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If you’ve ever been in Israel for Yom Hazikaron—the Memorial Day for those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the Jewish homeland—chances are you will never forget it. Even if you somehow miss the official ceremonies honoring the fallen, there’s no way to sleep through the siren sounding across the Jewish state at 8 p.m. and then again at 11 the next morning. At that moment, Israelis everywhere freeze in mid-air—mid-bank deposit, mid-math lesson, mid-email or mid-carpool—while traffic screeches to a halt, and folks climb out of their cars and stand completely silent. Both instances represent a long minute of…

During the 2014 Gaza war, Hamas terrorists captured the remains of two Israeli soldiers, Hadar Goldin and Oron Shaul. In the following year, two apparently mentally ill Israeli civilians, Abera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed, entered the Gaza Strip of their own volition and were taken captive by Hamas. “We have the utmost responsibility to bring back the captives and the IDF soldiers — the improvement of Gaza Strip residents’ situation is dependent upon this as well,” Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir told a conference in the southern town of Sderot. Israel has called for the civilians and slain soldiers to be…

WASHINGTON — US President Donald Trump said on Monday he could return to Jerusalem in May when the US opens its new embassy in the city to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary. Sitting across from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Oval Office, the American president was asked if he would travel to Israel to cut the ribbon on the new facility, almost a year after his first visit to Jerusalem as president. “I may. I may,” he said. “We’re looking at coming, if I can, I will.” He went on, “We’re going to have it built very quickly and very…

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday continued his exaggerated response to US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel by threatening regional war. Speaking in Cairo, Abbas stated: “Jerusalem is the key to peace if it is our capital, and if it is not – it is the key to war. Trump will need to chose. “There is no such thing as a Palestinian who will give up even one millimeter of Jerusalem.” There were two key problems with Abbas’ remarks. First, it has by now become clear that Trump’s declaration regarding Jerusalem was not really…

The Knesset’s passage of a law that requires two-thirds of its members to approve any future transfer of land in Jerusalem to a foreign entity is “equivalent to a declaration of war on the Palestinian people,” Nabil Abu Rudeinah, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s spokesman, said on Tuesday. Late Monday night, the Knesset passed the law, with 62 lawmakers voting in favor of it and 52 against it. While many of the law’s backers hope it will make it more difficult to divide Jerusalem as a part of a future peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, only a simple…

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled no punches during his speech before the United Nations General Assembly last Tuesday. The focus of Netanyahu’s speech was the failed nuclear agreement with Iran, which continues to deny international inspectors and violate the terms of the deal. Iranian officials have in recent weeks boasted that they can restart a nuclear arms program at any moment, and that they remain dedicated to eradicating Israel within 25 years. Netanyahu told them firmly and boldly that will never happen. “I have a simple message for Ayatollah Khamenei, the dictator of Iran: The light of Israel will…

Hassan Nasrallah, leader of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, in a televised speech Thursday warned that any future conflict with Israel could be waged inside of Israeli territory. Israel “is scared and worried of any future confrontation and knows that it could be inside the occupied Palestinian territories,” Nasrallah said, Reuters reported. “There will be no place that is out of reach of the rockets of the resistance or the boots of the resistance fighters,” he added. Since Israel’s last conflict with Hezbollah in 2006, Israeli leaders have repeatedly warned of the terror group’s growing rocket and missile arsenal as…

To the stunned approval of Israel and its supporters, Facebook last week shut down the official account of the ruling Palestinian faction, Fatah. Someone apparently felt Fatah had violated Facebook community standards by posting an old photo of its former leader, Yasser Arafat, posing with a rifle next to the group’s current leader, Mahmoud Abbas. On Wednesday, Facebook apologized for the “mishap” and reinstated the Fatah page. “The page was removed in error and restored as soon as we were able to investigate. We apologize for this mistake,” a Facebook spokesman was quoted. Sadly, Fatah’s years of posts inciting murderous violence…