Daily News from Israel
Combating Biased News about Israel from the Media
Why is the News from Israel usually Bad News?
Why is the tiny country of Israel always in the news? Why is the Western media, and particularly the United Nations, generally hostile towards Israel? The maps show tiny Israel surrounded by Arab-Muslim countries, many of whom are also hostile towards Israel. What’s their agenda and how is Israel responding to their agenda?
Here are eight leading news sources of various political persuasions giving you news from Israel.
Kehila News Israel is more than just news from Israel. Their mission is to change the way the world views Israel, and to change the way Israel views Yeshua! They aim to counter media bias and present the truth! Kehila News brings you the news through the eyes of Messianic Jewish believers: How is biblical prophecy being fulfilled? Where are we in the prophetic timeline? This site also provides a window into the Messianic community in Israel.
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Breaking Israel News offers a fresh and Biblical perspective on the latest news from Israel and the Middle East. Its bias is not liberal nor conservative – just Biblical.
Covering: Jerusalem, Israeli defense (IDF), Zionism, aliyah, the West Bank, technology, health … Also: Middle East terror watch and informed comment.
The Jerusalem Post, founded in 1932, is the leading Israeli English newspaper, and JPost.com is the No.1 English-language website covering Israel and the Jewish World.
Coverage: Israeli politics, elections, the Arab-Israeli conflict, Israeli technology, aliyah, culture, health, and informed opinion. This site also offers rare and extensive coverage of international Christian news.
Israel National News is packed full of Middle East and international news.
Articles covering events inside Israel, Israel’s defense, aliyah, technology, health and the Jewish world. Also wider topics, including the Middle East, the global agenda, and news from America.
The Jewish Press offers ‘news of the Jews, Israel and the World’. Wide-ranging news and comment on Israel, Egypt, Syria, the ‘Palestinian problem’, and the Middle East in general. Also news from wider afield, covering the US and global issues.
In-depth analysis and editorial. Also in-depth look at the Knesset and Judaism. Plenty of material for those who like a good read!
JerusalemONLINE gives daily TV news on Israel, the Middle East and the rest of the world. Watch for free Israel TV News, unbiased and to-the-point. This is Israel’s main newscast in English updated daily at 10 PM Jerusalem time, 3 PM New York time, 8 PM London time.
Enjoy many other great videos in the fields of culture video, history videos, tourism, finance, real-estate, lifestyle and more …
Combating Media Bias Against Israel
Honest Reporting believes that Israel is entitled to fair treatment by the world press according to the same standards applied to any other country. They believe that public opinion is significantly shaped by media coverage.
Please note: The following news sources have sometimes been accused of bias against Israel, link
BBC news from the Middle East and the world. Special Middle East reports e.g. the Islamic State Crisis, and oil reserves in East Mediterranean.
Also, useful ‘country profiles’ spanning most Middle East countries, including Israel.
CNN.com-middle-east is among the world’s leaders in online news and information delivery. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, CNN employs a global team of almost 4,000 news professionals and the latest multimedia technologies. Middle East news is delivered by extensive use of short videos.
Good News Snippets about Israel
Dare to Speak the Truth
A Palestinian politician in an East Jerusalem Arab neighborhood has spoken out:
Living under Israeli rule is preferable to living under the Palestinian Authority [Ramadan Dabbash, October 2017]
Israel holds out hand of Peace to Iran
“I also have a message today for the people of Iran: You are not our enemy; you are our friends … One day, my Iranian friends, you will be free from the evil regime that terrorizes you … and when that day of liberation finally comes, the friendship between our two ancient peoples will surely flourish once again” [Benjamin Netanyahu, UN General Assembly, New York, 19 September 2017]
Jewish books survive Hurricane Harvey
In September 2017 a 12-member team of volunteers from the Israel-based ZAKA search and rescue organization was helping in Houston, Texas. They were helping clear peoples homes when one flood victim, Adrian, made an amazing discovery. Adrian said his house was now “a swampland”. The only items in the home miraculously untouched by the flood damage were his prized library of Jewish interlinear Hebrew/English texts and Bibles. He said “All my secular books were destroyed, but the pages of these books are still dry, still usable and without any mold.” Interesting!
Israeli software tracks Terrorists
In just two years (2015-16) over 300 people have been killed in Europe from just a handful of terrorist attacks. In contrast, in more than 300 attacks in Israel only 40 people have been killed. Because these are often ‘lone wolf’ attacks which are difficult to predict, Israel has developed methods of searching social media to obtain intelligence of prospective attacks. It’s not surprising that the EU has been looking towards Israel for help in this area.
US Senate Backs Israel
On 5 June 2017 the US Senate unanimously voted on Resolution 176 commemorating the 50th anniversary of Jerusalem’s reunification. This reaffirmed support for “Israel’s commitment to religious freedom and administration of holy sites in Jerusalem” and reaffirmed the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995, which states that “Jerusalem should remain a united city, recognized as the capital of the State of Israel”. In May, Trump signed a temporary order to keep the US embassy in Israel in Tel Aviv instead of relocating it to Jerusalem. But a White House official said no timetable has been set: “The question is not if that move happens, but only when”.
Comment: The embassy move would endorse Israel’s claim that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital. Remember God’s promise to Israel: “I will bless those who bless you” (Genesis 12).
Donald Trump backs Jews and Christians
In contrast to the Obama administration, Trump is clearly pro-Israel. He has called Israel “America’s best and most reliable friend” and claimed that Israel is the only stable democracy in the region. Trump gets on well with Israel’s PM too: “You truly have a great prime minister in Benjamin Netanyahu”. In May 2017, Trump told Muslim leaders to “Stand against the persecution of Jews and the slaughter of Christians”. Yes – he does make mistakes, and he does make $100bn arms deals with Saudi Arabia, but this is surely something the pope should have said?
Czechs Support Israel
May 2017: The Czech Chamber of Deputies rejected the latest United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) resolution denying Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem and called on its government to respect the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. UNESCO had declared Israeli sovereignty and jurisdiction over Jerusalem “null and void.”
Israel’s Field Hospital is “No.1”
In November 2016 the UN’s World Health Organization (WHO) awarded Israel its highest honor – type 3 certification. Israel is literally the only country in the world that has gained that high level of recognition. The United Nation’s World Health Organization (WHO) recognized the Israeli army’s field hospital, which is regularly sent abroad to provide aid at natural disaster sites, as “the number one in the world”, link. This is quite refreshing since the UN is generally biased against Israel.
Aliyah from France
The French Jewish community of some 500,000 is the third largest in the world after Israel and the USA. But recent antisemitism is encouraging increasing immigration to Israel. The facts: 1,900 emigrated in 2012, increasing to 3,400 in 2013 increasing to 7,000 in 2014. God is calling His people back to their own land, link.
Help for French Jews
As more and more French Jews aliyah to Israel, the Jewish Agency is there to help:
“The Jewish Agency will help those Jews who decide to move to Israel … it will help them to find work and provide them with professional advice. At the same time, we are working to strengthen the Jewish community in France and to provide more security for Jewish institutions”
[Natan Sharansky, Chairman, Jewish Agency]
Help for Quake Victims
The catastrophic earthquake that hit central Italy October 2016 sparked an outpouring of goodwill from many countries, including Israel and the local Jewish community in Rome. IsraAid dispatched a 20-member staff of search and rescue, relief and trauma specialists. And Italy’s large Jewish community in Rome began a blood drive and vowed to raise money to help the quake victims. Over a decade IsraAid has responded to crises in 35 countries, reached over a million people and distributed over 1,000 tons of relief and medical supplies.
Israel’s Gay Marriage Debate
“It’s no secret that I’m religious. Judaism does not recognize gay marriage. We do not even view as kosher the mixing of milk and meat, and nothing is going to change that.”
[Naftali Bennett, Economy Minister, Knesset]
The Third Jewish Temple
The Temple Institute wishes to rebuild the ‘Third Holy Temple in Jerusalem’ and in 2014 it raised $100,000 for architectural plans. Rabbi Chaim Richman of the Temple Institute said “We are constantly looking for ways to include as many people as possible in our mission to rebuild the Holy Temple … it’s about bringing about a spiritual reunification of mankind.” According to a recent poll, one third of Israelis believe that Israel should erect the Temple on the Temple Mount [Breaking News]
Goods Boycott Backfires
It seems that the international ‘Boycott, Divest and Sanctions’ (BDS) movement aimed at Israeli companies is directly harming its intended beneficiaries, the Palestinians: “The impact of BDS is more psychological than real so far and has had no discernible impact on Israeli trade or the broader economy … (but) the sanctions do run the risk of hurting the Palestinian economy”
[Kristin Lindow, Vice President, Moody’s Investors Service]
Employment of Palestinians
In 2014, Israel employed some 110,000 Palestinians [Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics]
Bad News Snippets about Israel
Every 2 minutes a new lie about Israel is spread online
STOP THE HATE
The EU Again Ignores the Legal Facts
In October 2017 the European Union issued a warning to Israel over approvals of new housing for Jewish towns in Judea and Samaria. The statement read; “All settlement activity is illegal under international law, and it undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for a lasting peace.”
Comment: Not true! Under international law Jewish settlements in the West Bank are LEGAL.
Iran Tweets Hatred
In June 2017, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, tweeted, “fighting Zionist regime is fighting hegemonic arrogant system … there is no doubt that we will witness the demise of the Zionist entity”
Comment: Iran beware! The God of Israel says: “I will curse him who curses you” (Genesis 12.3).
In June 2017, Israeli security forces and emergency rescue volunteers participated in a successful drill simulating a violent earthquake. Benjamin Netanyahu said ‘Earthquake 2017’ was part of Israel’s efforts to improve home front emergency preparedness. The ‘Syrian-African Rift’ is a fault line running from the Red Sea to the Dead Sea, up the Jordan River Valley and on to Syria and Turkey. Five minor earthquakes occurred in 2013 around the Sea of Galilee, link.
Comment: At the end of this age there will be a massive earthquake in the Jerusalem area as the Mount of Olives splits (Zech 14.4-5)
A Perfect Storm
“A perfect storm is brewing for Israel … Across every border Israel shares with its neighbours, within its borders, and far removed from them, a formidable range of threats – from damaging economic sanctions and international isolation, through murderous terrorist attacks, jihad insurgency and domestic insurrection, to the spectre of weapons of mass destruction and a nuclear Iran … a multi-faceted menace that jeopardizes the survival of the Jewish nation-state …”
[Michael Sherman, Jerusalem Post, 13-11-14]
UN thumps Israel
On America’s election day (Tuesday November 8, 2016) the United Nations General Assembly adopted 10 resolutions singling out Israel, with only 4 expected to be adopted later in the week for the entire rest of the world. One resolution falsely condemned Israel for ‘repressive measures’ against Syrian citizens on the Golan Heights. In contrast, not a single UN General Assembly resolution was planned that day for gross human rights abusers such as Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Venezuela, China, or Cuba.
Comment: This is another example of world, and particularly United Nations bias against Israel. According to the Bible, organisations like the UN who condemn Israel will be called to account.
More UN Bias against Israel
As the United Nation’s Special Rapporteur on the PA Territories, Richard Falk, compared Hamas terrorists to fighters with the French resistance during the Holocaust, link. Falk is co-author of a 2017 UN Report accusing Israel of being an “apartheid regime”, and he repeatedly condemns the Jewish State with calls for boycotts against the State of Israel, see Fred Skolnik.
Only One State is Possible – A Palestinian State
“There is a grave incompatibility between what Israel needs for its own well being and national military integrity, its right to settlements in the land of Israel, and what the Palestinians demand, which is a Palestinian state emptied of any Jews and which is not ready to recognize Israel as a Jewish state at all.”
[Professor Mordechai Nisan, Hebrew University of Jerusalem]
Iranian Threat to Tel Aviv
In the event of an Israeli strike against Iran, an Iranian spokesman said: “Our missiles can arrive into the heart of Tel Aviv and destroy it in 6 or 7 minutes …”
[Senior leadership, IRGC, February 2015]
UNESCO backs Muslim Claims
UNESCO’s October 2016 resolution on “Occupied Palestine” referred to the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in Jerusalem by its Muslim names only, ignoring the abundant historical record of Jewish ties to the area. Israeli officials said that the resolution is nothing less than a “nullification of Jewish ties to the Temple Mount” and Tourism Minister Yariv Levin called the decision “anti-Semitic.” In their favour, Estonia, Germany, Lithuania, The Netherlands, United Kingdom and United States voted against the resolution.
EU on Jerusalem
“We need a Palestinian State – that is the ultimate goal and this is the position of all the European Union. Jerusalem can be and should be the capital of two states.”
[Frederica Mogherini, EU Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy]
EU Sanctions on Israel
The EU plans to impose crippling economic and cultural sanctions on Israel if she does not agree to unilaterally withdraw behind the 1949 Armistice lines. The plan is to punish Israel economically and to deprive this isolated democracy of its political legitimacy. Comment: the 1949 Armistice lines were never intended to be Israel’s border and were never internationally recognized as such, link.
Quotes against Israel
“Recognition (of a two-state solution) is not an Israeli bargaining chip, it’s a Palestinian right”
[Grahame Morris, Labour, UK Commons debate]
The Swedish Social Democratic Party is “pro-Arab, pro-Islam and anti-Israel”
[Isaac Bachman, Israel’s Ambassador to Sweden]
“We will build an Islamic state in Palestine, all of Palestine”
[Mahmoud al-Zahar, Hamas official, West Bank]
Jews ban the Gospel to Israeli Soldiers
In 2014 the ultra-Orthodox Jewish anti-missionary group Yad L’Achim published an urgent video to social media sites warning against a “dangerous Christian missionary audio player”. Produced by MegaVoice, the pocket-sized audio player known as “Envoy” has Bible texts in modern Hebrew, and is being distributed to Israeli soldiers. A New Testament text was produced by Maoz Israel and narrated by Shlomi Nahum.
World News & the Bible
Those who follow world news may observe that much of it is already in Bible prophecy! So here we take major news items, especially Middle East news, and see what the Bible has to say about them.
UK EU REFERENDUM 2016: In the Spring of 2016 the British Prime Minister David Cameron fought a ‘battle for Britain’ with the EU. Cameron sought a “new settlement” for Britain in the EU in terms of controlling welfare payments to EU immigrants, restrictions on EU nationals getting in-work benefits in the UK, and changing treaties to alter the basic EU principle of “ever closer union”. This principle is written into the EU Treaties with the objective of creating a single state. Where is that state heading? Don’t believe the politicians – according to Bible prophecy there is something dark being formed! Also, the fact that negotiations were long and protracted highlights a fundamental weakness in the EU: the lack of cohesion between the 28 member states. This lack of cohesion and the drive for a single, dominating state can be seen in prophecy. Click the map for more.
TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSE: On September 27-28, 2015 many parts of the world experienced a total lunar eclipse, link. The moon turns blood-red in color as the red-end of the suns light spectrum is refracted round the earth and towards the moon. Such events are not rare (there are 85 total lunar eclipses between 2000 and 2100, link) but they are rare when four consecutive lunar eclipses are all total eclipses (a tetrad). And many attach even more significance to them when all four eclipse dates align with Jewish Festival dates, as they did in 2014/15, link. Is God pointing the world to look at Israel? The Bible uses blood-red moons as a warning to Israel and to the world:
The sun will be turned into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and awesome day of the LORD comes (Joel 2.30,31)
TERRORISM: 2015 saw major attacks on France, including the Charlie Hebdo attack in January and 130 killed in November, link. In October 2015 a Russian airliner was blown up, killing 224 people. Russia’s FSB security service said, “We can unequivocally say it was a terrorist act”, link. Also in October, a Chatham House think tank report warned of a growing risk of a “serious cyber attack” on nuclear power plants, link, link. In the context of the end of this age, the Bible says:
Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold (Mat 24.12)
THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL: Leading world powers have celebrated the Iran Nuclear Deal which agreed that Iran’s enrichment capacity, enrichment level and stockpile will be limited and that Iran would redesign, convert, and reduce its nuclear facilities, link. But after the deal, in August 2015, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu responded, link:
The nuclear deal with Iran does not block Iran’s path to the bomb, it paves Iran’s path to the bomb
He may well be right. Previously hidden documents reveal that key restrictions on Iran’s nuclear program will ease around 2025. Iran will then be able replace its 5,060 inefficient centrifuges with up to 3,500 advanced machines, halving the time Tehran would need to build a bomb, link. Couple this with Iran’s threats to Israel, such as “The army of Iran can by itself destroy Israel“, [Iranian Army Commander, 2013]), then we have a strong possibility of nuclear war in the Middle East. The Bible texts suggests that this will happen:
“For behold, the day is coming, burning like a furnace, and all the arrogant and every evildoer shall be stubble; and the day that is coming shall set them on fire,” says the Lord of hosts, “so that it will leave them neither root nor branch. But for you who fear My name the sun of righteousness will rise with healing in its wings. And you will go forward and leap like calves from the stall. You will trample the wicked, for they will be ashes under the soles of your feet on the day that I do this,” says the Lord of hosts (Malachi 4.1-3)
IRAN & RUSSIA: Also in 2015, Iran strengthened military ties with Russia, and Russian S-300 missiles will be delivered to Tehran, link, link. Iran also sought cooperation with Russia in banking and energy, link. Bible prophecy sees Russia and Iran as leading a major attack on Israel at the end of this age:
I am against you, O Gog, the prince of Rosh, Meshech, and Tubal (probably Russia)… I will lead you out … Persia (Iran), Ethiopia, and Libya are with them … You will come up against My people Israel … in the latter days I will bring you against My land (Ezek 38)
ISIS THREAT: In 2015 a 32-page ISIS document written in Urdu and calling for open warfare against non-Muslims has been uncovered in Pakistan by the American Media Institute and authenticated by retired US Defense Intelligence Agency, link. It proclaims “Accept the fact that this caliphate will survive and prosper until it takes over the entire world and beheads every last person that rebels against Allah”, link. ISIS particularly targets Christians, link. Bible prophecy foresees this: in the context of a warning to Christians, the Bible says
An hour is coming for everyone who kills you to think that he is offering service to God. These things they will do to you because they have not known the Father or Me (Jn 16.2)
CLIMATE CHANGE PARIS AGREEMENT: The 2015 Paris Agreement on climate change came into force in November 2016. The agreement’s central aim is to strengthen the global response to the threat of climate change by keeping a global temperature rise this century to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5°C, link.
Will it work? When the Agreement came into force many countries still had to ratify it, link. Moreover, many scientists disagree with the underlying science, link, claiming man can do little about climate change. The fact is that human activity (generation of CO2, Methane, Nitrous Oxide …) totals to just 0.28% of the total greenhouse gases, link, so how can man-made CO2 have any measurable affect? Water vapour makes up 95% of the greenhouse effect. At the end of the day, some scientists argue that climate change depends upon the sun, not CO2, link, link.
More importantly, can man ignore God and still save the world – God’s world? In the context of the end of this age, the Bible says:
The earth mourns and dries up, and the crops waste away and wither. Even the greatest people on earth waste away … a curse consumes the earth; its people must bear their guilt. Therefore earth’s inhabitants are burned up, and very few are left (Isa 24.4,6) … on the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea (Lk 21.25)