Monday, 5 January 2014 | Winter has come to Jerusalem and with it, once again, the possibility of snow. Although accumulation is not common here, teasing flakes of light, white snow often fall each year. Accumulation is rare, but when thin blankets of white appear, they usually dissipate within hours or, at most, in a day.
Thirteen months ago, however, the snow that fell was anything but normal.
Thursday, 20 November 2014 | Under cloudless skies and a setting, late-autumn sun, thirty-year-old Arab Druze officer, Police Master Sergeant Zidan Saif, was laid to rest yesterday afternoon. Saif, an Arab Israeli was a member of the religious Druze community. He died from wounds sustained while coming to the rescue of Ultra Orthodox Jews under attack in their synagogue two days ago—on Tuesday, 18 November.
Sandstorms like this, called haboobs, are fairly common. But this haboob at this time and this size is anything but common. Not only does it blanket Jerusalem, it has fallen on the entire northwestern side of the Middle East. Satellite photos of the phenomenon portray an amoeba-like cloud draped across Israel, Lebanon, Syria and Jordan.
Yesterday saw almost every market teeter on the brink of free fall. Economic fears were triggered by China's ongoing failure to prevent a sell off. In spite of yet another infusion of cash to undergird its markets, The Washington Post reports that "Chinese stocks recorded their biggest slump in eight years during what [its] media dubbed 'Black Monday.'"
Wednesday, 7 January 2015 | Counterintuitive to global perception of the Jewish state, Israel's economy is robust and growing.
Yesterday Israel sponsored its first Foreign Trade conference in Tel Aviv. Israel's Minister of Economy, MK Naftali Bennett, kicked off the event stating that, "Recently there is a trend of complaining how bad everything is in this country.
Then, at 10:23 a.m., a rat-a-tat-tat of vicious assaults hit Israel's capital city.
Monday, 11 January 2015 | After separate but related terrorist incidents in Greater Paris last week, Israel's response has been public and emphatic. The essence of its message has two parts: it calls on nations to protect their Jewish citizens and it invites those same Jewish citizens to immigrate to Israel. "The state of Israel is your home," said Israel's Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. "All Jews who want to immigrate to Israel will be welcomed here warmly and with open arms. Our state is your state."