The father of the sixth President of Israel moved to Ireland, learned fluent Irish Gaelic, became Ireland’s first chief rabbi, supported the First DΓ‘il and the Irish Republicans during the Irish War of Independence, and became close friends with Γ‰amon de Valera. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yit…
Milton Rubenfeld, the father of Paul Reubens(who played Pee-Wee Herman) flew for the Royal Air Force and U.S. Army during World War II, later becoming one of the five founding pilots of the Israeli Air Force in Israel's War of Independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mil…
In 1969 France embargoed Israel while navy ships sold to Israel were still in France. The Mossad set up a fake oil company which bought the ships from France and covertly sailed them to Israel. Upon discovering this the French defence minister ordered an air strike to sink them but was overruled en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
The Azerbaijani village of QΔ±rmΔ±zΔ± QΙ™sΙ™bΙ™ is the world's only all-Jewish town outside Israel and the USA, and is considered to be the world's last surviving shtetl. Alongside Azerbaijani and Russian, residents also speak Judeo-Tat, the traditional language of the Mountain Jews en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Q%C…
In 1968, four submarines sunk belonging to Russia, the USA, France and Israel, with no clear and obvious cause for the sinkings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
There are around 35,000 archaeological sites in Israel, a country the size of New Jersey nature.com/articles/d4158…
As a defensive measure Israel installed an underwater pipe system to pump flammable crude oil into the Suez Canal, thereby creating a sheet of flame. On the eve of the Yom Kippur War, teams of Egyptian frogmen blocked the underwater openings with concrete before launching their attack en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bar…
Operation Rimon 20, on July 30, 1970, the Israel Air Force (IAF) drew the Soviet expeditionary force in Egypt into a perfectly planned and executed ambush, shooting down five MiG-21 fighters with no losses for the Israeli Mirage-IIIs and Phantom F-4s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
When Adolf Eichmann was tried in Israel for his actions in the Holocaust, it was necessary to modify Israeli law to allow a team of foreign lawyers to defend him, since no Israeli lawyer would. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ado…
In Israel it is mandatory for all citizens to serve in the military for 24-32 months. loc.gov/law/help/military…
Three Israeli brothersβ€”Ramy, Muzher, and Shadde Badirβ€”managed to set up an extensive phone and computer fraud scheme in Israel in the 1990s, despite all of them being born blind. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Jews were forbidden by the Rabbinate from walking under the Arch of Titus in Rome, which was built in 81 AD to commemorate the Roman victory in the first Jewish–Roman War in Judea. The ban was lifted in 1948 with the establishment of the state of Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arc…
Israel’s El Al airline puts missile jamming devices on their jet airliners abcnews.go.com/Blotter/is…
Between 1967 and 1989 East Germany sent a massive amount of arms to ANYONE at war with Israel - to the tune of three quarters of a million Klashnikovs, 120 MiG fighters, 180,000 anti-personell mines, 235,000 grenades; 25,000 RPG launchers; and 25 million cartridges of varying sizes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Und…
There are 5 countries without a written, codified constitution: New Zealand, United Kingdom, Canada, Israel and Saudi Arabia. They rely instead on a conjunction of separate documents and precedents for legal decision-making. worldatlas.com/articles/c…
Today I learned of the 1947 NYC smallpox outbreak, which was stopped through aggressive public health policy led by health commssioner Dr. Israel Weinstein, leaving only 12 infected and 2 dead hollander-waas.com/blog/t…
The Uzi submachine is named after the inventor, Uziel Gal. Gal designed the weapon in 1948 and in 1951 it was officially adopted by the Israel Defense Forces. Gal did not want the weapon to be named after him but his request was ignored. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uzi…
Today I learned of Israel Keyes, a serial killer who had no preferred victim type and never killed in the same area twice. For one murder, he flew to Chicago and rented a car to get to Vermont, then used a murder kit he’d hidden two years earlier. When shopping, he kept his phone off and only paid in cash. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isr…
On November 21, 2012: Following a cease-fire ending fighting with Israel, celebratory gunfire in the Gaza Strip killed a man and wounded three others. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/201…
Today I learned about the Yellow Fleet. During the Israel-Egypt 6-Day-War, a group of 15 ships was trapped in a war-zone for 8 years (1967-1975) in the Suez Canal. While trapped the crews met regularly, socialized & founded an association for mutual support. They even issued postage stamps recognized worldwide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
There is a second Jewish territory in the world in addition to Israel: the Jewish Autonomous Oblast, a small part of Russia in the far south-east near Japan/China/North Korea en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
In 1952, West Germany agreed to reparations and paid Israel 3.45 billion deutsche marks, or more than $7 billion in today’s dollars for psychological trauma, for offense to Jewish honor, for life insurance, and for time spent in concentration camps. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rep…
Despite being thin and athletic, serial killer Israel Keyes got lap band surgery in his late 20s, presumably so he could go for prolonged periods without eating during his murder sprees oxygen.com/martinis-murde…
John Henry Patterson, the engineer famous for killing the Tsavo lions was, while Protestant, the leader of the first all Jewish military unit in WWI and is a celebrated person in Israel today en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Until 2000, Palestinian president Yasser Arafat received from Israel the VAT tax receipts on goods purchased by Palestinians directly to his personal accounts at Bank Leumi, in Tel Aviv en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yas…
The Persian empire was founded by Cyrus the Great. Cyrus first conquered the Median Empire in 550 BC and then went on to conquer the Lydians and the Babylonians. Under later kings, the empire would grow to where it ruled Mesopotamia, Egypt, Israel, and Turkey. ducksters.com/history/mes…
Ancient Egyptians loved board games and a well-known Bronze Age game which was invented in Egypt 4,000 years ago had one player choose Hounds pegs the other Jackals pegs. Carved out of Ivory the game was found in Mesopotamia, Israel, Syria, Iran, Azerbaijan, Levant and the Mediterranean. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hou…
Today I learned of Ulrich Schnaft a Waffen SS soldier who Immigrated to Israel joined the IDF and was later arrested for spying for Egypt military.wikia.org/wiki/U…
South Korea mints coins for various other countries including India, Israel and Argentina voanews.com/east-asia/s-k…
Capital punishment has only been imposed twice in the history of the state of Israel, one was a mistake the other was Adolf Eichmann en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cap…
When Israel got attacked during the Yom Kippur war, the fact it was a holiday likely helped rather than hindered their response. Since roadways were clear and most folks were together in synagogue, the military was able to better mobilize reserve forces more quickly. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yom…
Mickey Marcus, Israel’s first modern military general was killed by his own men because he forgot the password when being asked by a sentry. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
Today I learned of the Yellow Fleet, fifteen ships that were stuck in the Suez Canal for eight years from 1967 to 1975 owing the dispute between Egypt and Israel. In that time, the crews formed a mutual aid association, a yachting club, and a postal service en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yel…
The ethnic Samaritans of the Bible still exist in modern-day Israel. They number about 820 people and still practice a distinctly ancient form of Judaism. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sam…
In 1965 South Africa gave Israel 100 tonnes of uranium in exchange for just 30 grams of tritium telesurenglish.net/opinio…
The famous "Mushroom" red sandstone rock is located in Timna Valley (Χͺִּמְנָג), southern Israel, and the rock formation is a called hoodoo. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
When it became apparent that Israel was going to win the 1978 Eurovision Singing Contest, Jordanian TV stopped the live broadcast, showed a picture of daffodils, and later announced that Belgium had won. abc.net.au/news/2015-05-2…
Israel's response to the 1972 Munich Massacre is believed to have lasted almost 20 years en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
After 70 years of proclaiming the state of Israel, there is only one prime minister born in the established country. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Goldfinger was banned in Israel after it was reported that the actor playing Goldfinger, Gert FrΓΆbe, was a former member of the Nazi party. The ban was lifted when it was discovered he helped to hide two Jews in his basement during the war. forbondfansonly.com/posts…
, Israel Bissel rode 345 miles to warn the colonists of the British attack on Lexington and Concord. constitutionfacts.com/us-…
In 1988, Israel KamakawiwoΚ»ole called a studio at 3am and asked if he could record because he had a good idea. The studio owner said yes even though he already closed the studio. 15 minutes later he recorded Israel playing his ukelele and recorded "Over the Rainbow" in one take. npr.org/2010/12/06/131812…
In biblical Israel, on Yom Kippur two goats were chosen and lots were drawn for them. One was sacrificed and the other allowed to escape into the wilderness, symbolically carrying with it the sins of the community. Hence the word "scapegoat". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa…
Today I learned about Operation Mole Cricket 19, the largest air battle since the Korean War. In 1982, Israel sent around 90 planes to destroy Syrian SAM Batteries. The Syrian Army sent up about 100 planes to defend. The amount of Syrian jets shot down was 82-86. The amount of Israeli jets shot down was 0. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Ancient Israel was far from "the land of milk and honey," and instead people suffered from the lack of a balanced diet. By examining human remains, Dr MacDonald found evidence of iron-deficiency anaemia, consistent with a diet high in flat bread and low in meat and vegetables news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
Wineries in Israel are trying to recreate ancient wine, including the varities that Jesus may have drank. Researchers use techniques like DNA testing and three-dimensional scans of grape seeds found at archaeological digs to help identify these unique varieties foodandwine.com/fwx/drink…
The war between Israel and Egypt in 1967 ended up trapping 14 unlucky Cargo Ships in the Suez Canal for eight years. During this period crew members drank so much beer, they speculated there must be five feet of beer bottles on the lake's floor. mentalfloss.com/article/5…
Gert FrΓΆbe, the actor who played Goldfinger in the eponymous Bond film, saved two Jews during World War 2. He was a former Nazi Party member, and Israel banned his films after this became known. But when one of the Jews he saved spoke up for him, they rescinded the ban. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ger…
The World Chess Federation rearranges tournament matchups so that Iranians never have to play Israelis, because Iran does not recognize the existence of Israel chess.com/news/view/ouste…
Israel is the 9th least religious country in the world, behind the UK at #10. Only 30% of the population identify as religious. worldpopulationreview.com…
The Intel 8088 microprocessor, introduced on June 1, 1979, was designed at the company's laboratory in Haifa, Israel and was used in the pioneering first IBM personal computer. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
Hoopoes have broad and rounded wings capable of strong flight, and they have a characteristic undulating flight like that of a giant butterfly which is caused by the wings half closing at the end of each beat or short sequences of beats. The Eurasian hoopoe is the national bird of Israel. youtube.com/watch?v=QyRln…
Between 1949 and 1951, the US and the UK airlifted 49,000 Yemenite Jews to safety in Israel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In 1979 there was an unidentified double-flash of light near the Prince Edward Islands off of Antartica detected by the Vela Hotel Satellite, suspected to be a nuclear test carried out by South Africa and Israel, but no one ever took credit for it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vel…
Today I learned about the Romaniotes, the oldest Jewish community in Europe. Distinct from Sephardic and Ashkenazi Jews, they spoke a Greek dialect. Only about 50,000 Romaniote Jews remain, most of them in Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rom…
On 29.5. 1948 Israel was 30 km from ceasing to exist, Egyptians were driving on Tel Aviv, but "miracle happened", the only country that helped Israel was Czechoslovakia with 4pcs of fighter planes S-199 (upgraded Bf-109G) that arrived to Ekron day before, shocked Egyptians halted the offensive. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
In Israel on May 2nd on Yom HaShoah a siren wails for 2 minutes across the country to remember the more than 6 million Jewish people who died in the Holocaust. All activity stops nationwide. youtube.com/watch?v=OeozU…
Nazareth Village is an open-air museum in Israel that reconstructs and reenacts village life in the Galilee in the time of Jesus. The village features houses, terraced fields, wine, and olive presses all built to resemble a Galilee village in the 1st century, as well as living actors en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naz…
In 1924, Harold Israel was a vagrant accused of the murder of a priest. All the evidence seemed to fit him, but in court, the prosecutor Homer Cummings logically tore the case against him to shreds and freed him. Years later, Homer contacted him to share money from a film deal based on the case. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
A man named Amos Baranes was wrongfully convicted for a murder in Israel after a violent interrogation and exonerated only 26 years later, and received 5 mil. NIS in compensation. jpost.com/Israel/Baranes-…
The Movie "Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs" title was translated in Israel to "It's Raining Falafel". timesofisrael.com/hollywo…
Doctors had been inadvertently causing a rise in peanut allergies by telling parents to avoid giving infants peanuts. They discovered Israeli babies are very low risk because of the popularity of the peanut snack Bamba in Israel. npr.org/sections/thesalt/…
KFC Israel opened its first branch in Israel in the 1980, however it failed and did not last long. They began expanding again later and by 2009 they had 10 locations but By 2012 all locations had closed en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KFC…
Since 1951 in Israel it is required by the law that every new building will have a security room that can withstand blast and shrapnel from conventional weapons, and offer protection against chemical and biological weapons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mer…
King David established Jerusalem as Israel's capital over 3,000 years ago. When David took the throne, Egypt and Assyria were both on a significant decline. They were not in any position to expand and allowed Israel room to grow aish.com/jl/h/cc/48936837…
Today I learned about Yosef Dayan, an orthodox rabbi who claims descent from king David and aims to establish a monarchy in Israel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yos…
The F16 fighter jets used by Israel for the raid on the Iraq nuclear reactor were originally going to be sold to Iran before the 1979 revolt and hostage taking. timesofisrael.com/38-year…
In 1954 Israel tried to create a false flag attack in Egypt by planting bombs in Egyptian, American, and British civilian targets. Muslims were to be blamed in order to convince British troops to stay in the Suez canal. Israel denied any involvement before awarding the agents 51 years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lav…
Israel used piracy laws as the basis for prosecuting and executing Adolf Eichmann theconversation.com/the-p…
Mormonism has Patriarchs; men who give "blessings" like a horoscope to a person which is typed up and given to the recipient. The "blessing" tells then which tribe of Israel they are from and gives them a road map for their life. churchofjesuschrist.org/s…
, of Israel Bissel who on April 19th, 1775, reportedly rode 4+ days and ~350 miles to bring news of the British attack on Lexington and Concord to the American Colonists. (by comparison, Paul Revere only rode 20 miles) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isr…
Today I learned of Ulrich Schnaft, a former member of the Waffen-SS who pretended to be a Jew, moved to Israel, and joined the IDF. He later became a spy for the Egyptian military, was captured by Israeli intelligence, was imprisoned for five years, then returned to Germany. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulr…
In Israel, the use of Nazi symbols is legal en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pos…
Israel became the first country in Asia to recognize unregistered cohabitation between same-sex couples, making it the first country in Asia to recognize any same-sex union. Although same-sex marriages are not performed in the country, Israel recognizes same-sex marriages performed elsewhere. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LGB…
The first "weapon of mass destruction" in cyber warfare, a worm called Stuxnet, was jointly built by Israel and the United States (although neither country has officially admitted it)in an effort to destroy Iran's nuclear weapon program. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stu…
Late last year archeologists in Israel discovered a cave that was used by humans some 400,000 years ago. They think it was used as a 'school' where people were taught how to make primitive tools fromthegrapevine.com/life…
Jawdat Ibrahim, an Arab Israeli man, won $22m the Illinois lottery in 1990 and used his winnings to develop his home village of Abu Ghosh. The hummus restaurant he opened there has been used to host Israel-Palestine peace talks, and set the world record for largest Hummus. nytimes.com/1999/06/16/wo…
Israel's Ministry of Agriculture banned fishing in the Sea of Galilee in 2010, the site where Jesus told his disciples: "I will make you fishers of men." Four Apostles - James, Andrew, John and Peter - worked as fishermen on the shores of the Sea of Galilee telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
Israel as a cultural entity is first mentioned in the stele of the Egyptian pharaoh Merenptah (r.1213-1203 BCE). It is unknown why Israel should be mentioned on a stele which celebrates an Egyptian victory over the Libyans unless the Israelites were part of the coalition ancient.eu/israel/
The children's song 'The Hokey Cokey' is only called this in the UK, Ireland and the Caribbean, while it's called 'The Hokey Pokey' in the US, Canada, Australia and Israel as 3 similar songs were released within an 11 year period with no one knowing who originally wrote the song we know now bbcamerica.com/anglopheni…
In 2010, Israel's weekly state lottery drew exactly the same 6 numbers as the draw 3 weeks earlier – an event statisticians said was a one in four trillion chance. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
The British game show The Chase has inspired regional versions in Australia, China, Croatia, Finland, Germany, Israel, Norway, Russia, Serbia, Turkey and the United States en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Egyptian president suffered a heart attack the following day after the Ten Hour War Israel had waged against Egypt en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ope…
Israel KamakawiwoΚ»ole, the man who famously sang "Somewhere Over the Rainbow/What a Wonderful World" was an avid supporter for Hawaiian independence. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isr…
Only 4 countries/territories have a Jewish population of 1% or higher - Israel (73.60%), Gibraltar (2.00%), USA (1.76%), and Canada (1.08%) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jew…
The Goa Inquisition was a colonial-era Portuguese institution established by the Roman Catholic Holy Office to stop and punish heresy against Christianity in Asia. It persecuted Hindus, Muslims, Bene Israels, New Christians and the Judaizing Nasranis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goa…
In 2001, the World Conference against Racism descended into chaos after many members attending used multiple anti-semetic remarks regarding Israel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wor…
There are at least eight other international versions of 'The Office' besides those from the UK and the US, including series produced in Germany, France, Israel, Chile and Sweden en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
There are also versions of The Office in Sweden, Finland, Czech Republic, France, Quebec (French Canada), Germany, Chile, Israel, and India (in the making). They all sell paper except for Germany, which sold insurance. bbc.com/news/entertainmen…
Today I Learned that all photos of the selection process at Auschwitz-Birkenau were found in a single photo album that narrowly escaped the war, and used as evidence of crimes in the Frankfurt Auschwitz trials. It was given to the Holocaust Museum in Israel by Yad Vashem and shared with the world. yadvashem.org/yv/en/exhib…
That, in the 1980's, Israel operated a beach resort in Sudan, which was actually a Mossad front allowing them to evacuate Sudanese and Ethiopian Jews to Israel. bbc.com/news/stories-4370…
Israel's Kfar Nahum National Park contains remains of a fishing village from the time of the Second Temple, on a site that was the focus of Jesus’ Galilee ministry parks.org.il/en/reserve-p…
Chiune Sugihara - a Japanese vice consul in Lithuania, who later during WW2 helped around 6000 Jews fleeing Europe by issuing transit visas to them so that they could travel through Japanese territory. And he's the only Japanese honored Righteous Among the Nations by Israel en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chi…
Israel does not have a formal constitution, but a semi-constitutional system of basic laws and rights. knesset.gov.il/constituti…
In 1974, an Ohio man left a condition in his will that his son would only get his inheritance upon marrying a Jewish woman with two Jewish parents. If he did not do so within seven years, the money would be given to the State of Israel. The son sued the bank and lost. quimbee.com/cases/shapira…
Israel hid a large scale munitions manufacturing operation beneath a 24 hour washing service. The noise of the washers kept British suspicions at bay and allowed Israel to build a large arsenal. thedailybeast.com/israel-…
Jordanian television refused to broadcast Israeli Eurovision performance in 1978 so when Israel in fact won the contest, they abruptly ended the broadcast, claiming that Belgium had won. In place of Israel's entry they showed a slideshow of flower images. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isr…
If you send a letter to Israel addressed to god, they will place it in the Western Wall, where visitors traditionally place handwritten notes of prayer and wishes in the cracks between its stones. usnews.com/news/offbeat/a…
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole called a sound studio at 3am, asked nicely to record, got there 15 mins later, then recorded "Over the Rainbow" in just one take. npr.org/2010/12/06/131812…

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