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  • Israel’s political mini-drama: a short guide for the (justifiably) perplexed

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 hours ago

    Is Israel going to have another election much sooner than expected, much sooner than needed, and much sooner than what most of its parties want? There is still a good chance that the coalition is going to survive, but also signs that it might not. Too many people are climbing too...

  • Israel’s counterterrorism bureau issues travel warnings

    23 hours ago

    Israel’s National Security Council Counter-Terrorism Bureau issued warnings to Israeli travelers for the heavy travel season during the fall holidays.

    “There is — at this time — an increasing potential threat as a result of the recent Operation Protective Edge during which there...

  • How U.N. troops defied orders, opened fire and escaped Syrian rebels

    23 hours ago

    Early on Aug. 28, al Qaeda-linked militants fighting government forces in Syria crossed a ceasefire line in the Golan Heights on Israel's border and seized 45 Fijians serving in a United Nations peacekeeping force.

    The leader of a nearby U.N. contingent from the Philippines...

  • Rocket fired in Syria lands in Israeli Golan

    1 day ago

    A rocket fired in Syria as part of that country’s war struck Israel near the Golan Heights border.

    No injuries or damage were reported from the rocket, which hit by the Quneitra crossing on Monday morning.

    On Friday night a mortar shell struck Israel on the Golan, where a...

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  • Why does Qatar support Hamas?

    1 day ago

    It was the first Persian Gulf state to establish ties with Israel, the first to welcome Israeli students and the only one to allow direct dialing to Israel. Israeli athletes shine on its courts.

    Now Qatar is on the outs with Israel because of its embrace of another regional...

  • I would have booed Ted Cruz, too

    1 day ago

    U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) must be the gutsiest supporter of Israel in American history, if you believe media accounts of his actions at a recent Christian assembly. After some in the audience booed his pro-Israel remarks, he had the gumption to walk out, saying, “If you will not...

  • Lady Gaga rocks TLV, Apple makes an entrance, Holy Land bucket list and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 day ago

    A dry summer in Israel

    The Israeli tourism industry took a big hit in the summer of 2014 due to the Israeli operation in Gaza <http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4557921,00.html>, making it the weakest summer in incoming tourism since 2007. According to figures released...

  • The 8200 refuseniks are neither ‘disgusting’ nor ‘brave’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Israel is abuzz – at least until the next headline grabs its attention – over a letter. 43 reservists from the IDF's Military Intelligence Unit 8200 published a letter declaring their refusal to serve in the army due to, well, here the complications begin. There is a whole range of...

  • Sunday Reads: Is ISIL a threat to the US?, Israel’s new refusniks, The Eichmann trial revisited

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin addresses several questions concerning the upcoming campaign against ISIL –

    The president sidestepped the question of Syria’s Bashar Assad last night. What does this mean? That he hopes — and he is likely correct — that we can...

  • CUNY grad students to vote on BDS

    4 days ago

    A student group at the City University of New York is set to discuss and vote on a proposed resolution calling for a boycott of Israel.

    The university’s Doctoral Students’ Council advertised the proposed resolution earlier this month ahead of a meeting scheduled for the evening...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    Kindle – what a life changing invention. This small device made reading “cool” again by enabling users to shop for, download, browse, and read e-books, newspapers, magazines, blogs, and other digital media via wireless networking. But what does it have to do with Israel?


    It is...

  • Why Ted Cruz blasting anti-Israel Christians really, really matters

    By Jared Sichel

    5 days ago

    Update (Sept. 11, 5:45 p.m.): IDC president Toufic Baaklini released another statement that reads in part, "In last night’s Solidarity Gala Dinner, Senator Cruz chose to stand against the small and vocal minority of attendees who disagree with his views on Israel rather than...

  • Rivlin greets Conservative Jews as ‘family’

    6 days ago

    Reuven Rivlin, who drew criticism before becoming Israel’s president for his broadsides against non-Orthodox Jewish streams, told a group of Conservative Jews that Jews are “one big family.”

    “We cannot agree on everything, but we are brothers and we are one big family,” The...

  • Israeli policeman charged over violent arrest of U.S. teen

    6 days ago

    The Israeli police officer shown in a video beating Palestinian-American teen Tariq Abu Khdeir has been indicted for assault against a minor.

    The indictment against the border policeman, who was suspended in July, was filed Wednesday in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court.

    Tariq,...

  • Islamist militants leave signed note on beheaded corpse in Sinai

    6 days ago

    Residents in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula said on Wednesday they found a beheaded corpse bearing a note signed by an Islamist militant group linked to the Syria and Iraq-based Islamic State, accusing the victim of being an Israeli spy.

    The beheading is the eighth claimed by the group...

  • Our battle against Hamas is far from being over

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    “Peace will come when the Arabs will love their children more than they hate us.” (Golda Meir. Statement to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., 1957)


    In the 2012 Operation Pillar of Defense, the Israeli Defense Forces successfully scared Hamas back to the dark caves...

  • Answering readers’ comments on “Who killed the Israeli left”

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    My New York Times article from earlier this week did not attract as many responses as the one from last month on "Israel's fair weather friends". But it did attract a fair share of congratulatory and angry comments and a number of questions – some of which merit an answer or...

  • Prof denied post at Illinois over Israel tweets threatens to sue

    1 week ago

    A professor whose job offer at the University of Illinois was rescinded following anti-Israel tweets demanded that the offer be reinstated.

    Steven Salaita, making his first public remarks since losing the appointment, said at a news conference Tuesday that the university’s...

  • In Israel’s poorest schools, teachers improvise fixes for funding shortfalls

    1 week ago

    In 2008, Asher Nachmani wanted to buy a computerized blackboard for his classroom, but the elementary school where he teaches technology in this low-income town didn’t have the money.

    So Nachmani built one himself.

    He downloaded a free program from the Internet, bought a...

  • Bonding with Israel’s fallen heroes

    1 week ago

    Like most of my friends, I came to Israel on an organized summer program.  For a number of reasons, I switched gears halfway through and became an intern at OneFamily, Israel's leading national organization solely dedicated to the rehabilitation of victims of terror attacks and...

  • Early Gaza cease-fire broke down over U.S.-Israel misunderstanding

    1 week ago

    A cease-fire between Israel and Hamas during Israel’s Gaza operation reportedly broke down over a misunderstanding between Israel and the United States.

    Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal did not agree to refrain from attacking Israeli troops on the ground during the 72-hour...

  • Turkey snubs possible energy deals with Israel after Gaza offensive

    1 week ago

    Turkey is unlikely to sign any energy deals with Israel for the construction of a gas pipeline to Turkey because of a deepening political rift over Israel's Gaza offensive, Turkish Energy Minister Taner Yildiz said on Tuesday.

    Ties were severely damaged following a deadly raid by...

  • The media’s tragic obsession with Israel

    By David Suissa

    1 week ago

    Who pays the highest price for the media’s obsession with Israel? Hint: It’s not Israel. It’s the millions of victims who are ignored while the media chases what former Associated Press reporter Matti Friedman calls its “hostile obsession with Jews.” 

    Why this obsession?

    In his...

  • Israeli woman receives religious divorce after 14 years with chief rabbi’s help

    1 week ago

    Ashkenazic Chief Rabbi David Lau intervened to help a woman obtain a religious divorce after a 14-year wait.

    The woman discovered 14 years ago that her husband was having a homosexual relationship with a Filipino caregiver. The woman immediately filed for divorce in the Jerusalem...

  • Obama expands air strikes against Islamic State

    1 week ago

    U.S. warplanes carried out five strikes on Islamic State insurgents menacing Iraq's Haditha Dam on Sunday, witnesses and officials said, widening what President Barack Obama called a campaign to curb and ultimately defeat the jihadist movement.

    Obama has branded Islamic State an...

  • Israel provides intelligence on Islamic State, Western diplomat says

    1 week ago

    Israel has provided satellite imagery and other intelligence in support of the U.S.-led aerial campaign against Islamic State in Iraq, a Western diplomat said on Monday.

    Once "scrubbed" of evidence of its Israeli origin, the information has often been shared by Washington with...

  • Death of Palestinian teen spurs rising violence

    1 week ago

    Violence increased in eastern Jerusalem following the death of a Palestinian teenager who was shot a week earlier by Israeli troops during a demonstration.

    On Monday, the day after Muhammad Abd Al-Majid Sunuqrut, 16, died in Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital, protests began in eastern...

  • Israeli cult leader convicted of sexual crimes

    1 week ago

    An Israeli cult leader alleged by prosecutors to have kept 21 wives under his spell for years was convicted on Monday of sexual crimes but acquitted of charges of enslavement.

    The suspect, Goel Ratzon, 64, had denied the allegations, which prosecutors described as a...

  • Missing Joan, Surfin’ Israel, playing for peace and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    1 week ago

    Goodbye, Joan

    Love her, hate her – but you're surly gonna miss her.

    Jewish comedian Joan Rivers passed away in New York on Thursday, aged 81. Known for her controversial humor and for her lack of boundaries – she was heard all the way to Israel, especially when she wasn't...

  • Israeli-Americans Get Their Own Birthright Trip

    By tessc

    2 weeks ago

    When Eden Bennun — who had to give up on plans to attend a Birthright Israel trip this summer because of a job — heard about a new trip aimed specifically at Israeli-Americans, she thought: “It must be fate.”

    Both of her parents were born in Israel, and, although she grew up in...

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