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December 2017

November 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Kenya; meets with leaders of African nations Rwanda, Gabon, Uganda, Tanzania, Zambia, South Sudan, Botswana, Namibia and Ethiopia.

Israel deploys Iron Dome aerial defense system aboard a naval ship to protect offshore energy resources and maritime and coastal installations

Germany’s Continental AG buys Israeli startup Argus Cyber Security for $400 million (est.)

Anti-Israel BDS resolutions were defeated at the University of Maryland and University of Ottawa, but passed at the University of Michigan and York University’s Faculty of Environmental Studies; a court in Seville, Spain, halted a boycott of Israeli products by the City Council of La Roda de Andalucia

Israelis win international awards and honors in cardiovascular innovation, film, innovative use of underground space (a cemetery!) and soccer in China.

Recent visitors to Israel include the speaker of the Swedish parliament Urban Ahlin, mayor of San Antonio (Texas) Ron Nirenberg with a trade delegation, officials from the U.S. National Security Council, UK Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry and (now former) Secretary of State  for International Development Priti Patel, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, Russian spy chief Sergey Naryshkin, hundreds of pilots and air support team members from 7 countries, 45 members of the Indian military, mobile- and financial-technology investors, “Saturday Night Live” actress and comedian Michaela Watkins, rock star Boy George and his band Culture Club, Australian rocker Nick Cave, international entrepreneurs and journalists, 110 Turkish volunteers (including descendants of Ottoman sultans), and tens of thousands of migrating cranes.

October 2017

IDF destroys tunnel from Gaza into Israel, killing 12 Hamas and Islamic Jihad militants

Israeli Air Force destroys a Syrian surface-to-air missile battery that had previously fired towards IAF planes

Israel discovers Russian hack of classified U.S. materials via Kaspersky antivirus software

U.S. Army will use Israeli Trophy system to protect American tanks

Israeli representative was elected by the General Assembly to UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Chinese company Playtika acquires Israel’s Jelly Button Games; data-storage company Infinidat raises $95 million on $1.6B valuation; funding also secured for medical-technology companies CathWorks ($16M), Magenta Medical ($15M), farming company Phytech ($11M), Agumedics ($8M), Elivex ($8M), Colospan ($7M), Vensica ($2M), and ElastiMed ($1M) and automotive-tech companies Via ($250M), Innoviz ($65M), and StoreDot ($60 million); Israeli high-tech funding reaches record amount in Q3/2017; Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba launches Israeli research hub

The governors of Wisconsin and Maryland forbid state contracts with Israel-boycotting companies; Green Party of Bavaria (Germany), Austrian National Union of Students, and students at the University of Winnipeg (Canada) reject BDS campaign; former British Prime Minister Tony Blair called the campaign to boycott Israel the product of a “leftist-Islamist alliance … a totalitarian ideology”; peasants and farmers wing of the Communist Party of India joined the BDS movement; McGill Student Society removes pro-Israel students from board

Israelis win international awards and honors in gymnastics, Judo, Thai boxing, tennis, NASCAR; Paralympic rowing, youth swimming, and bocce; food security, footbridges, best bars, and McArthur “genius” grants. Gold-medalist Judoka Tal Flicker sings Israeli national anthem after host UAE bars Israeli symbols.

Recent visitors to Israel include the Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, Governor-General of New Zealand (head of state) Patricia Reddy, Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, American Middle East envoy Jason Greenblatt, 26 parliamentarians from 14 countries, American sailors and officers aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard, 130 Christian journalists from 30 countries, venture capitalists, automotive and alternative-fuel executives, legendary British singer Sir Cliff Richard, Colombian pop star Singer Malum, Spain’s national soccer team, descendants of Australian soldiers who fought in Palestine in World War I, thousands of Christian pilgrims, and Puerto Rican survivors of Hurricane Maria.

September 2017

Palestinian terrorist opens fire at settlement check point, killing policeman Solomon Gavriyah and security guards Youssef Ottman and Or Arish

Israeli rescue team warmly received by Mexico earthquake survivors; other Israeli aid teams arrive in Florida, Texas, and Haiti

Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Argentina, Colombia, and Mexico; meets in New York with President Trump, Egyptian president Sisi

Israeli jets reportedly struck a chemical-weapons and missile facility in Syria

Israeli Supreme Court strikes down ultra-Orthodox draft exemption, allows restaurants to claim kosher status without official Rabbinate approval

Esther Hayut unanimously elected next Israeli Supreme Court president

On the eve of Rosh HaShanah 5778, Israel’s population tops 8.7 million. Its birth rate of 3.11 is the highest among developed nations.

Israel expresses support for Kurdish independence

The British Secretary of Communities, the student parliament at the Goethe University in Frankfurt, and the King of Bahrain denounce boycott of Israel; mayor of Berlin will deny city resources to BDS groups; Canada’s largest private-sector labor union adopts BDS motion

Israeli pharma giant Teva sells assets for $1.38 billion; SAP buying identity-software company Gigya for $350M; Daimler invests $60M in fast-charging battery technology company StoreDot; IBM is buying the Israeli data center start-up Cloudigo; Bet Shemesh Engine will supply $640M of jet-engine parts to Pratt & Whitney

Israeli exports up 6%, foreign investment in Israel up 7% year-over-year, to $12.6B; foreign-currency reserves at record high

Israel strengthens ties with Switzerland, Latin American countries, Bahrain and other Arab states

Israelis win international awards and honors in drug research, Rhythmic Gymnastics, Paralympic table tennis, soccer, basketball, judo, high-school debate, film, blind bowling, London restaurants, and automotive cyber-security

Recent visitors to Israel include Iowa governor Kim Reynolds with members of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel with a trade delegation and mayors of 8 other U.S. cities, 52 American law-enforcement officers from 12 states, water professionals, 1,200 agriculture students from Asia and Africa, Kurdish activist Diliman Abdulkader, officials from the University of Arizona and Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México signing a cooperation agreement with Ben Gurion University, singer Chrissie Hynde with The Pretenders, Russian ice-skating Olympic champion Yulia Lipnitskaya for medical treatment, 7 international “mega-bloggers,” 253,800 tourists in August (including Bangladeshi-born Shadman Zaman), and (maybe) Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

August 2017

Israeli crisis unit helping Hurricane Harvey victims

City of Frankfurt (Germany) outlaws municipal funding for anti-Israel BDS activities

S&P upgrades Israel’s debt outlook

Mexican firm to invest in Israeli drip-irrigation company Netafim at $1.9B value; Australian company buys social gaming firm Plarium for $500M; Signet Jewelers to buy online jewelry retailer R2Net for $328M; depth-sensor company Oryx Vision raises $50M, digital testing company Applause sold to U.S. investors;

Israel strengthens ties with African Muslim-majority countries Senegal and Guinea

Israelis win international awards and honors in teen kickboxing, tennis, judo, triple jumping, innovation institutions, and health systems

Recent visitors to Israel include 51 Members of both parties in U.S. Congress, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, 28 American West Point cadets and Naval Academy midshipmen, 60 European teen basketball players and an American National Basketball Association delegation led by Commissioner Adam Silver, 12 international modern-dance troupes, comedian and talk show host Conan O’Brien, Actor Jonathan Lipnicki, and dissident Iranian blogger Neda Amin

July 2017

Three Israeli Arabs shoot & kill two Israeli Druze policemen at Temple Mount; Israeli authorities closed the Mount for two days, then installed metal detectors at the entrance, then removed them after deadly riots and installed security cameras instead; Palestinians celebrate victory; Palestinian Authority urges “struggle,” freezes security cooperation with Israel

A 19 year old Palestinian stabbed to death Yossi Salomon (70), his daughter Chaya (46) and son Elad (36) at their Shabbat dinner table at their Halamish (Neve Tzuf) family home

Israeli security guard shot and killed a Jordanian attacker who stabbed him and a passerby at the Israeli embassy in Amman, Jordan, prompting a recall of embassy staff to Israel and a diplomatic rift between Israel and Jordan

Avi Gabbay wins Israeli Labor Party primaries

UNESCO adopts resolutions denying Jewish history in Hebron and Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem

Israel signs water deal and ‘historic’ energy agreement with Palestinian Authority

North Carolina becomes 22nd state to pass anti-BDS legislation; Mennonite Church USA to divest from companies doing business in Israeli-occupied territories; United Church of Christ and Disciples of Christ condemn Israeli treatment of Palestinian children; statement against Israel boycotts from top entertainment-industry executives, the Pitzer College board of trustees, and a Tunisian NGO; City Council of Onda (Spain) cancels Israel boycott; Canada required special labels for Israeli settlement wines, then promptly reversed the requirement

Israel strengthens ties with India, Ukraine, the central European countries (Hungary, Poland, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic) and Tanzania

Israeli pharmaceutical company NeuroDerm acquired for $1.1 billion by Japanese pharma giant; Symantec acquiring cybersecurity company Fireglass for $250M; Toyota invests $14 million in Intuition Robotics; cybersecurity company PerimeterX raises $23M

Israelis win international awards and honors in biomedical research, universities for math, best airports, cancer research, agricultural innovation, exact sciences, digital innovation, cybersecurity, high-school chemistry, tennis, “iconic houses,” under-20 basketball, and most popular actor (“Wonder Woman” Gal Gadot)

Recent visitors to Israel include the President of India Narendra Modi and of the Central African Republic Faustin-Archange Touadéra, Prime Ministers of Ukraine Volodymyr Groysman and of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili, Rwanda President Paul Kagame, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney, the U.S. Navy aircraft carrier USS George H.W. Bush with thousands of sailors and officers, investors in frontier technologies (augmented reality/virtual reality, sensors, computer vision, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, and space), legendary bands Radiohead and Guns N Roses, the Pixies, pop diva Britney Spears, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (the Jersey Boys), UN ambassadors from 9 countries; 10,000 athletes from 80 countries (including Ronald, son of Brazil’s legendary soccer player Ronaldo) for Maccabiah (“Jewish Olympics”) games, 75 Christian, Jewish and Muslim youth on an interfaith peace summit, Yazidi activists, super sperm-donor (“Sperminator”) Ari Nagel, University of Pennsylvania students, and 10 American pilots who volunteered for Israel during the 1973 Yom Kippur War

June 2017

23-year-old Border Policewoman Hadas Malka fatally stabbed by a terrorist in Jerusalem

Israeli government suspends plans for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall, prompting sharp protests from Jewish Agency, American Conservative and Reform Jews, and Israeli opposition and other leaders

Shelling from Syria spills over into Israeli Golan, raising tensions

President Trump extended the waiver allowing the U.S. Embassy to remain in Tel Aviv, but reiterated his intent to move it to Jerusalem in the future

Modern Language Association rejects BDS resolution; Kansas and North Carolina pass anti-BDS laws; Swiss Parliament votes to end funding to BDS organizations; Spanish courts reverse city boycotts

Israeli esthetic medical products company Syneron Medical acquired for $397 million; Microsoft buys Israeli cloud-solutions firm Cloudyn for $50-70M, Honeywell acquires cybersecurity company Nextnine for $35M; Porsche invests in Israeli automotive innovation; Israeli startups raise over $400M in June, including $8M for career-search AI company Workey

Israel renews diplomatic relations with Nicaragua and strengthens ties with India and New Zealand; Israel’s UN ambassador elected VP of the General Assembly session

Israelis win international awards and honors in IoT security, Paralympic kayaking, top universities, literature (the Man Booker International Prize), tennis, cool startups, and vodka-label design.

Recent visitors to Israel include the president of Pacific island nation Nauru Baron Waqa, American UN Ambassador Nikki Haley, Indian Navy chief Admiral Sunil Lanba, White House advisers Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt, former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Democratic and Republican campaign officials, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, the Albanian national soccer team, sports industry leaders, cyber security and education technology experts, Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt, British electronic duo Pet Shop Boys and rock stars Rod Stewart and Tom Jones, 18 pro football Hall of Famers, 10 former high-ranking US military officials, Oscar-winning actress Marlee Matlin, artists and performers from Mediterranean countries, female Australian business leaders, about 30,000 participants in the Tel Aviv Gay Pride Parade, a Birthright group from India, and a record 347,000 tourists in May.

May 2017

UNESCO resolution denying Israeli links to Jerusalem slammed by U.S. & Israel, applauded by Palestinians

Czech Parliament recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

UN removes support and Norway demands return of funds for Palestinian women’s center named after terrorist

Governors of all 50 U.S. states signed statement rejecting the anti-Israel boycott, divestment, and sanctions (BDS) campaign; Nevada and Texas passed anti-BDS laws; BDS motions failed at Spanish city Lérida, student senates of George Washington Univ., UC Santa Barbara, and Teaching Support Staff Union at Simon Fraser Univ., but passed at California State University (CSU) Long Beach; leader of Norway’s main opposition group condemns trade union Israel boycott vote; other anti-BDS statements from Sen. Bernie Sanders, former Rep. Shelley Berkeley, and the Berlin Social Democratic Party.

Microsoft buys Israeli cyber security company Hexadite for $100 million; Canada’s Stingray Digital buys Yokee Music for $40 million, Dutch game developer GamePoint acquires Luck Genome for $12.5M

Israel strengthens ties with Japan, India, and Canada’s Province of Québec

Israelis win international awards and honors in medical research, agribusiness innovation (and another), young scientists, best country for women in the Middle East (a low bar!), chefs, high-school robotics, wheelchair tennis, and life expectancy

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. President Donald Trump (with wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, National Security Advisor H.R. McMaster, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, among others), German president Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Romanian Prime Minister Sorin Grindeanu, Danish Foreign Minister Anders Samuelsen, Quebec Premier Philippe Couillard with a large trade delegation, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford, the Archbishop of Canterbury, former Arkansas governor and Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, U.S. Air Force pilots taking part in a joint exercise, U.S. Navy ship USS Ross, pop superstar Justin Bieber, rock legends Aerosmith, three Indian navy ships, Jordanian sheikhs, a nearly 1,000-strong ”Mega-Mission” from Montreal, transportation executives, and a record almost 350,000 tourists in April (plus at least one rare bird, a long-billed dowitcher)

April 2017

Israel intercepts drone from Syria, reportedly strikes arms cache near Damascus airport after Iranian cargo arrives

Gaza women, entering Israel for medical treatment, tried to smuggle explosives

On eve of 69th (re-)birthday, Israel’s population is 8.7 million: 75% Jewish, 20% Arab, 5% other

All 100 U.S. Senators signed a letter to UN Secretary General warning the UN to stop anti-Israel bias

Anti-boycott motions pass state legislatures in Kansas and Texas; European Union rejects commercial boycotts;  boycott and divestment measures fail at Bath University, Columbia University, University of British Columbia, and University of Wisconsin-Madison, but passes student senate at Tufts University (then rejected by trustees) and Pitzer College; Ohio purchases record $61M in Israel Bonds

Apple buys Israeli cybersecurity startup RealFace; Snap acquires Israeli photo-filter patent, U.S. private equity firm buys e-commerce platform R2Net at $300M valuation, SeatGeek acquires ticketing software company TopTix for $56M, MRI systems developer Aspect Imaging raises $30M

Israelis win international awards and honors in innovation (and another), universities, gymnastics, amputee marathon, and honey; Israeli economy ranked world’s 3rd most stable

Recent visitors to Israel include Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades (again); U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis; German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel, the energy ministers of Greece, Italy, and Cyprus; UK International Trade Minister Lord Price; U.S. Vice Admiral James Syring, Director of the U.S. Missile Defense Agency; 28 Eurovision Song Contest contestants, former antisemite and granddaughter of founder of the Westboro Baptist Church Megan Phelps-Roper; deputy prime minister of Azerbaijan for medical treatment, and a record 739,000 tourists in the first quarter of 2017

March 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu meets with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow and with China’s President Xi Jinping in Beijing

Israel approves first new settlement in 20 years, will limit future settlement growth

UN anti-Israel report withdrawn, after rejection by UN Secretary General and U.S. outrage; head of issuing body resigns; Britain criticizes “unacceptable” anti-Israel bias of UN Human Rights Council

Israeli-American teen arrested for JCC bomb threats

Intel acquires Israeli automotive tech firm Mobileye for $15.3 billion (!); Chinese electronics giant Midea acquires Servotronix for $170 million; Palo Alto Networks acquires cybersecurity firm LightCyber for $130M

Anti-boycott motions pass state legislatures in Arkansas, Minnesota, Montana, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Switzerland and adopted by Spain’s ruling party; Israel boycott and divestment proposals defeated at Georgetown Univ., Ohio State University, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and the University of Western Ontario, but passed at the University of Michigan-Dearborn; Student Council at University of Turin (Italy) votes to boycott the Technion

Israel renews diplomatic relations with Nicaragua, strengthens ties with China, Vietnam, and Cambodia

Israelis win international awards and honors in baseball, photography, ecological architecture, fencing, artificial-intelligence startups, water innovation, and Germany’s Order of Merit; Israel ranked among world’s healthiest, happiest, and most powerful countries

Recent visitors to Israel include the President of Slovakia Andrej Kiska, Prime Minister of Belgium Charles Michel, President of Zambia Edgar Lungu with 9 members of his cabinet, Japanese Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson, Italian Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, U.S. lawmakers considering Embassy relocation to Jerusalem, UNESCO ambassadors, President Trump’s advisor Jason Greenblatt, German politicians and journalists, Brazilian political leaders, the head of U.S. European Command Gen. General Curtis M. Scaparrotti, actors Richard Gere and Hugh Laurie, top executives of major U.S. television networks (CNN, Fox TV, NBC, HBO), travel professionals and bloggers, legendary rock band Yes, British DJ Fatboy Slim and comedian Eddie Izzard, Iranian dissident musician Shahin Najafi, Canadians with special needs, hundreds of sick children from Gaza for medical treatment in Israel, thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christian pilgrims, 975 Diaspora Jewish dads, and 234,000 other tourists in February

February 2017

Prime Minister Netanyahu met in London with British Prime Minister Teresa May, in the White House with President Donald Trump, in Singapore with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, and in Sydney, Australia with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Following court ruling, Israel forcibly evacuates illegal settlement outpost Amona; Knesset passes controversial Regulation Law, retroactively legalizing other settlements built on private Palestinian land

Islamic State in Gaza launched four rockets toward Eilat; three were intercepted by Iron Dome; no injuries reported

Israel’s economy grew at an annual rate of 6.2% during the fourth quarter of 2016; unemployment fell, exports and foreign reserves  increased, the budget deficit was reduced, and private equity investments hit a record high.

Apple buys Israeli  Facial Recognition Firm RealFace; Celanese Corp. acquires Israeli plastics company Nilit Plastics for an estimated $250 million.

Israel strengthens ties with India, Japan, Turkey, many African countries, and even Qatar

Israelis win international awards and honors in cryptography, R&D spending, startup schools, best countries to raise a family, and the German government’s Knight Commander’s Cross

Recent visitors to Israel include Turkey’s Minister of Tourism Nabi Avci, NFL (American professional football) players, actor/martial artist Chuck Norris, the band Coldplay, Welsh singer Bonnie Tyler, Marseilles celebrity chef Lionel Levy, university provosts and deans, Indonesian Muslim leaders, Latin American youth leaders, Brown University student leaders, 5,000 delegates from 80 countries to crowdfunding conference, Australian Aborigine leader Nyunggai Warren Mundine, 1,800 runners at Tel Aviv Marathon, and 210,000 tourists in January (including tens of thousands of Chinese tourists)

January 2017

ISIS-inspired, Hamas-blessed terrorist rams truck into soldiers in Jerusalem, killing Yael Yekutiel (20), Shir Hajaj (22), Shira Tzur (20), and Erez Orbach (20)

Police officer Sgt. Maj. Erez Levi (34) killed in car-ramming attack amid demonstration over demolition of illegal construction in Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran

Prime Minister Netanyahu under two separate corruption investigations, one involving allegedly inappropriate gifts from a wealthy businessman, the other for alleged collusion with a newspaper publisher

Israeli soldier who shot a disarmed terrorist in Hebron convicted of manslaughter

Israel’s High Court rules for women’s prayer at Western Wall

Israel deploys Arrow-3 long-range missile defense system, capable of intercepting nuclear-tipped ballistic missiles; successfully tests David’s Sling, designed to stop long-range rockets, drones and cruise missiles

U.S. Congress rejects anti-settlement UN Security Council Resolution 2334

Microsoft invests in Israeli cyber security company Illusive Networks; Israel tech companies raised record $4.8b in 2016, and exits total $10b

Michigan passes anti-BDS legislation; Modern Language Association rejects Israel boycott (and future boycott motions), as does (for the third time) the American Historical Association; Valencia region adopts Israel boycott while another Spanish town reverses BDS endorsement

Israelis win international awards and honors in mathematics, Bible knowledge, travel destinations, junior tennis, blind golf, Sahara Desert motorcycle race, great world powers, innovative economies, clean technology, hotels, and restaurants

Israel strengthens ties with Brazil, Egypt, Turkey, the Vatican, and NATO

Recent visitors to Israel include Polish President Andrzej Duda, Jamaican Prime Minister Andrew Holness, Sierra Leone’s President Ernest Bai Koroma, Norwegian Foreign Minister Børge Brende, French Senate president Gérard Larcher, members of the European Parliament Foreign Affairs Committee, the Minister of Finance and a trade delegation from British Columbia, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker with dozens of 50 business and academic leaders, former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus, former New York Mayor and President Trump cyber security advisor Rudy Giuliani, South African opposition leader Mmusi Maimane, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (daughter of Robert Kennedy), former governor of Arkansas and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, 10 Jewish major league baseball players,  Hollywood TV stars, over 80 Columbia University graduate students, a delegation of French physicians, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’ winner Eliana Girard, English comedian Ashley Blaker, 350 young professionals from around the world, 5 bloggers with over 10 million combined followers, wounded Syrians seeking medical treatment, and 2.9 million others in 2016, plus dozens of sharks off the Mediterranean coast

December 2016

UN Security Council, with U.S. abstention, passes “shameful” Resolution 2334 condemning all “settlement activity,” including in Jewish areas of Jerusalem; decision excoriated from the right and from the left

U.S. Congress authorizes over $600 million for U.S.-Israel missile defense cooperation, enacts U.S.-Israel Advanced Research Partnership Act

German Chancellor Merkel’s party labels BDS antisemitic; Ohio and Canadian province of Ontario pass anti-BDS legislation, while Quebec’s Green Party endorses the movement

Snapchat buying Israeli augmented-reality startup Cimagine for $30-$40 million; Israeli companies raised record funds in private equity investments in 2016

Israelis win international awards and honors in neurobiology, environmental innovation, fast-growing companies, European soccer, Ju-Jitsu, youth windsurfing, best places to travel, and relations with Japan

Israel strengthens ties with the European Union, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, and the U.S. state of Nevada

Recent visitors to Israel include Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades, U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, 14 UN ambassadors, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström, ministers and top officials from 13 Western African countries at an agriculture conference, Swiss MP Corina Eichenberger-Walther, British cardiologists and heart surgeons, international Jewish journalists, legendary punk rockers The Stranglers, soft rock band Air Supply, American singers Ryley Walker and Rickie Lee Jones, bestselling author Scott Turow, thousands of cyber-security experts from 80 countries, emergency-medicine professionals from 5 countries, 75 disabled Canadian hikers, 20 rectors from Latin American universities, conservative leaders from multiple countries (including a senior member of Donald Trump’s transition team), 21 travel bloggers, a record number of tourists, and tens of thousands of migrating cranes.

November 2016

Many fires, some caused by arson, ravage Haifa and Jerusalem areas; hundreds of homes destroyed, tens of thousands evacuated

U.S. Congress passes resolutions opposed to unilateral UN actions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and partnering with Israel on advanced research and on cyber-security

Pennsylvania passes anti-BDS bill; the city of Trondheim (Norway) votes to boycott goods and services produced in Israeli settlements on the West Bank, while the Paris regional council bans funding for Israel-boycott promoters. Canadian universities ban discrimination based on “place of origin”; BDS resolution passes by student government at Portland State Univ. but fails (again) at the University of Michigan

Proofpoint buys Israeli cloud-security company Firelayers for $55 million; three Israeli startups raise a combined $38 million

Israel signs scientific-cooperation deal with Canada; also strengthens ties with India, Chile, and Turkey

Israelis win international awards and honors in film, emergency medicine, synthetic biology, financial technology, sports technology, medical technology, advertising technologies, figure skating, and “Mr. Universe” bodybuilding

Recent visitors to Israel include Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, Italian President Sergio Mattarella, U.S. National Guard chief Gen. Joseph Lengyel with a delegation studying homeland security, the mayors of Toronto and Montreal with a trade mission, 18 other mayors from 5 continents (including the mayor of Rio de Janeiro, Marcelo Crivella), cyber-security experts and law-enforcement officials from 80 countries, a Brazilian dance company, English electronic music duo Chemical Brothers, British singer-songwriter Chris Martin of Coldplay, actress Sophia Loren, internationally acclaimed chefs and piano players, stamp collectors from around the world, clean and renewable energy experts, Mixed Martial Arts competitors, American female veterans suffering from PTSD, a British warship with over 500 navy personnel, over 300 foreign firefighters, and 7 leading Moroccan journalists

October 2016

Hamas-affiliated gunman kills two  in Jerusalem

UNESCO passes resolutions denying Jewish & Christian ties to Temple Mount

U.S. condemns construction in Shilo for evacuees from illegal Amona settlement

UK freezes aid to Palestinian Authority over terrorism funding

Israeli digital payments company Payoneer raises $180 million, Boston Scientific buys EndoChoice for $210M,  eBay buys Israeli visual-search startup Corrigon for an estimated $30M, Pluristem Therapeutics raises $30M from Chinese firm, and a dozen other startups raise a combined total of over $220M in new venture investments; in the 3rd quarter, Israeli high-tech companies raised a total of $1.2 billion

Israel strengthens ties with China, India, Britain, Kenya and other African nations

Israelis win international awards and honors in mobile-ad technology, wildlife law enforcement, innovative countries, and travel destinations

Recent visitors to Israel include the prime minister of Luxembourg, International Criminal Court officials, 15 parliamentarians from 3 continents, water experts from Panama, entrepreneurs from Miami, science fiction authors and fans, cyclist Lance Armstrong, thousands of Christian pilgrims, 30,000 Birthright participants, and the President of Fiji on an emergency landing.

September 2016

Shimon Peres, 9th Israeli president and Nobel Peace laureate, dies at 93

Prime Minister Netanyahu speaks at UN General Assembly, invites Abbas to Knesset; meets with President Obama, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and African leaders; Palestinian President Abbas at UNGA demands return to 1947 Partition lines, calls on UK to apologize for Balfour Declaration

U.S. and Israel sign 10-year agreement for military aid, with strong bipartisan support from U.S. Congress

88 U.S. Senators sign a letter to President Obama urging a veto of any one-sided UN Security Council resolutions on Israel

Israel shoots down Hamas drone from Gaza and intercepts mortar shells fired from Syria

Israel’s unemployment rate fell to new all-time low; growth accelerates, beating expectations

Campus anti-Israel and antisemitic bullying resumes in new school year, with Syracuse University disinviting Israeli filmmaker (critical of the settlements!) following BDS pressure, the president of UCLA’s Graduate Student Association leaving the school after anti-Israel attacks resulting from his decision not to fund a BDS initiative, and swastika graffiti at Swarthmore.

State of California and New York City Council pass anti-BDS laws; UC Berkeley cancels anti-Israel course (then reinstates it with changes) and U.S. Congress cancels anti-Israel event after outcry; Jordanian political leader: “BDS is a reckless act of hatred”; UK health minister: Israel boycott puts “100 million prescriptions at risk”; other statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by Ohio Governor John Kasich, Washington D.C. mayor Muriel Bowser, and Germany’s national teacher’s union

Chinese firm acquires Israel’s Adama Agricultural Solutions for $2.79 billion, Uber buys startup Otto for $680 million, Ford buys autonomous-driving technology company, CA Technologies to acquire application performance testing firm BlazeMeter for $100M

U.S. Dept. of Energy will establish an American-Israeli energy and water research center in 2017

Israel strengthens ties with China, Japan, Paraguay, Peru, Chile, Togo, South Africa, NATO, Gulf Arab countries, and even Sudan, a Muslim country with which Israel does not have diplomatic ties.

Israelis win international awards and honors in science; Paralympic rowing, shooting, and swimming; social entrepreneurship; architectural design; European soccer; cloud companies; baseball; inspiration; swimming while juggling; and Miss Transsexual

Recent visitors to Israel include world leaders (including President Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, and Prince Charles, and dozens of heads of state) attending Shimon Peres’s funeral; Australia’s foreign minister Julie Bishop, education ministers from 30 countries, American Undersecretary of State for Political Affairs Thomas Shannon, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan with a trade mission, French MP and antiterrorism expert George Fenech, Deputy Prime Minister of German state of Baden-Württemberg Thomas Strobl, 11 Australian members of parliament, a Nigerian minister with a scientific delegation, Swedish opposition leader Anna Kinberg Batra; 10 Australian cybersecurity and fintech startups, senior Facebook officials, 52 police officers from U.S. seven states; Hindu, Buddhist, Shinto, Sikh, Jain and Taoist religious leaders; Queen and Adam Lambert, pop sensation Natalie Imbruglia and Puerto Rican superstar Ricky Martin, blues singer Beth Hart, rock band Eagles of Death Metal, Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton, American-Scottish alternative rock band Garbage, British diva Joss Stone, legendary British singer Morrissey, electronic dance music (EDM) group Major Lazer, media executives and buyers, NBA basketball players, a Jordanian military delegation, and over 100 Rwandan agronomists

August 2016

Rocket from Gaza hits Sderot, Israel responds against Hamas targets

Israeli economy grew by higher-than-expected 2.9% annual rate in first half of 2016; natural-gas revenues hit new record

Israel sends assistance to victims of Louisiana floods, Canada fire, and Italy earthquake

Israelis win Olympic medals in women’s and (after snub by Egyptian competitor) men’s judo, and recognized among “best dressed” Olympic teams; other international awards and honors in robotic surgery, global innovation, humanitarian work, animated films, music videos, and high-school chemistry, robotics, and computer science

Head of World Vision church in Gaza accused of diverting tens of millions of dollars from aid budget to Hamas weapons, tunnels, facilities, terrorists, training, and supplies; UN employee arrested separately on similar charges

Rio Olympics honor Israelis murdered at 1972 Games

Record amount of goods shipped from Israel to Gaza

Chinese firm acquires Israeli game maker Playtika for $4.4 billion; Taiwanese firm buys mobile ad firm MassiveImpact; Uber buys autonomous-driving startup Otto Motors for $680 million; Intel Capital invests $25M in three Israeli startups; Medtronic Invests $20M in surgical robotics developer Mazor Robotics; U.S. developer buys game studio Scene53; UK cybersecurity firm acquires Dojo Labs; India’s Wipro invests in startup Intsights Cyber Intelligence

New Jersey and California passed anti-BDS laws; boycotts defeated or overturned by courts in 3 Spanish cities, other municipalities have followed suit; New York City mayor Bill De Blasio and German university students call anti-Israel boycotts antisemitic; Canadian Green Party endorses BDS (over objection of party leader), Evangelical Lutheran church calls to end U.S. aid to Israel over settlements; students file complaint against Univ. of Ontario groups, alleging discrimination against and intimidation of pro-Israel activists

Israel strengthens ties with Russia, Turkey, Peru, Honduras, Kurdistan, Kazakhstan, and many other countries, including Arab states like Saudi Arabia

Recent visitors to Israel include Kazakhstan Defense Minister Imangali Nurgaliuly Tasmagambetov, UN ambassadors from 11 countries, 6 U.S. Republican Senators, 9 Conservative members of the Scottish parliament, government and business leaders from the Indian state of Gujarat and Indian border-security officials, Chinese academic leaders, U.S. police chiefs (including from Orlando and San Bernardino), a senior advisor to U.S. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, Iranian and Cuban dissidents, 10 American business students, legal scholars, comedian Louis C.K., ‘Seinfeld’ star Wayne Knight, British Jamaican reggae star Julian Marley, actor Jeremy Piven, Australian singer Sia, 35 influential Jewish fashionistas, basketball superstar Amar’e Stoudemire (who will be joining Israeli team HaPo’el Jerusalem), an Afghan baby undergoing life-saving heart surgery, and 140 Syrian civilians, including an 8-year-old girl with cancer, receiving medical treatment

July 2016

Rabbi Miki Mark (48) killed in shooting attack near Hebron

Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Africa, strengthens relations with Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, even Somalia and Chad; renews diplomatic ties with Guinea. Israel’s relations also improve with Russia, Mexico, Kazakhstan, Paraguay, Cyprus and many other European countries, Egypt, Jordan, and even (unofficially) Saudi Arabia

Israel passes controversial law requiring disclosure of foreign-government funding for NGOs

IDF intercepts weapons smuggling from Jordan

U.S. Senate report: Taxpayer funds used for anti-Netanyahu election campaign

25,000 attend Jerusalem Pride Parade

Cisco acquires Israeli cyber company CloudLock for $293 million; Swiss firm Doodle buys chatbot maker Meekan; consultancy giant Accenture purchases cyber-security company Maglan, opens R&D lab in Herzliya; Sony Pictures Entertainment invests over $50M in interactive storytelling platform Interlude; eBay to acquire consumer-tracking company SalesPredict; Keter Plastic sells 80% stake to European equity fund; Bosch Group opens research office in Tel Aviv. In total, Israeli company “exits” in the first half of 2016 totaled over $3.3 billion.

Israelis win international awards and honors in athletics, universities, gymnastics (again); youth chess, physics, and math; “smart” companies, and international airports

Statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by 8 U.S. state governors, the president of Portland State University, NY state senator (and candidate for U.S. Congress) Jack Martins, and the Republican party platform; French municipality of Bondy votes to boycott Israeli settlement products; Spanish city supports BDS, loses Israel flights

Recent visitors to Israel include the presidents of Paraguay Horacio Cartes and of Cyprus Nicos Anastasiades, Egyptian foreign minister Sameh Shoukry, former British prime minister Tony Blair, former US ambassador to UN John Bolton; a former Saudi general with a delegation of Saudi business people and academics; Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe, officials from Mali, Chad, and Somalia; 30 members of the French parliament; Cisco Executive Chairman John Chambers; rock musician and guitarist Carlos Santana, thrash metal band Megadeth, German hard rock band Scorpions, director Quentin Tarantino, Australian psychedelic sensation Tame Impala, soul singer Joss Stone, actresses Amy Poehler and Natasha Lyonne, “Godfather” actor James Caan, Spanish dance troupe Larreal, Australian psychedelic/indie-rock band Tame Impala; retired American generals and admirals; presidents and chancellors from top U.S. universities and colleges; cyber-security, intelligence & counter-terrorism experts; leading cancer researchers, students from Taiwan, law-enforcement and intelligence officials from 7 countries, U.S. Marines training with the IDF, and 150 Palestinians farmers.

June 2016

Palestinian terrorists gun down 4 at Tel-Aviv restaurant: Michael Feige (58), Ido Ben Ari (42), Mila Mishayev (33), and Ilana Navaa (39). In a separate attack, Hallel Yaffa Ariel (13) is stabbed to death in her Kiryat Arba bedroom.

Palestinian Mahmoud Badran (15) killed by IDF in error at late-night rock and firebomb attack on Route 443

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin addressed the European Parliament in Brussels; Palestinian President Abbas refused to meet Rivlin, repeats water-poisoning hoax, then apologizes

France hosts talks on Israeli-Palestinian peace, without Israelis or Palestinians

Israel elected to head UN legal panel

30,000 march in to celebrate Israel in New York, 20,000 in Toronto

U.S. House of Representatives approved $635.7 million for Israel’s missile defense

Statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by the Dutch parliament; Finland’s foreign minister; New York Governor Andrew Cuomo; state legislatures of New Jersey, California, and Rhode Island; Nassau County (NY); the U.S. Democratic Party; the Southern Baptist Convention; the United Auto Workers (overturning a BDS resolution by NYU graduate students); the American Anthropological Association; security company G4S; the Judicial Board of the Student Society of McGill UniversityEdinburgh University Student Association’s board of trustees; actress Helen Mirren; English singer Mick Hucknell; and Italian academics. Statements supporting boycotts from Presbyterian Church USA and Green Party presidential candidate Dr. Jill Stein.

Financing secured for WalkMe ($50M); drone platform Airobotics ($28.5); sales promotion company Yotpo ($22M); video marketing company Eyeview ($21.5); e-commerce company Twiggle ($20M, including from Chinese giant Alibaba); augmented-reality company Lumus ($15M); storage firm Elastifile ($15M, from Cisco); smart dash-cam developer Nexar ($10.5M); baby monitor developer Nanit ($6.6M); cyber-security companies Sixgill ($5M) and Armeron ($2M); Nuro Secure Messaging ($2.6M); IBM buying cloud-integration company EZ Legacy; singer-songwriter buys Sensiya; Salesforce buys Implisit

Israel restores full diplomatic ties with Turkey; strengthens ties with Russia, China, India, Brazil, Jordan, Egypt, the Palestinian Authority, Ethiopia, and a number of other African countries

Israelis win international awards and honors in kickboxing, tennis, judo (again), rhythmic gymnastics (again), air-rifle shooting, antidepressant drugs, technologies for the disabled, startups, universities in Asia, academic excellence, fashion schools, tech hubs, smartphone apps, NutraIngredients, and cookbooks.

Recent visitors to Israel include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, the foreign ministers of Finland Timo Soini and of Turkmenistan Rashid Meredev, Italy’s education minister with a delegation of university deans, speaker of the Danish parliament Pia Kjærsgaard, Google executive Eric Schmidt, American law-enforcement officials (including the sheriff of San Bernardino County, CA) at a counterterrorism seminar, NASA Administrator Charlie Bolden, former Arkansas governor and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, actress Dame Helen Mirren, English pop band Simply Red, Heavy metal performer Alice Cooper, American singer-songwriter Barry Manilow, South African rave band Die Antwoord, Beach Boys singer-songwriter Brian Wilson, Brazilian Bossa Nova artist Sergio Mendes, Jazz guitarist Pat Metheny, ‘Orange is the New Black’ actress Lea Delaria, comic Hannibal Buress, a World Bank delegation, hundreds of cardiologists and trauma-medicine specialists, a Jewish Federations LGBT group, Cuban-Jewish mothers, 120 Wikimedia developers, martial artists from Jordan, Japan and Senegal, luxury ocean liner Queen Mary 2, and a 10-meter baby whale.

May 2016

PM Netanyahu reshuffles cabinet; unsuccessfully negotiates with Zionist Union party, replaces Ya’alon with Avigdor Lieberman as Defense Minister

Israel intercepts 4 tons of chemicals used in rockets, 60,000 hand-grenade springs, drones, and other weapons-making materials bound for Gaza

Chinese tech giant launches $300M international innovation fund based in Israel, invests $20M in Israeli gesture-recognition company EyeSight Technologies; VW invests $300M in Israeli taxi-hailing company Gett; cancer treatment company Biocancell raises $6M

Kuwait Airways stops inter-European flights to avoid selling tickets to Israelis

Alabama becomes 24th state to pass anti-BDS legislation; Israel boycott rejected by Methodist Church (following criticism from Hillary Clinton; instead, Methodists voted to cut ties with anti-Israel group), the Canadian province of Ontario, the student bodies at Stanford University and Vassar College, and a Spanish constitutional tribunal, but endorsed by University of Chile’s law students and Alliance of Baptists

Israeli innovations show promise in treating menstrual cramps and depression, diagnosing cervical cancer, integrating dental implants, non-pharmacological sleep aid, computer-assisted x-ray diagnostics, and DNA blood test for early detection of multiple diseases

Israel strengthens ties with China, Greece, France, Egypt, Jordan, the EU, NATO, Ontario (Canada), and New South Wales (Australia)

Israel sends humanitarian assistance to flood-stricken Sri Lanka, Syrian refugees in Jordan and Greece, and Iraqi Kurds

Israelis win international awards and honors in judo (again), karate, swimming, golf, women’s wrestling, water technology, films, cyber-security, smartphone apps (also for Android), high-school robotics, analytics software, and ophthalmology

Recent visitors to Israel include French prime minister Manuel Valls and foreign minister Jean-Marc Ayrault, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Martin Luther King III, presidents and chancellors from top U.S. universities, a New Zealand trade mission, Dell founder and CEO Michael Dell, Australian security experts, Yeshiva U. social-work students learning about trauma and recovery, singer Elton John, actor Alan Cumming, and 18 Eurovision stars

April 2016

21 injured in Jerusalem bus bombing; Hamas claims responsibility

Israel finds & destroys new terror tunnel from Gaza into Israel

Saudi Arabia commits to upholding peace treaty with Israel in islands transferred from Egypt

Prime Minister Netanyahu visits Moscow, receives assurances over Syrian threat

Jewish extremists arrested for praying on Temple Mount

IsraAID teams deliver earthquake relief in Japan and Ecuador

Israeli government reaffirms sovereignty over (but not annexation of) Golan Heights

The UN Human Rights Council on voted to establish blacklist of companies “profiting from settlements”; UN Commission on the Status of Women condemned only Israel for violating women’s rights; UNESCO denies Jewish connection to Temple Mount

U.S. Universities Debating Association national championship features anti-Israel debate topic

Francisco Partners Buys Israeli Company SintecMedia, for $400 million; Oracle buys Israeli big-data company Crosswise for $50M; China’s Fosun to buy Israeli skin-care company Ahava for $77M; other acquisitions include Genome Compiler, cybersecurity company NorthBit, and mobile-ad startup Inneractive; overall, 81 Israeli startups raised $1 billion in the first quarter of 2016; pharma giant Bayer to invest $10 million in Israeli agriculture tech fund

Professors sue American Studies Association over Israel boycott

Israel’s former president, Shimon Peres, sent Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II a happy birthday video message telling her that “life begins at 90.”

83% of U.S. Senators sign letter to President Obama supporting increased military assistance to Israel

Boycott resolutions approved by City Univ. of NY doctoral students, graduate students at NYU (rejected by the university president and notable alumni) and Univ. of Massachusetts–Amherst, and University of Chicago undergraduate student government; rejected by Univ. of Michigan-Dearborn Faculty Senate and Univ. of Minnesota student government

Statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by U.S. Senator Cory Booker, British Justice Minister Michael Gove, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom, and the Iowa state legislature

Israel strengthens ties with Russia

Israelis win international awards and honors in rhythmic gymnastics (again), tennis, judo (again), wrestling, car racing, wine, digital diplomacy, universities (6 of the world’s top 100), political campaign TV ads, water technology, agricultural machinery, and best places to raise a family (#4)

Israeli innovations show promise in preventing diabetes and treating asthma, leukemia, and prostate cancer

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. House of Representative Speaker Paul Ryan, Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (with a 60-member delegation), U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz, Polish Defense Minister Antoni Macierewicz, French Health Minister Marisol Touraine, San Francisco mayor Ed Lee, Austrian far-right political leader Heinz-Christian Strache, energy expert (and Donald Trump foreign-policy advisor) George Papadopoulos, 600 young innovators, nanotech scientists, entrepreneur Elon Musk, actor Kevin Costner, Scottish musician Donovan, British R&B star Craig David, singer and TV star Pat Boone, 20 Eurovision contestants, supermodel Naomi Campbell, Monica Lewinsky, Forbes’ under-30 leaders, robotics experts, an Iraqi former diplomat, the brother of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas (treated for cancer at a Tel Aviv hospital), a Syrian bone-marrow donor, and thousands of Egyptian Coptic Christian pilgrims.

March 2016

Taylor Force (28), a U.S. Army veteran and Vanderbilt student, killed in Jaffa terror attack. (The Palestinian Authority celebrated the murder.) One Israeli, stabbed in the neck, removed the knife and killed his attacker; another intended victim used his guitar to strike the attacker. Multiple additional attacks were thwarted.

Iran, violating UN resolutions, fires missiles markedIsrael must be wiped out

Soldier charged with manslaughter for killing Palestinian stabber neutralized after attack in Hebron

The Israeli economy grew by 2.5% in 2015 (3.3% in 4th quarter); foreign investment in Israel up 90%

Three Israelis killed in Istanbul ISIS bombing

Israeli supreme court overrules government concession on natural-gas deal

Israeli Air Force takes possession of David’s Sling air defense system

BDS-targeted Soda Stream finalizes move from West Bank to southern Israel, laying off 500 Palestinian workers

Yemenite Jews airlifted to Israel

Russia halted a shipment of advanced antiaircraft weapons to Iran, after Israeli intelligence showed transfer of Russian weapons to Hezbollah

Statements supporting Israel and opposing anti-Israel boycotts recently issued by British Justice Secretary, members of 13 Latin American parliaments, the U.S. ambassador to Israel, hundreds of Columbia University faculty members, the president of the University of Minnesota, the Austrian student association, and the city of Aviles in northern Spain. Boycott supporters include the Vassar College student government and a Miss Canada finalist. Student leaders at Univ. of Minnesota declined to vote on BDS resolution. University of California Regents unanimously adopt resolution condemning “anti-Semitic forms of anti-Zionism

U.S. states of Virginia, Colorado, Georgia, Indiana, and Arizona pass anti-BDS laws, joining Tennessee, Alabama, Indiana, Pennsylvania, New York, Florida, and Illinois

U.S. VP Biden and presidential candidates Clinton, Trump, Cruz and Kasich address 18,000 pro-Israel activists at AIPAC Policy Conference

Tel Aviv U. innovation combines living tissue and electronics to repair damaged hearts

United Airlines launches SFO-TLV nonstop service

Israeli researchers develop single blood test to detect diabetes, multiple sclerosis, pancreatic cancer, and other diseases

Israeli security firm Cellebrite helped FBI unlock San Bernardino shooter’s iPhone

Hebrew U. students developed lifesaving device to treat collapsed lungs

Cisco to acquire Israeli network chip vendor Leaba Semiconductor for $320M; Intel bought 3D video technology company Replay Technologies for $175M

Israelis win international awards and honors in ice skating, judo, rhythmic gymnastics, Ju-Jitsu, nanotechnology, and Forbes’ lists of billionaires and innovative companies; Israel named #8 world power, #11 in global happiness, and OECD’s #3 for quality of life

Israel strengthens ties with Japan, South Africa, Kenya, Turkey, and Indonesia

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, Romanian president Klaus Werner Iohannis, Bulgarian prime minister Boiko Borissov, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford and director of the U.S. National Security Agency Adm. Michael Rogers, the German Bundestag’s Committee on Foreign Affairs, former New York City mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Canadian First Nations and African Muslim religious leaders, 30 Japanese government and business officials, Latin American entertainment stars, six Iraqi Kurds and Yazidis, Spanish entrepreneurs, NBC TV hosts Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, American comedian Rosanne Barr, actor Jan-Claude Van Damme, four Arab-European journalists, 45 attorneys and legal scholars fighting BDS, senior journalists from Indonesia, scrabble players from 10 countries, thousands of runners from over 60 countries at Sixth Annual Jerusalem Marathon, and thousands of Christians celebrating Easter in the Holy Land.

February 2016

Police trainee Hadar Cohen (19) and Tuvia Yanai Weissman (21) killed in separate Jerusalem terrorist attacks; Eliav Gelman killed by friendly fire during stabbing attack

Controversial Israeli NGO transparency bill passes first vote

Israel approves mixed-gender, egalitarian prayer space at Western Wall

U.S. Congress passes trade and customs bill with anti-BDS provisions; Britain, Canadian Parliament, Paris municipality, state legislatures in Indiana, Iowa, and Florida, and the students and administration of McGill University reject boycotts of Israel

S&P reaffirms Israel’s A+ credit rating

Netflix buys Israeli TV show “The Greenhouse”

Iran announces financial rewards for families of Palestinian terrorists who kill Jews

Sony purchases Israeli chip manufacturing company Altair for $212 million; Oracle acquires Israeli cloud firm Ravello for $500 million

Israel strengthens ties with Russia, India, Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Egypt, and U.S. state of Colorado

Variety Magazine, London Underground, and Chicago billboards pull anti-Israel ads

Israelis win international awards and honors in Judo, fencing, English-language debating, cyber security startups, movies (at Sundance Film Festival), chess grandmasters; innovation in financial services, mobile-automotive apps, and fruit; and France’s “Singer of the Year

Recent visitors to Israel include Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta, Rwandan foreign minister Louise Mushikiwabo, American UN envoy Samantha Power, former U.S. Secretary of State George Schultz, 9 British Members of Parliament, over 100 American Jewish leaders, hundreds of American sailors (aboard the USS Carney) and other service members (for joint military exercise), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, nanotechnology industry and academia leaders, medieval fighters, hundreds of diamond traders, Latina stars Maite Perroni and Adamari Lopez, Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson, German Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld (to receive Israeli citizenship), French nuclear expert François Heisbourg, a delegation of South African scholars and journalists, French-Cuban musical twins Ibeyi, thousands of runners in Tel Aviv marathon, and (in 2010) a Bahraini princess undergoing life-saving surgery, plus 3.1 million tourists last year.

January 2016

Israeli Arab kills 2 at Tel Aviv pub; shooter killed after week-long manhunt

Dafna Meir (39), nurse and mother of six, stabbed to death in her home, allegedly by Palestinian teen motivated by Palestinian TV incitement; Shlomit Krigman (23) killed in separate stabbing attack

U.S. ambassador to Israel, Dan Shapiro, accuses Israel of having a “double legal standard” in the West Bank; after outcry, he apologizes for the timing of his remarks.

U.S., UK spied on Israeli Air Force

UN chief Ban Ki-moon slammed for comments that Palestinian violence is result of ‘human nature to react to occupation’; ‘alarmed’ that Hamas is rebuilding Gaza tunnels

France: We will recognize Palestinian state if stalemate persists; Netanyahu: Reward for intransigence

Historians’ academic association, Association of American Universities, New York and Florida state senates, a Spanish court, University of Waterloo students, and the World Medical Association reject Israel boycott; Methodist Church divests pension funds from 5 Israeli banks.

Israel designates as “state land” large tract near Jericho, farmed for decades by Israeli settlers

LGBTQ event featuring Israeli speakers was disrupted by protests

A 13-year-old Israeli girl invented a system for producing oxygen in space

Israel, U.S. agree to cooperate on health and medical innovation

Slovenian supermarket removes, then restocks Israeli produce

Israel strengthens ties with China, Hong Kong, Colombia, Indonesia, India, Cyprus, Greece, Albania, Ukraine, the Islamic Republic of Gambia, and potentially even Sudan

Israeli venture capital firms raised over $1 billion in 2015; 104 companies were acquired or went public, returning over $9B to the firms and their investors

Israelis win international awards and honors for iPhone apps, consumer electronics, recipes, U.S. News and World Report’s “Most Powerful Countries,” and Conde Nast Traveler’s “Best Hotels” and “Best Cities of the World.”

Recent visitors to Israel include India’s foreign minister Sushma Swaraz, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko, Albanian prime minister Edi Rama, Cyprus political leader Averof Neophytou, eight U.S. Senate Democrats and four Representatives, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, a U.S. National Security Council delegation, Texas governor Greg Abbott, a deputy speaker of the Swedish parliament, 200 emergency-medicine professionals from 30 countries, thousands of cyber experts, a delegation of the Royal Swedish Academy of War Sciences, international chamber music ensembles, a top Indonesian venture capitalist, 3,000 Birthright participants, international food bloggers, and Muslim-American “viral Zionist” Farhana Rahman

December 2015

Palestinian stabbings, and car ramming, and hammer attacks continued, supported by Hamas and justified by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas

A Jerusalem court convicted two Israeli teens of the July 2014 kidnapping and murder of 16-year-old Palestinian Mohammed Abu Khdeir

Israeli President Ruvi Rivlin met in Washington with President Obama and Congressional leaders, was guest of honor at White House Hanukkah party

International defense experts: Israel surpassed legal requirements in 2014 Gaza war

Greece will not label settlement products, but its parliament voted in favor of recognizing Palestine; Czech parliament also rejects settlement labeling, as does the government of Hungary

A reported Israeli air raid successfully targeted Hezbollah commander Samir Kuntar, convicted of brutal 1979 terror attack in Israel and allegedly planning another major attack; Hezbollah vows revenge

4 arrested for celebrating death of Palestinian baby at Orthodox wedding

Israeli Interior Ministry Silvan Shalom resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment

Israeli Navy receives 5th nuclear-capable submarine

Israel intercepts 4,000 rock-throwing plush dolls bound for the West Bank

Kuwait Airways drops New York-London route to avoid serving Israelis

Brazil rejects appointment of settler leader as Israeli ambassador

U.S. Congress spending bill includes $3.1 billion aid to Israel, $487M for missile defense, and $40M for new tunnel-detection program

National (U.S.) Women’s Studies Association voted to boycott Israel

1947 Jewish runaway teen bride turns up 68 years later as Syrian refugee great-grandmother, reunited with family in Israel

Israeli company launches in southern California Western Hemisphere’s largest desalination plant

Israel approves development of giant offshore gas field

Texas A&M to open $6 million research center in Israel

Israel withdraws from Youth Sailing World Championships after host Malaysia rejects windsurfing team’s flag

Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert sentenced to prison for bribery

United Auto Workers overturned BDS resolution by University of California graduate students

WSJ: U.S. spied on Prime Minister Netanyahu

Israel renews diplomatic relations with Turkey, and strengthens ties with Jordan, Russia, Vietnam, Japan, Germany (new space agreement and science partnership), Australia, China (joint research), Hong Kong (industrial R&D cooperation), India (missile development), Liberia, Albania (also supporting Israel at the UN), Panama, Greece and Cyprus.

Boycott resolutions against Israel were rejected or overturned by the United Auto Workers (UAW) International and San Jose State University

Recent statements supporting Israel and against boycotts from German speaker of the parliament, French prime minister, U.S. Trade Representative, singer Suzanne Vega and actor Adam Sandler

Israelis win international awards and honors in short-course swimming, bodybuilding, clean-technology innovation, hottest startups andcoolest cloud startups,” video technology, medical apps, health technology, synthetic biology, financial innovation, restaurants, young innovators, restaurants, and international airports

Recent visitors to Israel include Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, the president of Germany, Vietnam’s deputy prime minister, Liberia’s senate president, senior Australian and British politicians and Canada’s former justice minister and attorney general Irwin Cotler140 U.S. paratroopers from the 173rd Airborne Brigade training with the IDF, an exiled Iranian poet, World Bank and Brazilian officials studying water and agriculture technologies, Jordanian pilots, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator, French philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy, actor and comedian Jerry Seinfeld, Latin pop sensation Enrique Iglesias, 600 swimmers from 47 countries at European Short Course Championships, Jordanian air force pilots, and 250 Palestinian students from Gaza en route to studying in Europe.

November 2015

Palestinian stabbings, shootings, and car-ramming attacks against Israelis claim another 9 lives in November, including American teen Ezra Schwartz

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with President Obama in the White House, agree to expand U.S. military aid to Israel; Netanyahu reiterated support for two states, addressed American Jewish leaders, the American Enterprise Institute, and the Center for American Progress

The European Union will begin labeling Israeli products originating in West Bank settlements; Israel condemns the decision, reprimands European diplomats, and suspends ties with some EU groups; Hungary opposes the decision, and a bipartisan group of U.S. Senators writes a protest letter. One Israeli supermarket removes European products, a Golan winery adds Israeli flags to its bottles, Israeli MK (and former Ambassador to the U.S.) Michael Oren labels EU products at a Jerusalem supermarket, and a New York NGO pursues a legal challenge in Europe.

Abbas admits he rejected Israeli peace offer in 2008

President Obama: Israel-Palestinian peace unlikely in short term

Jonathan Pollard, convicted of spying on Israel for the U.S., released after 30 years in prison

The American Anthropological Association has voted to boycott Israeli academic institutions

Berlin department store removes Israeli goods, then restocks them and apologizes

Foreign minister of Sweden and chairman of Dutch Socialist Party blame Paris massacre, in part, on Palestinian-Israeli conflict

Bipartisan majority of U.S. Representatives call on Palestinian President Abbas to end incitement to violence against Israelis, renew direct talks

Netanyahu’s media advisory appointment derailed by candidate’s disparaging remarks about President Obama, Secretary Kerry, and Israeli President Rivlin

New Israeli Foreign Ministry initiative targets incitement on social media

Israel’s fifth president, Yitzhak Navon, dies at 94

UN adopts 6 resolutions condemning Israel (zero on other countries or Palestinian Authority)

Israeli specialists treat victims of nightclub fire in Romania, train French trauma experts

Royal Jordanian Amman-to-Dubai flight diverted to Tel Aviv

Sudanese attacks Israeli on Ethiopian Airlines flight

Israeli professor shouted down at the University of Minnesota; three protesters arrested

Last remaining Jews in Syria evacuated to Israel

Israel raises Hezbollah rocket estimate to 150,000

Microsoft buys third Israeli cybersecurity company; smart-energy company Panoramic Power acquired for $60M

Israelis win international awards, medals, championships, and honors in judo, women’s kickboxing, health technology, underwater photography, scientists under 35, vegetarian restaurants, virtual tours, young concert artists, hottest startups, world’s best cities and best bars

Israel strengthening relationships with China, Vietnam, Mexico, Greece, Panama, Russia, and even the United Arab Emirates

Recent statements supporting Israel and against boycotts from the European Sociology Association; Britain’s ruling Conservative Party, its ambassador to Israel, Australia’s foreign minister, and the mayors of London and of Munich; actress Helen Mirren; and a proposed New York State Senate bill

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, the president of Cyprus, the prime minister of Greece, the foreign minister of Hungary, the governor of Mississippi with a trade delegation, former US Senator Joe Lieberman; the mayor of London; a large delegation of Australian government officials, entrepreneurs, and industry representatives; Egyptian Coptic Pope; 20 CEOs from Michigan; European journalists, diplomats and officials; American law-enforcement and counter-terrorism officialsNew York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli; Chelsea (UK) football (soccer) team; actors Sean Penn and Chris Noth; British bands Smokey and Paradise Lost, Bermudian singer/songwriter Heather Nova, French metal band Gojira, American heavy metal band Fear Factory, Czech-English electronic musician Emika, Japanese jazz musician Hiromi, indie rockers Calexico, Canadian electro-rock duo Purity Ring, rock band Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Russian-German “pianist of the century” Igor Levit, and Russian Army’s Alexandrov Ensemble; attendees from 41 countries at International Conference on Countering Radicalization, British academics at a conference on quantitative studies of conflict in international relations; and 15 teams competing at the European Beach Tennis Championships

October 2015

11 Israelis have been killed and dozens injured in hundreds of stabbing, shooting, stoning, car-ramming, firebomb, and car-bomb attacks, egged on by religious slander, posts on social media, and incitement in Palestinian Authority and Hamas media. Assailants include a 13-year-old, an Israeli Arab and an Israeli Bedouin; one attacker posed as a journalist. Israel responds with increased security presence; checkpoints and closures in Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem; demolishing homes and revoking residency permits. Eritrean worker killed, mistaken for a terrorist. Jewish man stabs 4 Arabs in Dimona; others beat an Arab in Netanya.

Israeli Arab leaders, including the mayor of Nazareth and a popular newscaster, criticize Palestinian violence

Palestinians riot on West Bank, torch Jewish heritage site Joseph’s Tomb

Israel responds to shooting on civilian car, rocket fire, and sniper attacks from Gaza Strip with air strikes on Hamas targets

Israel and Jordan agree to video surveillance on the Temple Mount

Palestinian carrying explosives arrested in Jordan Valley

UNRWA employees fired for anti-Israeli incitement

Condé Nast: Top Mideast hotel is Waldorf Astoria Jerusalem

Prime Minister Netanyahu wrongly blames Palestinian leader for Holocaust

Palestinian president Abbas, at UN General Assembly, announces end of the Oslo accords; Netanyahu’s speech criticizes Abbas’s and offers to resume peace talks

Arab Deputy Speaker expels Jewish minister from Knesset debate

U.S. cuts Palestinian Authority aid by $80M over incitement

UNESCO declares Jewish heritage sites, Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron and Tomb of Rachel in Bethlehem, as Palestinian; attempt to list Western Wall as part of Al Aqsa dropped after widespread criticism

Thousands of Israelis sue Facebook over pages inciting violence

Israeli boaters save Syrian & Iraqi refugees in the Mediterranean

Death toll from Nov. 2014 Har Nof synagogue attack rises to 5

NASA signs cooperative agreement with Israel Space Agency; Israel joins UN space panel

Facebook will use Israeli-made satellites for broadband Internet in Africa

A new Knesset lobby supports descendants of Spanish and Portuguese Jews forcibly converted to Christianity

State of Colorado signs R&D cooperation agreement with Israel

Ben-Gurion Univ. cancer therapy project wins international award

Palestinian music conservatory condemns peacebuilding with Israeli musicians

Former BBC chairman says network has shown “inexcusable bias” on Israel

Microsoft buys Israeli cyber security company Secure Islands; General Electric launches Israel accelerator

Recent statements supporting Israel and against boycotts from Canadian prime minister-elect Justin Trudeau; Pope Francis; the Massachusetts State Senate; 150 British artists and intellectuals, including J.K. Rowling; Saudi prince and billionaire media tycoon al-Waleed bin Talal (a report later denied); a French court, ruling boycotts discriminatory; and candy maker Mentos

Recent visitors to Israel include UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joe Dunford; the presidents of India, Honduras, Georgia, and Lithuania; former president Bill Clinton, the governors of Arizona and Colorado, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive, parliamentarians from 18 countries, the mayors of New York City and 40 other cities around the world; actor Morgan Freeman, rapper Kayne West, rocker Bon Jovi, and singer-songwriter Michael Bolton; a Christian choir from Georgia (U.S.), a group of NBA basketball players; astronaut Buzz Aldrin and 2000 other delegates to international astronautical convention, international law students at Space Law Moot Court Competition; attendees at 29th International Conference for Women Leaders, Water Technology & Environment Control Exhibition & Conference (WATEC); a dozen foreign military officers undergoing combat training, and thousands of evangelical Christian pilgrims and politicians.

September 2015

Riots and clashes on Temple Mount cause injuries, exacerbate tensions during Jewish and Muslim holidays; Jordan, Egypt, and UN Security Council express concern; Israeli driver killed after rock-throwing attack

Rockets from Gaza fired at Sderot, Ashkelon; IDF responds with air strikes

Prime Minister Netanyahu met with Russian President Putin in Moscow

Iceland capital Reykjavik (population 120,000) passes boycott of Israeli products; after severe backlash, including from the Icelandic government, city backtracks to only “occupied territories” boycott. European Parliament will label produce from Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Los Angeles County (population 10 million) signs water agreement with Israel; city of Beverly Hills, Rutgers University, and the African nation of Zambia also strengthen ties

Statements against boycotts by British cabinet minister, Canadian transportation conglomerate Bombardier, an Israeli Christian group, and a unanimous condemnation by the Pennsylvania State Senate

Israel intercepts 15 tons of sulfuric acid, used in making explosives, en route to Gaza

Israeli wins gold in Paralympic World Rowing Championships

IDF combat forces to receive new high-tech uniforms

Israel’s Shenkar College ranked one of World’s Best Fashion Schools; Tel Aviv University ranked #9 in the world (and first outside the U.S.) in producing VC-backed entrepreneurs

Jewish immigration to Israel (Aliya) up 13% from last year

Israeli air force is working with Lockheed Martin to double flight range of F-35 Stealth strike fighters; Tel Aviv firm won U.S. Air Force contract to provide anti-IED Micro Tactical Ground Robots (MTGR); Israeli micro-drones track nuclear radiation in difficult terrain

Israeli team helping refugees in Europe

Israeli Dead Sea cosmetics company Ahava sold to Chinese conglomerate; Israeli medical-device startup Valtech Cardio acquired by Massachusetts-based HeartWare Int’l for almost $1 billion; Japanese venture firm and American “500 Startups” fund invest in Israeli innovation; crowd-funded mini-booster seat raises 17 times target amount

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. acting Treasury undersecretary Adam Szubin, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), the governor of Tennessee with a business delegation, members of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe, 15 U.S. law-enforcement officials, and Myanmar’s military chief of staff; Internet pioneer Jeff Pulver, representatives of giant tech companies, and thousands of attendees at Digital Life Design (DLD) Tel Aviv Innovation Festival; 200 scientists working on endangered species, attendees at international Women tech entrepreneurship conference and Israeli Designed International Development conference; American reggae star Matisyahu, British rock band Manfred Mann’s Earth Band; New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, 60 American Muslim leaders studying Judaism and Zionism, a group of creative content producers and composers, and 10 international fashion designers.

August 2015

Jonathan Pollard granted parole after 30 years in prison for spying for Israel

Shira Banki, 16, stabbed at Gay Pride march, dies

Israel strikes Hamas weapons site after Gaza rocket attack

Hamas enrolls 25,000 in combat-training summer camps

Recent statements and stands against anti-Israel boycotts by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, the prime minister of Italy, and the mayor of Paris; Students at the University of Toronto reject BDS campaign, Jewish-American reggae star Matisyahu (uninvited from Spanish music festival, then re-invited), celebrity Oprah Winfrey, and African-American civil-rights activists

Cyprus and Israel agree to share gas facilities and expand cooperation; Israel signs space-cooperation agreement with U.S. to prevent satellite collisions; Israel also improving ties with India, China, Japan, and Egypt

Israelis win 21 medals at Special Olympics, silver medal in athletics World Championship, bronze medal in World Judo Championship, and gold medal in international chocolate competition; 91-year-old Israeli wins world running championship for seniors

Pro-Israel students push back against BDS on U.S. campuses

Controversy surrounds appointment of new Israeli police chief

Captured Hamas operative reveals plans for new terror attacks, tunnels, Iranian financing

Druze town scores highest pass rate in high-school matriculation exams

Wedding crashers save Israeli couple’s big day

Thousands bathe in spectacular Negev meteor shower

Israeli doctors restore sight to 90 Kyrgyzstanis

Six Israeli universities in Chinese ranking of world’s top 500

Ben Gurion U. scientists connect HIV virus and leukemia

Yahoo opens startup accelerator in Israel; Viber buys Israeli mobile game developer Nextpeer

Wired Magazine praises Tel Aviv’s high-tech scene

Israel’s foreign currency reserves hit new record

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. Congressional delegations from both the Democratic and Republican parties, U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee, singer Mariah Carey, comedian Jay Leno, talk-show host Larry King, New England Patriots wide receiver Julian Edelman, over 20 Nobel laureates and hundreds of foreign students at the world’s biggest science conference, 19 winners of Chinese teen science contest; the sailors and officers of the USS Porter and an Indian naval warship, and 2,000 Syrians treated for civil-war injuries.

July 2015

Iran nuclear deal rejected by Israeli government (Netanyahu) and opposition leaders (Isaac Herzog, Tzipi Livni, Yair Lapid, Avigdor Lieberman).

Jewish-extremist arsonist kills Palestinian Arab toddler

Ultra-Orthodox stabs six at Jerusalem Gay Pride parade

Netanyahu: “Israel is home for all Jews”—including Reform Jews; relations with Reform improving

United Church of Christ votes to divest from companies in Israeli settlements and “profiting from the occupation”; Episcopal and Mennonite Churches reject similar measures; new Illinois law forbids public investment in companies engaged in anti-Israel boycotts

International Criminal Court reopens investigation of 2010 Mavi Marmara incident, over prosecutor’s objection

Two Israelis apparently held captive in Gaza

Israeli teen is world champion in tennis for deaf

Google’s Waze launches carpooling app in Israel

New aviation agreement will allow TLV-Tokyo flights

Costa Rica becomes 33rd country with pro-Israel caucus

Israeli teen opens Christian Dior’s show at Paris Fashion Week

Israel signs cooperation deal with Latin America’s largest investment bank

Jerusalem in Time Magazine’s Top 10 “travel bucket list

UNESCO names 9th World Heritage Site in Israel

Israel’s Weizmann Institute ranks 10th in the world for research quality; 3 Israeli universities in Chinese top 100 ranking

Low-cost airline Ryanair to begin flights between central Europe and Eilat

Israel’s Radwin deploys Wi-Fi system on South African buses

Canada expands Free Trade Agreement with Israel

Israel signs deal for $1.1 billion thermos-solar power plant

Israeli researchers help international airlines with cyber-security

Microsoft acquires cyber-security company Adallom; Merck buys Israeli nanocrystal technology company, opens R&D center in Jerusalem; U.S. giant Emerson Electric buys Israeli fire-detection company; Facebook buys Israeli gesture-control company; Samsung launches Israel startup incubator; Germany opens Tel Aviv startup initiative

Recent visitors to Israel include the U.S. Secretary of Defense, Italian prime minister, British Foreign Secretary, Greek foreign minister, a senior Foreign Ministry delegation from India, and the mayor of Amsterdam; the CEO of pharma giant Merck and executive trainees from Yahoo; Human Genome pioneer Eric Lander; a tech scout from Taiwan, a trade delegation from Vietnam, an agri-tech business mission from North America, startups and attendees at global Wearable Tech & Internet of Things conference; singer Suzanne Vega, “Big Bang Theory” star Mayim Bialik, grandma rocker Libi, Brazilian singers Caetano Veloso and Gilberto Gil, English alternative-rock band Suede; European Women’s U-19 soccer tournament, a group of NBA basketball players; 70 attorneys at a seminar on combatting BDS, 21 international journalists on a water-related tour; Muslim human-rights activist Dr. Qanta Ahmed; and at least one Saudi businessman.

June 2015

Israeli and Saudi officials make joint appearance, confirm talks on Iran

Rocket fired from Gaza toward Israel; Israel strikes Hamas sites

Obama: World doesn’t think Israel wants peace; Netanyahu reiterates goal of two states

U.S. Supreme Court favors Executive Branch authority on Jerusalem status

Sea of Galilee “loaves and fishes” church torched in suspected hate attack

Swedish supermarket chain cancels plans to boycott Israeli goods

Cyprus police arrest suspected terrorist plotting to attack Jews & Israelis

Tens of thousands march in New York City Israel Parade

Hamas-linked terrorists kill Danny Gonen in W. Bank shooting

Gaza drone crashes in Israel

Israeli Druze mob attacks IDF ambulance, kill wounded Syrian rebel

Israel, World Bank sign water tech deal

Israeli navy intercepts Gaza-bound boat protesting Gaza blockade

Britain’s student union votes to boycott Israel, a move denounced by university administrators

El Al launches Boston-Tel Aviv nonstop service

UN report: Israel and Hamas may both have committed war crimes in Gaza conflict

Palestinians ask International Criminal Court to charge Israel; US: “counterproductive” move

UNRWA: Hamas hid weapons in our Gaza facilities

CEO of cell-phone giant Orange backtracks, apologizes for anti-Israel comment

Israeli Paralympic rower wins gold medal at World Cup; Israeli judoka wins gold medal at European Games

U.S. and Israel signed a strategic cooperation agreement between their air forces

New IDF policy supports equality for same-sex parents

President Obama and Pope Francis said that Israel-denial is a form of antisemitism

U.S. trade bill contains anti-BDS provisions; New York State Assembly passes anti-BDS resolution

Amazon expanding Israeli operations

U.S. investors to acquire majority stake in Israeli software security firm Checkmarx

Recent visitors to Israel include CIA Director John Brennan and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades; the foreign ministers of France, the Czech Republic and New Zealand; the speaker of the German parliament; senior international military commanders; Orange Telecom chairman Stéphane Richard, 100 German industry executives; pop legends Duran Duran, rapper Chris Brown; American singers Damian Marley (Bob Marley’s son), Art Garfunkel, and Mariah Carey; Indie musician Mac DeMarco, ‘Seinfeld’ actor Larry Thomas, actor-producer Michael Douglas and his family; Seattle Mayor Ed Murray; 150 Jewish innovators; 19 NFL Hall-of-Famers, 60 InterContinental Hotels executives, dozens of tattoo artists; thousands attending Gay Pride parade, international cyber-security conference, and Mobile Summit; a group of hearing-impaired Birthright attendees; over 30,000 tourists from Arab and Muslim countries, and tens of thousands of West Bank Palestinians; and Gaza-bound anti-blockade activists, including Tunisia’s former president.

May 2015

Netanyahu reportedly willing to discuss settlement boundaries; Palestinians refuse

New government splits foreign-policy decision making

After outcry, Israel reverses plan for segregated buses

Palestinian Authority withdraws request to suspend Israel from FIFA

Egypt destroys hundreds of tunnel openings on Gaza border

Rocket from Gaza hits southern Israel (May 26); Israel returns fire

Israeli field hospital in Nepal treats hundreds injured in earthquake

2,000-year-old, Hasmonean-era aqueduct discovered in Jerusalem

Amnesty International slams Hamas executions and torture

Illinois legislature passes anti-BDS bill

Israeli judo team detained in Morocco

California begins using Israeli water technology to ease drought

Israeli teens win medals in international physics and Lego Robotics competitions

Taiwan and Israel sign R&D agreement

Tel Aviv names major street-art hub

Saudi airline cancels leasing contract with company that used Israeli maintenance service

Lockheed Martin makes strategic investment in Israeli security firm; Warren Buffett backs smart energy management for cell-phone base stations; Ontario extended joint R&D program with Israel; EMC expands Haifa R&D center; Visa opens Tel Aviv R&D center

Recent visitors to Israel include British pop star Robbie Williams, the foreign ministers of Norway and the European Union, Germany’s defense and justice ministers, bipartisan US Congressional delegation, senior U.S. arms-control official, top NATO commanders and staff; political leaders and educators at Global Forum to Combat Antisemitism, ex-President Jimmy Carter, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, the mayor of Paris; the president of FIFA, the world soccer federation; Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales, Microsoft executives, French robotics scientists, Brazilian entrepreneurs and investors, healthcare industry leaders, ‘90s boys band Backstreet Boys , pop rockers One Republic, singer Dionne Warwick, and 200 Gaza farmers for an agritech conference

April 2015

Israel celebrates 67th Independence Day; VP Biden guest at Washington DC Party; Free Syrian Army sent congratulations letter

Netanyahu close to forming new governing coalition

Israel home to 8.3 million people, 75% of them Jewish

Israel experiencing a baby boom, 9 months after Operation Protective Edge

Israeli Supreme Court rejects route of West Bank barrier near Bethlehem

UN Report: Palestinians fired rockets from UNRWA schools in Gaza

Israeli Knesset installed a solar roof

Israel thwarted terror attack, arrests Hamas plotters

Soda Stream begins labeling its West Bank products

U.S. issues 3,555 patents to Israelis in 2014, a 21% increase year-over-year

UNESCO declares new World Heritage Site in Israel

Israeli economy grew at 7% rate in 4th quarter of 2014

Tennessee legislature condemns BDS

Israeli teens win international robotics competition

Bloomberg: Tel Aviv #2 in the world for tech startups

USA Today: Tel Aviv #8 in the world for bike sharing

Israel, UK sign major scientific cooperation agreement

SolarEdge Technologies, a maker photovoltaic components, raised $126 million in an initial public offering on the Nasdaq stock market; QuantX raises close to $1B in record seed round; Kornit goes public on NASDAQ; Check Point acquires Lacoon Mobile Security; Apple buys Israeli digital photography tech firm LinX Imaging; BlackBerry buys WatchDox, will open Israeli R&D center; in the first quarter of 2015, 11 Israeli companies raised $1.5 billion on Wall Street

Recent visitors to Israel include U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner, Senator Mitch McConnell, superstars Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, 70 young legal historians, thousands of Christian pilgrims for Easter and Pascha, wounded Syrians treated at an Israeli hospital, thousands of attendees from 50 countries at CyberTech 2015 conference, attendees at AgriVest agricultural innovation conference, Turkish and Japanese startups at Startup Fusion 2015, thousands of tourists from Muslim and Arab countries, actor Richard Gere, cyber-security business delegation from Georgia, business students from UPenn’s Wharton School, Australian tycoon James Packer, Norwegian Yiddish singer Bente Kahan, sailors and officers from two U.S. Navy vessels, and eight Rhodes Scholars on an AJC mission.

March 2015

Defying the polls, and even contrary to the exit polls, Netanyahu wins reelection by a landslide. Election-day controversies included Netanyahu’s apparent backtracking on the two-state solution (later reversed) and complaints about high Arab turnout (later apologized).

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke to a joint session of Congress, heavily criticizing the pending nuclear deal with Iran; critics said the speech was overtly political and didn’t offer any new solutions

Amnesty International accuses Hamas of war crimes in Gaza; UN commission will investigate

Kerry: UN Human Rights Council “obsessed” with Israel

Jerusalem court: Jews must be allowed to pray on Temple Mount

Five injured in Jerusalem car ramming, an apparent terror attack

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert convicted of fraud and breach of trust

Report that U.S. declassified information about Israel’s nuclear capabilities have been rebutted

DocuSign acquires Israel’s ARX Digital Signatures, PayPal acquires CyActive and plans new security hub in Israel; Nielsen buys Israeli big data company eXelate; Chinese giant China giant Alibaba teams up with Israeli VC; Facebook expands Israeli operations, and Microsoft moves to a new building

Arab-Israeli technology and innovation hub brings together young space-science enthusiasts

Report: Palestinians working for Israelis ‎‎are paid double those working for Palestinians

Bipartisan legislation to curb European BDS activities introduced in U.S. Congress

Study: Israel has the healthiest diet in the West

Israel signs ‘historic’ water deal with Jordan to save Dead Sea, and agreement to export natural gas to Egypt

Israeli gymnastics team wins gold medal in Grand Prix in France

Israeli judoka tops International Judo Federation’s ranking

Recent visitors to Israel include South Korea’s minister of agriculture, U.S. Congressman Chaka Fattah (D-PA), actor Robert De Niro, hundreds of gem buyers at International Diamond Week, Latino media and entertainment professionals from Hollywood, a bat mitzvah from Copenhagen whose original celebration was cut short by terrorist shooting attack, a delegation of British neuroscientists, Kosovo’s former foreign minister, jazz singer Gregory Porter, Wales national soccer team (for European Championship qualifying game), an 11-year-old jazz pianist from Indonesia, recovering U.S. veterans, over 250 international chess stars from 33 countries at the European Chess Championship in Jerusalem, hundreds of young French Jews considering aliya, and thousands of runners from 60 countries at the Jerusalem Marathon.

February 2015

New York jury finds PA and PLO liable for terrorist attacks, ordered to pay over $600 million in damages and restitution

IDF intercepts shipment of materials for rockets and mortars, bound for Hamas in Gaza

4-year-old terror victim Adele Biton dies

Planned Netanyahu speech to Congress causes political storm

U.S. bill seeks to link EU trade pact with BDS rejection

Jerusalem mayor Nir Barkat tackles knife-wielding terrorist

Turkish-Israeli trade booms despite anti- Israel rhetoric

Microsoft acquires Israeli company N-Trig, creator of Surface Pro 3 stylus

Stanford student senate passes Israel divestment measure

Flood libel: israel blamed for opening non-existent dams after heavy rains deluge Gaza

Israel’s State Comptroller blames government for housing crisis

Egypt designates Hamas faction a terrorist org

NY judge Mary McGowan Davis takes over Gaza probe, replacing Israel critic William Schabas

Winter storm brings snow to Golan, Jerusalem

Israel to demolish EU-funded, illegal West Bank Palestinian “settlements”

Recent visitors to Israel include Apple CEO Tim Cook, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a high-level interfaith delegation, 46 Krav Maga self-defense practitioners from Brazil, and British musician Alan Parsons

January 2015

Hezbollah fired anti-tank missile from Lebanon (Jan. 28), killing two IDF soldiers and wounding 7

Rockets from Syria hit Israeli Golan Heights; IDF returns fire (Jan. 27)

Victims of terror attack at Paris supermarket buried in Israel

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin addressed the UN General Assembly on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

U.S. House Speaker invites Prime Minister Netanyahu to address Congress, drawing ire of Obama administration

Israeli air strike on convoy in Syrian Golan Heights (Jan. 18) killed senior Hezbollah and Iranian commanders, possibly planning an attack against Israel, after Hezbollah chief threatens (Jan. 15) to invade Israel; Iran vowed revenge

West Bank Palestinian stabs 12 Israelis in Tel Aviv bus attack (Jan. 21)

Winter storm brings high winds, heavy rain, hail to Israel and the region; snow shuts Jerusalem roads

Hamas ends official 5-year boycott of Israeli goods

Israeli wins gold in European speed-skating championship

75 U.S. Senators pledge to withhold aid to Palestinians pending bid to join International Criminal Court

Israeli startups acquired by or received investments from Alibaba,, Dropbox, Harman, Microsoft, and Samsung

Israel named by Economist magazine #2 start-up ecosystem in the world

UC Davis student senate votes for divestment, while American Historical Association rejects anti-Israel vote

Hamas mastermind of teens’ summer abduction and killing receives 3 life sentences

Israeli wine exports up; France is largest market

Palestine applies to join International Criminal Court, despite U.S. condemnation; move may backfire

Jewish immigration to Israel (Aliya) up 32% in 2014, with record “olim” from France

10,000 Gaza teens graduate Hamas terror camp

52 Israeli companies were acquired in 2014 for $15 billion, nearly double 2013′s exits

Recent visitors to Israel include the Japanese prime minister, Canadian Foreign Minister Jonathan Baird, governor of Indiana, bipartisan delegation of U.S. Senators, Saudi head of Organization of Islamic Cooperation, American Navy transport ship USS New York, comedienne Chelsea Handler, a high-level Jewish-Christian-Muslim interfaith delegation, the CEO of Kodak (to identify acquisition candidates), and Jewish students on a STEM education trip.

December 2014

UN Security Council rejects Palestinian proposal for Israeli withdrawal

“Jewish nation-state” law triggers Israeli coalition crisis; early elections scheduled for March 17; Labor and Livni join forces on combined ticket

Attacks on Israelis continue with stabbing at a bus stop by female Palestinian (Dec. 1), two Israelis stabbed at West Bank supermarket (Dec. 3), six wounded by acid (Dec. 12), two Border Policemen stabbed (Dec. 26), and an 11-year-old girl seriously injured by firebomb (Dec. 25); attack by fake-pregnant suicide bomber thwarted. Israel’s security services reported over 200 attacks in November.

Palestinian Authority minister dies after clashing with IDF at demonstration—an apparent heart attack, though circumstances are disputed

Gaza border tense after rocket attack on southern Israel, retaliatory Israeli air strikes, sniper fire on IDF soldier, and more Israeli strikes

Israel indicted Jewish extremists for arson at a Jewish-Arab bilingual school in Jerusalem

IDF kills Palestinian stone-thrower

Belgium’s government agreed to unilaterally recognize Palestine, as did the parliaments of Ireland, Portugal, and the European Union

The IDF launched 8 criminal probes (out of over 100 incidents investigated) following Gaza war events

IDF appoints first female Navy ship’s commander

Parties to 4th Geneva Convention rebuke Israel

West Bank settlement building down by 62% in 2014

Israeli jets apparently struck targets near Damascus

UNESCO recognized Tel Aviv as a Creative City in Media Arts

Harvard University president stops anti-Israel boycott; caterer admits mistake

European Union court removes Hamas from list of terrorist groups, at the same time Hamas may be rebuilding tunnels, rocket capabilities

UN: Israel top contributor, per-capita, in fight against Ebola

Israeli company signs $30 million solar deal with U.S. utility

Recent visitors to Israel include business & technology executives (including a large delegation) attending the Mobile Monetization Summit and other Israel Tech Week events, Republican presidential hopeful Ben Carson, American comedian Sarah Silverman, Australian rock duo Air Supply, Irish nationalist leader Gerry Adams, U.S. Sixth Fleet destroyer USS Donald Cook, and U.S. Senator-elect Joni Ernst.

November 2014

Terrorists brutally assaulted worshipers at a Jerusalem synagogue (Har Nof, Nov. 18), hacking to death four rabbis and fatally shooting a Druze police officer; Palestinian Authority president Mahmoud Abbas condemned the attack, but other PA officials praised it and explained the “diplomatic context” of the condemnation

In two separate stabbing attacks (Nov. 11), Palestinian terrorists killed an Israeli soldier in Tel Aviv and a 26-year-old woman at a West Bank bus stop

In two other attacks (Nov. 5), Palestinians attempted to run over pedestrians in Jerusalem (killing a police officer) and the West Bank

Proposed controversial “Jewish state” law defines Israel as the Jewish and democratic nation-state of the Jewish people

Spain’s parliament, in a “symbolic move,” urges its government to recognize Palestine; Germany rejects the move, as do the Dutch foreign minister and Former French prime minister Nicolas Sarkozy; European Parliament postpones recognition vote

U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff: Israel went to “extraordinary lengths” to limit Gaza civilian casualties in the recent war

Israel uncovers Hamas cell, directed from Turkey, that has been planning major terror attacks in Jerusalem

Microsoft will buy Israeli cyber-security start-up Aorato, reportedly for $200 million

IDF intercepts massive shipment of weapons to east Jerusalem

Israeli anti-fraud shopping company raises $15 million in venture funds

IDF will cut mandatory army service for males by 4 months beginning July 2015

UCLA students pass Israel-divestment resolution, unequivocally rejected by university administration

Tel Aviv named “World’s Smartest City”

Israeli startup wins PayPal prize for app enabling sharing a cellular calling connection

Israeli companies raise record amounts on US stock markets

Recent visitors to Israel include the foreign minister of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus; the Czech Prime Minister with several cabinet members; a former member of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards; Canadian folk singer Martha Wainwright; Australian electronic artist Chet Faker; members of The International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists for their annual conference; six Imams from Senegal; US military commander responsible for assistance to Israel, and a team to learn from Israel’s tactics in Gaza; hundreds of entrepreneurs, investors and business leaders at the 12th Go4Israel Conference; the Bosnian national soccer team; “Son of Hamas” (and former IDF informant); and millions of migratory birds at the Hula Valley

October 2014

Hamas-linked terrorist kills a three-month-old Israel-American baby and an Ecuadorian tourist at Jerusalem light-rail station

Israel approved construction of 2,600 homes for Jews and Arabs in Givat HaMatos neighborhood of East Jerusalem

In separate incidents on Israel’s northern border, two Israeli soldiers and a Lebanese one were injured; 2 other IDF soldiers injured by fire from Egypt

Sweden announced it would recognize a Palestinian state, a move criticized by Israel and the U.S., and even some pro-Palestinian activists; Britain’s Parliament passes similar “symbolic” motion; EU discusses “red lines” regarding West Bank settlements

Islamic Jihad terrorist was killed after trying to murder Yehuda Glick, advocate for Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount; Palestinian Authority celebrated the attack

Rioters on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount injure police officers with rocks and Molotov cocktails; a separate terror attack was foiled by Jerusalem police

Reconstruction of Gaza begins, slowly and closely supervised

Obama and Netanyahu met in the White House, issued joint statement, though overall relations are chilly; Israeli Defense Minister denied meetings with U.S. administration officials

Hamas, apparently committed to maintaining calm with Israel, arrested Gaza militants who launched a rocket at southern Israel

Palestinian unity government holds first Gaza meeting in 7 years

Israel to supply natural gas to Egypt

Preliminary study shows that half of Palestinians killed in Operation Protective Edge were terrorist operatives

Poll shows increase in Palestinians’ support for violence against Israel

Vandals torch West Bank mosque in apparent ‘price tag’ attack

Credit rating agency Moody’s reaffirmed “A1” rating, citing economic growth, entrepreneurial dynamism, and a stable political system

Israelis launch “Am Yisrael Buy” anti-BDS app

TIME Magazine names 27-year-old Israeli social entrepreneur a “Next Generation Leader

Israeli team set world record in open-water relay swim

Ultra-Orthodox tech accelerator opens in Jerusalem

Recent visitors to Israel include Irish metal band Cruachan, 11 American beauty queens, trauma therapists and sufferers from Northern Ireland, Toyota executives in search of innovative automotive technologies, UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, the president of Nigeria, Steve Jobs’ ex-doctor, Editor of Lancet medical journal, daughter of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh (for medical treatment), 5,000 Christian pilgrims from 80 countries, teams from 5 countries participating in International Hot Air Balloon Festival, and 1,500 Palestinians from Gaza (including 60 to see jailed relatives)

September 2014

Israel indicts Hamas mastermind of June kidnapping and murder of three teens and arrests 8 accessories to the crime; Hamas kidnappers killed in shootout with IDF

Abbas, at UN General Assembly, accuses Israel of genocide, war crimes, racism, and “attempting to artificially alter the spirit, identity and character” of Jerusalem, statements rejected by the U.S. administration as “provocative,” “counterproductive,” “offensive,” and “deeply disappointing”

Netanyahu’s UN speech emphasizes dangers of militant Islam, a nuclear-armed Iran, Hamas, and the propaganda war against Israel; invites cooperation with Arab states and hints at openness to a “historic compromise”

IDF shoots down drone near Syrian border

Toddler injured by rocks thrown at on Jerusalem bus

Israel reclassified 1,000 acres in West Bank’s Etzion Bloc as State lands

Jerusalem approves construction of 2,200 new homes in Arab neighborhoods

Poll shows increased Hamas popularity in Gaza and the West Bank, though others disagree

U.S. Senate unanimously passed Israel Strategic Partnership bill

Israeli troops saved Irish peacekeepers on Syria border

Fatah-Hamas unity government announces return to Gaza

Infant from Gaza undergoes lifesaving heart surgery in Israel

Aliya (immigration) to Israel up 28% year-over-year

Abbas unveils new Palestinian statehood plan, IDF pullout within 3 years; rejects Egyptian offer for Palestinian State in Gaza and Sinai (some analysts doubt the reports, which Sisi denies)

Israel signs $15 billion gas deal with Jordan

Forbes lists 10 best health tech companies; half are from Israel

OECD: Israel is #4 most educated country in the world

FDA approves groundbreaking Israeli lung imaging system

Israelis help clean up after Washington State fires; send experts & aid to Africa to fight Ebola

Israel team wins silver medal at World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships

Recent visitors to Israel include dozens of U.S. Congress members including House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman and ranking member, a high-level delegation of Conservative Jewish leaders, Lady Gaga, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, violinist Maxim Vengerov, U.S. Coordinator for Cyber Issues, Syrian opposition chief (for medical treatment), 45 Fijian UN peacekeepers who had been kidnapped by Islamists and 1200 other members of the multinational UN force evacuated from Syria, and separate groups, organized by StandWithUs, of parliamentary assistants from 7 European countries, law students from 10 countries, travel journalists, and a British student delegation

August 2014

Operation Protective Edge ended after 50 days on Aug. 26 with ceasefire agreement, virtually identical to those Hamas previously rejected or broke 11 times

70 Israelis have been killed from rockets and mortars and in combat operations in Gaza, including 4-year-old Daniel Tragerman, hit in his home by a mortar fired from near UNRWA shelter in Gaza

IDF destroyed 32 attack tunnels from Gaza into Israel

Hamas executed its tunnel diggers and suspected spies

U.S. Congress approved $225 million in new funding for Iron Dome

In separate attacks on Aug. 4 in Jerusalem, a bulldozer driver killed a pedestrian and a motorcyclist shot a soldier

Poll finds that better educated and better informed Americans highly support Israel

Anti-Israel lawfare advocate William Schabas appointed to lead a UN Human Rights Commission investigation of alleged Israeli war crimes in Gaza

Israel thwarts Hamas plot to overthrow Palestinian Authority in West Bank

Hamas officials in West Bank, Qatar, & Turkey admit kidnapping teens in June

Pro-Israel rallies held in Japan, India, New Zealand, Boston, Seattle, and many other places

Israeli scientist leads search for Ebola cure

Israeli students win International Math Competition

American-Israeli  sprinter wins EU bronze

OECD ranks Israel 4th best foreign investment target

Microsoft to adopt Israeli N-Trig’s pen technology for new Surface Pro 3 tablets

Recent visitors to Israel: actor Jesse Eisenberg,  NY Governor Andrew Cuomo, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, British Tory MP Andrew Percy, U.S. Gen. John Allen, gay porn star Michael Lucas, and the mayor of Lynchburg, Virginia;  Backstreet Boys, Neil Young and Lana Del Rey canceled Israel performances

July 2014

The terrorist group Hamas, backed by Iran, has fired over 2,500 rockets and mortars into Israel since July 8.  Rockets from Gaza threaten 6 million Israelis and have hit homes in Sderot, Beer Sheva, and Yehud; a Sderot factory, a kibbutz cowshed, a power station supplying Gaza, Ramallah in the West Bank, a hotel in Eilat, a residential street in Hadera, an oil truck in Ashdod, and a peace conference (!) in Tel Aviv.  Many rockets fell short, landing within the Gaza Strip (including on a school, a hospital and a refugee camp).  Israeli citizens have only seconds to take shelter, though the Iron Dome missile-defense system has been highly effective in intercepting rockets aimed at populated areas.

Israel responded with air strikes on Hamas rocket launchers, weapons caches, training facilities, command-and-control bases, tunnels, and other terror infrastructure—while making every effort to avoid civilian casualties.   However, Hamas has placed some military targets at UN schools, hospitals, residential neighborhoods, and other civilian installations, and used civilians as human shields, resulting in deaths and injuries to hundreds of innocent bystanders, including children.

On July 17, the IDF discovered 13 Hamas terrorists emerging from an offensive tunnel inside Israel.  After launching a ground operation, Israel uncovered miles of such tunnels and a massive threat to infiltrate Israel, kill and kidnap possibly hundreds of Israelis.

Israel thwarted an attempted Hamas infiltration from the sea and an armed drone launched from Gaza, an explosives-laden donkey, a car bombing from the West Bank, a shipment of guns and drugs from Jordan via the Dead Sea, and a weapons cache in Sudan bound for Hamas

Support for Israel and condemnation of Hamas’ rocket attacks conveyed by senior government officials from the U.S. administration and Congress, Canada, Germany, France, the EU, the U.K., Russia, India, the UN, American Jewish Leaders, and even the Palestinian Authority, among many others

A ceasefire proposal by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry was met with scorn by Israelis across the political spectrum, and rejected by both the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration banned flights to Tel Aviv for two days (July 23-24) due to rocket threat; many foreign airlines suspended flights as well

The bodies of kidnapped teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer, and Naftali Frenkel were found after an 18-day search, apparently murdered shortly after their abduction

Sixteen year old Mohammed Abu Khudeir was kidnapped and killed by Israeli Jewish thugs, an apparent revenge murder after the discovery of the bodies of the three Israeli teens

A mortar round from Syria landed on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights

Visitors to Israel include filmmaker Paul Haggis, a business delegation from China’s National Development and Reform Commission and another headed by Japan’s Economy Minister, the foreign ministers of Italy, Norway, and Britain; the Albanian Parliament Speaker, India’s Defense Secretary, the head of the Lebanese Maronite Catholic church, sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer, seven US law-school deans, former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg (defying the FAA air-travel ban), a delegation of American firefighters, American rock band Pixies, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the indefatigable U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (to mediate a cease-fire agreement)

Palestinian Authority continues to pay terrorists with foreign donations

Israeli pediatric surgeons save 5 Palestinian heart patients

Police rescue 21-year-old Israeli woman found bound in PA territory

Yahoo buys Israeli streaming startup RayV

Reuven Rivlin sworn in as Israel’s 10th president

Israeli scientists demonstrate world’s first photonic router

June 2014

Kidnapped teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaer, and Naftali Frenkel last of dozens of similar attempts; Hamas celebrates the abduction, condemns Palestinian Authority commitment to non-violence; children around the world pose with a three-finger gesture applauding the kidnapping, while Israel supporters tie yellow ribbons and promote #EyalGiladNaftali #BringBackOurBoys

Israel’s response: Large-scale searches on West Bank, arresting Hamas leaders & members,  denying Hamas terrorists in Israeli prisons ability to watch World Cup soccer on TV

Recent visitors to Israel include the Rolling Stones, singer of the Black Eyed Peas, actor-musician Hal Linden, the governor of Georgia, British singer-songwriter Michael Rosenberg, actors Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones (celebrating their son’s bar mitzvah), Zambia’s president (for medical treatment), Romania’s foreign minister, 54 agriculture students from Nepal, and a record number of American tourists

Attack from Syria killed 15-year-old Israeli, injured two others; Israel retaliated against Syrian military targets

Presbyterian Church (USA) votes to divest from three companies doing business in Israel.  Netanyahu calls the decision “disgraceful,” J Street: “not helpful.”

Israel has dramatically slowed settlement construction

Reuven Rivlin elected Israel’s 10th president; outgoing President Peres spoke before U.S. Congress, received Congressional Gold Medal

Terror attacks against Israel in May included 5 rocket & mortar launchings from Gaza and 107 attacks in the West Bank and Jerusalem; IDF uncovers weapons cache in Nablus, strikes Gaza after escalating rocket attacks

Palestinian premier admits that “unity” government lacks power in Gaza

Israeli gaming company Dragonplay bought for $100M

South Carolina introduces vanity license plates supporting Israel

US pharmaceutical giant Merck signed a cooperation agreement with Israel’s Chief Scientist

Tel Aviv Shabbat dinner sets Guinness World Record

Israel signs R&D agreement with California

May 2014

Recent visitors to Israel include Pope Francis, US Nat’l Security Advisor Susan Rice, TV  host Jay Leno, former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg, Texas Rep. Ted Cruz, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, pop star Justin Timberlake, Bulgaria’s prime minister, the Chinese vice premier, business delegations from China and Germany, and 17 members of the National Sheriff’s Association.  Guess which of these inspired the name for new type of melon?….

Maccabi Tel Aviv wins Europe basketball championship

Former Israeli prime minister Olmert sentenced to prison

IDF thwarts suicide bombing

Jerusalem among TripAdvisor’s “Top 10 Destinations on the Rise”

Despite formation of Fatah-Hamas unity government, Hamas reaffirms rejection of Israel, refusal to disarm; threatens West Bank violence

Israeli lab develops blood test to detect breast cancer

IDF paramedic wins award for treating injured Syrians

Israeli High Court orders eviction of 3 settlements

Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arabs reject boycotts of Israel

Intel to invest $6M to upgrade its Israeli plant

Palestinian mob attacks Israeli journalist in Ramallah

Israel discovers Jerusalem and West Bank terror cells

Israel tech firms raise $673M from VCs in Q1

Israeli team joins operation to rescue Nigerian schoolgirls

Israel signs R&D deal with China’s “Silicon Valley”

April 2014

U.S.-mediated Israeli-Palestinian peace talks falter after Israel suspended 4th prisoner release and approved new construction in Jerusalem, and Palestinians threaten to dismantle Palestinian Authority and apply to join 15 international treaties

Abbas announces reconciliation with Hamas and formation of Palestinian unity gov’t.  In response, Netanyahu suspends peace talks; Obama administration supports the move, and U.S. Congress threatens to end aid to Palestinian Authority

Father killed, wife and 9-year-old son wounded in terror attack near Hebron, on their way to Passover Seder

Thai police thwart Hezbollah Passover terror attack targeting Israeli tourists

Rocket fire from Gaza hits southern Israel

Former Israeli PM Ehud Olmert convicted of taking bribes while mayor of Jerusalem

Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff General Martin Dempsey visits Israel

Archeologists uncover 3,800-year-old biblical fortress in Jerusalem’s City of David

UN Human Rights Council blames Israel for Palestinian domestic violence

Former Iranian official admits deceiving nuclear watchdog IAEA

West Bank terror attacks more than doubled in 2013, to over 1200 incidents

S&P reaffirms Israel’s A+ Credit Rating

Arab-Israeli microbiologist wins Israel’s “Master Chef” TV competition

Israeli film “Zero Motivation” wins top prize at NY Tribeca Film Festival

March 2014

Netanyahu reiterates Israel’s commitment to peace at AIPAC conference

President Obama met with Prime Minister Netanyahu and Palestinian President Abbas

Abbas rejects any “end-of-conflict” agreement and refuses to discuss recognition of Israel as the Jewish people’s nation-state; hailed as hero for resisting American pressure

IDF Intercepts massive Gaza-bound Iranian arms shipment; uncovers another “terror tunnel” from Gaza

Hezbollah, Assad’s forces, and Al Qaeda-linked group escalate attacks against Israel

Iranian commander: “finger on trigger to destroy Zionist regime”

Intense debate in Israel over Palestinian prisoner release

U.S. Congress in 410-1 vote: Israel a “major strategic partner

Egypt bans Hamas activity, seizing its offices and assets

Norwegian Cruise Line canceled Tunisia stops after Israeli passengers denied entry

Israel and California sign cooperation agreement focused on energy, water, and cybersecurity

Israel divestment vote passes at Loyola U., vetoed by student-government president; students at U. Michigan, after threats of violence, reject divestment; Northeastern U. suspends anti-Israel group

Jewish reporter on White House press corps denied Saudi visa

The Jerusalem Marathon and shorter races drew over 25,000 runners from 54 countries

The Rolling Stones will perform in Israel on June 4

Israel’s unemployment rate at record low, 4.9%

February 2014

Israeli minister: Europe “misled” by BDS campaign

Palestinian Authority rejects Kerry peace framework

Palestinian faked terror plot to get PA salary

Larry King, Technion join to promote Israeli high-tech

Bill in U.S. Congress would cut funding to boycotters of Israel

Israeli messaging app Viber acquired by Japanese company for $900M

Israel to sell $500 million of gas to Jordan

Americans’ support for Israel at all-time high

January 2014

Scarlett Johansson stars in Soda Stream ad; quits Oxfam amid controversy

Former Israeli PM Ariel Sharon (85) dead after long coma

Israel uncovered al-Qaida cell in Jerusalem

Weapon discovered in schoolgirl’s backpack

Canadian PM Stephen Harper strongly supports Israel in Knesset speech

UNESCO canceled Israel exhibit after Arab complaints, then reversed course following protests

U.S. university provosts visit Israel amid debate over academic boycotts

Israel offers lifeline to critically ill Syrian children

Smithsonian publishes Jerusalem photos from 1844

December 2013

American Studies Association votes to boycott Israeli academics, drawing widespread condemnation

‘Epic’ winter storm hits Israel

Abbas: Don’t boycott Israel

Iran says nuclear activity not slowed; poll finds Americans deeply distrust Iran, want increased financial pressure

Israel joined regional group of UN Human Rights Council and nuclear physics lab CERN

French court fined BDS activists, guilty of “provocation to discrimination”

Israeli civilian killed by sniper fire from Gaza, IDF soldier killed by a Lebanese army sniper; other terror attacks include a bus bomb in Bat Yam, policeman stabbed in Jerusalem, a rocket from Gaza to Ashkelon, and shooting at an IDF patrol on the West Bank

PA will continue to fund terrorists with EU money

Israel, Jordan, PA sign trilateral water agreement

Plan to settle some Israeli Bedouin scrapped amid criticism and protests

Palestinians reject U.S. security proposals toward peace plan

Israeli actress Gal Gadot to star as Wonder Woman

Israel-Indonesia trade agreement signed

Israel-China innovation park to be built in Nanxun, China

November 2013

Israel warned that nuclear deal with Iran has major problems

A Palestinian murdered an Israeli soldier sleeping on a bus

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lierberman acquitted of fraud charges, returned to post

Syrian baby born in Israeli hospital

“Charm offensive” turns plain offensive: Ayatollah Khamenei called Israel an “illegitimate, bastard regime

Isaac Herzog defeated Shelly Yachimovich as leader of Israel’s main opposition Labor party

Israel sends emergency medical team to the Philippines

Tel-Aviv startup Soluto acquired by U.S. firm for $130M

Iconic singer Arik Einstein died at age 74

October 2013

Israel freed another 26 Palestinian prisoners as part of U.S.-brokered peace effort

IDF uncovers a large tunnel from Gaza into Israel

Two Israelis win 2013 Nobel Prize in chemistry; Tel Aviv U. prof. shares physics prize

Facebook buys Israeli mobile company Onavo

Egyptian Arab honored as a “Righteous Gentile” for saving Jews during the Holocaust; his family declines the honor

Turkey betrayed Iranians who spied for Israel

Rihanna, Tom Jones wow Tel Aviv crowds

September 2013

An IDF soldier was murdered by an Arab co-worker, and another by a Palestinian sniper in Hebron

Israelis are highly suspicious of Rouhani’s conciliatory tone

Some East Jerusalem schools offer Israeli-Arab curriculum

Hate speech continues on official PA media

Moody’s affirmed Israel’s A1 rating, citing Israel’s “high-tech niche and entrepreneurial culture”

Israel’s population tops 8 million, 75% of them Jews

Tourism to Israel reached a record high, with 1.7 million visitors in January to June 2013

August 2013

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators hold peace talks, shrouded in secrecy

Israel released 26 convicted Palestinian terrorists as goodwill gesture

Rockets from Lebanon target Israel

Victims of Syrian civil war receive medical treatment in Israel

Islamists in Sinai target both Egyptian military and Israel

Hamas-Egypt ties strained

Tel Aviv University study links larger breakfast with weight loss

July 2013

Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians resume after 4-year hiatus

New EU guidelines ban cooperation with Israeli institutions over the 1967 lines

Four Israeli universities listed among the world’s top 100

9th Graders from my home town, Rehovot, won international robotics competition

9,000 Jewish athletes competed at the international Maccabiah games

June 2013

Israeli-Syrian tensions rise amid civil war

Rami Hamdallah appointed as prime minister of Palestinian Authority—and resigned 18 days later

SEC allowed TIAA-CREF to block BDS motion, setting legal precedent

Google to acquire Israeli crowd-sourcing traffic app Waze for $1B

Assad threatens to expand Syrian civil war into Israel

Jewish toddler’s kidney saves Palestinian boy’s life

Jerusalem hosted Formula 1 “Peace Road Show” race

May 2013

Obama: U.S. Supports Israeli Action on Syria

U.S. Senate unanimously supports Israeli self-defense against Iranian nuclear threat

Israeli Air Force shot down unmanned aircraft, likely launched by Hezbollah, off the coast of Haifa

Renowned physicist Stephen Hawking bows to anti- Israel pressure, cancels Israel trip

Journalism museum Newseum cancels plans to honor Hamas cameramen

New report reveals Muhammad Al-Durah, symbol of Palestinian Intifada, was not killed by IDF

Warren Buffett paid $2 billion for the remaining 20% of Israeli metalworking company Iscar

April 2013

Palestinian Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has resigned (again)

Al-Qaeda-affiliated terrorists fired rockets from the Sinai to southern Israel

University of Manitoba Students Union voted to ban Israel Apartheid Week on campus

U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously affirmed American support for potential Israeli military action against Iran’s nuclear infrastructure

U.S. will sell Israel aerial refueling planes and other advanced military equipment

Boston-area first responders and medical personnel cited valuable lessons from Israel for dealing with mass casualties of marathon bombing

March 2013

President Obama concluded a successful two-day visit to Israel, the West Bank, and Jordan

Prime Minister Netanyahu apologized to Turkey for the 2010 Mavi Marmara incident

A new coalition government in Israel includes centrist and center-right parties

Following another round of futile international talks, Iran installs thousands of advanced centrifuges for uranium enrichment

Ethiopian-born Yityish Aynaw is Miss Israel 2013

February 2013

Israeli air strikes reported against Hezbollah targets in Lebanon and Syria

Iran is installing hundreds of advanced centrifuges for enriching uranium

The Bulgarian government implicated Hezbollah in July 2012 attack that killed 6, and a terror defendant in Cyprus confessed to being a Hezbollah member.  The EU is considering whether to designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organization.

President Obama plans to visit Israel, Jordan, and the West Bank in March

Protests erupted in Gaza and the West Bank

Israeli coalition negotiations continue; new government not yet announced

January 2013

The elections in Israel on Jan. 22 returned Benjamin Netanyahu to power, but with a significant loss of seats for his Likud party.  A new centrist party captured more than 15% of the votes.  Coalition discussions are underway to establish a new government.

A record number of tourists—3.5 million—visited Israel in 2012.

December 2012

The UN General Assembly recognized the “non-member state” of Palestine.

Israel approved construction of 3,000 housing units in “E-1”, between Jerusalem and Ma’ale Adumim.

Iranian scientists have run computer simulations for a massive nuclear weapon.

Google announced a start-up incubator in Tel Aviv.

November 2012

6 Israelis were killed in Operation Pillar of Defense.

Iron Dome successfully intercepted thousands of missiles and rockets from Gaza.

A mysterious explosion—rumored to have been an Israeli attack—destroyed an Iranian-linked weapons factory in Sudan.

The Emir of Qatar visited Gaza, reversing the international isolation of Hamas and signaling its shift away from the Iranian regime.

A Swedish ship attempting to breach the blockade on Gaza was peacefully intercepted.

Israel will be holding elections in January 2013.

October 2012

Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke at the United Nations, warning about Iran’s pursuit of nuclear weapons

In his speech to the UN General Assembly, President Obama reiterated that the U.S. will not accept a nuclear-armed Iran

September 2012

Israeli politicians, pundits and media debate the wisdom and urgency of a preemptive strike on Iran.

Jihadi terrorists killed 16 Egyptian soldiers and fired at Israeli soldiers on the Sinai border.

Gymnast Ali Raisman won an Olympic gold medal for her floor exercise to the tune of “Hava Nagila,” a tribute to slain Munich 11.

Sacramento City Council voted unanimously to name Ashkelon as its Sister City, despite an outrageous slander campaign by anti-Israel activists.

New study ranks three Israeli universities among top 100 in the world.

Tourism to Israel is at record levels, and economic growth exceeded expectations.

National Geographic named the Israel National Trail one of the world’s 20 most “epic trails.”

August 2012

5 Israelis killed in suicide bombing attack in Bulgaria; Iran implicated.

Broad Israeli government coalition falls apart over military-draft policy.

A panel of legal experts concluded that Jewish settlements on the West Bank do not violate international laws.

The International Olympic Committee refused to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich

EU sanctions against Iran have tightened the economic pressure on the Islamic Republic, but failed to slow its march toward nuclear weapons.

38 Israeli athletes are competing in the London 2012 Olympics in windsurfing, gymnastics, judo, tennis, badminton, and more