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IDF Thwarts Armed Infiltration Attempt at Gaza Fence Sunday Night

10 Nisan 5772 – April 2, 2012
Remember the adage about how fences make for good neighbors? It turns out they work quite well for bad neighbors, too. Sunday night, IDF soldiers operating along the security fence in the central Gaza Strip identified a suspicious figure digging in the ground, suggesting he was attempting to plant an explosive device. The soldiers tried to distance him by firing at him, confirming a hit.

A Year Later, ‘Arab Spring’ Ushering In an Islamist Egypt

It's not as if no one in the West has been warning about it; and it's not as if Egyptians, exposing themselves to violence while demonstrating gallantly in a relentless effort to topple a corrupt, repressive regime, weren't aware of the possibility of it; nevertheless, the prospect of an imminent takeover—albeit using democratic means—by the radical Muslims is terrifying.

International Harpsichordist Ordered to Remove Mezuzah from her Doorpost

10 Nisan 5772 – April 1, 2012
Barbara Cadranel, a renowned harpsichordist who delights audiences around the world with her unique interpretation of Baroque as well as contemporary music, says she's feeling "violated." The attorney for her Condo Association says his client permits residents to display religious objects on the outside of their doors, but not on "the frame around the door." One neighbor suggested the mezuzah could be a fire hazard…

Defeated Everywhere Else, BlackBerry Looking for a Win in Cairo

The website e-week reports that BlackBerry Canadian Maker Research in Motion (RIM) just told its shareholders at their fiscal fourth-quarter earnings call March 29...

Clinton: Security Council, Germany, to Meet Iran in Istanbul April 13

US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says Iran and the group of five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany have...

Israel, Greece Conduct Joint Naval Exercise in Mediterranean, Increasing Tensions with Turkey

The drill, called "Noble Dina", will continue through April 5, and will also include the U.S. Sixth Fleet. It is aimed at simulating submarine combat, airborne dogfights, as well as coordinating the defense of offshore natural gas platforms.

Secrets of Israeli Success Revealed in New Documentary

A new feature-length documentary starring one of Harvard University’s all-time most popular professors reveals the secret components of Israel’s success as an international leader in innovation and humanitarianism.

Amnesty: By the Way, Hamas Cops Beat Up Demonstrators

9 Nisan 5772 – March 31, 2012
Proving that public officials must read their own stories before sending them out, we found an item on the Palestinian news agency Ma'an's website...

Tzadik Plastic Surgeon to Shadchanim: Free Nose Job for Your Clients Who Need But...

Board-certified Miami plastic surgeon and Nose Job Specialist Michael Salzhauer surprised me. He forced me—an instinctive objector to vain mutilation for the sake of some notion of exterior beauty—to reconsider my views on this issue. And he's not cynical, that was another huge surprise. I walked away convinced he means every word he says.

As of Late Friday Afternoon, ‘Global March on Jerusalem’ Fails to Ignite Mass Clashes...

7 Nisan 5772 – March 30, 2012
At the Kalandia checkpoint, where Palestinian youths have been taunting Israeli security forces all day, activity fizzled down after TV cameras had left. Jordan mass sit-in remained 6 miles from the border. Lebanon's army restrained Iranian and Palestinian busloads of demonstrators. In this region things can change rapidly, but we're off to the mikvah, to prepare for Shabbat. Here's hoping for a peaceful evening.

Israeli Diplomat’s ‘Spanking’ of J Street Conference Removed from Organization History; Read Entire Speech...

Israeli Deputy Ambassador to the US Baruch Bina addressed thousands of J Street supporters last week, and his appearance had been hailed as a thawing of official Israeli approach to the pro-Palestinian organization. They were in for a big surprise. How big a surprise? The Baruch Bina speech has been removed from J Street's official history. It never happened. But we have it…

Police Arrested 20 Islamists Following Toulouse Murders, Terrorist Network May Be Shut Down

It's important to separate the failure of elite French police units to apprehend murderer Muhammad Merah a week ago, from our estimate of the ability of French security forces to monitor radical Islamists within their borders. It turns out that France, which has been hit by terrorist attacks since the Algerian war of the 1950s, could teach the US a thing or two about controlling Arab terrorism.

Thousands Expected at Beaufort Castle, Lebanese Army Imposing Heavy Security Measures

The Naharnet website reports that some 4,000 Lebanese, Palestinian and "foreign" demonstrators (i.e. Iranians) are expected to march to the Beaufort Castle in Nabatiyeh...

Hamas: PA Blocking Egypt Fuel Supply to Gaza

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an is quoting a Hamas spokesman who said Thursday the electricity crisis in the Gaza Strip is at least partly...

Gloria Steinem, Women Under Siege, Documenting Sex Crimes in Syria in Real Time

7 Nisan 5772 – March 29, 2012
Turning to Internet users for help in reporting rape and sexual assault in Syria, to inform the international community and to provide the base for potential prosecutions, a new Women's Media Center initiative, spearheaded by Gloria Steinem, declares: "Our goal is to make these atrocities visible, and to gather evidence so that one day justice may be served."

Netanyahu Meets with Gilad Shalit, Parents as Holiday of Liberation Approaches

PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

Residents of Samaria to US, Canadian, Donors: MDA Enemy of the Settlements

For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross,...

French Nuclear Physicist on Trial for Plotting Hits with Al Qaeda

Adlene Hicheur, a French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent who once worked at Switzerland's renowned CERN laboratory, is being tried in Paris on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda in North Africa. His attorneys claim he only sent angry emails. They are afraid their clients would be unfairly linked with the Toulouse murderer.

Gaza – You Won’t Recognize the Old Place…

What do you think of when you hear the name "Gaza?" Gut wrenching misery of a devastated people under siege. Not if you judge by this music video, shot against images of the thriving, beautiful, totally modern city of Gaza, with thousands of folks gathering in a stadium for a celebration, and the obligatory images of armed Hamsniks in training. Everyone looks well fed and quite happy.

New Hebron Settlement in House Near Cave of the Patriarch, Residents Say Purchase is...

One of the new residents of the dwelling told the Jewish Press that there is no indication of an impending eviction, but recognized that this could change quickly: "We are here legally, we adhered to the required procedures and paperwork, and our purchase is kosher...any eviction order will be politically-motivated, and not legally based."

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