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  • Israel vs. ISIS

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    The tragic attacks, first in Sinai, then in Beirut, and now in Paris, should remind us that the fight against ISIS — the fight against Islamic terror — belongs to no one country and no one religion. We are all threatened, we must all fight, and with every means possible.

    Then why...

  • Russian airline: ‘External force’ brought down plane in Sinai

    November 2, 2015 | 8:19 am

    The Russian airplane that crashed in the Sinai was brought down by an “external force,” according to the airline.

    Alexander Smirnov, the deputy general director of Kogalymavia airline, also known as Metrojet, told reporters on Monday in Russia that there were no technical...

  • Refugees a sign of unraveling world order

    September 4, 2015 | 11:02 am

    As the known and secret parts of the Iran nuke deal spin into place like the uncertain number of Iranian centrifuges, President Barack Obama has succeeded in winning one-third-plus votes in the U.S. Senate to defeat attempts to overturn what he deems his legacy foreign policy...

  • ‘Sky Defender’ protects flights to Eilat against missiles from Sinai

    By JNi.media

    July 13, 2015 | 1:31 pm

    Arkia Israel and Israir Airlines, which share the route to Israel’s southern tourism Mecca Eilt, have received a protective system against ground-to-Air missiles. The upgrade was installed for fear of terrorist organizations operating in the Sinai who might try to harm Israeli...

  • Israel says Islamic State’s Sinai assault aimed to help Hamas get arms

    July 7, 2015 | 10:40 am

    Israel accused Hamas on Tuesday of supporting last week's assaults by Islamic State affiliates on Egyptian forces in the Sinai in hope of freeing up arms smuggling to the Gaza Strip.

    The remarks followed Israeli allegations that Hamas members provided training and medical...

  • From Egypt to Sinai in 49 Days

    By Susan Esther Barnes

    May 26, 2015 | 9:12 am

    In Jewish tradition, we count 49 days – seven weeks of seven days – between Pesach (Passover), when we remember what it was like for us to be slaves in Egypt, and Shavuot, when we celebrate receiving the wisdom of Torah at Mount Sinai.

    This year, as usual, I took a day off of...

  • Where God is Depends on Us

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    February 20, 2015 | 1:33 pm

    When children ask us, “Where is God?”  We usually tell them that “God is everywhere.”

    It's a beautiful answer, completely true, but it doesn't help when you are older. When we see what goes on in the world, we often ask ourselves the very same question, “Where is God?” The truth...

  • At least three drugs smugglers killed in attack along Egypt border

    October 22, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    At least three attackers in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, probably drugs smugglers, were killed after they opened fire on Israeli soldiers across the border on Wednesday and wounded two, the Israeli military said.

    The attackers fired guns and an anti-tank missile at the Israelis and...

  • Power to the table

    By David Suissa

    October 20, 2014 | 5:59 pm

    While we were having our meals in the sukkah this year, I kept thinking about another holiday. This is odd because Sukkot has a strong and distinctive personality. The very idea of building a sukkah is unusual. For eight days, this little hut is the center of our lives, which, in...

  • Palestinians, Egyptians deny reports of Sinai offer for state

    September 8, 2014 | 1:10 pm

    Palestinian and Egyptian officials both denied reports that Egypt offered to the Palestinian Authority part of the Sinai Peninsula for annexation by Gaza to form a Palestinian state.

    According to the media reports that circulated Monday, Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi...

  • U.S. designates Sinai group that attacked Israel as terrorist

    April 18, 2014 | 10:47 am

    The Obama administration designated a Sinai-based group as terrorist in part because of its attacks on Israel. Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis (ABM) shares an ideology with al-Qaeda but is not a formal affiliate, the U.S. State Department said in a statement April 9.

    The group “was...

  • New Israeli detention center falls flat

    December 17, 2013 | 9:56 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    After three days of walking in the cold and snow, many of them on hunger strike, 150 African asylum seekers were forced onto buses and taken back to the new detention center in the Negev desert. The detainees say they want...

  • Yom Kippur War: 40 years later

    By Uri Dromi

    September 11, 2013 | 3:19 pm

    A week before Yom Kippur 1973, I moved from Hazerim air force base to Jerusalem to study history at Hebrew University. Yet it was life, not university, which actually taught me a history lesson.

    Early in the morning of Yom Kippur, I woke up amid the half-opened boxes to the...

  • Amid violent clashes, Egypt closes border with Gaza

    August 15, 2013 | 9:07 am

    Egypt closed the border between Sinai and the Gaza Strip as clashes between its government security forces and protesters backing deposed President Mohamed Morsi continued for a second day.

    The Rafah crossing was closed “indefinitely,” the French news agency AFP reported...

  • Israel, Egypt cooperate

    August 14, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    The story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Did an Israeli drone cross into Egyptian airspace over the weekend and fire a rocket at gunmen in the Sinai Peninsula who were about to launch a strike on Israel? Probably. Will any Israeli or Egyptian official admit it, even off...

  • Israel shuts airport at Egypt border, citing security

    August 8, 2013 | 11:42 am

    Israel took the rare step of shutting its southernmost Eilat airport near Egypt's Sinai peninsula for two hours on Thursday citing security concerns, military officials said.

    A military spokeswoman said the airfield in the Red Sea city was shut "due to security assessments". Two...

  • Two soldiers killed by gunmen in North Sinai, security and medical sources say

    July 25, 2013 | 10:29 am

    Two Egyptian soldiers were killed and four were injured on Thursday when gunmen opened fire on a military checkpoint near the North Sinai town of Sheikh Zuweid, security and medical sources told Reuters.

    Militants also attacked four other army sites in Sheikh Zuweid, which lies...

  • Israel boosts rocket defenses on Egypt border

    July 23, 2013 | 8:34 am

    Israel has boosted its rocket defenses near its southern border with Egypt to counter possible attacks from Islamist militants fighting security forces in Egypt's Sinai peninsula, Israeli officials said on Tuesday.

    Violence in Sinai has surged since the army ousted elected...

  • U.S. envoy spurned by both sides on Egypt visit

    July 15, 2013 | 7:05 am

    The first senior U.S. official to visit Egypt since the army toppled its elected president was snubbed by both Islamists and their opponents on Monday.

    Deputy Secretary of State William Burns arrived in a divided capital where both sides are furious at the United States, the...

  • Egypt’s bruised Islamists protest after bloody week

    July 12, 2013 | 7:51 am

    Islamist supporters of Egypt's ousted president, Mohamed Morsi, protested in Cairo on Friday after a week of violence in which more than 90 people were killed in a bitterly divided nation.

    More than a week after the army toppled Egypt's first elected leader after a wave of...

  • Egyptian Army and Islamists in deadly clashes

    July 5, 2013 | 9:47 am

    Egyptian soldiers killed at least three supporters of Mohamed Morsi in Cairo hours after Islamists attacked sites in the Sinai.

    The Morsi supporters were shot while trying to breach the Cairo barracks where the deposed Egyptian president is being held by the army.

    Supporters in...

  • Egyptian Islamists attack on Gaza border

    July 5, 2013 | 6:59 am

    Islamists attacked Egyptian military posts in the Sinai, killing at least one on the Gaza border.

    The attack on the police post at Rafah, a city on the Gaza-Egypt border with a Palestinian side and an Egyptian side, was one of several attacks Friday by Islamists on Egyptian...

  • Egypt steps up Gaza tunnel crackdown, dismaying Palestinians

    June 24, 2013 | 9:53 am

    Egypt has intensified a crackdown on smuggling tunnels between its volatile Sinai desert and the Gaza Strip, causing a steep hike in petrol and cement prices in the Palestinian territory.

    Palestinians involved in the tunnel business say that the campaign, which began in March and...

  • Long-range rockets strike Eilat

    April 17, 2013 | 8:43 am

    Two long-range rockets fired from the Sinai Desert struck the Israeli resort city of Eilat.

    The rockets launched Wednesday morning fell in open areas in the southernmost Israeli city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

    Israeli forces found the remnants of the two rockets....

  • Bezalel - Master Architect of Sacred Space - Parashat Vayakhel-Pekude

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    March 7, 2013 | 10:51 am

    This week we learn about Bezalel, the man chosen to design and build the Tabernacle that carried the tablets of the law that Moses brought down from Sinai. (Exodus 38:22-39:31)

    On the face of it, these verses describe the matter-of-fact building of a physical edifice. But this...

  • Egypt seizes two tons of explosives bound for Sinai

    February 15, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Egypt seized two tons of explosives hidden in a truck carrying a shipment of fruits and vegetables bound for Sinai on Friday, security sources said.

    The country's security forces are trying to reassert control over the Sinai, which borders Israel and the Gaza Strip and has...

  • Israel hit by more Palestinian rockets, kills al-Qaida-affiliated terrorists

    October 15, 2012 | 9:46 am

    Two rockets fired by Palestinians in the Gaza Strip exploded in open areas in the Eshkol Regional Council on Sunday, causing no damage to property or injuries, Army Radio reported.

    Also on Sunday, Israeli Air Force (IAF) planes targeted a terrorist cell in the southern Gaza Strip...

  • Israeli intel: Independent jihadist network perpetrating Sinai attacks

    October 3, 2012 | 9:52 am

    Terror attacks in the Sinai emanated from an independent jihadist network there, Israeli intelligence reportedly believes.

    Many members of the Sinai network are Egyptians who do not live in the Sinai, according to the Haaretz newspaper, which cited Israeli intelligence.

    Two of...

  • Egypt’s president in U.S., seeks to chart a new course

    September 24, 2012 | 10:06 am

    As Mohammed Morsi makes his first visit to the United States since becoming Egypt’s first democratically elected president to attend the annual opening sessions of the United Nations General Assembly, an Egyptian court has sentenced 14 Islamists to death-by-hanging and four to life...

  • Egypt sentences 14 to death for Sinai attacks

    September 24, 2012 | 9:55 am

    An Egyptian court on Monday sentenced 14 Islamists to death for attacks on security forces in the Sinai Peninsula, showing Egypt's determination to put down militancy in a region critical to relations with neighbouring Israel.

    The Jewish state has voiced concern about security in...

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