Strained ties between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. President Barack Obama in recent years have stood in contrast with a warm relationship between Netanyahu and Congress, particularly in the House of Representatives, which has been controlled by Republicans since 2011.
Under the leadership of former House speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio), the House has steadfastly approved pro-Israel legislation such as financial support for the Iron Dome missile defense system and majority opposition (but not enough to override a presidential veto) of the Obama administration-brokered Iran nuclear deal.
Yet internal turmoil has plagued the Republican-led House, leading to a change in leadership with the election of U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) as the new speaker on Oct. 29. more >>
Why would a Jordanian father proudly post a video interview with his tiny little daughter as she holds a knife in her hands and explains how she will use it to stab Jews?
Why would a little Palestinian boy appear on national TV in Gaza and explain that he wants to be an engineer when he grows up so he can blow up the Jews?
The Evangelical Christian family that oversees the popular crafts chain Hobby Lobby Stores may be under federal investigation for attempting to import looted artifacts from the Middle East.
In 2011, U.S. Customs officials reportedly confiscated 200 to 300 stone tablets shipped from Israel. Their destination: the Green family's Hobby Lobby corporate headquarters in Oklahoma City.
According to The Daily Beast, the tablets were stolen from Iraq, making the Green family possibly guilty of a federal offense. more >>
Leaders from a Jewish group in Germany are expressing concerns about refugees stirring anti-Semitism.
Bloomberg reported on Tuesday that the Central Council of Jews in Germany has warned Chancellor Angela Merkel that many refugees "come from countries in which Israel is viewed as the enemy" and that "these prejudices are often projected onto Jews in general."
Merkel's Christian Democratic Union party responded that it is ready to combat anti-Semitism "resolutely." more >>
Thousands of Christians travel to the Holy Land each year to walk in the footsteps of Jesus and discover the land of the Bible. Israel is undeniably the ultimate destination for those seeking to embrace a deeper connection to their faith. The country is full of sites that are significant to both the Old and New Testament, historically and religiously. Here is a list of 10 must-visit sites for Christian tourists in Israel.
Also known as the Way of Sorrows, the Via Dolorosa follows the path Jesus took from his trial to his crucifixion, and finally to the tomb where he was laid to rest. Today, there are 14 Stations of the Cross that mark this route. Pilgrims can stop at each point and reflect on the pain of Jesus's journey. more >>
The Islamic State terror group has released a series of videos this week lauding killing of innocent civilians in Jerusalem, and is calling on its followers to increase attacks.
In the eight videos the group urges lone wolf attackers to: "Bring back horror to the Jews with explosions, burnings and stabbings. ... Time is running out, so brother, struggle hard. We have only life, and it is Allah who gave it to us," according to Al Bawaba.
Militants are also seen celebrating the Palestinian knife attackers who enacted violence against Jews in Jerusalem in recent weeks. Donning a mask, the militant told the knifemen "not to forget explosive devices," and to "continue fighting the Jews with all possible means." more >>