A Gigantic Byzantine-Era Winepress Found in Israel

Oct. 14 2021

In the Israeli city of Yavne—famous as a center of Jewish scholarship and religious leadership in the century following the destruction of Second Temple—archaeologists have discovered two ancient wine presses. The earlier one, the Times of Israel reports, dates to the 4th century BCE. The later one was in use during the 4th or 5th century CE, and is the largest Byzantine-era winemaking center ever excavated. Along with earthenware jars for storing wine, the Israel Antiquities Authority also found clay oil lamps and children’s dolls. The site likely produced some 2 million liters of light, white wine every year, mostly for export, as Jon Seligman explains. (Video, two minutes.)

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What Israel Needs to Stop Iran’s Nuclear-Weapons Program

Oct. 25 2021

If sanctions, diplomacy, and covert sabotage fail to prevent the Islamic Republic from obtaining nuclear weapons, it will be up to the IDF to do the job—as America will be unlikely to attack Iran, and the Gulf states lack the ability to do so. But it is not clear that the Jewish state has the necessary armaments. John Hannah writes:

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More about: IDF, Iran, Iran nuclear program, Israeli Security, U.S. Foreign policy