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.

Record 4.9 million people visited Israel in 2019, 12% more than 2018

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Israel saw a record number of 4.9 million entries into the country last year, of which 4.6 million were tourists who stayed at least one night, according to figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics. The tourism figures for 2019, published Monday, showed an increase of 12 percent in the number of entries compared to … Read More

Report: Israeli economy grew 3.3 percent in 2019

Thursday, January 2, 2020

(December 31, 2019 / JNS) The Israeli economy grew by an estimated 3.3 percent in 2019, higher than forecasted, Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics said on Tuesday, according to a report in the business daily Globes. The GDP growth in 2018 was 3.4 percent. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the budget deficit of … Read More

Israeli exports soared by almost 70% over past decade

Monday, December 30, 2019

Israeli exports of services and goods are forecast to break another annual record in 2019 as full-year revenues climb toward $114 billion, the Foreign Trade Administration said on Monday. The predicted export value represents a 4.5% increase compared to 2018, and some 68% higher than 2009, when Israeli exports totaled approximately $67.7b. Over the past … Read More

Beirut floodwaters sweep away Jewish graves

Friday, December 27, 2019

BEIRUT — Flooding at Beirut’s only Jewish cemetery has swept away entire graves after heavy rainfall hit the Lebanese capital. The floodwater destroyed a retaining wall at the graveyard in the Ras al-Nabaa district overnight into Thursday, dragging sarcophagi and large chunks of rubble onto the pavement below. Nagi Georges Zeidan, an expert on Lebanon’s … Read More

Israel’s Christian population grows to 177,000 citizens

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Christian population of Israel currently stands at approximately 177,000 citizens, or 2% of the overall population, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) ahead of Christmas. Last year, the population grew by 1.5%, compared to 2.2% in 2017. Over three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians living in Israel are Arabs, the CBS … Read More

Jewish Agency: 250,000 immigrants in past decade

Friday, December 27, 2019

In 2019 alone, 34,000 immigrants have come to Israel, up 18% from last year and one of the best years over the past decade. More than 250,000 immigrants reached Israel from 150 countries in the past decade, the Jewish Agency reports. Russia, the Ukraine, France the US and Ethiopia were the leading countries in terms … Read More

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to sign major pipeline deal in January

Thursday, December 26, 2019

(December 23, 2019 / JNS) The governments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel plan to sign an agreement next month for a pipeline project to ship gas from the Mediterranean to Europe, the Greek prime minister’s office announced on Sunday, the AP reported. The proposed pipeline system will take Israeli natural gas to the Greek island … Read More

Saudi journalist claims citizenship was revoked because of support for Israel

Monday, December 23, 2019

(December 22, 2019 / JNS) A Saudi journalist claims that his support for normalized ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel is the reason why the Saudi government has revoked his and his family’s citizenship. Abdul Hameed al-Ghabin told The Media Line that he was not officially told why their citizenship was revoked, and the Saudi … Read More

UAE foreign minister tweets article about Israel, Arab alliance

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the United Arab Emirates, tweeted an article supporting an emerging alliance of Arab states with Israel. He tweeted from his personal account to his 4.6 million followers. The tweet repeated the headline of the article: “Islam’s reformation, an Arab-Israeli alliance is … Read More

Netanyahu, Friedman light first Hanukkah candle at Western Wall

Monday, December 23, 2019

(December 23, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lit a menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday night to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. At the lighting ceremony, the prime minister said, “2,200 years ago, the Maccabees fought the war of liberation for … Read More