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Israel News for 11-30-18

Iranian Weapons
A Boeing 747 belonging to Iranian airline Fars Air Qeshm, which is reportedly used by the Revolutionary Guards to smuggle weapons, landed in Beirut yesterday. It was the first direct flight from Tehran to Beirut for the airline. The Iranians are suspected of smuggling advanced weapons systems into Syria and Lebanon.

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Fake News
Syrian news agency SANA and Russia’s RIA news agency reported that the Syrian army shot down an Israeli warplane and 4 missiles yesterday during an attack at al-Kiswah, a town south of Damascus, which is only 50 kilometers away from the Israeli border. The town allegedly houses an Iranian base.

According to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit, the Syrian reports are false and no Israeli plane was shot down. However, a surface-to-air missile was fired at an open area in the Golan Heights and IDF forces are searching the area for additional hits.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported Thursday that “for the first time in 75 days, Israeli missiles directly attacked targets south of Damascus.”

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Sara Netanyahu
Sara Netanyahu, the PM’s wife, will head an Israeli Foreign Affairs Ministry delegation to Guatemala in a couple of weeks. Mrs. Netanyahu and the Israeli delegation were invited, by the Guatemalan president’s wife, to take part in a cornerstone laying ceremony for a new neighborhood in a village called “Jerusalem,” which was recently built to house the victims of the Fuego volcano that erupted six months ago.

The improvised village was an initiative of Guatemala’s Jewish community rabbi, Joseph Gramon, with help from the ZAKA organization and local organizations. Mrs. Netanyahu is expected to announce additional Israeli aid in the fields of pediatrics and drinking water purification.

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Partition Plan
On 29 November 1947, the United Nations General Assembly voted 33 to 13, with 10 abstentions and 1 absent, to partition Palestine into 2 separate states (Arab and Jewish). The momentous vote was widely celebrated in the soon to be Jewish state. The Arabs weren’t too happy with a state in only part of the land. When Israel officially declared statehood in May of 1948, the Arab nations tried to take the entire pie…and the rest is history.

The Israel Forever Foundation has some great articles about the momentous UN vote. To read more click here.

Making Donuts
With Hanukkah beginning on Sunday night, the website Israel21c has launched a 4 part web series to teach you how to make classic Israeli dishes in a one minute video. The first video is on making jelly donuts (sufganiyot), the traditional Israeli Hanukkah treat.

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