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  • Israelife in the Far East

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 hours ago

    What happens when you take an online pro-Israel, anti- anti-Semitism activist to a place where no one care about Israel? In one word- RELAXATION!

    After a very intense summer and a disturbing experience during what was supposed to be a relaxing vacation in London, I've decided to...

  • Is Livni’s move to team with Labor one of principle or opportunism?

    1 day ago

    In the latest episode of the satirical show “State of the Nation,” the zingers aimed at Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu weren’t coming from the comedians.

    Tzipi Livni, who until last month was Netanyahu’s justice minister, called the prime minister a “zero” on the...

  • For Americans aiding Israeli soldiers, rules of engagement vary

    1 day ago

    When the season’s first snowstorm descended on Mount Hermon in the Golan Heights a few weeks ago, it didn’t take long before M, a career sergeant in the Israel Defense Forces, received a phone call from Leon Blankrot.

    “What do you need to keep warm?” asked Blankrot, executive...

  • The Knesset dissolves, but the battle for religious reform continues

    2 days ago

    When the 19th Knesset was sworn in on March 18, 2013, it marked only the second time in 29 years that a new coalition was formed without any of the Haredi parties. A record 48 new members of the Knesset were sworn in that day, vowing to revolutionize the system including the...

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  • Palestinian U.N. statehood bid at heart of Kerry-Netanyahu talks

    2 days ago

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before talks on Monday with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that he would defy any United Nations move to "dictate" a time frame for withdrawal from land Palestinians seek for a state.

    The pair met in Rome for nearly three hours....

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    5 days ago

    This week, I would like to introduce you to a brand new Israeli musical group, which is about to take over the Israeli playlist very soon.

    Snorkel is mostly about soft rock, with a touch of funk and an addictive sound. They are a combination of the very best of various well-known...

  • The spiritual challenge of centrism

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    5 days ago

    The following is an excerpt from the new preface to Yossi Klein Halevi’s recently reissued book “Memoirs of a Jewish Extremist: The Story of a Transformation” (Little, Brown and Co.). 

    I moved to Jerusalem in 1982 and have now lived in Israel longer than I’ve lived outside it....

  • 19th Knesset’s dying wish: Drive Africans from Israel

    By Simone Wilson

    6 days ago

    One hour before the 19th Israeli Knesset, or parliament, dissolved forever on Dec. 8, its members made a last-ditch effort to save Holot, the “open” desert prison they created one year prior to detain undocumented Eritrean and Sudanese immigrants.

    On the table was a fifth...

  • Guy Davidi: The Israeli anarchist

    By Danielle Berrin

    6 days ago

    Filmmaker Guy Davidi’s politics can fall hard on Jewish ears.

    “I am known to be an objector of Israeli politics,” the Oscar-nominated Israeli director said last week during a Skype call from France, where he was raising money for his near-finished project, “Mixed Feelings.” 

    ...
  • U.S. - Israel not in crisis, but…

    6 days ago

    The strain in US-Israel ties is one of the key issues in the Israel election campaign – and rightfully so. But if you glance at US media during the last couple of months, you’d think the relations have never been worse. Jeffrey Goldberg’s article in The Atlantic, which announced a...

  • Israeli youngsters try to rob bank with toy guns

    6 days ago

    Using toy guns, a 12-year-old boy and his 13-year-old accomplice tried to rob a bank in Israel but fled without any cash after apparently losing their nerve, police said on Thursday.

    Security camera footage showed the boys, wearing hooded sweatshirts, entering the bank in Rishon...

  • Israel not pushing for tougher Iran sanctions as talks go on

    6 days ago

    Israel will not press Washington to tighten sanctions on Iran while nuclear negotiations continue for the next six months, but will push for tough action if the talks' June deadline is not met, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Intelligence Ministry Director-General...

  • P.A. to stop security coordination with Israel over official’s death

    6 days ago

    The Palestinian Authority said it will cease all security coordination with Israel in response to the death of a senior Palestinian official following a confrontation with Israeli soldiers.

    Jibril Rajoub, a Palestinian political official, said Wednesday afternoon that the P.A....

  • Is Israel responsible for Palestinian minister’s death?

    6 days ago

    Here’s what we know: Israel Defense Forces soldiers grabbed Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein during a scuffle at a West Bank protest and tear-gassed him. He died en route to treatment at a Ramallah hospital.

    Everything else is up for dispute, from what happened at the...

  • What Israelis think about Herzog-Livni, Obama, US Jews, Netanyahu, Jewish-state law

    By Shmuel Rosner

    6 days ago

    Israelis and Herzog

    The big political news coming out of Israel's interesting election cycle is the official announcement that Labor's Herzog and Hatnuah's Livni will be running together. It was expected, it makes sense, and it was nevertheless surprising. Why? Because of...

  • Why Jews still back Obama

    By Rob Eshman

    1 week ago

    This entire week, people kept sending me emails with this screaming subject line: “OBAMA MULLING SANCTIONS ON ISRAEL.VERIFICATION ON GOOGLE.” 

    Neither turned out to be true: Obama is not mulling sanctions, and Google doesn’t verify the fact (or any fact, for that matter). In...

  • In support of Israel’s national identity bill

    1 week ago

    The collapse of the Netanyahu government is very much the tragedy of a death foretold. The tensions in the coalition were inherent from the beginning. But new legislation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seeks to introduce may have been the straw that broke the camel’s...

  • CIA used Israel to justify torture

    1 week ago

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    The newly-released report by the US Senate Intelligence Committee on the CIA’s use of torture says that CIA lawyers used Israel as a justification for building a legal case for torture of Al-Qaeda suspects after the 9/11...

  • Israel moots security cooperation with Lebanese military

    1 week ago

    Israel's military said on Wednesday it was exploring the possibility of cooperating with the Lebanese army to counter Sunni Islamist militants, even though the two countries remain technically at war.

    Any public coordination was almost certain to be rejected in Beirut, where...

  • Jewish lawmakers decry torture practices, welcome report

    1 week ago

    Jewish lawmakers and anti-torture umbrella groups with Jewish affiliates expressed dismay at revelations of U.S. torture practices.

    “The CIA’s actions a decade ago are a stain on our values and our history,” Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), the chairwoman of the Senate...

  • Non-Jewish L.A. Zionist John Henry Patterson buried in Israel

    By  Orit Arfa

    1 week ago

    Days after announcing the dissolution of his coalition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closed a circle in modern Israel’s history, and his own family’s history, when he fulfilled Lt. Col. John Henry Patterson’s final wish to be buried among his Jewish comrades in Israel...

  • Study: Israeli home demolitions deter terrorism

    1 week ago

    Israeli house demolitions effectively decrease terrorist attacks, according to a new study.

    The study, “Counter-Suicide-Terrorism: Evidence from House Demolitions,” to be published in the January issue of the Journal of Politics, found that Israel’s policy of demolishing the...

  • Rattled by wartime rockets, Israel plans alternate airport

    1 week ago

    An airport planned for Israel's southern desert is being billed as a wartime alternative to Tel Aviv, which was briefly shunned by most foreign carriers in July because of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

    The targeting of Israel's main Ben Gurion airport was a heavy blow to its...

  • U.S. citizen indicted in Israel on weapons charges

    1 week ago

    A U.S. citizen has been indicted in Israel on weapons charges and told investigators he had been weighing the possibility of attacking Muslim holy sites, the Israeli domestic security service Shin Bet said on Tuesday.

    The man's lawyer told reporters that the Shin Bet was...

  • Netanyahu makes cost-of-living promise ahead of Israeli election

    1 week ago

    In nearly nine years as Israel's prime minister spread over three terms, Benjamin Netanyahu has been a security hawk, promising to do whatever it takes to combat the threat from Palestinian militants or a nuclear-armed Iran.

    But as he opened his campaign for a fourth term ahead...

  • Rattled by wartime rockets, Israel plans alternate airport

    1 week ago

    An airport planned for Israel's southern desert is being billed as a wartime alternative to Tel Aviv, which was briefly shunned by most foreign carriers in July because of Palestinian rocket fire from Gaza.

    The targeting of Israel's main Ben Gurion airport was a heavy blow to its...

  • New York police shoot, kill man who stabbed student in synagogue

    1 week ago

    New York police fatally shot a man armed with a knife on Tuesday after he stabbed a rabbinical student from Israel in a Brooklyn synagogue, and authorities quickly stepped up security at Jewish houses of worship around the city, police said.

    The suspect, Calvin Peters, 49, who...

  • Israel’s elections: No ideological debates, just personalities

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week ago

    Israelis don’t vote directly for candidates for prime minister. In a parliamentary system like ours, one votes for a party — namely, an ideology. But, alas, Israel’s parties, except for very few, have little to offer as far as ideology is concerned.

    Some don’t have a distinct...

  • Syria calls for U.N. sanctions on Israel over air strikes

    1 week ago

    Syria asked the United Nations Security Council on Monday to impose sanctions on neighboring Israel, a day after accusing the Jewish state of bombing areas near Damascus international airport and in the town of Dimas, near the border with Lebanon.

    Israel has struck Syria several...

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