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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

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Before Syria Disappears, Stop and Think

The Syrian civil war has now entered its third year with no end in sight. Over 70,000 people have died. 1.5 million refugees have fled Syria, with another two million displaced within the country’s borders. According to the UN, around four million Syrians are in need of aid. Despite gains and losses on both sides, the rebels and the regime of President Bashar

Egypt Sinai Campaign Coordinated With Israel, As Egypt-Hamas Tensions Deepen

An Israeli official has confirmed to The Tower that Egypt’s military campaign in the Sinai Peninsula is being coordinated with Israel. Cairo has poured troops, artillery, and armored vehicles into the territory in response to the kidnapping of seven Egyptian security forces. There had been concerns that Egyptian authorities were brushing aside the

New “Teddy Park” To Open In Jerusalem This Summer

Jerusalem—Named after former Jerusalem Mayor Teddy Kollek, the new “Teddy Park” will open this summer in Mitchell Park beneath the Old City walls near Jerusalem’s Jaffa Gate.

Teddy Park commemorates the life and vision of Jerusalem’s legendary Mayor Teddy Kollek, who, during his tenure from 1965 to 1993, spearheaded dozens of development

Israeli Thinking on the Future of the Assad Regime

Early on, Israel calculated, correctly, that its ability to affect the outcome of Syria’s civil war was limited. It has no influence on Syria’s domestic politics and if it were to extend any support to the opposition, the regime would seize the opportunity to embarrass them by pointing to any Israeli link or support.

At the same time, Israel made it clear

At Least 40 Hezbollah Fighters Killed In Qusayr as Troops Fight Rebels

Syria—Al Arabiya reports that at least 40 Hezbollah fighters have been reportedly killed in the Syrian town of Qusayr last week following clashes between Syrian rebels and regime forces. Sources told the paper that tens of Hezbollah members were wounded and taken to hospitals in Beirut, Lebanon. The assault on Qusayr was part of Assad’s forces attempt to strengthen

New U.S. Special Envoy, Ira Forman Joins Unprecedented Global Muslim Delegation at Auschwitz

Warsaw—The newly appointed Special Envoy to Monitor and Combat Antisemitism, Ira Forman, went on his first mission last week, a mission born in Bergen County, NJ that brought him to Warsaw and Auschwitz to meet with Muslims from around the world. The mission was sponsored by the Center for Interreligious Understanding (CIU) in Englewood, NJ, and was

Olmert: “I am still waiting for Abbas to call”

“I am still waiting for a phone call from him,” former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert tells TheTower.org in an exclusive interview.

Revealing never before heard details of talks with Palestinian Authority President Muhamad Abbas, Olmert was referring to the proposal for a peace agreement that he presented to Abbas in the afternoon

Asia Is Becoming Israel’s New Frontier

Asia Is Becoming Israel’s New Frontier

Forbes reports that Israel’s rapid transition into an entrepreneurial high-tech superpower has aroused the interest of such Asian countries as India, China, South Korea, Taiwan, Singapore, and Hong Kong.  Scientifically, Israel has become very attractive to the Asian high-tech industry. Israel offers both

Bill Protecting IDF From Slander Passes First Knesset Ruling

Bill Protecting IDF From Slander Passes First Knesset Ruling

(JNS.org) People and groups who slander the Israel Defense Forces may find themselves facing lawsuits, according to an amendment to Israel’s libel law that passed a preliminary reading in the Knesset last week. The bill was introduced in response to the film Jenin Jenin, which falsely

CAMERA launches new website to aid pro-Israel students

CAMERA launches new website to aid pro-Israel students

(JNS.org) The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) has launched a new website geared towards helping pro-Israel students “win the fight” on campus www.CAMERAonCampus.org, and its student-oriented blog, In Focus, will be resources for students looking to educate themselves

Targum Shlishi Fetes Rabbi Yitz (Irving) Greenberg on His 80th Birthday

Targum Shlishi Fetes Rabbi Yitz (Irving) Greenberg on His 80th Birthday

Miami, FL—Targum Shlishi has launched a website dedicated to the work of Rabbi Dr. Irving (Yitz) Greenberg, a leading modern Orthodox rabbi (www.rabbiirvinggreenberg.com) to coincide with Yitz’s 80th birthday. The core of the website is an online archive of audio

It’s 1841 All Over Again

In 1841, when America was 65 years old, John Tyler was the third President the United States had in five weeks. After William Harrison defeated President Van Buren and assumed office, the poor fellow lived only one month before succumbing to a vicious case of pneumonia. Imagine that—three Presidents in five weeks. Historians at the time no doubt gushed that such an