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Daily Archives: March 16, 2021

Passover Haggadah. Credit: Pixabay.

Pesach 2021: The holiday of our (impending) freedom

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We are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. With coronavirus vaccinations ramping up throughout the country, this may be the last Jewish holiday we spend in our small bubbles, restricted from...
USAID U.S. Agency for International Development

Searching for new ways to fund a terrorist regime

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Question: How do you get the American government to finance a terrorist regime when U.S. law prevents it from doing so? Answer: Twist the meaning of words, claim that the law doesn’t say what it...
Photo: Israeli 2013 election ballots (Credit: Wikimedia Commons)

Impossible to say who’ll win Israel’s upcoming election

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Where are we now? Who knows? Indications of infections are down. The parties and religious events at Purim do not seem to have produced an increase. Widespread inoculations are the explanation. They work to prevent a...
The entrance to the International Criminal Court. Credit: robert paul van beets/Shutterstock.

‘Time to change anachronistic laws of war,’ says Israeli counter-terrorism expert

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The decision by the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to launch an investigation into Israeli actions warrants an urgent response that should include a push to reform the existing laws of war,...
Boats on the Bosporus Straits near Istanbul, May 15, 2011. Credit: Adam Jones via Wikimedia Commons.

Turkey protests Israel, Greece and Cyprus for undersea cable plans

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Turkey formally protested an agreement reached by Israel, Greece and Cyprus to build an undersea electricity cable connecting their power grids, reported Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency on Monday. Ankara sent a diplomatic note to the Greek and...
Vials of Pfizer's BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination centerl in Tzfat, on Feb. 14, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Knesset Finance Committee approves $600 million more to battle pandemic

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The Knesset Finance Committee has approved the allocation of 2 billion shekels ($600 million) to Israel’s Health Ministry to help it deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, the committee announced on Tuesday. The money is to...
U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Source: Screenshot.

US National Security Advisor: Washington engaged in indirect diplomacy with Iran

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The United States and Iran have been engaged in indirect diplomacy in an effort to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, White House National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said on Friday. “Diplomacy with Iran is ongoing,...

Verter fun der Vokh – Daylight Savings Time

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Supporters of daylight saving time (DST) argue that it saves energy, promotes outdoor activity on summer evenings, and is, therefore, good for both physical and psychological health, reduces traffic accidents and crime, and is...
A scuba diver in the Gulf of Eilat, in the Red Sea, on May 19, 2018. Photo by Maor Kinsburksy/Flash90.

Saving the Red Sea’s coral reefs by building fake ones

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Israel’s bustling city of Eilat, at the northern tip of the Gulf of Aqaba and Red Sea, is renowned for beaches, hotels and one of the world’s northernmost coral reefs. Magnificent, colorful, diverse corals, sponges,...
Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas casts his vote at P.A. headquarters in the West Bank city of Ramallah on Dec. 3, 2016. Photo by Flash90.

New decrees by Abbas restrict Palestinian civil society

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Two presidential decrees recently issued by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas aroused intense criticism in the P.A. The first, issued on March 2, imposes severe restrictions on the activity and finances of Palestinian civil...