Israel News Brief: Rockets, Golan Heights, Space Travel, and Drought Remedies
By Cheryl Hancock-Watts – on location in Israel
Rocket Attack Hits Home in Israel – A rocket attack this morning from the Gaza Strip hit a house injuring 7 people including 2 toddlers in a village north of Tel Aviv. The long-range missile shot past Tel Aviv, as well as other major populated cities along Israel’s coast, hitting a home in a country community.
Two Israeli military brigades are moving to reinforce the Gaza border. The Israel Defense Forces also announced a limited call-up of reserves. Israel has been retaliating, and fired on Hamas leader’s headquarters.
30 more rockets have been fired into Israel Monday night. One of the rockets hit a home in the Israeli town of Sderot causing significant damage. Hamas says Egypt has brokered a cease-fire to end the fighting with Israel. However, as Netanyahu was getting on the plane in Washington to return to Israel, he refused to address the question of a ceasefire.
Egypt says, “We’ll build synagogues should Jews return” – “President Sisi spoke fondly of Egypt’s past vibrant Jewish community. In addition, He said that should there be a resurgence of the Jewish community in Egypt, the government will provide every religious necessity required. The American Jewish Committee gave a warm endorsement of Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s decision earlier this week to clean and protect the historic Jewish Cemetery in Cairo, and to make available the country’s Jewish Communal Registers.
Update: Israel On Its Way to The Moon:
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Thursday night carrying Israel’s first lunar lander – “Beresheet” (“In the Beginning”). A mission, that if successful, will make the Jewish State only the fourth country to ever achieve a controlled touchdown on the moon’s surface. The spacecraft will travel for about seven weeks before reaching the moon on April 11.”We had a successful launch, we were injected into a good orbit, separated well, and have good communications,” said Dr. Ofer Doron, the general manager of the IAI Space Division, after Beresheet separated from Falcon 9.
Israel has just finished its best year of tourism on record in 2018 with more than 4 million tourists.
Jerusalem’s Old City Getting NIS 200 Million Facelift – Reports emerged that the Jewish Quarter in Jerusalem’s Old City is about to get a massive facelift worth 55 million dollars. This will cover repairs and improvements to a variety of sites popular with locals and tourists alike.
March 25, 2019 Prime Minister Netanyahu Spoke to President Trump in Washington DC-(Paraphrased) For two decades, from 1948 to 1967, Syria rained deadly fire from the Golan Heights on Israelis below. A generation lived in constant danger. Then, in just 2 days in June 1967, the soldiers of Israel scaled the heights and liberated the Golan. Israel won the Golan Heights in a war of self-defense.
In 1973, Syria launched a surprise attack against Israel, and those same Golan Heights enabled us to absorb the initial, horrific attack and successfully counterattack the invading Syrian forces. Today, from across our border with Syria, Iran is trying to establish bases from which to attack Israel. Not only is Syria wanting to attack, but Iran has launched drones into our airspace, and missiles into our territory.
Thanks to you, President Trump, we now know that there are now two peoples who stand with the Golan, the people of Israel and the people of America. HaAm im haGolan. “The people are with the Golan”.
The Syrian President Assad threatens to attack Israel if it does not withdraw from the Golan.
Israel Gets Rain – Last year, northern Israel experienced one of the worst droughts in 100 years. The country’s water tables were left with a deficit of 2.5 billion cubic liters of water, compared to non-drought years. That deficit is the equivalent of one million Olympic-size swimming pools. This is water that would normally flow through Israel’s streams and underground water tables toward the Sea of Galilee and other water sources. In the past month, during this year’s rain season, the Sea of Galilee (Kinneret) level climbed by 30 inches, and a total of 79 inches since the beginning of the winter.
Israel has built two desalination plants on Israel’s coast. The processed Mediterranean Sea water provides more than 70 percent of Israel’s drinking water. More plants are slated for construction. The Kinneret still serves as a primary source of water in Israel. Therefore, Israel has set in motion a program to pump desalinized water into the Kinneret, which will then be provided to consumers. The pipes are expected to be ready in 2 years. Israel still needs several more good rain years to turn the tide.