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  • Israel Supreme Court: Holot illegal, Africans jailed in desert must be freed within 90 days

    By Simone Wilson

    22 hours ago

    The Supreme Court of Israel ruled this evening to close a desert prison called Holot, a facility that Israeli lawmakers created last December to indefinitely hold African asylum seekers who had "infiltrated" the border.

    According to the whopping 216-page decision on the...

  • Ranking high in education and life expectancy, Hollywood support and more -This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    23 hours ago

    Four Israeli universities ranked in world’s top 300

    Four Israeli universities are among the 300 best in the world, according to the influential QS World University Rankings, which take into account research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook. The Hebrew...

  • Israel Factor, 2016 rankings: If we must have a Republican, then Christie, Bush, Romney

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 day ago

    Our Israel Factor ranking of the top 2016 candidates – we did not have time to include Sen. Bernie Sanders this time – has not changed much in recent months. Hillary Clinton is still the highest ranked candidate of the group. Her recent comments on Israel, distancing her from what...

  • Israel establishing national cyber defense authority

    2 days ago

    Israel will launch a national cyber defense authority to defend civilians against cyber threats.

    The authority, which was announced at the regular weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, will act alongside the National Cyber Bureau, the Prime Minister’s Office said in a statement.

    ...
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  • Israel, Palestinians to pick up cease-fire talks in Cairo

    2 days ago

    Indirect cease-fire negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians will resume this week in Cairo.

    The talks on Tuesday will be held through Egyptian negotiators who will shuttle between the two sides, according to reports.

    The negotiation of truce terms was part of the Aug....

  • Sunday Reads: Leonard Cohen’s 80th, The settlements’ party, Iran still dangerous

    By Shmuel Rosner

    2 days ago

    US

    Eric Edelman, Ray Takeyh and Denis Ross remind us that Iran is still America’s biggest challenge in the Middle East –

    The United States and Iran stand at opposite ends of the spectrum of Middle East politics. The Islamic republic’s ideological compulsions and sheer...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    4 days ago

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • Israel believes Syria kept ‘significant’ chemical munitions

    5 days ago

    Israel believes Syria has retained caches of combat-ready chemical weapons after giving up raw materials used to produce such munitions under pressure from foreign powers, a senior Israeli official said on Thursday.

    Summarizing Israeli intelligence estimates that were previously...

  • Avigdor Lieberman: ‘About our PR, I completely agree, it is very, very bad’

    By Jared Sichel

    6 days ago

    The meteoric rise of Israel’s Russian-speaking, Moldova-born immigrant and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman may be proof, as he told an admiring Jewish National Fund (JNF) crowd in Los Angeles on Sept. 15, that Israel is more like America than even America.

    Not quite a pristine...

  • Lawsuit accusing Israel of genocide to be filed in Argentina

    6 days ago

    An Argentine lawyer said he will file a lawsuit in federal court in Buenos Aires accusing Israel of crimes against humanity and genocide.

    Carlos Slepoy told Pagina/12, a Buenos Aires newspaper, in an interview published Tuesday that the suit will be filed in the coming days in...

  • Israel’s most valuable Muslim ally

    By Rabbi Mark Diamond

    6 days ago

    Jews worldwide will soon mark the onset of a Jewish New Year with the specter of rising anti-Semitism in Europe and the Middle East. Amid the preponderance of daily bad news, it is uplifting to celebrate narratives of tolerance and respect. Earlier this month, I was one of 12...

  • Doing the big men’s job.

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    6 days ago

    Ask any person who’s been to Israel what’s it like, and they’ll tell you about the beautiful scenery, the warm people, the everlasting summer, the never-sleeping Tel-Aviv and the enchanting holiday season. A person who has never been to Israel but met an Israeli, will probably say...

  • PLO’s Abbas inadvertently reveals true intentions?

    1 week ago

    In a press release advertising an upcoming speech by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at New York’s Cooper Union, organizers write that Abbas will address, among other things, “Why violent protest is the best method by which Palestinians should seek their rights.”

    ...
  • West Bank land grab undermines two-state advocacy

    1 week ago

    The dust has barely settled from this summer’s disastrous outbreak of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and already the Israeli government has announced the expropriation of nearly 4,000 dunams (approximately 1,000 acres) of Palestinian land in the occupied West Bank.

    ...
  • Israel says mortar fired from Gaza is first since August 26 truce

    1 week ago

    Israel said a mortar bomb was fired at it from the Gaza Strip on Tuesday in the first such attack since a seven-week war in the enclave ended on Aug 26, but Hamas said Palestinians remained committed to the truce.

    There were no casualties or damage from the incident, an Israeli...

  • Lone soldiers unwind at Lady Gaga concert

    1 week ago

    Israeli Lone Soldier Adam Berman admits that it was a “rough summer.”

    Berman, 24, made aliyah a year ago from Columbus, Ohio, serves at the Erez Crossing between Israel and Gaza and lives on Kibbutz Alumim, also located on the Gaza border. So he did not escape this summer’s...

  • Bill and Hillary disagree on Netanyahu? Not so much

    1 week ago

    Politico and Haaretz have seized on C-Span video from Iowa that they claim suggests Bill and Hillary Clinton diverge on how ready Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is for peace.

    Hillary Rodham Clinton appears to be stumping for an as yet unannounced presidential bid in...

  • U.N. says Palestinians, Israelis reach deal on Gaza reconstruction

    1 week ago

    The United Nations, Israel and the Palestinian Authority have reached a deal to allow reconstruction work to begin in the war-torn Gaza Strip with U.N. monitoring of the use of materials, U.N. Middle East envoy Robert Serry said on Tuesday.

    Serry told the U.N. Security Council...

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

    By Shmuel Rosner

    1 week 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

    1 week 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

    1 week 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 week 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...

  • Why does Qatar support Hamas?

    1 week 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 week 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 week 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 week 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

    1 week 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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

    2 weeks 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...

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