This Week Tonight - Current Events from Israel

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House ( and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives ( He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

Tonight we are celebrating Lag B'Omer all over Israel by lighting bonfires (background - see here). They are oodles of fun, and only slightly dangerous. However there are other fires burning in the region, so let's talk about those.


Over the past week or so, Israel has seriously bombed Iranian targets in Syria. How many? Not clear. All the info comes from Syria, so that's worth about as much as their currency and integrity combined. Nonetheless, its safe to say that Israel is putting the hurt on them pretty good. So far, Iran hasn't been able to muster much of a response other than a solid mix of redundant threats and pre-school style whining.

In addition to these attacks, probably the biggest news of the week: The Mossad, Israeli Intelligence Agency, known for daring overseas missions, has captured and brought to Israel something like 110,000 documents about Iran's "secret" nuclear program. This week, Prime Minister did a live presentation on Israeli tv about some of that information. Some critics are claiming that there is nothing new in the info. That is pure idiocy. How about that there is literally a half-ton of documents on all kinds of things. This is without to speak about how incredible it is that they found and got these documents to Israel in the first place. In short, major coup for the Mossad, Israel and Netanyahu.

And how about the timing?!!! Just 2 weeks before President Trump has to decide if the US will stay in obama's nuclear deal with Iran or pull out. Shocker alert: this info ain't great for the deal. Can't ever predict what Trump will do, but not even obama would waste his time praying to allah on this one.

This one is far from over, but its not like it just started either. In the meantime, Iran is shooting ballistic missiles from Yemen on Saudi Arabia. So they got alot going on.


The Arab attacks on the border between Israel and Gaza continue. Mostly on Fridays, but on other days as well. On the whole, these violent pep rallies have been abysmal failures. The only "bright" spots for the terrorists are their "success" in flying burning kites - some with swastikas on them for effect, and honesty - into Israel and setting fields on fire. The biggest such fire was today and burned an otherwise pretty field. Let's hope and pray this continues to be their greatest "success".

In President Trump news:

-Good chance he'll free Jonathan Pollard in the near future

-Good chance he might come for the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem or soon thereafter

Becoming harder and harder for loyal Jews to complain about him. They looking more and more like that skank comedienne "lady" from the fake news prom this past Sat. night = SAD.

But we aren't supposed be sad today - Happy Lag B'Omer!

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem