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27 May 2015
Rockets hit southern Israel

According to a report in the Palestinian media on Wednesday, Egypt was demanding that “Israel hold its aggression” towards the Gaza Strip hours after Israeli aircraft launched airstrikes there in response to a rockets fired into Israel by unidentified terrorists, landing in the Gan Yavne area near Ashkelon, causing no deaths or injuries. Security forces of the Islamist terror militia Hamas reportedly arrested several members of the Iranian-backed Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group in an effort to end the rocket fire and the resulting retaliatory strikes from Israel. "We see Hamas as being responsible for what happens in the territory of Gaza, and we will not tolerate any threat to residents of the south," said Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon.

Here is a video about a recent conference hosted by the IDF on the subject of defending civilians against rocket and missile attack

In related news, state media in Egypt reported this week that clashes between terrorist gangs and security forces in the lawless Sinai Peninsula to Israel’s southwest resulted in the deaths of 1 soldier, 12 suspected terrorists and the arrest of 18 others.

Israel blesses the world
A delegation of physicians and researchers from 10 African countries was in Israel this week for a seminar on HIV and AIDS at Rambam Medical Center in Haifa. Israel has been hosting the annual seminars for 15 years, giving invaluable medical training to hundreds of practitioners around the world and providing a steady stream of goodwill back to the Jewish State. Meanwhile, the Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with the government of Kenya and several regional NGOs, recently held the Second Tanzania-Israel Business and Investment Forum in Dar-Es-Salaam to help this friendly African nation develop its vast economic potential and build stronger ties with Israel. Elsewhere, the US Food and Drug Administration approved yet another Israeli invention this week for sale in the US. The device, called HyperQ Rest System, will aid in the diagnosis of patients with chest pain in hospital emergency rooms, saving precious time and probably lives.

Meanwhile, Israel Radio reported this week that two more Syrians wounded in the ongoing fighting in that country were transferred to Poriya Hospital near Tiberias, bringing to 176 the number of wounded Syrians Israel has treated.

Here is a video about other ways Israel is blessing the world

AI report accuses Hamas of human rights violations
The self-described “human rights” NGO Amnesty International published a report Wednesday cataloging a series of abuses of Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip which were carried out last summer by the Islamist terror militia Hamas, which rules the area. The abuses include abductions, torture and extrajudicial killings of those accused of “collaborating” with Israel. “Not a single person has been held accountable for the crimes committed by Hamas forces against Palestinians during the 2014 conflict,” AI said in its report, entitled “Strangling Necks: Abduction, torture and summary killings of Palestinians by Hamas forces during the 2014 Gaza/Israel conflict.”

Distressing news for Israelis from the Diaspora
Moslem students from the German state of Bavaria will no longer be required to visit concentration camps as part of Holocaust educational programs following a decision by the governing Christian Social Union party. The decision was harshly criticized by opposition parties and NGOs in Bavaria, who said the trips are an essential part of efforts to battle rising levels of anti-Semitism among Moslem citizens in Germany. In related news, an Israeli diplomat in Hungary was verbally abused by a local man on the street in Budapest this week, and the Israeli national Judo team was poorly treated by officials and booed by spectators at a recent Judo World Masters event in Rabat, Morocco.

Heat wave hits Israel
A brutal heat wave hit the Eastern Mediterranean region this week bringing record temperatures to several Israeli cities. Israeli firefighters and EMS teams were busy throughout the weak responding to heat related emergencies as residents were warned to be extra-vigilant with regard to caring for the elderly, infants and those with chronic health problems. A break is forecasted on Thursday with rainy weather possible for the weekend.

Israeli-American coach David Blatt scoring success in the NBA
The Cleveland Cavaliers basketball team under Israeli-American head coach David Blatt secured a place in the NBA finals Tuesday evening by defeating the Atlanta Hawks 118-88 to complete a 4-0 sweep of the Eastern Conference Final. Blatt became a household name in Israel when he led the Maccabi Tel Aviv team to the Euro league championship in 2014.

Israeli politics roiled by negotiation strategy
Israel’s volatile political scene witnessed another flare up on Tuesday when right wing allies of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed outrage over his reported willingness to discuss the borders of Israeli settlement blocs in a bid to jumpstart peace negotiations with the Palestinians. "If there is truth in the report, then the proposal is a dangerous precedent that clearly defies the first article in the government's guidelines: 'The Jewish people have an indisputable right to a sovereign state in the Land of Israel, its national and historic homeland,'" Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel on Tuesday. His comments were echoed by several other lawmakers in the razor-thin 61-seat coalition government. The PLO, for its part, brushed off the reports as irrelevant and reiterated its longstanding maximalist demands.

Today's video shows a recent lecture in English on US-Israel relations


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