Israel Brief August 22, 2013: Rockets fired from Lebanon do damage in northern Israel

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Rockets fired from Lebanon do damage in northern Israel

Source: JTA, 8-22-13

Four rockets were fired at northern Israel, causing damage to homes and cars….READ MORE

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Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

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Rockets from Syria land in Golan for second day

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

A mortar shell fired from Syria landed in the Golan Heights in Israel for the second straight day….READ MORE »

Israel Brief May 6, 2013: Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

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Rockets fired from Syria strike Golan Heights

Source: JTA, 5-6-13

Two rockets fired from Syria hit the Golan Heights in Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 28, 2013: Lag b’Omer bonfires burn out of control in Northern Israel

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Lag b’Omer bonfires burn out of control in Israel

Source: JTA, 4-28-13

Bonfires lit throughout Israel to mark Lag b’Omer burned out of control, stranding thousands of celebrants in the northern Israeli town of Meron….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief February 14, 2013: Gazans Attack Security Fence near Beit Hanoun

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Gazans Attack Security Fence near Beit Hanoun

Source: Arutz Sheva, 2-14-13

Rioting Gaza residents attacked the Gaza security fence near the northern town of Beit Hanoun, Thursday, according to a spokesman for the Israel Defense Forces who was quoted by Agence France Presse….READ MORE

Israel Brief January 10, 2013: Snow blankets parts of Middle East, Jerusalem Photos

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Snow blankets parts of Middle East, Jerusalem (PHOTOS)


Snow covers the Dome of the Rock on the compound known to Muslims as al-Haram al-Sharif, and to Jews as Temple Mount, in Jerusalem’s Old City January 10, 2013. (AMMAR AWAD – REUTERS)

Four to six inches of snow fell in Jerusalem Wednesday night into Thursday morning, snarling traffic and closing schools and government offices.

The snow in Jerusalem resulted from a large storm system that produced days of inclement weather in the Middle East.


Low pressure tracks through the Middle East Wednesday (WeatherBell.com) Initially, the storm brought mainly wind and heavy rains that caused flooding and damage in some areas.

But as cold air wrapped into low pressure tracking through the region, temperatures plummeted and snow reports spiked. Up to three feet of snow fell on Mount Hermon in northern Israel the Inquisitr reported. Snow was also observed in areas of the West Bank, Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and Egypt…

Reuters called the snowstorm the “worst” in 20 years in Jerusalem, but government officials and clergy put a much more positive spin on the glistening blanket of white.

“Jerusalem has many colors,” President Shimon Peres said. “But when she is white, it so rare, so beautiful, so unifying.”

YNetNews spoke to “prominent kabbalist” Rabbi David Batzri who said the snow was an indicator of forgiveness from God .

“The kabbalists torment themselves and pray for snow, which is a sign that the Jewish people’s sins are being forgiven and erased,” Batzri said….READ MORE

Here are some additional photos of the Israeli snowstorm…


A general view of the snow covered West Bank city of Nablus, taken from a hillside overlooking the city during snowy weather, on 10 January 2013. (ALAA BADARNEH – EPA)


A man walks through tombs covered by snow on the Mount of Olives, in Jerusalem, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)


Flamingos are seen in their snow-covered enclosure in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo January 10, 2013. (RONEN ZVULUN – REUTERS)


The hat of an ultra-orthodox Jewish man is filled with snow flakes in Jerusalem’s Old City, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)


Snow falls a an ultra-orthodox Jewish man prays at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Bernat Armangue – AP)


Christian nuns walking nearby some palm trees covered in snow near outside the Old City walls of Jerusalem near the the Damascus Gate, 10 January 2013. (JIM HOLLANDER – EPA)


Eitan El Hadez, an Israeli from the coastal town of Netanya north of Tel Aviv, poses as an active skier on the plaza before the Western Wall (behind), Judaism’s holiest site, in Jerusalem’s Old City, 10 January 2013. (JIM HOLLANDER – EPA)

Israel Brief January 9, 2013: Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

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Snow falls in Jerusalem, northern Israel

Source: JTA, 1-9-13

Snow and hail began falling in the Jerusalem area and continued to fall in the north of Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief November 15, 2012: Errant bullet from Syria strikes Israeli side of border, wounds IDF soldier

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Errant bullet from Syria strikes Israeli side of border, wounds IDF soldier

Source: Haaretz, 11-15-12

Israeli soldier lightly hurt after grazed by bullet; Israeli defense sources to Haaretz: Stray shells fired from Syria don’t indicate the Syrian regime is trying to stir conflict….READ MORE

 

 

Israel Brief November 8, 2012: Syrian mortar shells fired into northern Israel

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Syrian mortar shells fired into northern Israel

Source: JTA, 11-8-12

Three mortar shells were fired from Syria into northern Israel….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 11, 2012: 5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel

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5.5 Magnitude Earthquake Rocks Israel

5.5 earthquake felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel. Epicenter believed to be in Cyprus.

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An earthquake rocked Israel on Friday evening, shortly before 10:00 p.m. local time, and was felt in areas from northern Israel to central Israel.

According to a Channel 10 News report, the police in the Northern, Central and Tel Aviv Districts said they received hundreds of phone calls from citizens who felt the earthquake. Local residents reported feeling objects and buildings move for about 15 to 20 seconds. There were no reports of injuries or damages.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale and its epicenter was in Cyprus, Channel 10 reported.

More than a 100 calls by concerned citizens were received in the northern city of Tzfat alone, the report said. The quake was felt even in Bat Yam, Kfar Saba, Ramat Hasharon, Ra’anana and other areas in central Israel.

Magen David Adom has sent reinforcements to its stations in northern Israel and is preparing for the possibility of secondary tremors, Channel 10 reported….READ MORE

Magnitude-5.3 quake rocks Israel

Source: YNet News, 5-11-12

Shaken residents note tremors in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Beersheba, among other cities; no injuries or damage were immediately reported

An earthquake was felt across Israel on Friday evening. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

Residents said they felt tremors in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Beersheba, Haifa, Emek Yizrael, Nahariya, Rehovot and Kiryat Gat among other cities around 9:50 pm. They lasted several seconds.

The US Geological Survey initially reported the quake had a magnitude of 5.5, but according to the Geophysical Institute of Israel it measured 5.3 on the Richter scale. Quakes of such magnitude are considerate moderate.

The quake originated in the Cyprus region, at a depth of 19.8 kilometers (12.3 miles).

“I live in Kiryat Motzkin on the sixth floor. I felt the quake, which lasted a few seconds. I felt the chair I was sitting on move. It was really scary,” Amy Shakedi told Ynet.

The tremor was most widely felt in the north, where residents reported leaving their homes as a precautionary measure.

“I was sitting on the couch when I felt the movement,” a resident of Beit Shean said. “The furniture didn’t move or anything, and there were no damage, but we felt it. We immediately went out on the street, and the neighbors did too.”

A resident of the northern council of Misgav said: “I was sitting at home with my kids. Around 9:52 I felt the floor shaking under my feet. The glass displays started to clink. My six-year-old started to cry. I grabbed the kids and ran outside.”

The last earthquake to hit Israel took place in April 2011, and had a magnitude of 5.9.

Israel Brief November 29, 2011: First Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel since 2009

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Rockets from Lebanon strike Israel

Source: JTA, 11-29-11

Four Katyusha rockets were fired into northern Israel from Lebanon — the first rockets to be fired on the area since 2009.

The rockets fired late Monday night caused damage to two buildings in the western Galilee and struck a gas tank, causing a fire that took firefighters hours to control. No one was injured in the attacks.

The Sheikh Abdullah Azzam Brigades, which is affiliated with al-Qaida, on Tuesday claimed responsibility for the attacks. The Israel Defense Forces had said that it did not believe that Hezbollah fired the rockets.

Israel reportedly shelled the area from where the rockets were fired, causing no damage.

The IDF said in a statement that it holds the Lebanese government and the Lebanese army responsible for preventing attacks on Israel. It also said that the attack is “a blatant violation of U.N. Resolution 1701,” which ended the Second Lebanon War.

The United Nations International Force in Lebanon said it would maintain calm on the border in the wake of the attacks.

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