Despite surge from Russia, aliyah falls in 2018


  Immigration to Israel declines in 2018, despite 35% increase in immigration from Russia, as French aliyah declines.   Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA, 12/10/18   New olim arrive in Israel on Nefesh B’Nefesh flight Yoni Kempinski Jewish immigration to Israel dropped slightly in the first eight months of 2018 over the corresponding period last year, despite […]

Analysis: IDF, Hamas one miscalculation away from another Gaza war


Over the past few weeks, the protests along the border fence have increased in intensity and Gazans have been hurling improvised explosive devices such as firecrackers and grenades at IDF forces. Anna Ahronheim October 4, 2018 19:01 As the summer comes to a close, the chances of war in the Gaza Strip between Israel and […]

Iran, Syria to dominate Netanyahu-Merkel meeting


German chancellor arrives for annual government-to-government confab postponed by Berlin for 18 months because of displeasure over settlements policies. Herb Keinon October 3, 2018 22:13 Against the background of significant differences between Jerusalem and Berlin over Iran and the Palestinians, German Chancellor Angela Merkel arrived Wednesday for her fifth visit to Israel since taking office […]

How seriously should Israel take Syria’s Golan Heights threat?


Experts said the Syrian regime felt more confident after Syrian Foreign Minister Walid Muallem pledged that Syria will retake Golan Heights from Israel in his address to the UN General Assembly. By MAYA MARGIT/THE MEDIA LINE September 30, 2018 17:19   Syria’s Foreign Minister Walid Muallem addressed the UN General Assembly on Saturday with a […]

US: Iran to blame for downing of Russian plane


National Security Advisor John Bolton urges Russia to reconsider plan to transfer advanced missiles to Syria.   David Rosenberg, 24/09/18 20:57 John Bolton Reuters The US National Security Advisor said Tehran should be held responsible for last week’s downing of a Russian military plane over Syria, and warned Monday that Russian plans to transfer advanced […]