How We Die Now: “Death renders all equal,” wrote Claudian. How each one of us relates to death, however, is individual, and always changing — as we mature; as we contemplate life, and death, around us; and as society changes. In this special series in the National Post, we present stories and columns looking at the different ways we see, and prepare for, the Great Equalizer.
Three Seconds to Shoot Down a Missile and Save Hundreds of Lives
Published on: October 27, 2013
In the face of the constant threat of rockets and missiles, the IDF has been at the forefront of developing and operating air defense systems. What does it take to be an officer in this crucial field?
Imagine what an attack against Israel might look like in the not-too-distant future. In the opening salvo, a missile hits the heart of Tel Aviv, followed by precise rocket strikes on Israel from the Galilee to Eilat. Think this is an impossibility? Think again. Hezbollah alone has thousands of missiles aimed at major Israeli population centers. Their missiles can reach every single part of the country.
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CAIRO, Egypt — A member of the family of the first Arab honoured by Israel for risking his life to save Jews during the Holocaust says the family isn’t interested in the recognition.
The Egyptian doctor, Mohamed Helmy, was honoured posthumously last month by Israel’s Holocaust memorial for hiding Jews in Berlin during the Nazis’ genocide, but a family member tracked down by The Associated Press this week in Cairo said her relatives wouldn’t accept the award, one of Israel’s most prestigious.
Vatican officials have confirmed that Pope Francis recently emailed an American Jewish leader to respond to a sermon he delivered about believing in God after the Holocaust, The Washington Post reports.
Menachem Rosensaft, the son of two Holocaust survivors and a professor specializing in the law of genocide and war crimes trials, emailed his sermon and a personal note to the Vatican expressing his belief that God's presence gave his parents strength during the Holocaust.
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If the Palestinian movement believes it lives outside the laws of politics, nature and economics, it may be right.
The PA and Hamas occupy a split territory with two feuding governments -- both dictatorships with all the arbitrariness and lack of accountability implied by that; multiple armed services that fight each other and, occasionally, kill Israelis; a school system that teaches children that the IDF ate Mickey Mouse and Jews have no history in the land of the Bible; a civic culture that venerates suicide bombers and the mothers who seem to revel in their children's bloody demise; and an economy that produces nothing of export value.
It’s no secret the relationship between Turkey and Israel is on the rocks, but the revelation the government of Recep Tayyip Erdogan blew the cover of a group of Mossad spies is seen as a betrayal too far.
The incident happened early last year, but has only just been made public.
The 10 Iranians met their Israeli case officers on Turkish soil, …