Major Alaa Waheeb is the highest ranking Muslim officer in the Israel Defense Forces, and a report published by US News & World Report listed Israel as the 8th most powerful country in the world.

By: Michael Ordman



And the only one that could produce a soldier like this

Major Alaa Waheeb is the highest ranking Muslim officer in the Israel Defense Forces. Not only has he fought alongside Jewish soldiers, but he now trains them too. Here is his own story.

Israel is 8th world power

A report published by US News & World Report listed Israel as the 8th most powerful country in the world. A country’s power was categorized in terms of being a leader, being economically influential, politically influential, having strong international alliances and a strong military.

Free smoke detectors for the poor and the elderly

Jerusalem’s Fire Service is distributing smoke detectors to large families, the elderly and Holocaust survivors in the city. 3,000 detectors will be installed nationally. The costs have been donated by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews.

President Rivlin hosts new Sharia judges

Israeli President Rivlin greeted, at his Jerusalem residence, seven newly appointed judges to Israel’s Sharia courts, saying the institution’s viability served as a testament to Israel’s strength in diversity. Israeli law recognizes Sharia courts’ jurisdiction on personal status issues within the Muslim community, including marriage, divorce, custody of children and inheritance.

And 3rd best for quality of life

In the biannual report by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), Israel was rated third in quality of life among advanced nations, after Japan and Switzerland. The report also praised Israel’s high employment and high economic growth.

The only free state in the Middle East

Please have a look at this handy little interactive map of the world from Freedom House, showing the freedom rating of each country. Use the + key to enlarge, otherwise it is impossible to find tiny Free Israel amongst some of the Worst of the Worst in the Middle East.

The first PM to visit Africa in 50 years

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received an invitation from Kenyan President Kenyatta to visit Kenya this summer, in what would mark the first visit by an Israeli leader to Africa in 50 years. He intends to do so around the 40th anniversary of the raid on Entebbe. The announcement coincided with the launch of the new Knesset Caucus for Israel-Africa Relations.

Mobile desalination unit donated to Papua New Guinea

Israel’s G.A.L. Water Technologies, with the Israeli Foreign Ministry, have donated a mobile desalination unit developed in Israel to Papua New Guinea. The Galmobile will provide the Pacific islands with clean drinking water from the ocean or any water source.


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