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Despite enduring decades of overwhelming challenges and tragedies, Israeli society is remarkably hopeful, resilient and compassionate. This tiny nation, founded by Holocaust survivors and refugees from around the world, never hesitates to extend its help and knowledge to other people and countries in need. The Jewish principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through personal and national acts of generosity, love and moral leadership is why Israel will always serve as a light unto the nations.

Israel battles new wave of wildfires on hottest day of the year

Friday, May 24, 2019

Wildfires raged across Israel on Friday for the second day in a row, as officials warned the public to stay away from parks and forests and an initial investigation indicated an electrical short sparked some of the blazes on Thursday. Gripped by unseasonably scorching weather, a spate of fires across the country on Thursday devastated … Read More

SAVE A CHILD’S HEART PERFORMS ITS 5,000TH LIFE-SAVING SURGERY

Friday, May 24, 2019

Twenty years ago, a baby girl, Balkis, was taken to Israel to undergo critical surgery. Balkis had been born with a severe congenital heart defect, and in her native Zanzibar she could not receive the proper treatment. However, only a couple of years before, in 1995, an Israeli non-profit organization, Save a Child’s Heart, had … Read More

The top 12 ways Israel is feeding the world

Thursday, May 23, 2019

As the global population expands and natural resources dwindle, food security is a critical concern. Smart solutions for more efficient farming, hardier crops, alternative sources of nutrition and safer food packaging and storage are essential. No other single country—certainly not one as young and as tiny as Israel—has contributed more breakthroughs in this area than … Read More

Israelis rush to aid Venezuelan refugees in Colombia

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Israeli humanitarian aid agency IsraAID reports that it has dispatched an emergency response team to the city of Cúcuta, on Colombia’s border with Venezuela, which is a flashpoint in the ongoing Venezuelan displacement crisis. Thousands cross the Simon Bolivar Bridge from Venezuela into Cúcuta every day seeking relief from the continued economic and political crisis … Read More

Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer wins truth award

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

(May 22, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer will be recognized for his public statements in defense of Israel by the American non-profit organization Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) at a gala dinner next month. The Emet Award celebration will take place in New York … Read More

Earthquake in Israel rocks Haifa

Thursday, May 16, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale was felt throughout Israel. The temblor at about 8 p.m. Wednesday was centered about 125 miles off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea between the northern Israeli cities of Haifa and Hadera, according to Israel’s Geophysical Institute. No injuries or damage have been reported. … Read More

Israelis light up their grills, hit the beach to celebrate 71st Independence Day

Thursday, May 9, 2019

Israel celebrates its Independence Day according to the Jewish calendar date of its founding on May 14, 1948 Tens of thousands of Israelis were expected to light up their grills and swarm the country’s beaches and national parks in celebration of Israel’s 71st Independence Day on Thursday. Independence Day festivities began Wednesday evening after an … Read More

Somber Memorial Day events begin with siren and ceremony at Western Wall

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Israelis paid tribute Tuesday evening to the country’s fallen soldiers and terror victims, bowing their heads at 8 p.m. for a minute of silence as sirens sounded nationwide, marking Memorial Day. In all, 95 new names were added over the past year to the roster of 23,741 soldiers who died defending the country. They include … Read More

Israeli population to soar to 15.2 million by 100th anniversary

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Israel’s population is expected to soar to 15.2 million by the time the state celebrates its centenary in 2048, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics ahead of the country’s 71st Independence Day. A mere 806,000 citizens resided in the State of Israel when David Ben-Gurion declared independence on May 14, 1948. … Read More

Israeli President Tasks Netanyahu With Forming New Government

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Israel‘s president on Wednesday nominated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to head the next government, after he won the backing of a majority of members of parliament following an April 9 election. In office for the past decade, Netanyahu won a fifth term despite an announcement by Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit in February that he intends … Read More