ISRAEL DOWNS OVER 350 ‘TERROR KITES’

According to Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman, nearly 600 terror kites have been sent over the Israeli border from Gaza. These Kites and helium balloons are fitted with flammable material and are being used by protestors in Gaza (often influenced by Hamas) to set fire to Israeli fields and nature reserves. In response, Israel has employed an effective method for countering the threat of incendiary terror kites–drones! With a success rate of nearly 50%, Israel has been able to shoot down over 350 of the 600 kites sent in Israel in the last two weeks.

Read more THE TIMES OF ISRAEL

(Photo: Hadashot News screenshot)


ISRAELI DELEGATION OFFERS AID IN GUATEMALA

Following an erupting volcano in Guatemala, an Israeli delegation was sent to offer aid and technical support. The team was dispatched by the Prime Minister’s office in Israel after receiving a request for help from the President of Guatemala. The delegation is composed of medical experts who have been treating victims on the country’s Fuega volcano eruption by providing expert advice on how to treat lava-related burns and lung injuries from inhaling the volcanic dust.

Read more JPOST

(Photo: Rueters / Carlos Jasso )


ANNUAL CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE IN… NEW YORK CITY?

With a Jewish population of well over a million, New York City is often considered to be a friend of Israel. Thousands of New Yorkers — including New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Senator Chuck Schumer, and Mayor Bill de Blasio — marched in a five-hour long parade this past week down Fifth Avenue. Governor Cuomo, the parade’s “Honorary Grand Marshal” remarked, “I think this is a very important time to stand up and say we support Israel and we want to make that loud and clear and we want Israel to hear it,” Cuomo said. “Israel is a reliable ally in a very dangerous part of the world . . . and we understand how important that alliance is, culturally as New Yorkers.”

Read more NEW YORK POST

(Photos: Getty Images)


ISRAEL TROLLS IRAN ON TWITTER

With the birth of the digital age came the transformation of international diplomacy, as demonstrated by Israel this past week. Keeping in line with years of anti-Israel rhetoric, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted, “Our stance against Israel is the same stance we have always taken. #Israel is a malignant cancerous tumor in the West Asian region that has to be removed and eradicated: it is possible and it will happen. 7/31/91.”

The Embassy of Israel in the United States responded to the familiar threat with humor by posting a Mean Girls meme that said, “Why are you so obsessed with me?” Someone needs to tell Iran to stop trying to make “Fetch” happen.

Read more HAARETZ


ARGENTINA CALLS OFF SOCCER MATCH IN JERUSALEM

After being pressured by Palestinian advocacy groups, Argentina has called off a friendly exhibition match against the Israel National Soccer team. According to the Israeli Embassy in Argentina, the match was called off because of “threats and provocations” against Argentina’s player Lionel Messi. However, many critics believe that the decision had less to do with the threats against Argentina’s star player, and more to do with the current protests on the Gaza border with Israel and with the United State embassy move from Tel-Aviv to Jerusalem.

Read more HAARETZ

(Photo: Hazem Bader/AFP)