Author: Eliyahu Mintz

Israeli Politics, terror, US Politics, World Politics

Trump Sanctions Yet More Iranian Banks

donald trump faces off against Hassan Rouhani

Trump’s time in the White House has been marked by the shutdown of Iran’s nuclear ambitions, in contrast with Obama’s JCPOA, which fueled those ambitions with pallets of cash to the mullahs, and more. Now Trump has sanctioned 18 more Iranian banks with ties to terror, missile development, and the development of Iran’s nuclear weapons …

Israeli Politics, World Politics

Number of Per Capita Israeli Coronavirus Victims Surpasses U.S.

coronavirus testing in Israel

Israel started off a winner in the fight against the coronavirus, with a lockdown that worked well to slow contagion. But when the lockdown was abruptly ended, coronavirus got the upper hand. Now Israel has surpassed the U.S. for per capita cases of coronavirus. Last week, Israel saw 8,000 new daily cases of the virus, …

Israeli Politics

Israel on Lockdown for Yom Kippur

Jewish Israelis pray out of doors during coronavirus epidemic

Coronavirus is spiking like crazy in Israel, which had led to tougher lockdown measures just as Yom Kippur is ushered in. From the Jerusalem Post: “The Health Ministry reported Saturday that 8,315 new cases were diagnosed the day before, out of 62,035 people screened for coronavirus, which is a 13.4% positive rate.” Prime Minister Netanyahu …

Israeli Politics

Some 2020 Good News, at Least for Israel

Nachal Arugot in Ein Gedi, Israel

In Israel, for the first time in 23 years, lakes and underground aquifers are filling up, rising above the arbitrary and somewhat mysterious “green line.” It’s a blessing for a land that didn’t get as large a portion of water and oil, as one might have hoped. But the good news is tempered with the …

Israeli Politics, US Politics, World Politics

Trump Twice Nominated for Nobel Peace Prize

Nobel Peace Center, Oslo

Making a peace accord between the UAE and Israel? Check. Getting Kosovo to recognize Israel? Check. Getting Serbia to agree to move its embassy to Jerusalem, Israel’s capital? Check. Good enough reason to give this president a Nobel Peace Prize. Trump had already been nominated for the Abraham Accords, but with Kosovo and Serbia taking …

Israeli Politics, US Politics, World Politics

Serbia and Kosovo Set to Normalize Relations with Israel

Serbia with Kosovo

Serbia announced on Friday that it would move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem by next summer. On the same day, Kosovo announced that Israel and the Muslim-majority state had agreed to establish diplomatic relations. This was after two days of discussion with Trump administration officials that also led to the signing of an economic normalization …

antisemitism, World Politics

President of Austrian Jewish Community Attacked with Baseball Bat

defaced synagogue, Graz, Austria

Elie Rosen, president of the small Jewish community of Graz, Austria was attacked by an unknown assailant with a baseball bat, on Saturday. It happened right as Rosen was stepping out of his car. Rosen hastened to return to his vehicle, whereupon his attacker beat the car with the bat and finally, fled. After the …