In a sermon on the Temple Mount last Friday, the former Grand Mufti of Jerusalem announced in Allah's name that if the US moves its embassy to Israel's capital city, it will be a "declaration of war on all Muslims."
It is a remarkable admission and an implicit rebuke. Two days ago outgoing UN Secretary-General Ban ki-Moon told his agency's Security Council that their institutions has a long history of anti-Israel sentiment. "Decades of political maneuvering." he said, "have created a disproportionate number of resolutions, reports and committees against Israel."
According to the book of Exodus, God himself carved the Ten Commandments onto tablets of stone. That engraving is said to be inside the Ark of the Covenant, whereabouts unknown. Apart from these, the oldest known inscription of the Ten Commandments onto stone was, for several years, used as paving. This is that tablet's story.
Israeli analysts look at the fall of Aleppo and conclude that America "has no real say in the next chapter of [Syria's] horrific war." Instead, the US Democratic party is using Syrian bloodshed to delegitimize the President-elect. One purpose? To prevent a resolution in Syria that would trump Obama's failure.
It sometimes seems that Israelis are more concerned about persecuted Christians in the Middle East than Christians in the West. Instead of arguing about Christmas, Seth Frantzman, op-ed editor of the Jerusalem Post, wonders how the radically dwindled community of Christians in Iraq are going to celebrate it.
A researcher at Bar-Ilan University in Tel Aviv has been studying Judaism as it is practiced today by Ethiopian Jews in Africa. The way they honor Shabbat, practice purity laws and sex, he says, is almost identical to the way Judaism was expressed 2,000 years ago.
As Israel looks around the world today, what does it see? How does it regard Russia, Iran, the USA, neighboring Arab states and its stalled peace process with the Palestinians? In a wide-ranging interview broadcast two days in the United States, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed all of these issues and more.
Were there Jews in Israel 2000 years ago? Did Jewish zealots lead a revolt against Rome that led to the destruction of the Solomon's Second Temple in 70 CE? Is the biblical record about Israel and Jerusalem accurate? Once again, according to the archaeology, including its written record in Hebrew, it is.
With ISIS under attack by the Russian coalition in Syria and the US coalition in Iraq, it should be on the run. Instead it is on the offense, launching a terror attack in Cairo yesterday. That attack could be the first strike in Islamic State's promised holiday terror campaign throughout the Middle East - and beyond.
Russia's latest move is deployment of its largest-ever force of ground troops to Syria. With the possibility of more to come, 1,000 troops on their way are not common soldiers. They are special forces, and they come from Chechnya. Like the luminary that informed wise men two thousand years ago, Moscow's star is rising from the north. It is not the same star, however. And its message is quite different.