Israeli social-musical initiative aimed at bringing together people from all corners of the diverse, multi-cultural Israeli society.  קולולם הינו מיזם מוזיקלי חברתי. המיזם נוצר על מנת להפגיש אנשים מכל קצוות הקשת החברתית הישראלית על שלל גווניה. 

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WAR

The Israel-Iran War – The New Cold War

By Gideon This article follows the article  A Stolen Russian fighter Jet, America, Israel, and a Cold War , which told the story of how Israel  helped America during the Vietnam war, and the article Israel’s Role in the New Cold War. Imagine a scenario when Russia arms Iran and Assad’s Syrian forces with the most sophisticated weapon systems that include […]

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WAR

How close did Israel come to nuclear war in 1973? כמה ישראל היתה קרובה להתקפה גרעינית במלחמת יום כיפור

בסרטון הראשון הדובר מציג באנגלית את הדובר של הסרטון השני ששמו סיני שהיה יועץ קרוב לשר גלילי יועצה של גולדה מאיר בסרטון השני בעברית עם תרגום באנגלית, סיני מספר על הפגישה שבה דיין הציע לממשלה להפגין את כוחה הגרעיני The first video is an introduction in English. The speaker presents the credentials of the speaker […]

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ISRAELI NEWS

דלת ברזל אחת

שישה ישראלים מוצאים את עצמם לכודים בשגרירות ישראל בקהיר, כשרק דלת ברזל אחת מפרידה בינם לבין מאות אלפי מפגינים זועמים. לראשונה בטלוויזיה, ראש הממשלה, ראש השב”כ וראש המוסד חושפים את אירועי הלילה הדרמטי

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DIPLOMACY

Israel’s Role in the New Cold War

By Gideon The most recent missile attack by Great Britain, France, and the United States on Syria, a close Russian ally, is the latest chapter in the New Cold War that is developing between NATO countries, and Russia and its allies. The missile attack followed the March 2018 expulsion of Russian diplomats from the US and […]

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MUSIC

Two special Israeli songs by IIftach Kerzner

By Gideon The melody and lyrics of the two songs highlighted here were written by IIftach Kerzner. In 2006,  during the 2nd Lebanon War, two Israeli Air Force pilots were killed when their Apache Longbow hlicopter crashed near Tzfat while on a combat mission. The two pilots were Colonel Zvi Luft, 42 and Second Lieutenant Tom Farkash, […]

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IDF
MILITARY

A Stolen Russian fighter Jet, America, Israel, and a Cold War

  MiG -21 By Gideon In the early years of the Vietnam war American fighter pilots were losing the air-to-air battle over Vietnam. In the mid 1960s the “Kill Ratio” over the Vietnamese sky  was in favor of  North Vietnam . The North Vietnamese pilots flew the advanced Russian MiG-21 fighter jet, and the older MiG-17. American […]

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JEWISH WOMEN
SPOTLIGHT

Gal Gadot: How I Became Wonder Woman

Gal Gadot chats with Jimmy Fallon about nearly giving up on acting before Zack Snyder secretly gave her a chance at Wonder Woman and how she hid her baby bump during filming.

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REVIEWS

Book Review: The Tin Horse

By Gideon The Tin Horse is a “first” in my books review list in three categories: It is the first fiction book that I’m writing and publishing a review for. It is the first book ever, that I was so intrigued to know how it ended, that after reading few chapters, I fast-forwarded to the end of the […]

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LEADERS

“The Rebbe” – The Great Chabad Rabbi Menachem Mendel Schneerson

Rabbi Schneerson was born April 18, 1902 in Nikolayev, Ukraine. His father, Rabbi Levi Yitzchock Schneerson, was a renowned scholar, while his mother, Rebbitzen Chana Schneerson, was an aristocratic women from a prestigious rabbinic family. He had two younger brothers, Dovber and Yisroel aryeh Leib. When Menachem Mendel was five years old, the  family moved to Dnepropetrovsk, where his father was appointed chief rabbi. Menachem Mendel displayed prodigious […]

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LEADERS

Who was the Rambam (Maimonides)

Moses, son of Maimon, (Rambam in Hebrew, Abu Imram Musa Ibn Maimun in Arabic and Maimonides in Greek) was born in Cordova, Spainon March 30, 1135 corresponding to Passover eve of the Hebrew year 4895. His mother died in childbirth and consequently his father Dayan (judge) raised him. Persecution by the Almochades (Almoravids), a fanatical […]

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LIFE SAVERS

Chiune Sugihara – The Japanese Spy that Saved Jews in WWII

Today, there are over a hundred thousand decedents of the Jews saved by Chiune Sugihara and Jan Zwartendijk. Despite being a member of the Axis powers during World War II, Japan was considered to be a safe place for Jews fleeing from the horrors of the Holocaust.  In 1938, a resolution was passed by a high government […]

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HISTORY

King Herod The Great- The Unpopular Jewish King

King Herod (B.C. 73–B.C. 4) increased the land he governed from Judea to parts of modern Jordan, Lebanon and Syria constructing fortresses, aqueducts and amphitheaters and earned him the title ‘Herodes Magnus’, Herod the Great. Herod’s rule marked a new beginning in the history of Judea. Judea had been ruled autonomously by the Hasmonean kings from 140 BCE until […]

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JEWISH NEWS

The exodus of the Soviet Jews

By Gideon Soviet Jews suffered from intense descrimination against them fueld by strong antisemitic beliefs of their gentile neighbors. They suffered physical abuse. In schools and work places they were discriminated against regularly. They were sent to prisons and labor camps in Siberia. They suffered daily humiliation. Sometimes Jewish people in the Soviet Union were murdered […]

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JEWISH NEWS

Albanians and Jews in WW2

Although Albania was under Nazi occupation, there were more Jews in Albania at the end of WW2 than when the war started. In a short interview at the AIPAC 2018  convention, the prime minister of Albania, Edi Rama, tells how Albanians saved Jews. Watch video below.

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DIPLOMACY

Nikki Haley’s wonderful pro-Israeli speech at AIPAC 2018

“Nikki, I love you” people at the audience interrupted Nikki’s speech and she responded “I love you too”. In a heartwarming speech Nikki Haley reassured the audience that America stands with Israel. A must-see video. Click “Play” below

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IDF

How Israel prepares for the next war

IDF Cheif of Staff Gadi Eizenkut with IDF commanders in a field excercise By Gideon The following article is based on public statements by Israeli defense experts, internet defense news outlets, but most of all it is based on my wild imagination. Most wars between Israel and its enemies start without any advance warning, just like […]

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HOLIDAYS

The Jewish holiday PURIM

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It is customary to hold carnival-like celebrations on Purim, to perform plays and parodies, and to hold beauty contests. Americans sometimes refer to Purim as the Jewish Mardi Gras. Purim is celebrated every year on the 14th of the Hebrew month of […]

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IDF Heroes

Becoming a Sayeret (IDF Special Forces) Combat Soldier

The following  is Michael’s memories  from  his training  with Israel’s elite forces in the 1960s, during one of Israel’s most difficult periods, when the small Israeli army faced much larger Arab forces.  Michael Pick fought in defense of Israel in the 1967 Six Day War, the 1973 Yom Kippur War, and many other military conflicts […]

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IDF Heroes

The Great Israeli fighter pilot – Ace of Aces – Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein

  Colonel Giora “Hawkeye” Epstein, today Giora Even , is a retired colonel in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) and a fighter ace credited with 17 victories, 16 against Egyptian jets, making Epstein the ace of aces of supersonic fighter jets and of the Israeli Air Force. Epstein was an active IAF pilot from 1963 until 1997, when he retired at age 59.  In […]

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IDF Heroes

Israeli War Heroes

By Gideon Note: The personal stories highlighted in this article are just the tip of the heroism iceberg displayed on the battlefield by Israeli soldiers. The stories are not organized in any specific order. One act of bravery cannot be compared to another. The Medal of Valor (Hebrew: עיטור הגבורה‎, Itur HaGvura) is the highest Israeli military decoration. To this day, forty […]

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SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight: Israel’s National Ice Hockey Team

by Gideon In the spirit of the ongoing olympic games in Korea, where the hockey games are taking a center stage, I’d like to shine the light on the Israeli national hockey team. Yes, Israel has a hockey team! The team almost made it to the 2018 Winter Olympic games. Below are some of the international […]

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IDF Heroes
MILITARY

The brave Israeli pilots and their mighty air force

  by Gideon A phone call woke me up very early this morning. It was my uncle in Israel. He called to tell me that sirens are going off in my old hometown in Northern Israel. The Israeli air force was battling Syrian (Russian made) surface-to-air missiles. One Israeli F-16 was hit. The two pilots ejected. […]

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ISRAELI NEWS

Best Wishes to the Israeli 2018 Winter Olympic Team

This year, Israel sent its largest delegation ever to the Winter Olympics. 10 Israeli athletes will compete in figure skating, alpine skiing, speed skating and skeleton. Best Wishes – Go Israel!!! Related Article: Jewish History and Sport

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SPOTLIGHT

Paul Warburg: The Story of a German-American Jewish banker and the American Banking System

by Gideon The Federal Reserve System, often referred to as the Federal Reserve or simply “the Fed,” is the central bank of the United States. It was created by the Congress to provide the nation with a safer, more flexible, and more stable monetary and financial system. The Federal Reserve was created on December 23, 1913, […]

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MUSIC

Elai Botner – A leading Israeli composer and songwriter

The multi talented Elai Botner is a leading Israeli composer, singer, songwriter and guitarist. These are some of his songs, performed by Ran Danker, Hadar Gold, Ohad Shragai, Tom Gefen, and Gal Lugasi. Elai Botner plays the lead guitar. Elai performs the song “Shavim” himself. A song that has a special meaning to him, as […]

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MUSIC

Idan Raichel – Ma’agalim עידן רייכל – מעגלים

By Gideon As a top Israeli song writer and performer, Idan Raichel needs no introduction. His hit song Ma’agalim is performed here in two ways: First as a live perfrmance Israeli TV, follwoed by an Israeli Folk Dance, choreographed for Ma’agalim. The lyrics of the song are shown below in three formats: in English, in Hebrew (English […]

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REVIEWS

Movie Review – In Search of Israeli Cuisine

by Gideon My interest in food is limited to eating it. I enjoy good food, but have little interest in how it is made. I don’t watch cooking shows. When I taste something really good I never ask for the recipe. The movie’s title caught my eye when I scanned the new arrivals category on Netflix. […]

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JEWISH RELIGION

Sex in Judaism

    by Gideon “Sex is the most powerful, all-pervasive force in human experience. It may be intensely personal, meaningful, and creative at one moment, and depersonalized, meaningless, and careless the next. Much of its glory is that it can bring us as close as we may get in life to experiencing the mystery of our […]

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MUSIC

Spotlight: Ofir Ben Shitrit an Israeli Singer

by Gideon In 2013, at the age of 17, Ofir Ben Shitrit, an Orthodox Jewish Israeli singer, won a 2nd place on Israel’s version of “The Voice,” a television singing competition. Ofir Ben Shitrit was suspended from her religious girls’ school for participating in the competition. Unintentionally she became a symbol of a modern Jewish Orthodox feminist heroine for […]

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REVIEWS

Book Review – They Dared Return: The Real Inglorious Bastards

by Gideon They Dared Return, is the heroic story of a small group of five Jews, naturalized American citizens, who escaped Europe just before WWII began, and returned to Nazi occupied Europe as American spies at the height of war. They volunteered to return to Nazi Germany to fight the enemy. As Jews and as spies, […]

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IDF

Israeli Military News – Web Publications

by Gideon The IDF remains in a state of readiness, prepared for every eventuality. These are few examples, collected from the web, about what the IDF has been doing lately. USAF aircraft fly above Israel during Juniper Falcon 2017 exercise (Photo: IDF) “A joint aerial exercise between the Israeli and US Air Forces, code-named “Juniper Falcon,” […]

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HISTORY

Jewish Contribution to the American Revolution

by Gideon During the American Revolution, most American Jews sided with George Washington. They gave their life and money to free America from British rule. The Jews who settled in the British colonies in America came for the promise of economic opportunity and for religious and social freedom, conditions that were virtually non-existent for them in […]

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HISTORY

Sinan -The Great Jewish Pirate

by Gideon Sinan was born in 1492 in Spain. He died in 1546 in the Ottoman Empire where he riched the rank Rank of Admiral of the fleet. Sinan was also known as the The Great Jew, Sinan the Chief, The Famous Jewish Pirate, and Sinan the Jew. *** In response to the Spanish Expulsion and to the terror that […]

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JEWISH NEWS

Exploring the Jewish Lower East Side Neighborhood of NYC

by Gideon The history of the American Jewish People goes through the Lower East Side neighborhood of New York City. It is the  neighborhood that many Jews called  home when they first arrived in America. Many of them came during the large immigration waves of the 19th and early 20th centuries. Large numbers of the Jewish […]

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MUSIC

Shlomi Shabat – Live

Shlomi Shabat is an Israeli vocalist who sings in the Mizrahi style. He was born in Israel to a family that immigrated from Turkey. He sings in Hebrew, Turkish, and Spanish. The following is a collection of You Tube clips with some of Shlomi’s best. With Yehuda Poliker In a live performance with his son, dedicating the […]

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IDF Heroes

General Haim Bar-Lev: The man who Israel trusted in time of need

by Gideon When I researched material for this article, I was surprised to learn how little information was available about the man who was called twice by the Israeli leadership to instill order and confidence during periods where Israel’s survival was at stake, when the country was on the verge of extinction. In time of need, the Israeli […]

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HISTORY

Chanel No. 5 and its Jewish history

  by Gideon In 1870, Ernest Wertheimer, a Jewish businessman, moved from Alsace, France, to Paris during the Franco-Prussian War. Shortly after his arrival he purchased an interest in a French theatrical makeup company called Bourjois. Bourjois successfully introduced dry rouge to the European market in the 1890s. The company grew rapidly, and by the early […]

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JEWISH NEWS

Jewish History and Sport

Embed from Getty Images Elie Klein (L) of Israel and Alejandro Rosette (R) of Mexico in action during a match between Mexico and Israel as part of the 2016 Ice Hockey World Championship in Mexico City.  The article Jewish History and Sport is dedicated to the Israeli National Hockey Team. by Gideon “…there has always been a […]

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FAITH

“Shema Israel” The ultimate manifestation of faith in Judaism

  By Gideon No other prayer defines the essence of Judaism more than the prayer called the Shema. Observant Jews consider the Shema to be the most important part of the prayer service in Judaism. Throughout the ages, the cry of Shema has always symbolized the ultimate manifestation of faith in the gravest situations. With the […]

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ZIONISM

Israeli Folk Dance (ריקודי עם)

By Gideon This article is dedicate to Steve  Weissman the Israeli folk dance instructor of Boca Raton, Florida, who has so much patience and talent that even I, a person with almost no talent for dancing, learned  to dance Israeli folk dances. “If you haven’t thought about Israeli dance since the last time you stumbled through a […]

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ISRAEL HI-TECH

Why investors pour money into Israel’s Hi-Tech industry

By Gideon When I originally posted the videos, I had no idea that two days later the largest ever hi-tech Israeli deal will take place, as described in the headline below. The recent news is just one more indicator that investors worldwide choose to spend vast amount of money in Israel.   To put it […]

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HISTORY

The 2001 Dolphinarium Massacre in Tel Aviv

By Gideon Twenty-one teenagers were killed and 132 were wounded on June 1st, 2001, in what was one of the most gruesome terrorist attacks in the nation’s history after suicide bomber Said Khutari made his way into the heart of a crowd of party-goers waiting in line outside the club, before blowing himself up. 16 of […]

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HISTORY

The war of the Jewish underground in Israel against the British Army 1945-1947

  British soldiers guarding the fenced off central bus station during the curfew imposed in Tel Aviv under martial law, 1947 By Gideon The Jewish insurgency involved paramilitary actions carried out by Jewish underground groups against the British forces and officials in Mandatory Eretz Israel between 1939 and 1948. The tensions between Jewish militant underground organizations […]

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HISTORY

The arrival of the modern Jewish pioneers (halutzim) in Eretz Israel

By Gideon The beginning of the modern Jewish return to Eretz Israel – the Land of Israel -, which laid the foundations for the establishment of the State of Israel, was the result of a combination of three causes: The age-old devotion of the Jews to their historic homeland The wave of pogroms in Russia The […]

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SPOTLIGHT

Jerusalem: Ramot Forest

by Shem Tov Sasson The other week, on the Friday before Tu B’Shvat, I went on a nice guided tour of the Ramot Forest in northwest Jerusalem with my friend Adam Ota. Provided by Ramot for the Environment, a group dedicated to preserving the natural areas outside the Ramot neighbourhoods, this trip was under the guidance […]

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DIPLOMACY

Nikki Haley delivers a pro Israeli speech in the UN – A must see video

By Gideon We haven’t heard such a pro-Israeli speech in the UN in a long long time. If you haven’t seen it yet,  watch it here. Haley’s speech is so different from the position that the Obama administration took just two months ago, when it allowed  the UN to condemn Israeli settlements. An act that was seen by […]

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EDITORIAL

HOW TO MAKE JEWISH PHILANTHROPY GO FURTHER

by Adam Milstein Jewish leaders and philanthropists are currently engaged in an intense and crucial debate. There is growing concern that Jews, particularly the next generation, are disconnecting from their Jewish heritage and from the state of Israel. The now infamous Pew Study, titled “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” found that approximately two-thirds of American Jewish millennials […]

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SPECIAL PLANTS

The history of grapes and their place in ancient religions

תהלים קד טו -וְיַיִן יְשַׂמַּח לְבַב אֱנוֹשׁ לְהַצְהִיל פָּנִים מִשָּׁמֶן וְלֶחֶם לְבַב אֱנוֹשׁ יִסְעָד Psalm 104:15  – wine that gladdens human hearts, oil to make their faces shine, and bread that sustains their hearts. The leader of the Second Revolt (132-135 CE) was Shim’on Bar Koseba. He was known as Bar Kochba, meaning “Son of the Star.” One of […]

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DIPLOMACY

Thank You President Trump!!!

By Gideon For eight years, every time that the prime minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu visited your predecessor President Obama in the White House, we had the feeling that Netanyahu wasn’t welcome there. The cold shoulder that Obama gave Israel was evident in the Iranian nuclear deal, and in the vote against Israel at the United nations, just […]

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SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight: David Friedman – The controversial designated US ambassador to Israel

  By Gideon The Senate is scheduled to hold a hearing on Friedman’s appointment by U.S. President Donald Trump this coming Thursday (February 16, 2017). Friedman advised Trump on Israel policy during the campaign and has left behind a long trail of statements indicating his views. The US ambassador to Israel post is one of the most […]

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MILITARY

Israel’s War Against The Iranian Missiles Threat

David’s Sling air-defense system   By Gideon Israel faces two major Iranian threats: Nuclear or chemical warheads launched form Iran, targeting heavily populated Israeli cities. Barrages of thousands of missiles at a time, equipped with conventional warheads, launched from Lebanon or Syria, targeting heavily populated Israeli cities. Israel is actively fighting against these threats: The most […]

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SPOTLIGHT

Spotlight: Daniel Raviv – An Engineering Professor With a Special Mission

  By Gideon Professor Daniel Raviv, a Technion graduate, has a mission: Making science more accessible and better understood by all people. A tall order, considering that the reaction of many people, when hearing the words “Math”  or “Physics”, is to run away in the other direction, believing that these subjects are so complicated that only […]

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