Wednesday, September 28, 2016


* World leaders to attend funeral for Israel's Shimon Peres A long list of world leaders will attend the funeral of former Israeli prime minister and president Shimon Peres, who died on Wednesday at 93.

* Sanhedrin Revives 2,000-Year-Old Blessing for Counting of Jubilee Year Amidst the shofar blasts, this Rosh Hashana will include a mitzvah (Biblical commandment) that hasn't been performed by the Jews in almost 2,000 years: counting the Jubilee. 

* Hamas, Hezbollah 'happy' about Peres's death, PA sends condolences Hamas official denounces Shimon Peres as 'founder of occupation' adding that his death represents 'a new phase of weakness;' Hezbollah labels him a 'criminal;' Mahmoud Abbas sends condolences to family, while PA news agency document's Peres's 'aggression'.

* Iran has missiles that can hit Israel, Revolutionary Guards official says The commander warned that 'the Zionist regime is our biggest target.'

* Foreign states supply Syrian rebels with new Grad rockets - FSA commander Foreign states have supplied Syrian rebels with surface-to-surface Grad rockets in response to the Russian-backed offensive in Aleppo, according to Fares al-Bayoush, rebel commander of the Free Syrian Army.

* Shimon Peres: A life in pictures Remembering the legendary life of Shimon Peres, the last of Israel's founding fathers, 1923-2016.

* Shimon Peres: The architect of Israel's nuclear program Perhaps his greatest achievement was the ability to make Israel's enemies believe that Israel had the ultimate strategic deterrence and a nuclear monopoly in the Middle East.

* Why Israeli Jews lean to the right and American Jews to the left Study reveals wide gaps between Israeli and American Jews on religiosity, politics, Palestinian statehood, and the US-Israel relationship.

* European Commission Demands Money For EU Army The European Union's executive wants to boost the bloc's joint defence and security with an initial investment of 90 million euros (77.5 million) in research, marking a turning point after years of cuts.

* Turkey: Land of Mosques, Prisons and the Uneducated One way the rise of Islamist authoritarianism in a country can be seen is by the rise in the number of mosques, religious schools and prisons -- coupled with a sharp decline in the quality of education. Turkey is no exception.