Sinai

Worst Ever? Not Quite

There's much talk about how relations between the United States and Israel, especially between the two leaders, are worse than ever. 

Not quite.  For all the personal animus between Barack Obama and Bibi Netanyahu, and there certainly is a lot of it, they are at least still speaking to each other, which is more than could be said of George H.W.Bush and Yitzhak Shamir.  President Bush felt the prime minister had lied to him and refused to take his phone calls for quite a while.

Sinai And The Social Contract

10/08/2013
Jewish Week Online Columnist

The Torah explains that all of us were present to accept the Law at Mount Sinai (Deuteronomy 29:14). How can this be – if I was not physically present, let alone born, in what way was I present? And, barring a satisfying answer to that question, how can I be bound by a covenant that I didn’t make?

The covenant formed at Sinai is one of many social contracts created through the ages. Fotolia

Israeli Drone Strike In Sinai Kills 5, Egyptian Sources Say

08/09/2013

Egyptian security officials said a strike by an Israeli drone killed five suspected Islamist militants and destroyed a rocket launcher.

Residents heard a large explosion Friday in the region near the border with Israel. The officials told the Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the attack was in cooperation with Egyptian authorities.

The Israeli military said they are looking into the report.

Egypt’s military and security forces are engaged in long battle against Islamic jihadists in the largely lawless peninsula.

On Thursday, Israel briefly closed an airport near the border after Egyptian officials say they warned of possible militant rocket attacks.

This Week's Torah: Moses Taught the Priests One Way, The People Another

In this week's Torah portion, Emor, we find this sentence in the very beginning: 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses:  Speak to the priest, the sons of Aaron and speak to them . . .” (Leviticus 21:1)

Even God, even at Sinai, spoke differently to the priests and to the people. Fotolia

Long-Range Rockets Strike Eilat

04/17/2013

Two long-range rockets fired from Sinai struck Eilat.

The rockets were launched on Wednesday morning and fell in open areas in the city, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Local residents and tourists were ushered into bomb shelters following a warning siren at 9 a.m., which was followed by the sound of two explosions. IDF forces found the remnants of the two rockets. One landed in a construction site in the south of the city.

Islamic Terror Organization In Egypt Claims Responsibility For Sinai Attack

09/23/2012

 

 An Islamic terrorist group based in the Sinai has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an Israeli soldier, saying it was in response to an anti-Muslim film.

In Sinai, American Tourists And Guide Kidnapped By Bedouins

07/13/2012

Two American tourists and their Egyptian guide were kidnapped Friday in the Sinai Desert, according to Egyptian military and police officials.

The Bedouin kidnappers are demanding the release of a jailed tribesman, according to news reports.

The tourists and guide were taken when the kidnappers stopped their tourist bus, according to the Associated Press.

Robberies and kidnappings in the Sinai have increased since the ouster of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak last year.

Rocket From Sinai Hits Eilat

04/05/2012

A long-range Grad rocket fired from Egypt hit near a residential area in Eilat.

The rocket fired from the Sinai Peninsula exploded in the resort town in southern Israel early Thursday morning. No injuries were reported. The rocket landed in a construction site, according to reports.

Three explosions were heard in the city, but the other two rockets have not been located, according to reports. Eilat residents and tourists flooded the police and other emergency numbers with concerned calls.

Southern Israel On Alert As Netanyahu Vows To Strike Terrorists

03/11/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there -- an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

Washington Reacts To Sinai Terror

The series of coordinated and deadly attacks that killed seven Israelis and wounded at least 40 on the road between Eilat and the Egyptian border brought swift condemnation in Washington, but some used the occasion to send messages to Cairo and to the United Nations.

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