Sunday, November 29, 2020


Biden Names Foreign Policy Team

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden named his top foreign policy staff this week. He announced, as expected, that Antony Blinken would serve as secretary of state.

“We have no time to lose when it comes to our national security and foreign policy,” the president-elect said in a press release.


Tlaib Accused of Anti-Semitism Over Response to Biden’s Secretary of State Pick

(Israel Hayom via JNS) Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) sparked controversy this week and drew accusations of anti-Semitism after criticizing President-elect Joe Biden’s appointment for secretary of state, Antony Blinken.

After former Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign manager


Israel Sends Delegation to Sudan for Talks On Economic, Humanitarian Cooperation

(JNS) Israel sent a delegation to Sudan this week for talks on expanding economic and humanitarian cooperation, reported Reuters.

According to the report, a source confirmed that the delegation met with members of the


Palestinian Official Says Salaries For Terrorists Will Continue; Gives Opposite Message to US Media

(JNS) A Palestinian Authority official told The New York Times on Nov. 21 that the P.A. would be changing its policy of rewarding terrorists with salaries based on the length of their prison sentence, and instead provide money on the basis of the needs of each individual terrorist’s family.



Post-Shabbat Chabad Gathering Becomes World’s Longest Zoom Event

Rabbis from around the world in marathon ‘farbrengen.’

It was a Zoom call that was only supposed to last one day, yet as it nears three days of continuous conversation and celebration, it shows no sign of ending any time soon.



Israel at the Crossroads: Eretz Yisrael, Medinat Yisrael, Sovereignty, Normalization

The two major national issues Israel is currently dealing with—besides coronavirus and its sequels—are the proclamation of Israeli sovereignty over Judea, Samaria and the Jordan Valley and the process of regional normalization and peace with the UAE, Bahrain, Sudan and other Gulf states.

These are central issues of the unfinished agenda of the Jewish people


Aide to US Ambassador to Israel Tapped to Lead Abraham Fund

Rabbi Aryeh Lightstone, a senior adviser to David Friedman, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, will head the Abraham Fund, sources told the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

The fund is an outgrowth of the recent normalization agreements between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations, the United Arab Emirates and


Moderna’s Israeli CMO Touts Vaccine

As Israel marks its 2,375th death from COVID-19 this week, and with 861 new infections confirmed on Monday, hopes are pinned on vaccines being developed domestically and abroad.

Israel has pre-ordered doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines currently in clinical trials in the United


Israeli Envoy Demands Security Council Take Action to Disarm Hezbollah, Declare It a Terrorist Org

(TPS) Israel’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN) Gilad Erdan this week submitted an official letter to the Security Council demanding that it take immediate action against Hezbollah’s military buildup and activities in southern Lebanon.

Erdan’s letter came after UN Secretary-General Antonio


Israel’s Second Astronaut Will Head to Space

(TPS) Eytan Stibbe, a former Israeli Air Force fighter pilot, will take part in a national, historical and scientific mission to space that will be launched at the end of 2021, becoming the second astronaut in the Jewish state’s history. Stibbe, 66, is an IAF Colonel who served for 43 years and participated in dozens of


American Olim Reflect on Biden Victory

In Israel, there is a palpable feeling of uncertainty now that president-elect Joe Biden will be replacing President Donald Trump as the 46th president of the United States. With all of the support Trump has shown for Israel, some olim question whether that will continue in a Biden administration. American olim,


Biden Administration Will Likely Put Its Own Stamp on Mideast

U.S. President-elect Joe Biden’s yet-to-be-confirmed victory over incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump has ushered in a flurry of questions in Israel over what a Biden-Harris administration would look like and how it would differ from the Obama administration specifically with regard to Israel.