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  • There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

    7 hours ago

    The Weimar Republic, Germany's flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today's paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control - vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the...

  • India close to $3 billion arms deal with Israel

    10 hours ago

    India is nearing final approval to buy $3 billion worth of arms from Israel.

    The deal would make Israel one of the top-three arms suppliers to the world’s second-most populous country, according to the Times of India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who plans to visit Israel...

  • What the $55,000 Israel trip for Oscar nominees looks like

    12 hours ago

    Whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, he’ll at least take home a free trip to the Holy Land.

    As announced last week, the 26 nominees in the top Oscars categories as well as the presenters will get a record-setting...

  • From Freedom of Speech to Hate- Speech

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    12 hours ago

    Response to a request to remove a group named “Death to Israel” is the following: “Thank you for taking the time to report something that you feel may violate our Community Standards. Reports like yours are an important part of making Facebook a safe and welcoming environment. We...

  • No status quo, no negotiations: A right-wing solution to the crisis of occupation

    1 day ago

    Before and after serving as an adviser in the office of the prime minister, I was asked, for good reason, what it is that I propose as an alternative to the so-called peace process.

    To criticize, after all, is much easier than to suggest a solution.

    If the status quo and...

  • Siblings spar on a kibbutz in ‘two sisters’

    1 day ago

    Old family rivalries and long-held secrets are laid bare in the play “Two Sisters,” currently running at Theatre 40 in Beverly Hills.

    The play is set on an Israeli kibbutz, where Edith (Leda Siskind), a longtime resident, has just enjoyed her 75th birthday party. Rika (Sharron...

  • Anger can take Israel in the wrong direction

    By Uri Dromi

    1 day ago

    The recent wave of Palestinian terror attacks, which took the life of a 19-year-old policewoman Feb. 3 in Jerusalem, has generated anger among Israelis. They demand that the government do something to stop these assaults. The question is: Do what?

    Unlike the First Intifada...

  • Clinton camp targets Sanders on Israel record

    1 day ago

    Hillary Clinton’s campaign is eager to slow down Bernie Sanders’ momentum after his stunning victory in the New Hampshire primary. Countering the headlines about Bernie making history as the first Jewish candidate to win a presidential primary, the Clinton campaign rushed to note...

  • Archaeologists say Western Wall plan endangers site

    1 day ago

    New construction aimed at providing a space for non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall would damage “the most important archaeological site for the Jewish people,” a group of Israeli archaeologists said.

    In a letter, nine senior archaeologists urged Prime Minister Benjamin...

  • Israel, EU in secret talks following decision on settlement labeling

    1 day ago

    Israel and the European Union reportedly are engaging in secret talks on repairing their relationship following the EU’s decision to label products made in Israeli settlements.

    According to a report in Haaretz, Helga Schmid, a senior adviser to EU chief diplomat Federica...

  • Olmert headed to prison next week after court rejects plea deal

    1 day ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will enter Israeli prison on corruption charges next week, after a Jerusalem court rejected a plea deal and lengthened his sentence by a month.

    Olmert will serve at least 19 months in prison on three charges — two counts of obstruction of...

  • Israeli soldiers kills rock-throwing Palestinian teen

    2 days ago

     Israeli soldiers shot and killed a Palestinian teenager in the West Bank who reportedly was throwing rocks at cars and Israeli soldiers.

    Omar Jawabreh, 16, was shot in the chest and died of his wounds Wednesday, according to the Times of Israel, citing Palestinian reports. He...

  • Presidents Conference meets with Erdogan amid Turkey-Israel reconciliation efforts

    2 days ago

    A delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as Turkey and Israel seek to improve ties.

    Stephen Greenberg, the chairman of the umbrella foreign policy body for U.S. Jewish groups, and Malcolm...

  • Iran successfully hacked former IDF chief’s files

    2 days ago

    The computer database of a former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff reportedly was compromised in an Iranian cyber attack late last year.

    Yaser Balaghi, a hacker working for Iran, gained access to the full contents of the unidentified army leader’s computer, the Times of...

  • Israel planning to surround country with security fences

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said his government is preparing a plan to completely surround the country with security fences.

    “At the end, in the State of Israel, as I see it, there will be a fence that spans it all,” Netanyahu said Tuesday while on a tour of the...

  • Film on French fugitive living free in Israel stirs unease

    2 days ago

    An authoritative voice and phone credit was all Gilbert Chikli needed to steal millions of euros from seasoned bankers and businessmen in his native France.

    One of France’s most famous criminals, the 50-year-old Chikli was sentenced in May by a Paris court to seven years in jail...

  • Israeli Arab List chairman: We want to be part of the process

    2 days ago

    It is nearly 9 pm in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament; its cafeteria abuzz and Ayman Odeh, head of the Joint List – the block of four Arab parties – is preparing to enjoy a much needed bowl of hot soup. He’s surrounded by a diverse cast of fellow parliamentarians including...

  • Sheldon Adelson’s attorney: Billionaire does not own Israel Hayom daily newspaper

    2 days ago

    An attorney for Sheldon Adelson told Israel’s Supreme Court that the billionaire casino magnate does not own the daily newspaper Israel Hayom.

    At a hearing Monday in the Supreme Court, attorney Avigdor Klagsbald disclosed for the first time that the newspaper is owned by an...

  • Oscar Nominees in Israel, Wix’s Kung Fu Surprise And More - This Week from The Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    Wix Teams with Kung Fu Panda for Super Bowl Ad

    Sunday was Game Day and that means the best brands are set to tackle one another for the title of Best Commercial at Super Bowl. Israel’s do-it-yourself website builder platform, Wix.com, is hoping to score another touchdown with its...

  • Israel NGO bill, seen as targeting left-wing groups, crosses first hurdle

    3 days ago

    A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament on Monday with the support of right-wing parties.

    Called a "transparency bill" by its sponsor, far-right Justice Minister Ayelet...

  • Israel could allow 30,000 more Palestinian workers into the country

    3 days ago

    Israel will allow 30,000 more Palestinian workers into Israel if the full Cabinet approves the plan.

    The Security Cabinet approved the plan on Sunday, Haaretz reported. Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon had approved it last month.

    The Palestinians would be required to pass a...

  • See how teen pals found each other some 50 years later

    3 days ago

    As a librarian, Oren Kaplan researches obscure facts and utilizes databases to track down information.

    So when the Haifa resident read a recent “Seeking Kin” column about someone in his city, Menahem Orenstein, who hoped to locate a long-lost childhood buddy, Kaplan decided to...

  • In all-Chabad Israeli village, Brooklyn meets country living

    3 days ago

    In an otherwise deserted field at the center of this rural Israeli village, a Brooklyn brownstone presents an incongruous sight.

    If it looks like it would fit perfectly in Crown Heights, that’s because it already does. The three-story apartment house topped by three gables is a...

  • Israel won’t get better aid deal after Obama leaves office

    3 days ago

    U.S. officials reportedly have urged Israel to sign the 10-year foreign aid package on the table, saying it will not get a better deal with the next president.

    “Even as we grapple with a particularly challenging budget environment, this administration’s commitment to Israel’s...

  • Three Arab-Israeli MKs suspended for meeting with terrorists’ families

    3 days ago

    Three Arab-Israeli Knesset members have been suspended from the parliament for meeting with the families of Palestinians who were killed while perpetrating terror attacks.

    The Knesset Ethics Committee approved the disciplinary move against Haneen Zoabi, Basel Ghatta and Jamal...

  • State Dept. denies Israeli TV report of Kerry plans to restart talks

    3 days ago

    The U.S. State Department spokesman denied an Israeli television report that Secretary of State John Kerry had any plans to visit Israel in the near term to restart peace talks with the Palestinians.

    “No plans by ‪@JohnKerry to travel soon to Israel,” John Kirby said Saturday on ...

  • Palestinian hunger striker rejects Israeli offer of May 1 release

    3 days ago

    A Palestinian journalist on the 75th day of a hunger strike has rejected Israel’s offer to release him by May 1.

    Muhammad al-Qiq, 33, said he will not accept an offer unless it ends his detention immediately and allows him to be treated in a Palestinian hospital, the Palestinian...

  • Rubio: Election by itself will reset U.S.-Israel relationship

    3 days ago

    The relationship between the U.S. and Israel will be reset by itself with the election of a Republican president in the fall, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio said on Monday.

    Addressing national security at BAE Systems Inc., an aerospace company headquartered in...

  • Labor Party approves Isaac Herzog’s plan for West Bank withdrawal

    3 days ago

    Israel’s Labor Party unanimously approved a plan presented by its leader, Isaac Herzog, that would promote a two-state solution through unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank.

    The plan was approved on Sunday during a party convention. Party members also voted to postpone until...

  • 50 years on, Bernie Sanders still champions values of his Israeli kibbutz

    4 days ago

    Every morning, Bernie Sanders would wake up at 4:10 a.m. to pick apples and pears.

    Leaving the cabin he shared with a few other American college student volunteers, Sanders would have a quick bite of bread before heading out to the orchard. After 2 1/2 hours of work, he and the...

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