Montage Al-Humaidan Director of Saudi Arabias General Intelligence Directorate Photo whatsupic dot comApparently, the head of Saudi Arabia's General Intelligence Directorate has been in Israel this week, visiting Israeli and PA officials. What motivated his visit? And what were his objectives?

US Amb to UN Nikki Haley Photo YT UN Watch channel LOGO12 hours after it was posted on Facebook, a 4 minute clip of the US Ambassador to the UN went viral, with almost 4 milion views. Why? See for yourself.

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Netanyahu and Singapore PM Tan on 20 Feb 2017 Photo YT IsraelPM channel LOGOIn the wake of Netanyahu's visit to the US, the rest of his away trip has slipped below the surface of international attention. In fact, his visits this week to Singapore and Australia, far away from a self-absorbed West, is a continuation of Israel's strategic alliances with nations to the East - and in the world's southern hemisphere.

Pope Francis Photo YT screenshot The Vatican channel LOGO"I know that you have committed yourselves to fight for social justice, to defend our Sister Mother Earth and to stand alongside migrants. I want to reaffirm your choice and share two reflections." Global warming is real, and "Muslim terrorism does not exist." ~Pope Francis, February 2017

Montage Trump Putin collage overlay ME Map Photos Kremlin website and WH YT channel and Google Maps LOGOTrump's enemies have almost destroyed his understanding with Putin regarding Syria. Now the question is whether or not Trump can break through his enemies' sabotage of his nascent Middle East policy. Governments in Tehran, Riyadh, Ankara, Damascus, Beirut, Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Jerusalem are bracing to jump either way.

Montage TzitTzit blue and Singer family children Photo Tekhelet dot net and Temple Sifting Project blog DROPSHADOWED bSifting through debris from illegal Islamic excavations on the Temple Mount has recently resulted in the discovery of a snail shell. The dye it was used to create was both priceless and holy, the ultimate royal blue - for priestly garments as commanded by the Bible.

Iranian FM spokesman and Hezbollahs Nasrallah Photos Tasnim News Agency LOGODuring their joint press conference on Wednesday, both Trump and Netanyahu agreed that Iran's ambition for nuclear weapons poses a threat to Israel, the Middle East and the West. Lashing back, Tehran named Israel as the "biggest threat to regional and international peace and security." It was a message quickly followed up by the head of Hezbollah with a thinly veiled threat to strike Israel's nuclear power center with its vast arsenal of high-tech Iranian missiles.

Montage Uside Down World Photo by Flávio DemarchiThe reality is that our world is becoming more religious and hateful every day – and almost all of this hate is driven by Islamists. But everywhere, our governments and media call them moderates. It is time to push back.

Montage Netanyahu Trump on 15 Feb 2017 Photos YT screenshots The White House channel PLAY ARROWArguably, the biggest news from the first meeting between PM Netanyahu and President Trump was not anything they said. Rather, it was the warmth between the men. Both are tough, and Trump remains unpredictable. Still, the camaraderie between the two bodes well for their ability to meaningfully negotiate. In this context, then, there are also a number of intriguing issues and policies that directly impact Israel's security: Iran, a regional peace deal, the Palestinians, settlements and more.

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Theodore Herzl and his pamphlet Der Judenstaat Photos Israeli GPO and Wikimedia Commons LOGOWhile much of the world celebrates Valentine's Day, Israel remembers a love letter from the "father of modern Zionism," a missive published on this day in 1896, fifty-two years before the Jewish State was reborn.

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