In Israel, president of Chad said ready to renew diplomatic ties

Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)
Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

Chad’s President Idriss Deby met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Nov. 25, 2018. (Amos Ben-Gershom/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The president of the African nation of Chad on a visit to Israel said he is ready to restore ties between his Muslim-majority country and the Jewish State.

The visit to Israel by Chad President Idriss Deby is “historic,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his cabinet hours before the president’s arrival.

Deby arrived in Israel for an official visit on Sunday, the first president of the country ever to visit Israel. The two countries severed diplomatic ties in 1972. [Read more…]

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Stone weight likely used in First Temple uncovered

A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall. (Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)
A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall. (Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)

A stone weight likely used in the First Temple to evaluate the half-shekel donation brought by the Jewish people for both the maintenance of the Temple and as a census,was discovered during the sifting of earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall.
(Eliyahu Yanai/City of David)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – A stone weight likely used to weigh silver donations to the First Temple in Jerusalem was uncovered in earth from the foundation stones of the Western Wall.

The tiny stone weight engraved with ancient Hebrew letters was found during the sifting of archaeological soil in the Emek Tzurim National Park, under the auspices of the City of David Foundation. [Read more…]

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