IDF to add new Star Wars defense against missiles and drones with lasers
February 2, 2022 — The news also comes as Israel and other nations in the region have continued to conduct joint naval exercises to further preparations for defense. Israel is not alone in its concerns regarding Iran, a motivating factor that has helped push nations to cooperate together through the Abraham Accords and other initiatives in the Middle East.
Upcoming Amnesty International report blasted for antisemitic bias
January 31, 2022 — The Amnesty International UK report attacks Israel using similar themes of “progressives” in US and European political movements that seek to undermine the Jewish state. However, as the recent Abraham Accords have shown, Israel continues to build its relationships with neighbors in the Middle East that show its diverse government and economy that seeks to improve the region for all peoples.
Bipartisan group of US lawmakers urges Blinken to end UN commission on Israel
January 28, 2022 — “COI’s mandate is designed to accelerate the political, economic, and legal challenges to Israel and undermine its legitimacy by pressuring international legal institutions to take action against Israeli leaders,” a bipartisan letter “COI’s mandate is designed to accelerate the political, economic, and legal challenges to Israel and undermine its legitimacy by pressuring international legal institutions to take action against Israeli leaders,” said a bipartisan letter by 42 lawmakers to Secretary of State Blinken. The letter doesn't mention Israel's right to defend itself.
New TikTok feature introduced to address Holocaust misinformation
January 27, 2022 — The change was announced on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the date that marks the liberation of Auschwitz. “Hateful behavior of any kind is incompatible with our values and the inclusive environment we are building at TikTok. We condemn antisemitism in all its forms and deploy a combination of technologies and moderation teams to remove antisemitic content and accounts from our platform, including Holocaust denial or any other form of hate speech directed at the Jewish community,” TikTok said in an announcement.
President Herzog to make historic visit to UAE next week
January 26, 2022 — “We have the privilege of making history by making the first visit by an Israeli president to the United Arab Emirates. This important visit comes as the Israeli and Emirati nations are busy laying the foundations of a new shared future,” Herzog said. The president's itinerary includes stops in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and representing Israel at Dubai Expo 2020.
Police investigating hundreds of antisemitic flyers distributed to Miami Beach homes
January 25, 2022 — The incident occurred just a week after a terrorist took four Jewish congregants hostage at the Beth Israel Congregation synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, during a Sabbath service. The incident developed into a more than 10-hour standoff that ended with the terrorist shot dead and the hostages released. The past week also saw a New York woman arrested for allegedly spitting on Jewish children. The woman also reportedly told the children they “should have been killed in the Holocaust,” in an incident that took place outside the Kehal Tiferes Avrohom Ziditshov Orthodox synagogue.
Israel considers airlifting Ukrainian Jews as Russian invasion threat grows
January 24, 2022 — The potential concerns could impact up to approximately 75,000 Jews in Ukraine. One option under discussion would be an airlift of eligible Jews to Israel. A similar move took place in the 1990s when thousands of Jews were airlifted from Addis Ababa in Ethiopia when the city fell during a time of war.
Abraham Accords progress report shows massive gains under new agreement
January 21, 2022 — The remarkable endeavors of 2021 have shown the tremendous benefits of peace between Israel and some of its Middle East neighbors. The future may hold even stronger developments as the nations in the Accords continue to develop partnerships, and potential new nations consider joining in with the agreement.
Bennett said to have proposed a Russia-Ukraine summit in Jerusalem last year
January 20, 2022 — The Ukrainians first broached the idea of a summit in Israel with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last spring, when Russia was massing troops on the border, but it never gained much traction. Netanyahu’s administration mentioned the idea in April 2021 to Russia, a plan the Bennett administration’s leaders have now attempted to restart. However, Russia’s leadership reportedly turned down the offer.
Bennett encourages world leaders to end investments in Iran
January 19, 2022 — “Investing in Iran is not a sound investment, whether there is a deal or not a deal. Their economy is tanking. The rial is depreciating. They are so incompetent that they are not able to get water to faucets in huge swaths of land, for example in the Isfahan area,” Bennett said during his online address to the world leaders.
Iran’s Supreme Leader banned from Twitter following video of simulated Trump assassination
January 18, 2022 — The video portrayed Trump playing golf with former US secretary of state Mike Pompeo and other people near his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida. The video noted, “Soleimani’s murderer and the one who gave the order will pay the price.” The post shared by Khamenei is not the only threat against Trump from Iran in recent days. On January 3, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi also threatened both Trump and Pompeo in a speech marking the two-year anniversary of Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani’s execution by US drones.
Hostage standoff at Texas synagogue ends with hostages freed, terrorist dead
January 17, 2022 — A British-born jihadist terrorist entered the Beth Israel Synagogue in Colleyville, Texas, on Saturday during services and held the rabbi and three worshipers hostage for nearly 11 hours, before an FBI hostage-rescue SWAT team from Washington rescued them unharmed and the terrorist was dead.