For the first time that I am aware of, an entire country has banned Islam. The African nation of Angola has become the first country to ban the religion completely.
After an anti-Israel day at the UN yesterday, where 9 resolutions were passed condemning Israel, an interpreter was caught on a hot mic telling the truth. [Read more...]
“On July 27, 2013, Israeli Prime Minster Benjamin Netanyahu and his cabinet agreed to release 104 Palestinian prisoners, in efforts to renew peace talks between the two sides. Who are these 104 Palestinian prisoners? And what can the release of these prisoners say about Israelis and Palestinians?” [Read more...]
The United States State Department issued a new travel alert which includes, but is not specific to, Israel. The US government regularly releases such alerts for specific countries in the Middle East, but such a wide-reaching alert is rare. Here’s the full text:
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. Current information suggests that al-Qa’ida and affiliated organizations continue to plan terrorist attacks both in the region and beyond, and that they may focus efforts to conduct attacks in the period between now and the end of August. This Travel Alert expires on +August 31, 2013.
Terrorists may elect to use a variety of means and weapons and target both official and private interests. U.S. citizens are reminded of the potential for terrorists to attack public transportation systems and other tourist infrastructure. Terrorists have targeted and attacked subway and rail systems, as well as aviation and maritime services. U.S. citizens should take every precaution to be aware of their surroundings and to adopt appropriate safety measures to protect themselves when traveling.
We continue to work closely with other nations on the threat from international terrorism, including from al-Qa’ida. Information is routinely shared between the U.S. and our key partners in order to disrupt terrorist plotting, identify and take action against potential operatives, and strengthen our defenses against potential threats.
We recommend U.S. citizens register their travel plans with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website. We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens Traveling abroad enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have Internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
For the latest security information, U.S. citizens traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department of State’s Internet website attravel.state.gov where theWorldwide Caution, Country Specific Information, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts can be found. Follow us on Twitter and the Bureau of Consular Affairs page on Facebook as well. Download our free Smart Traveler app, available through iTunes or Google Play, to have travel information at your fingertips.
In addition to information on the internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or, from other countries, on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm Monday throughFriday, Eastern Time (except U.S. federal holidays).
I still believe that Israel is one of the very safest places to visit in the world. Like anywhere, there are safe places and less safe places. Overall, I have never felt anything but comfort in my favorite country.
The online casino industry is a big part of many UK citizens’ leisure time, and this is why we must strive to ensure a responsible gaming environment. We can safeguard our gaming environment in a number of ways by abiding by a few simple rules.
Most of the more established sites will allow you to bank and exchange money via a number of payment methods. Credit and debit cards are the obvious two, but many online casino users now prefer the likes of e-wallets, or digital wallets as they’re sometimes known.
This is where you sign up to a third party banking type service, which you then choose as your preferred method of payment on the casino site. This safeguards your actual banking details, even though the site may be perfectly trustworthy.
Most of us still use Visa and debit cards though, so we must ensure that the sites security is of a good level with decent encryption and features like Secure Socket Layering.
When we do enter the gaming environment, we must ensure that we never spend more than we can afford. This can be done by imposing limits using an application on the website, or by keeping a log book of all of your previous bets. Both of these methods are advisable, with the latter serving as a guide to any possible correlations in things like Poker game theory.
If you lose a bet, you should never try to chase it too hard by making frivolous bets. If you enter into online casino markets at sites like LuckyNuggetCasino.com/au/online-blackjack that you’re less familiar with, do so initially by making minimal bets or via playable demos. This is good for more obscure games like Omaha, Baccarat, or 5 Card Stud where you may be less familiar with the rules.
This post comes from Israel Situation supporter Tom. Coming from Sheffield, Tom’s hobbies include writing and recording music, and creating video games. He also runs events to do with video games where people come to watch tournaments. Tom is currently studying in his final year at university.
This week seven years ago, I started a new blog called “Eric’s Political and Economic Insight.” Things have changed, as has this blog. It is pretty amazing to see what has happened to my favorite country and in my life in that time.
This is a great video that shows us the many Israeli innovations that impact our everyday lives.
In memory of those who lost their lives in the Holocaust.
Image by kyle simourd / flickr
After four years of anticipation, natural gas from the Tamar reservoir began to flow from an offshore rig in the Mediterranean Sea into Israel on Saturday afternoon, the Energy and Water Ministry announced that evening.
Within about 24 hours from its departure from the rig, the gas will begin to arrive at the receiving station in Ashdod. Containing approximately 250 billion cubic meters of natural gas, the discovery and development of Tamar – and the subsequent find of its even bigger neighbor Leviathan – have symbolized to energy experts an opportunity for Israel to hone its energy security and freedom.
This is an amazing step toward energy independence for the Jewish state. I am very excited to see this vital new sector of the economy come online.
Over the last two years, Israel’s source of natural gas in Egypt has been spotty at best, as the pipeline into Israel has been bombed and turned down on multiple occasions.