A Muslim journalist unafraid to speak out

Khaled Abu Toameh is a Muslim citizen of Israel and resident of Jerusalem. He has been a journalist here for 37 years, having worked for several major Israeli newspapers, currently The Jerusalem Post. He is also a frequent lecturer and an award-winning documentary-film producer (NBC News [USA], BBC [UK], etc.). Though widely-published and quoted internationally […]

The end of democracy in Israel?

“He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and establishes kings; He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to those who know understanding” (Daniel 2:21). The news headlines and political speeches warning of the end of democracy in Israel had been relentless for months. Controversy in domestic Israeli politics is nothing new, […]

Pondering the palaces of Palestine

In the 42 years since the founding of LEMA’AN ZION, we have revealed an Israel the world seldom sees. The picture painted by the news media is a different one than the one I see as a resident of Jerusalem. When friends from Canada visited Israel for the first time a few years ago, they […]

An excellent year and an incredible decade

It’s been 10 years since I started collating Good News articles about Israeli innovations, discoveries and achievements. At that time, Israel was still suffering from severe drought, lack of natural resources, major economic problems, global isolation and national despondency. Just look at Israel 10 years later–what an amazing transformation. Per capita it leads the world […]

Were the Jewish forefathers flawed?

Lately I have been pondering the failings of the Jewish forefathers. Each week, as another few chapters of the Torah (the Pentateuch) are read in the synagogue service on Shabbat morning according to the annual cycle, Jews follow the story from Creation through the emergence of the Jewish nation. Many events are sad, some are […]

Distinguished guests from Berlin

IN JANUARY, German members of parliament visited us and heard Dr. Herbert Hillel Goldberg tell his life story. It was a frank portrayal of Holocaust suffering, God’s protection, and repaying evil with kindness. Also discussed was the future of German-Jewish and German-Israeli relations. Candid remarks by seven prominent MP’s from the Committee on Health reflected […]

The Good from Zion

“Out of Zion shall go forth the Torah [Law], and the word of the LORD from Jerusalem” (Isa. 2:3; Mic. 4:2). When something is repeated in the Bible, according to Jewish understanding, it has special significance. The order of the Eternal to channel His directives through His “holy people…chosen…to be for Him a treasured people […]

Gog of Magog always in the news

Prophetic prognostications were hugely popular in Christian circles years ago. Bible prophecy author Hal Lindsey’s The Late, Great Planet Earth sold 28 million copies from 1970 to 1990. He predicted a Soviet invasion of Israel leading to the war of Gog of Magog depicted in Ezekiel 38 and 39. In the Jewish world, too, there […]

A Modest Request

Israel is a tiny miracle-nation. Its 9.1 million citizens have in a mere 71 years rebuilt their country into a thriving technological powerhouse at the vanguard of scientific, medical, agri-tech, bio-tech research, the envy of other states. It is generous to nations and people in need, saving thousands of lives each year. Although 2,000 rockets […]

China and Russia vying for power in the Middle East

The Middle East has been the proverbial schoolyard where for centuries the great powers have fought for control. The Americans, British, French and Ottomans have had large roles in the history of the region. More recently, two nations with huge populations, China and Russia, have been active in exerting influence in the region. Both are […]