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Ben & Jerry’s Picked a Bad Time of Year to Boycott Israel…

Perhaps Ben & Jerry’s ice cream should not have announced that they are boycotting Israel right in the middle of summer. Their decision sparked an outcry all around the world that has already resulted in delicious containers of their confection being tossed into the trash in TikTok videos and Instagram photos.  Deciding that their frozen...
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Is the 9th of Av for Christians Too?

The 9th of the Hebrew month of Av, which usually falls in July or August on the western calendar, is a traditional day of mourning in Judaism. Observances such as fasting food and water and restraining from pleasure and recreational activities characterize this day. In general, the day is an intentional time to mourn.  Why...
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The Right and Left are Celebrating the Evacuation of this Settlement

When settlements have been bulldozed in Judea and Samaria in years past, the scene has usually looked something like this:  Hundreds of police and military show up at the site along with bulldozers and crews. Settler families refuse to leave and are dragged out unwillingly, their furniture being carried out behind them. Entire communities are...
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How Will the Grapes of Israel’s Heartland Be Harvested this Year?

If you’re familiar with our organization, you know that we’ve brought more than 3,000 Christians from 30 countries to Israel over the past 17 years to volunteer in the biblical heartland. Our mission is to serve Israel’s farmers, and we do things like plant new vineyards and trees, harvest grapes, prune vineyards, and much, much...
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No Innocent People in Gaza Had to Die…

Not one of the innocent people in Gaza would have died if Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad had not attacked Israel.  Sixteen less innocent civilians would have died if 700 of Hamas’ own rockets had not landed on their own people, killing them.  Another 34 people, including ten children, would not have been injured by...
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Benny Gantz: I don’t need anyone’s approval to evacuate the town of Evyatar

Eight years ago on May 20, 2013, Evyatar Borowski was murdered by a Muslim terrorist at the Tapuach Junction in Samaria. He was 31 years old, and left behind a wife and five young children, the oldest of whom was only seven. A settlement was established in his memory on a nearby hilltop, but was...
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Who will be Israel’s Next Prime Minister?

Will Israel soon have a new prime minister, unseating current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, who has served in the position for a total of 13 years? After more than two years and four election cycles, will Israel actually swear in a coalition government?  These are great questions, and ones that may have been answered this...
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Behind the Scenes of the Gaza War

During the recent war with Gaza, rockets that were landing all over Israel’s central coastal region filled most of the international headlines. What was lost in the surge of daily news from Israel, however, was what was happening in Judea and Samaria. While Hamas called for its militants to annihilate Israel by attacking from the...
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The Country Not Allowed to Defend Itself

Have you heard a narrative this week that goes something like this? “Israel is evicting Palestinians from their homes in East Jerusalem.”  “Israel’s police stormed the Al Aqsa Mosque, beating peaceful worshippers.”  “Gaza started shooting rockets into Israel, and Israel is carrying out disproportionate strikes in retaliation. Dozens of Gazans have been killed, including ten...
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Riots, Politics, and the European Union

If you follow news from Israel, you likely know that there has been a lot happening in the Holy Land! With all that’s going on, this week’s article will give a short synopsis of the chaotic headlines of recent weeks.  The Muslim holiday of Ramadan began on April 12th, and Arab protests, riots, violence, and...
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Remember the Miracle

This week Israel marked 73 years since their miraculous founding in 1948. Israel’s founder and first prime minister, David Ben Gurion, once said: “In order to be a realist, one must believe in miracles.”  That statement is unquestionably true when it comes to the story of Israel’s existence and statehood. One need only look at...
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President Biden’s True Colors on Israel

The Biden Administration has already taken actions to show their colors regarding their support for the nation of Israel and the Palestinian people.  The Trump Administration changed their custom of calling Israel’s heartland “occupied territory” during their time in office . In a direct reversal to that change, the US State Department just announced that...
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What’s Happening with Israel’s Elections?

If you thought America’s last election cycle was wild, Israel’s elections are even crazier. Israel’s citizens are about to head to the polls on March 23rd for a fourth round of elections in less than two years! Being unable to form a stable government after the last three election rounds, Israel is heading to the...
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ICC Opens Investigation Into Israel’s “Alleged” War Crimes

The International Criminal Court in the Hague announced this week that they have decided to open an investigation into the alleged war crimes committed in the Gaza Strip as well as Judea and Samaria. Even though the court stated that the investigation would be carried out “independently, impartially and objectively, without fear or favor” it...
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What Will it Take to Stop Iran from Getting a Bomb?

During the transition of the American administrations, Iran declared openly that they would begin enriching uranium at 20%.  When Joe Biden came into office, he began placing people into senior levels of leadership who worked on the 2015 Iran deal under Obama. These same people are determined to bring Iran back into the 2015 JCPOA...
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Palestinians emboldened by the new US administration

Israel has experienced an increase in terrorist attacks since the US elections took place in November. It is clear that the Palestinians are becoming emboldened by the liberal-leaning administration that has just been sworn into office in the United States.  This week, a Jewish Israeli man wandered too close to a small Palestinian village in...
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You Can Make a Difference

If you’re discouraged, tired, or confused by the current events in our world, we have a message of hope for you. Zac Waller, the Executive Director of HaYovel, provides encouragement and inspiration during these times, as well as a plan of action for moving forward.  Things will most certainly look very different for Israel when...
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Bear, Badger, and a Blossoming Forest in Israel’s Heartland

Bear and Badger were still only seven months old, and they needed a lot of care and training. They had to learn that this was their territory. Their job was to protect the trees from deer, foxes, and other animals, in addition to anything else that could harm them. On Wednesday, Mack and Tessa did...
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Wondering What You Have to be Thankful for this Thanksgiving?

If you think that 2020 has left you with nothing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, I would like you to take a step back. If we wear the correct glasses, I believe there is much beauty from 2020 that can be seen.  I’ll be the first to admit, this year has not registered in...
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Does the Trump Administration Support Israel’s Right to Judea and Samaria?

In an unassuming way, the United States has been taking steps to show the world that Jewish life in Judea and Samaria is normal and right. There is a report this week that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will not only visit the Golan Heights on his visit to Israel next week, but he will...
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