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  • Israeli actress, 46, sues fashion boss who replaced her with younger model

    1 day ago

    An Israeli fashion store’s decision to fire Israeli actress Ayelet Zurer, 46, as its house model and replace her with a 25-year-old sparked a national debate on women’s rights in that industry.

    Zurer, a Tel Aviv-born actress who had prominent roles in Steven Spielberg’s 2005 film...

  • Poll of Israelis: Hillary leads Trump 41-14

    1 day ago

    Israelis prefer Hillary Clinton as President of the United States over Republican presidential candidates Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, a new poll released on Friday showed.

    According to a poll conducted by Israel’s radio – Reshet Bet, 41 percent of Israelis want...

  • Israel returns bodies of terrorists who killed soldier in Jerusalem

    1 day ago

    Israel handed over to the Palestinian Authority three bodies of terrorists who died in a Jerusalem shootout, in which they killed one soldier.

    The bodies of Ahmed Abu al-Ghub, Ahmed Zakarna and Mohammed Kamil from the Jenin area of the West Bank were given to Palestinian...

  • Palestinian killed as Israel hands out West Bank demolition notices

    1 day ago

    A Palestinian youth was killed by Israeli troops following the handing out of demolition notices to seven West Bank households that belonged to terrorists.

    The fatality, a male teenager, was shot Friday during riots near Hebron, according to the Ma’an news agency.

    The orders of...

  • Sanders, Clinton in sharp exchange over his Iran policy

    1 day ago

    Hillary Rodham Clinton and Bernie Sanders snapped at one another over Sanders’ Iran policy in their final debate before the New Hampshire primary contest, with Clinton twice suggesting it would endanger Israel.

    The NBC moderators of the debate in Durham, New Hampshire on Thursday...

  • Separate but equal? Egalitarian prayer space at Western Wall makes Israel similar to Iran

    2 days ago

    A plan to create a special prayer space in the southern expanse of the Western Wall where the Conservative and Reform movements can hold gender-mixed services was approved by the Israeli government on Sunday, January 31, 2016.

    While being hailed as a historic landmark for Jewish...

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    2 days ago

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Israel without Hebrew

    2 days ago

    Israel, like the United States, was a nation founded by immigrants. To this day Jews from around the world (or certain parts of it, more precisely) continue to ‘make aliyah’ (immigrate) to begin a new life in the Holy Land.

    A number of challenges await the new immigrant. Brits...

  • Gay conversion therapy active in Israel

    2 days ago

    Conversion therapists who claim they can turn gays to heterosexuals say they have found a haven in Israel.

    An estimated 20 to 30 licensed psychologists and social workers and 50 non-licensed therapists practice some form of conversion therapy in Israel, The Associated Press...

  • Australian stationery chain recalling globes that excluded Israel, included Palestine

    2 days ago

    An Australian stationery chain has recalled globes that omitted Israel, labeling its location Palestine.

    The globe, sold by the brand Typo, used a numbered key to label smaller countries in which a name could not fit. Israel is included in the number key, but Palestine is written...

  • Two 13-year-old Arab-Israeli girls stab security guard

    2 days ago

    Two Arab-Israeli teenage girls stabbed a security guard near the Ramle central bus station, police said.

    The girls, 13, reportedly pulled kitchen knives out of a school backpack and began stabbing the guard, 27, when he asked them for identification. He was taken to a nearby...

  • Detention of hunger-striking Palestinian journalist suspended

    2 days ago

    Israel’s Supreme Court has suspended the administrative detention of a Palestinian journalist who has been on a hunger strike for 72 days.

    The court said it was suspending the detention of Muhammad al-Qiq in reaction to Qiq’s poor health due to his hunger strike. Last week his...

  • Israel education needs coaches instead of cheerleaders

    2 days ago

    Imagine you’re playing in the Super Bowl. Would you rather have the encouragement of an enthusiastic cheerleader or the guidance of a skilled coach? 

    The field of Israel education is crowded with cheerleaders. Believing that it is their responsibility to champion Israel, teachers...

  • Jewish teen sentenced to life, accomplice to 21 years in killing of Palestinian 16-year-old

    2 days ago

    A Jewish teen was sentenced to life in prison and a second teen to 21 years for kidnapping and murdering a Palestinian teen by burning him to death.

    The sentences were handed down Thursday afternoon in Jerusalem District Court, where the teens were found guilty in November. They...

  • The Kotel compromise: Recognizing there is more than one way to be a Jew

    By Rabbi Laura Geller

    3 days ago

    Margaret Mead once said: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.” In the case of the recently announced historic victory regarding egalitarian prayer at the Kotel (the Western Wall), it was...

  • Mixed emotions about the Kotel compromise

    3 days ago

    What’s the definition of mixed emotions, asks the old gag line: Finding out that your business competitor and rival has just driven off a cliff — in your new Lamborghini. 

    The Orthodox community has to greet news of the Kotel agreement similarly. We can hope that it will bring...

  • The Kotel compromise: A time for rejoicing

    3 days ago

    The time for singing has come …

    It is a time for singing and rejoicing! 

    The historic vote by the Israeli Cabinet to create and fund an egalitarian prayer space at the Kotel, and the ongoing negotiations by the Reform movement in Israel and the United States are cause for...

  • At the Kotel, at last

    3 days ago

    I’m one of those fortunate people who gets to be in Israel for 10 days each year. I meet with the Ziegler rabbinical students studying there during their third year of our program, teach at various yeshivot, interview prospective students and meet with Masorti (Conservative)...

  • Israel’s opposition leader presents West Bank pullout plan to Kerry

    3 days ago

    Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog presented U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry with a plan for an Israeli pullout from the West Bank.

    “Israels are killed in the streets and the world advances surreal initiatives and boycotts,” Herzog said in a statement Wednesday....

  • Violence casts shadow on Israeli tourism

    By Kylie Ora Lobell

    3 days ago

    Random violence and knifings have become a daily occurrence in Israel, and as Passover approaches, the terror is leading some Jews to adjust their plans for visiting the Holy Land for the holiday — or cancel them altogether.

    That’s been the observation of Orit Topf, CEO of the...

  • One Israeli officer dies, one seriously wounded in Palestinian attack

    3 days ago

    Three Palestinians armed with guns, knives and explosives killed an Israeli border policewoman and seriously wounded another before being shot dead by nearby officers at an entrance to Jerusalem's walled Old City on Wednesday, Israeli police said.

    It was the latest in a spate of...

  • Kotel compromise shows Israelis know they need American Jews

    4 days ago

    The relationship between Israel and American Jews is a complicated mix of good news and bad news, and this week’s government compromise on the Western Wall, or Kotel, is a case in point: It’s a step forward in providing access for non-Orthodox Jews, but may also reinforce the...

  • Israeli official claims country has fewest fire fatalities in world

    4 days ago

    Despite some high-profile cases of arson in the past year, Israel is the world’s safest country when it comes to fire-related deaths, its fire commissioner said.

    In remarks to a Knesset committee Tuesday, Israeli Fire and Rescue Services Commissioner Shahar Ayalon reported that...

  • Olmert admits to obstruction of justice in plea deal

    4 days ago

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert admitted to obstruction of justice charges in a plea deal, the first time he has admitted to wrongdoing.

    Olmert was convicted in Jerusalem Magistrates Court on Monday and sentenced to six months in prison and a $13,000 fine. The prison...

  • Pro-settlements firm forged 14 of 15 West Bank land deals

    4 days ago

    Nearly all of the West Bank real estate acquisitions made by a company run by a pro-settlement activist were forged.

    The details of the transactions by the Al-Watan company, owned by the Amana housing company and run by director-general Zeev Hever, were broadcast Monday on...

  • Prehistoric man enjoyed roasted tortoise appetizers, Israeli archaeologist says

    4 days ago

    Prehistoric cave-dwellers enjoyed munching on tortoises roasted in their shells as an appetiser or side dish, Ran Barkai, an archaeologist at Tel Aviv University, said on Tuesday.

    Barkai helped lead a research team who found 400,000-year-old tortoise shells and bones in a cave...

  • Israel’s Knesset passes ‘stop and frisk’ law

    4 days ago

    Israel’s Knesset passed a “stop and frisk” law allowing police to search individuals if there is a “reasonable suspicion” they will commit a crime or are carrying an illegal weapon.

    The law passed by a vote of 39-31 in its second and third readings on Tuesday.

    A temporary...

  • ‘Ave Maria’: The Friday night dilemma

    By  Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    Filmmaker Basil Khalil has come up with an astute resolution to the Mideast conflict, based on the proposition that Israeli Jews and Palestinians will cooperate if that’s the only way they can get away from each other.

    Khalil, born in Nazareth of a Palestinian father and a...

  • Kerry stresses ending incitement in call with Abbas

    5 days ago

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in a call with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas stressed the need to end incitement.

    “They discussed concerns about the ‎situation on the ground, including the ongoing violence,” a State Department spokeswoman told JTA, describing...

  • Israel’s environmental protection minister pledges ‘drastic’ measures on Haifa pollution

    5 days ago

    Responding to a new University of Haifa study indicating that pollution from nearby factories may be causing birth defects in the Haifa area, Israel’s environmental protection minister pledged to take “drastic” measures.

    On Monday, Avi Gabai convened an emergency meeting with...

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