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The Secret Is Out: Israel Aids Its Neighbors

Though Israel and Syria remain at war technically, more than 4,000 Syrians, including hundreds of children, have received medical treatment in Israeli medical facilities in the north. In addition, Israel has provided Syria with generators, fuel, water, flour, baby diapers and tons of food, shoes and winter clothing. It’s important for the world to know that Israel has a heart.

Finds in Jerusalem shore up biblical account of Babylonian conquest

New finds in the City of David confirm the veracity of the biblical account of the Babylonian capture and conquest of First Temple period Jerusalem. Findings, including a row of 2,600-year-old rooms and their contents — all covered with visible layers of charcoal ash — aid in understanding the days leading up to and the act of the destruction. Artifacts found include smashed pottery jars with a rosette seal which was in royal use during the final decade before the fall of the First Temple.

Researcher gives seal of approval to 53 biblical characters’ existence

Thanks to a researcher’s unique system, 53 individuals in the Hebrew Bible have been proven as genuine historical characters through material evidence of their existence. Verified characters include eight kings of the Northern Kingdom of Israel and six from the Southern Kingdom of Judah. One is King Ahab of the Northern Kingdom of Israel. Another is King David himself.

Israel launches first environmental research satellite

The satellite’s goal is to obtain high-resolution photographs to track environmental issues such as desertification, erosion, pollution, natural disasters, and other phenomena linked to climate change.

S&P revises Israel debt outlook to positive, keeps A+ rating

Israel’s improved economic growth and efforts to rein in spending prompted Standard & Poor’s to raise the outlook on the country’s debt profile. While S&P held Israel’s debt rating stable at A+, it improved the outlook to “positive” from “stable,” which means it could raise the grade a notch in the next two years, the company said in a statement.

Israel ranked world's 8th largest defense supplier

Israel was rated in eighth place among the world's leading sellers of weapons systems last year. In 2016, Israel's four leading defense companies had $8.6 billion in sales to the defense market.



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