In Israel, Teaching Kids Cyber Skills is a National Mission

By: Daniel Estrin; bigstory.ap.org BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (AP) — In some Israeli schools, fourth-graders learn computer programming while gifted 10th-graders take after-school classes in encryption tactics, coding and how to stop malicious hacking. The country even has two new kindergartens that teach computer skills and robotics. The training programs — something of a boot camp […]

Confronting ‘Injustice,’ Pro-Israel Christians Rally Support for a US Embassy in Jerusalem

By: Sean Savage; jns.org Aside from its centrality to Jewish peoplehood as the home of the ancient Jewish Temples and now the modern state of Israel’s capital, Jerusalem is also synonymous with Judaism for many Bible-reading Christians. As such, prominent pro-Israel Christian organizations are lining up to express their support for President Donald Trump’s promise […]

Assad Says US Troops Welcome in Syria to Fight ‘Terrorism’

By: Bassem Mroue; bigstory.ap.org BEIRUT (AP) — Syrian President Bashar Assad said in an interview released on Friday that the United States is welcome to join the battle against “terrorists” in Syria — as long as it is in cooperation with his government and respects the country’s sovereignty. Speaking with Yahoo News, Assad said he […]

Arab Doctor Saves Fellow EMS Responder on His First Day

One of the newest volunteers with United Hatzalah, Dr. Issam Odeh of Jerusalem got off to an auspicious start. By: Abigail Klein Leichman; israel21c.org Earlier [last] month, the East Jerusalem chapter of Israel’s voluntary neighborhood-based emergency response network, United Hatzalah, welcomed new member Dr. Murad Issam Odeh at a celebratory event honoring 30 Arab volunteer […]

Trump Adopts a Harder Line on Israeli Settlements

By: Peter Baker; nytimes.com WASHINGTON — President Trump, who presented himself as a staunch supporter of Israel during last year’s campaign, took a harder line on settlements in an interview published on Friday and indicated that he was rethinking his promise to move the United States Embassy to Jerusalem. Mr. Trump told an Israeli newspaper […]

How Do Israel’s Tech Firms Do Business in Saudi Arabia? Very Quietly

Good deals (and plausible deniability) make good neighbors. By Jonathan Ferziger and Peter Waldman / Bloomberg Business Week Over the course of 30 years working in Israeli intelligence, Shmuel Bar immersed himself in the hermeneutics of terrorism. Using techniques of literary analysis more familiar to Koranic scholars and Bible critics, he came to recognize the […]

Netanyahu Says U.S. Embassy ‘Needs to Be’ in Jerusalem

By: Ian Fisher; nytimes.com JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, who had been closemouthed on the contentious question of moving the United States Embassy to Jerusalem, said on Sunday that the embassy “needs to be here.” But he pointedly did not demand that President Trump immediately follow through on his campaign promise to […]

Jewish Community Centers in US Receive Nearly 50 Bomb Threats in 2017 So Far

By: Jamiles Lartey; theguardian.com Most recent call prompted evacuations of 14 Jewish organizations Antisemitic incidents have been on rise since Trump election, officials say Nearly 50 bomb threats have been received by Jewish community organizations in the US since the start of the year, in a climate of rising antisemitism nationwide. “These are regular occurrences […]

Israel to Host 4th International Cyber Industry Conference

Cybertech 2017, the world’s second-largest cyber technologies exhibition, will be held in Tel Aviv between Jan. 30 and Feb. 1 • PM Netanyahu to give keynote address • Over 250 companies, 100 startups to present visitors with cutting-edge cyber solutions. Israel Hayom Staff Israel is set to host Cybertech 2017, the second-largest cyber technologies exhibition […]

In Beit Shemesh, American-Israeli baseball fans will get their field of dreams

By: Yocheved T. Kolchin; jns.org On an unseasonably warm Friday in early January, the tune of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” drew more than a hundred baseball fans to an empty lot in the center of Beit Shemesh, a small town nestled in the hills outside Jerusalem. In a country where Little League Baseball […]