THE LARGEST HOARD OF GOLD COINS EVER FOUND IN ISRAEL RECOVERED FROM THE SEABED IN THE ANCIENT HARBOR IN CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK
The largest collection of gold coins discovered in Israel was found recently on the seabed in the ancient harbor in Caesarea National Park. A group of divers and the Marine Archaeology Unit of the Israel Antiquities Authority found the lost treasure, which consisted of almost 2,000 gold coins including a dinar, half dinar and quarter dinar, of various dimensions and weight. The oldest coin in the collection is a quarter dinar minted in Palermo, Sicily in the second half of the ninth century CE. Most of the other coins belong to the Fatimid dynasty and were minted in Egypt and North Africa. The coins are considered to be in excellent condition despite the fact that they were at the bottom of the sea for about a thousand years and they did not require any cleaning or conservation intervention. Theories surrounding the find include the shipwreck of an official treasury boat and the sinking of a large merchant ship carrying the treasure that traded with coastal Mediterranean cities.
|A 55,000-YEAR-OLD HUMAN SKULL UNCOVERED IN MANOT CAVE SUGGESTS MODERN HUMANS MIGRATED FROM AFRICA TO THE REST OF THE WORLD SOME 65,000 YEARS AGOA 55,000-year-old modern human skull was found in the Dan David-Manot Cave in the Western Galilee. This rare skull indicates that today’s human population originated in Africa and migrated from there about 65,000 years ago. According to the team of researchers from Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and the Israel Antiquities Authority, the discovery sheds light on one of the most dramatic periods in human evolution: the appearance of modern humans as we know them today. This is the first discovery of human remains that date to the period between 45,000-65,000 years ago evidencing the migration route from Africa to Europe through the Levant. The Manot skull was found on a bedrock ledge in a small chamber in the center of the cave and the researchers are calling the discovery “one of the most important discoveries in the study of human evolution.” While the skull is being studied, the cave is being prepared for public access.|
SYNAGOGUE WHERE JESUS LIKELY PREACHED UNCOVERED IN GALILEE
Mandatory excavations on land purchased by the Legions of Christ on the western shore of the Sea of Galilee unearthed a first-century synagogue, in which, it is believed, Jesus once preached. The purchased land is likely located on top of ruins of the ancient town of Magdala, where Jesus is believed to have spent time. The first-century synagogue is one of only seven in Israel (and the entire world) and is the first synagogue ever excavated where Jesus is believed to have walked and preached. Jesus spent almost his entire life and ministry in northern Israel and experts say it’s highly likely that he would have preached in the uncovered synagogue believed to have first been built in the year 1. A sculpted limestone block found at the center of the synagogue depicts the oldest menorah ever found on stone.
REMAINS OF 8,000-YEAR-OLD OLIVE OIL EXPOSED IN THE LOWER GALILEE – EARLIEST EVIDENCE OF THE USE OF OLIVE OIL IN ISRAEL
Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority contend they have found the earliest evidence of the use of olive oil in Israel, and possibly the entire Middle East, at an excavation site in the Lower Galilee. An excavation led to the testing of pottery vessels that were found at the site and were concluded to have contained olive oil from as far back as 8,000 years ago.
African business leaders meet with officials from the Israeli company Ashra as part of the American Jewish Committee’s Project Interchange tour of the Jewish state. (Credit: American Jewish Committee/)|
A delegation of 10 African business leaders and entrepreneurs are touring Israel as part of an effort to grow further business and development ties between the Jewish state and sub-Saharan Africa.
Fremale tank commander at helm (Photo courtesy IDF)
On Thursday, the first four female tank commanders complete the Armored Corps’s tank commanders course. The four armored combat soldiers underwent 16 weeks of training at the 460 Brigade and successfully completed the course.
Armored Corps Chief Brigadier General Guy Hasson stated: “After a year and four months of experience, we can say with certainty that an armored combat team under the command of a female tank commander is capable of carrying out operational activity as part of the border defense system.”
Astronaut Randolf Bresnik tweeted this photo of Israel from space. (@AstroKomrade/Twitter)
Israel was ranked the eighth most powerful country in the world, according to US News & World Report magazine’s 2018 best country rankings. With few natural resources and surrounded by sworn enemies, one entrepreneur is convinced that it is Israel’s destined role as a Light Unto the Nations that has fueled this rise to the top.
The ranking, measuring a country’s diplomatic, economic and military might, placed the tiny Jewish State ahead of most European countries, Australia, Canada, and all of the Arab countries. One of the major factors for placing Israel so high on the list was its role as a leader in global technology.
New reports reveal the connections between BDS and Islamic terrorists.
Those were the words of Ismail Haniyeh, a former Hamas prime minister and the head of its Politburo. And they revealed that Hamas considers BDS to be a component of its strategy for destroying Israel.
Even as Hamas continues the violence against Israel, it has gone on cheering BDS.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar puts the release of Palestinian prisoners in Israel ahead of any proposals to ease the decadelong siege on the Gaza Strip.
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar (C) shouts slogans as he takes part in a tent city protest near the border with Israel, east of Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip, March 30, 2018.
When the Oslo deal that would create two Islamic terror states inside Israel came up for a vote in the Knesset, the legislator whose vote helped it pass is the same man now accused of spying for Iran.
The strange story of Gonen Segev, doctor, Minister of Energy, drug smuggler, Nigerian exile and now accused Iranian spy, is also that of the dirty politics behind the peace process. It wasn’t idealism that made the deal with the PLO. It was dirty backroom deals with dangerously unprincipled politicians.
For years, Israel’s Right has asserted that the Supreme Court tilts sharply Left, treating Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria in an unfair and even unjust manner. Time and again, politicians and pundits have argued that behind their pronouncements of principle, the justices were in fact often motivated by political agendas.
EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: Although nuclear strategy must, by definition, be shaped without historical precedent, it should contain certain ancient core concepts. The strategic postulates first laid down by Sun Tzu could be referenced usefully by the current architects of US nuclear strategy, especially with reference to an already nuclear North Korea, and to a plausibly future nuclear adversary in Iran.
Last week, in Kibbutz Beit HaEmek in northern Israel, a vote was held in order to decide whether three single parent asylum seekers and their children should be allowed to stay there.
With a majority of 92 against 87, the decision was made against their absorption. It’s not just any Kibbutz but one with an especially high percentage of Meretz voters.
TEL AVIV – What do Israelis think of the idea of Israel winning and the Palestinians losing?
It’s a radical idea, very different from the 50-year-and-counting win-win assumption of “land for peace” that has transfixed governments and monopolized their attention. That old idea holds that putting Palestinians and Israelis in a room together will prompt them to settle their differences. On the cusp of the Oslo Accords’