Israel Surprises in World Championship Debut

Team Israel wrapped up a strong World Lacrosse Championship debut late last week with a seventh-place finish. The team clinched the seventh spot with a 15-10 win over Japan on Friday, July 18. After falling behind 5-4 at halftime, Israel stormed back in the second half of its final match of the championships. Ari Sussman,… Read More

Witnesses To Conflict

JERUSALEM — On June 29, 27 Jewish teenagers from Baltimore participated in a team-building exercise, working together to build rafts and then sailing them across the Sea of Galilee. It was a day of sun and sea, cooperation and fun. But as the teens sailed across the calm waters, they couldn’t help but notice the… Read More

A Loss of Credibility

While Israel and Hamas have been mired in conflict for more than a week, U.S. officials have been mulling their limited options to pressure the parties into a cease-fire on a geopolitical map that is vastly different, and arguably much more complex, than previous conflicts. They’re finding that America has few dependable friends and less… Read More

On Target

SDEROT, Israel — In less than two weeks, Israel has endured more than a thousand rockets. Yet, the casualty toll so far from a rocket strike during the conflict is one Israeli citizen. In many ways, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge — its third Gaza operation in six years — is much like previous Israeli campaigns… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Improves to 5-0 in World Championship

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The Israel national lacrosse team secured a top-eight finish in the FIL World Lacrosse Championship and a spot in the quarterfinals Tuesday with a 15-1 win over 6th-ranked Germany. Attackman Ari Sussman, who leads the tournament with 30 points, netted three goals and two assists in the Germany match while Matthew Cherry (four goals, one… Read More

Far From Home

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many… Read More

Israel Lacrosse Makes World Championship Debut

Amid turmoil at home, the Israeli national lacrosse team made their FIL World Championship Friday, July 11 with a 19-4 win over 10th-ranked Sweden. The team traveled to host state Colorado earlier this month, just days after the bodies of three kidnapped Israeli teens were found in the West Bank and a week before Israel… Read More

IDF Launches Gaza Operation

Following days of rocket attacks from Hamas in Gaza, Israel on Monday launched a “continuous, methodical and forceful campaign against the terrorist group in the Gaza Strip,” according to a government announcement. Dubbed Operation Protective Edge, the air campaign came as IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Benny Gantz requested the call-up of 40,000 reserve… Read More

Keeping Them Safe

According to Israel Defense Forces reports, the Islamist terror group Hamas launched as many as 170 rockets from Gaza into southern Israeli communities Monday and Tuesday, including Baltimore’s sister city of Ashkelon. The onslaught provoked the commencement of Operation Protective Edge, a military offensive that so far has resulted in the launching of approximately 50… Read More

A Divided House

HERZLIYA, Israel — Naftali Bennett and Tzipi Livni don’t agree on much. Bennett, Israel’s economy minister, sees the West Bank as an inseparable part of the Jewish state and wants Israel to annex its settlements there. Livni, the justice minister, says Israel can remain a Jewish democracy only by evacuating settlements. But on one thing… Read More