African-American Pastors Visit Needy on Fellowship Trip to Israel

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Last week, The Fellowship hosted a group of leading African-American pastors in Israel for a time of friendship, fellowship, and bridge-building. Among their many activities, the group saw biblical sites and met with such leaders as Dr. Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the U.S. and currenmember of the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament. The Jerusalem Post’s Jeremy Sharon reports on the pastors’ visit to Mesila, an center that aids the many asylum seekers from Africa who have come to Israel:

A delegation of representatives from the largest Pentecostal denomination in the U.S. left Israel on Tuesday after an eight-day visit to Israel which included visits to churches and organizations helping African asylum-seekers in Tel Aviv, meetings with Israeli soldiers from Ethiopian families and visits to other charitable initiatives.

The 20 senior pastors of the Church…

Posted in: Africans / Church of God in Christ / COGIC

Why Israel Dominates in Cyber Security

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

(Photo: flickr/IDF)

Throughout its history, political and social factors have forced Israel to stay ahead of the curve in the fields of security and technology. Fortune’s Peter Suciu writes that this necessitated expertise came about as the Jewish state’s enemies have forced it to become stronger:

In recent months, and especially since the nuclear deal with Iran, there has been a strain between the U.S. and Israel. Despite this, one area where the ties remain close is cyber security, with the two parties even cosigning a statement committing continued cooperation on that front last month.

A regional power devoted to ensuring its own survival, Israel has burgeoned into a high tech epicenter built around Internet security, anti-virus software, and other cyber defense technologies. Much of this is an extension of its self-reliance, and the added fact that…

Posted in: Cyber security / Fortune / IDF

Egyptian Student Impresses with Tel Aviv University Speech

While many who surround Israel are its enemies, vowing destruction for the Jewish state, it is always warming to see Israel’s friends. One of these, an Egyptian student at Tel Aviv University, praised Israel in the above speech:

“On my very first day here at the university, I saw men in kippahs, women in headscarfs and hijabs. I saw soldiers walking peacefully among crowds of lively students. I learned there were people of every kind in the university, and the university had a place for all of them — Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze, Bedouins and even international students,” Hassanein said.

“We must always question our assumptions. Being here in Israel has taught me that life is full of paradoxes and complexities — that nothing is straightforward, and that things are often not as they are made to seem.”

Posted in: College / Egypt / Israel

Hamas Claims to Nab Israeli Spy Dolphin

(Photo: NASA)

(Photo: NASA)

A couple of years ago, Hamas made the ridiculous claim that it had captured an eagle trained by the Mossad. Now, the Gaza-based terror group is up to the same type of shenanigans. The Times of Israel reports that Hamas is now claiming to have nabbed an Israeli spy dolphin:

Hamas claims to have captured a dolphin that was spying for Israel, Army Radio reported Wednesday.

The dolphin was said to have been equipped with “spying equipment” including cameras.

It was captured off the Gaza coast by the naval unit of the Hamas military brigades…

Posted in: animals / dolphins / espionage

The Internet Is the Middle East’s Next Battleground

(Photo: IDF blog)

(Photo: IDF blog)

While Israel is prepared for military attacks from all sides, there is another type of attack that is occurring with more and more frequency. Tablet’s Benjamin Runkle reports on how terrorists are using cyber attacks to target Israel, the U.S., and the rest of the world:

For the past year, the attention of policymakers and pundits following the Middle East has been absorbed with the twin problems of Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamic State. At the same time, however, another threat emanating from the region has quietly metastasized with potentially significant repercussions for America and its allies. Consider that since June 1:

• The U.S. Army’s public website was taken offline due to a Distributed Denial of Service attack by Syrian hackers;

• Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon publicly confirmed that Hezbollah was…

Posted in: Benjamin Runkle / cyber attacks / internet