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."
Tuesday, 20 January 2015 | As hostility toward Israel grows in the West, Israel is increasingly building economic ties with the East. This week the Land of the Rising Sun has come to town, ready to do business with the Jewish state.
The world's largest regional economy is the European Union, currently Israel's biggest trading partner. The US is a close second. But in the East, China is a very close third. And next in line is Japan with a hearty $5 trillion Gross Domestic Product.
Yesterday's Defense Ministry press release emphasized that the exercise was "adopted at the end of 2014." The unsaid message: its proximity to today's operations in Syria is accidental.
Wednesday, 3 December 2014 | For people outside Israel, the country's method of government can be confusing. How does democracy work Israeli style? Israel's government is a parliamentary democracy. Among other things, this means that Israel's Parliament, the Knesset, can be dissolved before completing its members' four-year term. This happens when Israel's Executive Branch, led by the Prime Minister, cannot maintain essential unity in its Cabinet.