In Rome, Knesset Speaker Edelstein thanks Pope Francis for his contribution to the strengthening of Jewish-Christian relations

Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein met Pope Francis in Rome Sunday evening. Edelstein thanked the pope for his contribution to the strengthening of Jewish-Christian relations and requested that he stress in his homilies that Israel is the Holy Land.”Your call for pilgrimages to the Land of Israel is extremely important,” the Knesset speaker told Pope Francis. ”It will certainly bring massive tourism that will contribute to Israel`s economy- for the benefit of Jews and Arabs alike – and this may … [Read more...]

Pope Francis visits Israel

A short animated film marking the visit of His Holiness Pope Francis to Israel in May 2014   Copyright: MFA video Pope Francis visited the Western Wall, the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum, and Mount Herzl, where he lay a wreath on the tomb of Theodor Herzl, the founder of modern Zionism, as well as the memorial for the victims of terrorism. The Pope also visited sites sacred to Christianity in Jerusalem, including the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the Church of Gethsemane, and … [Read more...]

 Security forces solve arson attack at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes

​Israel views with utmost gravity any intent or action to attack religious sites in the State of Israel.   Copyright: Israel Ministry of Tourism(Communicated by the Israel Security Agency)In the wake of an Israel Security Agency (ISA) and Israel Police investigation, five people have been arrested on suspicion of involvement in the 18 June 2015 arson at the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes at Tabgha on the Sea of Galilee as well as in additional hate crimes.That same … [Read more...]

PM Olmert's Remarks at the Start of the Weekly Cabinet Meeting

"This is the first Cabinet meeting since last Tuesday’s elections.  Naturally, the political situation needs to develop further ahead of the formation of a new Government and this is an issue that I do not intend to deal with.  From now on this Government will act as is obligatory given the new political reality and the results that this political reality has created.  In making decisions, we will need to consider this reality.  It seems to me that this is natural and stems from the … [Read more...]

PM Sharon Meets With President Katsav

Photo by GPO  Prime Minister Ariel Sharon met this evening with President Moshe Katsav and made the following remarks at the start of the meeting: “As usual, I am happy to come here.  I ascribe great importance to your trip to Italy and your meeting with Pope Benedict XVI.  Despite the fact that I cannot set the President’s itinerary, it seems to be that his visits abroad are very important.  I would increase these visits as much as possible, to Europe, Africa, Latin America and … [Read more...]

 Google Israel provides helping hand to Yad Vashem

The corporate giant’s R&D experts in Israel have been digitizing and putting online 130,000 Holocaust-related photos plus original documents.   Thanks to Google's technology, 130,000 of Yad Vashem's collected photos are online in full resolution (Picture courtesy www.goisrael.com)By David HaleviGoogle has taken upon itself "to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful," according to the company’s mission statement. … [Read more...]

 Christmas Preparations in the City of Bethlehem-Dec 15- 2002

  15 December 2002 Christmas Preparations in the City of Bethlehem (Communicated by the IDF Spokesman) The IDF Spokesperson, and the Spokesperson of the Office of the President of Israel, wish to clarify that contrary to inaccurate reports and attempts to manipulate the media, there are no differences between the position presented by the President of the State of Israel to the Pope and the Secretary of State of the Vatican, and the position of the defense establishment and the IDF. President … [Read more...]

 HISTORY: Foreign Domination

  5th century mosaic in the floor of the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and the Fishes (Israel Antiquities Authority)Roman rule was followed by centuries of domination by successive foreign powers: Byzantine, Arab, Crusaders, Mamluk, Ottoman and British.TIMELINE | BIBLICAL TIMES | SECOND TEMPLE | FOREIGN DOMINATION | STATE OF ISRAEL | PEACE PROCESS | ISRAEL IN MAPSThe Arab conquest of the Land came four years after the death of Muhammad (632) and lasted more than four centuries, … [Read more...]

 Briefing by Dep FM Melchior- MajGen Harel- Head of IDF Operations Branch- Col Miri Eisin- IDF Intelligence Corps-7-Apr-2002

  Briefing by Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior; Major General Dan Harel, Head of IDF Operations Branch; Colonel Miri Eisin, of the IDF Intelligence Corps National Media Center, Jerusalem, April 7, 2002 Deputy Foreign Minister Rabbi Michael Melchior: I would like to share a basis about what I feel about the action and how it is developing. I think it is very important to make one thing clear. We’re talking in many senses about two different actions, two different wars. One is … [Read more...]

 Facts About Israel: History

  Drawing by Noam Nadav2010 EditionTIMELINE | BIBLICAL TIMES | SECOND TEMPLE | FOREIGN DOMINATION | STATE OF ISRAEL | PEACE PROCESS | ISRAEL IN MAPS ​Section of an illuminated late-medieval map of the Tribes of Israel (Courtesy R. Ben-Haim)​17th-6th C. BCEBIBLICAL TIMES (BCE – Before the Common Era)c.17th century        Drawings byNoam NadavAbraham, Isaac, Jacob – patriarchs of the Jewish people and bearers of a belief in one God – settle in the Land of Israel.Famine … [Read more...]