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.
The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration — which seeks to criminalize criticism of migration — is nothing more or less than a dangerous effort to weaken national borders, to normalize mass migration, to blur the line between legal and illegal immigration, and to bolster the idea that people claiming to be refugees enjoy a panoply of rights in countries where they have never before set foot.
One thing about the agreement, in any event, is irrefutable: almost nobody in the Western world has been clamoring for this. It is, quite simply, a project of the globalist elites. It is a UN power-grab.
The waterfront in the Chilean city of Valdivia. Photo: Arvid Puschnig via Wikimedia Commons.
Top Jewish groups have welcomed a Chilean government decision made earlier this week to ban municipalities across the country from boycotting Israel.
The ruling — issued by the Comptroller General of Chile – stemmed from a complaint filed by the Chilean Jewish community over a move of the Valdivia municipality to ban the city from signing contracts with Israel-linked companies.
Spurred by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman’s resignation and the realization that elections will likely be moved to early 2019, the leaders of the Druze community are determined to fight against the Nationality Law.
Leaders from the Druze minority and others take part in a rally to protest the Jewish nation-state law in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, Israel, Aug. 4, 2018
It certainly seems like Israel is headed toward early elections. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman, who resigned Nov. 14, and Education Minister Naftali Bennett were both part of the current right-wing government of Benjamin Netanyahu, competing over which of them was its most right-wing member
Israel has started uncovering and destroying Hezbollah’s attack tunnels under the Lebanese border, but destroying the group’s ambitious precision missile project will be much more difficult.
The Israel Defense Forces placed a camera into Hezbollah’s secret cross-border attack tunnel before sunrise on Dec. 4. They pushed it into the Lebanese side, under the Blue Line that separates the two countries. At dawn, two Hezbollah operatives reached the spot on their morning rounds. In the video disseminated by the IDF on Tuesday evening, one of the operatives is seen approaching the camera with suspicion. He stuck his nose in its direction and started to sniff around until something exploded in his face and he ran back the way he’d comVisibilitye.
The timing of Operation Northern Shield, to destroy Hezbollah tunnels leading from Lebanon into Israel, suggests that considerations other than security were behind the decision to launch it.
An Israeli commando from Yahalom, an engineering unit, takes part in a tunnel-hunting drill near Tel Aviv, March 7, 2012.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to Likud activists on Dec. 2 that was both defensive and combative toward law enforcement authorities. He complained about the supposedly suspicious timing of the police announcement recommending his indictment for taking bribes in Case 4000, coming as it did one day before Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh concluded his term in office.
This week, for the first time, Israel made public its discovery of the tunnel constructed by Hezbollah and reaching into Israel’s sovereign territory. This brought to an end a long period during which a large number of Israelis living in communities adjacent to the Lebanese border reported hearing sounds of digging as well as feeling tremors in the walls of their homes.
Attack tunnels are intended to allow for significant numbers of armed infantry bearing weapons, artillery and supplies, to traverse them within a minimal time span, avoiding Israeli lookouts and thereby gaining the element of surprise.
Last Saturday, Iran’s “moderate” President Hassan Rouhani called Israel “a cancerous tumor” in a speech at the regime’s annual Islamic Unity Conference.
Rouhani’s fellow speakers included deputy Hezbollah chief Naim Qassem and Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh. Both terror bosses called for the destruction of the “cancerous tumor.”
With the predictability of a Swiss clock, the Europeans rushed to condemn Rouhani. The EU in Brussels condemned Rouhani. The German Foreign Ministry condemned Rouhani. And so on and so forth.
We could have done without their statements.
It was clear that with the onset of Operation Northern Shield—meant to neutralize terror tunnels Hezbollah has constructed along the Israel-Lebanon border—some would call it a public relations stunt by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Those who believe the timing of the police’s recommendations in Case 4000—announced on the last day of Roni Alsheikh’s tenure as the police commissioner—was reasonable, somehow complain about the timing of the operation.
On Sunday evening, December 2, the people of Sderot, Israel – a town located a mere kilometer from the Gaza border – gathered to light the first candle of the town’s menorah to commemorate the first day of Hanukkah. Jews around the world celebrate this holiday, which marks the time some two millennia ago when the Jews regained control of Jerusalem and rededicated the Second Temple.
What makes the candle lighting in Sderot worth mentioning is the fact that it is particularly symbolic of how the Jewish spirit looks for ways to turn tragedy into triumph.
This is obviously a short-lived honeymoon that will end the day after the UN General Assembly vote on the anti-Hamas resolution. The morning after the vote, Abbas will wake up to the realization that Hamas was a strange bedfellow indeed.
Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’s hatred of Hamas is far from secret. But Abbas is now defending Hamas because he despises the Trump administration, which has sponsored a UN draft resolution that condemns Hamas. Pictured: Abbas (right) meets with Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on May 30, 2007 in the Gaza Strip. (Photo by Abu Askar/PPO via Getty Images)