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  • Amnesty International: Hamas committed war crimes against Gaza civilians

    3 hours ago

    Amnesty International said in a report on Wednesday that Islamist Hamas committed war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year's war with Israel.

    A ceasefire last August ended 50 days of fighting between Gaza militants and Israel in which health...

  • Israel asking U.S. for 50 percent increase in next defense assistance package

    6 hours ago

    Israel reportedly  wants the U.S. to increase its annual defense assistance package by half, to an average $4.5 billion.

    Defense News reported this weekend that Israel and U.S. officials have in recent months begun negotiations on the next 10-year aid package.

    The previous...

  • Obama loves the wrong Israel

    By David Suissa

    7 hours ago

    Every time I hear President Barack Obama tell us how much he loves Israel, I feel like asking him: Which one?

    Apparently, he’s not too crazy about the current Israel. The Israel that owns his heart is the one from before 1967, when the Jewish state was a noble little nation...

  • Will Israel end child subsidies for anti-vaxxers?

    7 hours ago

    Each month, the Israeli government sends a check to every Israeli family with at least one child. The more children you have, the more money you get.

    Unless, that is, you don't vaccinate your children.

    According to a clause in the coalition agreement signed last month...

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  • When the persecution comes from within our community

    10 hours ago

    Jewish people are very familiar with the experience of persecution.  It’s a significant part of our history, and it’s part of what defines us as a people.  Prejudice, fear, and hatred proliferate when groups of people make assumptions and have false beliefs about “others” who are...

  • Israel pursues crackdown on organized crime

    10 hours ago

    This story originally appeared on The Media Line.

    Nissim Alperon was on his way to a vacation in Greece last weekend. A member of one of Israel’s most prominent crime families, Alperon, 60, was arrested at the airport and is being held in connection with the 2002 killing of a top...

  • Police say one rocket fired from Gaza Strip towards Israel

    10 hours ago

    This is a breaking news story. Check back for details.

    UPDATE 12:19 p.m.: Israeli police said one rocket launched from the Gaza Strip landed in Israel on Tuesday and no damage or injuries were reported.

    Earlier reports by Israeli media said five rockets had been fired but it...

  • Israel thanks U.S. for stand on Mideast nuclear arms ban at U.N.

    11 hours ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the United States for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear weapons ban at a major United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday.

    It was a rare expression of diplomatic harmony with the...

  • Ex-Israeli PM Olmert sentenced to more jail time for corruption

    12 hours ago

    Former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced on Monday to eight months in jail for accepting illegal payments from a U.S. businessman, having previously been given a six-year term in a separate corruption case.

    Olmert's lawyers said they would appeal to the Supreme...

  • Netanyahu offers to resume peace talks with settlement focus, official says

    12 hours ago

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has proposed resuming peace negotiations with the Palestinians but with the initial focus on identifying those Jewish settlements that Israel would keep and be allowed to expand, an Israeli official said on Tuesday.

    Peace talks collapsed in April...

  • Is Obama only a friend of the Israel and Judaism of his own imagination?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    18 hours ago

    President Barack Obama does not understand Israel. He never has, and at this point in time one suspects that he never will.

    This does not make him an enemy of Israel. I see no reason not to believe that Obama means what he says – that he does care about Israel. That even when he...

  • Dairy Tech, Digital Matchmaker, Super-Pen and More - This Week from the Startup Nation

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    2 days ago

    Warren Buffet Invests in Israeli Energy Saving Solution Company

    American business magnate Warren Buffett has again turned to the Israeli startup marketplace to invest, this time in eVolution Networks, innovator in energy savings solutions for Mobile Network Operators.
    eVolution...

  • Weekend Reads: Obama goes to shul, Coach Blatt’s Complaint, Erdogan’s popularity problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Here’s the transcript of President Obama’s synagogue address from Friday:

    And as an honorary member of the tribe, not to mention somebody who’s hosted seven White House Seders and been advised by -- (applause) -- and been advised by two Jewish chiefs of staff, I can also...

  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    This weekend. I would like to present you with the new SMS- based therapy, which is about to help many.


    So long couch, hello cellphone. Instead of undergoing psychotherapy, some people find it easier and more discreet to text-message their therapist. Enter Talkspace, a provider...

  • Obama: Defending Jews means criticizing Israel

    5 days ago

    Defending Jews from anti-Semitism is necessarily entwined with criticizing some of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians, President Barack Obama told a Jewish audience.

    “The rights I insist upon and fight for for all people in the United States compels me to look out for the...

  • U.S. official in Israel to discuss Mideast nuclear arms ban

    5 days ago

    A senior U.S. official is in Israel to discuss the possibility of a compromise that would keep alive the idea of someday banning nuclear and other weapons of mass destruction in the Middle East, U.S. officials and U.N. diplomats said on Thursday.

    Friday is the final day of a...

  • Israeli think tank ponders bilateral relations

    5 days ago

    After President Barack Obama’s March 19 statement that he was going to “reassess” policy options following the pre-election disavowal of a two-state solution by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bar Ilan University’s Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies (BESA) began...

  • Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

    5 days ago

    A Swiss court has ordered Israel to pay $1.1 billion to Iran over a shah-era oil debt.

    The debt harkens back to a 1968 agreement in which the government-controlled National Iranian Oil Company shipped oil through Israeli ports and sold crude oil to Israel. Under the agreement,...

  • Obama: Disagreeing with Israel is necessary to defend it

    5 days ago

    Open disagreement with Israel on some of its policies is a necessary component of the U.S. defense of Israel in the international community, President Barack Obama said.

    Obama, in an interview with Jeffrey Goldberg posted Thursday on The Atlantic’s website, singled out Israeli...

  • UC President Janet Napolitano wants UC to regard some anti-Israel views as anti-Semitic

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    On the final day of a meeting in San Francisco among the University of California’s Board of Regents, UC President Janet Napolitano said in a radio interview with 90.9 WBUR in Boston that her “personal view” is that the UC should adopt the State Department’s definition of...

  • Netanyahu renews support for two-state solution with Palestinians

    5 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu renewed his commitment on Wednesday to a two-state solution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, after backtracking on that pledge during a heated campaign for a March election.

    Speaking as he met with European Union foreign policy chief...

  • White House assures Israel on nuclear conference

    6 days ago

    The United States will ensure that any text coming out of a conference reviewing the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty meets Israel’s interests, the White House said.

    Suggestions to the contrary are “offensive,” the White House said in an email sent to JTA on Thursday.

    Israeli...

  • Israel ranked as 7th best country for gay men

    6 days ago

    Israel is the world’s seventh-best country for gay men, according to a poll of 115,000 gay men in 127 countries.

    The Gay Happiness Index, a collaboration of the gay dating network Planet Romeo and researchers from Germany’s Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz, named Iceland...

  • U.S. approves sale of $1.87 billion in munitions to Israel

    6 days ago

    The U.S. State Department this week approved the sale of $1.87 billion in munitions and precision guidance kits to Israel to improve the capability of existing systems and make it easier for U.S. and Israeli military forces to work together.

    The Pentagon's Defense Security...

  • Racism in Israeli soccer? Join the (reprehensible) club

    6 days ago

    When delegates from FIFA’s 209 member states vote next week on a motion to suspend Israel from international soccer, they’ll base their decision on three Palestinian claims:

    • That Israel unjustly restricts Palestinian soccer players’ travel
    • That Israel fields teams in West...
  • Missionaries invade 2015 Israel festival in Los Angeles

    6 days ago

    I have attended Jewish/Israeli festivals in Los Angeles for almost 30 years.

    What I witnessed this year was unprecedented.

    Dozens of missionaries descended on —– or invaded — the Celebrate Israel Festival in ways that I never thought possible.

    Based on the number of...

  • Rabbis holding vigil for detained African migrants ahead of Shavuot

    6 days ago

    More than 40 rabbis will hold a prayer vigil and pre-Shavuot study session at the Holot detention center for African migrants.

    The program, organized by leaders of Rabbis for Human Rights and supported by the New Israel Fund, was scheduled for Wednesday outside the open-detention...

  • Sexy Birthright and the Pew

    By Zev Hurwitz

    6 days ago

    Pew Pew!

    Last week's Pew release gives us some insight into the most up-to-date status of American Jewry. It's not great, but it could be worse.

    We can summarize the latest findings and the subsequent community reaction on American religious affiliation with just a few...

  • Netanyahu tightens grip on Israel’s communications sector

    1 week ago

    Concerns about Israel's commitment to competition in the telecoms sector have grown after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed the director-general of communications and took over the ministry himself.

    Netanyahu made himself communications minister when he formed a new...

  • Palestinians reject Israeli soccer proposal, pushing ahead with suspension vote

    1 week ago

    The Palestinian Football Association rejected an Israeli proposal to address its grievances and will move forward with a motion to expel Israel from international soccer play.

    The Palestinian group plans to introduce a motion to expel Israel from international competition at the...

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