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Dear Read­ers, Life in Is­rael is never bor­ing, and, true to form, it has been a tu­mul­tuous year, yet an ex­cit­ing and pro­duc­tive one. While Ha­mas found in­no­va­tive meth­ods such as in­cen­di­ary kites to ter­ror­ize the Is­raeli pop­u­lace, our strong sol­diers, in­tel­li­gence and ad­vanced de­fense tech­nolo­gies in ar­eas such as drones and cy­ber-tech con­tin­ued to keep ca­su­al­ties to a min­i­mum. We were alarmed by the in­crease in global an­ti­semitism, find­ing the mass shoot­ing in Pitts­burgh par­tic­u­larly shock­ing. We re­joiced as Netta Barzi­lai took home the gold for Is­rael at Euro­vi­sion. The US un­der the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion proved to be a good friend in­deed – with­draw­ing from the UN Hu­man Rights Coun­cil, in part be­cause of bias against Is­rael, and, of course, mov­ing its em­bassy to Jerusalem, putting the Amer­i­can stamp of ap­proval on our cap­i­tal and light­ing the way for other coun­tries to do the same. While in­ter­nal de­bate over core is­sues such as the Na­tion-State Law threat­ened to di­vide us, we all came to­gether as one Koolu­lam voice to cel­e­brate 70 years of in­de­pen­dence. Soar­ing into 2019, we can stand proud and con­fi­dent in all we have ac­com­plished. With thanks for your con­tin­ued loy­alty (please keep those let­ters and talk­backs com­ing!) and best wishes for a happy and healthy new year,

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