In a major development that marks a new era in the Middle East energy industry, Israel has begun exporting natural gas to Egypt, according to a joint statement issued by the two countries this week.

Israel will pump an estimated $19.5 billion worth of gas — 85 billion cubic meters — from its two offshore fields, Tamar and Leviathan over 15 years. The gas will be funneled via a subsea pipeline connecting Israel and Egypt.

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Israel is known for sending rescue teams in response to natural disasters around the world, from earthquakes to floods.

And the generosity of the Jewish state is not limited to mankind — The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem announced that it will donate veterinary medical supplies to help the millions of animals affected by bushfires ravaging the Australian countryside.

Some reports from Australia estimate that 480 million animals have been killed in the fires so far.

The Biblical Zoo in Jerusalem zoo said this week it will donate money and medical supplies for the millions of animals injured including burn creams, milk replacers, wound sprays and hydration concentrates.

Fires have destroyed nearly 20 million acres of land Down Under, killed 25 people, destroyed thousands of homes and knocked out electricity and cellular service in large areas of the country.

Though rain is considered a blessing and it is much needed during the winter months here in Israel, the country is often not equipped to handle the heavy storms that sweep through.

Last week four people were killed in floods, including two people who were trapped in a subterranean elevator in a Tel Aviv parking garage, after heavy rains pounded the center of Israel. My daughter was actually friends with the young couple. It devastated the city emotionally. And, it could have and should have been avoided! Residents are outrages at the failfure of emergency services.

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She definitely earned this one: U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar has been voted 2019’s anti-Semite of the year, an annual “honor” bestowed by the organization StopAntiSemitism.org.

If you’ve been following our news in the past year, this certainly comes as no surprise. Omar, the freshman congresswoman from Minnesota, has repeatedly used anti-Jewish tropes and voted against the State of Israel on numerous occasions. She supports the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) campaign against Israel.

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Israel’s Foreign Ministry thanked the Ukraine for resigning from an “anachronistic anti-Israeli” committee in the United Nations.

“We urge other committee members to follow suit. What are you still doing there???” the Foreign Ministry said on Twitter.

Ukraine decided to withdraw from the 25-member UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

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