Down the tunnel after Hadar Goldin

by David Kramer

During the fighting in the Gaza Strip in 2014, Hamas terrorists emerged from a tunnel shaft in the vicinity of a group of Israeli soldiers. One of the terrorists proceeded to detonate himself, killing three IDF soldiers in the process and kidnapping the body of one of them, Lt. Hadar Goldin, dragging him down the…



A Patients Letter to Staff at Sharee Zedek Hospital

by David Kramer

On April 10, 2019 I met with Audrey Gross who works in the Public Affairs department of Shaare Zedek Hospital (“Gates of Righteousness”) in Jerusalem. Shaare Zedek is today the city’s fastest growing hospital and the only major medical facility in the city’s center. Shaare Zedek is well known internationally for its emergency response systems…



An Animals Best Friend – Ofer Drori

by David Kramer

When Israeli photojournalist, Ofir Drori, left for a trip to Africa, following four years in the Israeli army, he never would have imagined that this decision would change his life and that he would become an award-winning wildlife activist, spearheading the fight against the illegal animal trafficking industry in Africa. While travelling to Cameroon, Drori…



Drama on Everest

by David Kramer

In May 2012 Israeli mountain climber and photographer Nadav Ben Yehuda was only 300 meters from the summit of Mount Everest and on his way to becoming the youngest Israeli to climb the world’s highest mountain, when he spotted someone lying inside a crack in the ice, clearly in trouble. He recognized Aydin Irmak, a…



History In The Making!

by David Kramer

History in the making! United Arab Emirate officials arrive at Ben Gurion International Airport this afternoon kicking off agreements of the Abraham Accord, signed between Israel and the UAE in Washington last month.   The Etihad 787-10 Dreamliner arrived with 58 passengers on board and was greeted in a festive ceremony. “We are very excited…



Should Erekat be treated in Israel?

by David Kramer

Today, chief Palestinian Authority negotiator Saeb Erekat was hospitalized in critical condition and placed on a ventilator in Israel’s Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, Jerusalem. The senior Palestinian official, diagnosed with Covid-19, was brought to the hospital by Magen David Adom paramedics accompanied by IDF soldiers. Many in Israel are disturbed by this since Erekat, a…



“Smile because a smile is happiness and happiness gives us the strength to go on.” – In memory of Liel Gidoni z”l

by David Kramer

Liel Gidoni z”l was a commander in the Givati brigade of the Israeli army who was tragically killed in Gaza in 2014. He was well-liked amongst the soldiers and he used to tell them every morning, during line-up, “Smile because a smile is happiness and happiness gives us the strength to go on.” In order…



What this poster taught me about Israel?

Every year during the Jewish festival of on sukkot this iconic poster of the Israeli paratroopers that liberated the western wall hangs in my sukkah. It’s been in my sukkah for so many years that I cannot remember how or when it got here. Each year I find myself staring at the poster which took…



Top 100 Israeli #Charities To Support Right Now!

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The non-profit sector in Israel has been hard hit by the Corona epidemic and this is significant as they represent Israel’s lifeline to the most vulnerable and weak members of society. Whether it’s hospitals and medical institutions that are directly treating the infected or organizations that feed those affected by the economic repercussions; people with…