Israel Fondly Remembers Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh

By: Israel Today Staff;

The son of a princess who risked her life to save Jews from the Nazis, Prince Philip was always the most “pro-Israel” of the British royals

This past weekend Israel conveyed its condolences to the United Kingdom, to Queen Elizabeth II, and to the entire British royal family following the death of Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, at the age of 99.

Both President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent their “deepest condolences and heartfelt sympathy” to Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Charles, and the people of the United Kingdom on the passing of the iconic royal consort.

“Prince Philip was the consummate public servant and will be much missed in Israel and across the world,” said Netanyahu.

Iran Vows Revenge Against Israel as Attack Inflicts 9 Months of Damage on Iran’s Nuclear Program

By: Emily Jones and Chris Mitchell – CBN News;

JERUSALEM, Israel –  Iran blamed Israel Monday morning for a power failure at its top-secret Natanz nuclear facility on Sunday.

The comments by Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh is the first official accusation against Israel. Israel has remained quiet about the incident. 

“The answer for Natanz is to take revenge against Israel,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said. “Israel will receive its answer through its own path.” He did not elaborate.

Helen Mirren to Play Golda Meir in Upcoming Movie ‘Golda’

By: Gabe Friedman – The Times of Israel;

Academy Award winner to portray Israel’s only female prime minister in biopic set during Yom Kippur War; Shira Haas to play Meir in separate series

It’s a Meir moment.

Academy Award winner Helen Mirren will portray Golda Meir, Israel’s only female prime minister, in an upcoming biopic set during the Yom Kippur War.

Production on “Golda” will begin later this year, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The news follows the announcement last month of another star-powered production on Meir, a series titled “Lioness” led by Israeli actress Shira Haas of “Unorthodox” fame.

Sirens Blare as Israel Comes to a Standstill in Remembrance of Holocaust Victims

By: Times of Israel Staff – Times of Israel;

Public life stops during 2 minutes of silence dedicated to memory of 6 million Jews killed, as daytime ceremonies honoring those persecuted by the Nazi regime get underway

Israel came to a standstill at 10 a.m. on Thursday as sirens wailed throughout the country in memory of the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis during World War II.

The annual Holocaust Remembrance Day is one of the most solemn days on Israel’s national calendar, with much of the country all but shutting down for those two minutes to honor those who suffered under the Nazi killing machine.

It also heralded the start of the main daytime ceremonies for the somber day that began the night before with an official opening event at the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in Jerusalem.

MI6 Accused of Helping to Protect Alleged Nazi War Criminals

By: Nick Southall and Mick Tucker – BBC News;

Jewish leaders are calling for a public inquiry into whether alleged Nazi war criminals were protected from prosecution because they spied for the UK in the Cold War.

It comes after the BBC found that suspected Nazi collaborator Stanislaw Chrzanowski may have worked for MI6.

German officials believe the Telford pensioner may have murdered more than 30 people during World War Two.

But UK police said there was insufficient evidence to prosecute him.

Stanislaw “Stan” Chrzanowski grew up in eastern Poland, now part of Belarus. He came to Britain in 1946 after being taken as a prisoner of war and joining Allied forces.

He settled in Birmingham and, in 1954, met a British woman. They married and he became stepfather to her son, John Kingston.

Fake International Law Is the Newest Anti-Israel Libel | Opinion

By: Eugene Kontorovich – Newsweek;

Earlier this month, several left-leaning senators and representatives signed various letters contending that “Israel has an obligation under international law” to provide free vaccines for all Palestinians in the Palestinian Authority (PA). The claims are baseless, and they call into question the credibility of the legal experts who have been peddling them.

The central source of international law is treaties—agreements between the parties. While treaties often do not address many specific questions, in this case, there is a clearly applicable international agreement that directly addresses the vaccine issue—the Oslo Accords. The 1990s-era deal created the current PA government, which governs Palestinians in the West Bank (and governed Palestinians in Gaza up until Hamas took over). It also established a highly detailed division of authority between Israel and the Palestinians for issues of mutual concern, such as archaeological and holy sites, customs, taxes—and public health. Oslo provides that “Powers and responsibilities in the sphere of Health in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip will be transferred to the Palestinian sides.” It also makes clear that this includes vaccination.

Sorting out the Israeli elections

By: Michael Brown – The Christian Post;

Do you have your scorecards ready? We’re going to do our best to sort out the results of this week’s elections in Israel, the fourth in a period of just two years (can you imagine that?). But first, a disclaimer: by the time you read this article, the outcome may have changed. That’s how inconclusive the final voting turned out to be.

A shift in affiliation by one of the many parties receiving votes could change things overnight. Plus, on Friday, 450,000 double-sealed votes will be counted (including military votes, votes from abroad, and votes sent in because of COVID). That could shift things as well.

Kosovo Opens Embassy in Jerusalem after Establishment of Diplomatic Ties

“A truly proud and historic moment for Kosovo-Israel relations,” Kosovar Ambassador Ines Demiri tweeted. “The greatest honor of my life is to have this opportunity to open the embassy.

Kosovo opened an embassy to Israel for the first time on Sunday, making it the third country with an embassy currently in Jerusalem.”

A truly proud and historic moment for Kosovo-Israel relations,” Kosovar Ambassador Ines Demiri tweeted. “The greatest honor of my life is to have this opportunity to open the embassy and proudly serve my country in Israel.”

Demiri shared several photos of herself in front of the new embassy.

Kosovo’s Foreign Ministry tweeted that “the pledge given in the Oval Office today is finally fulfilled.”

Why Does ‘The New York Times’ Incessantly Attack Israel?

By: James Sinkinson – Jewish News Syndicate;

America’s venerable “paper of record” no longer deserves that title.

When it comes to reporting or commenting on the State of Israel, The New York Times, America’s so-called “paper of record,” has become more akin to an anti-Zionist advocacy organization than an unbiased news outlet, sometimes even descending into outright anti-Semitism.

According to David Bernstein, president and CEO of the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, the Times holds “a decided institutional bias” against Israel. This was after his organization researched 107 editorials on Israel and Jews published in the Times since 2016.

The situation has become so extreme that opinion editor Bari Weiss, one of the few openly Zionist voices employed by the Times in recent years, felt forced to resign in July 2020 because of harassment. According to Weiss, her colleagues called her a “Nazi” and “racist,” and intimated that she wrote too many “Jewish stories.”

Israel, Cyprus and Greece agree to link power grids via subsea cable

By: Reuters – The Jerusalem Post;

With a length of about 1,500 km and a maximum depth of 2,700 metres, it will be the longest and deepest subsea electricity cable to have ever been constructed, the Energy Ministry said.

Cyprus, Greece and Israel on Monday signed an initial agreement to build the world’s longest and deepest underwater power cable that will traverse the Mediterranean seabed at a cost of about $900 million and link their electricity grids.

The project, called the Euro-Asia interconnector, will provide a back-up power source in times of emergency, said Israeli Energy Minister Yuval Steinitz, who was in Nicosia to sign a memorandum of understanding with his counterparts.

Cypriot Energy Minister Natasa Pilides said it marked “a decisive step towards ending the island’s energy isolation, and consequently, our dependence on heavy fuels.”