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  • One Israeli Creation for the Weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    22 hours 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

    1 day 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

    1 day 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

    2 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...

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  • Swiss court orders Israel to pay Iran $1.1 billion

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    2 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 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

    3 days 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

    3 days 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...

  • Palestinian driver who rammed Israeli police officers shot dead

    3 days ago

    A Palestinian driver who rammed his car into a group of Border Patrol officers in eastern Jerusalem was shot and killed by Israeli police.

    Two officers were moderately injured in the Wednesday morning attack in the Arab neighborhood of A-Tor, near the Mount of Olives.

    Israel...

  • The Arab High-Tech exchange, part 1: Arabs in Israel’s ‘Start-Up Nation’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    3 days ago

    Roni Floman is an Israeli writer. Her first book, Sojourners and Settlers, is a non-fiction book about the Israeli community in the San Francisco Bay Area. Her second non-fiction book, Good Intentions – Arab high-tech in Israel, came out in Hebrew in 2013. Its English translation...

  • A letter to President Napolitano and Chancellor Gillman on ‘anti-Zionism week’

    4 days ago

    Hi Dear President Napolitano/Chancellor Gillman,

    As Jewish and pro-Israel student leaders from across the University of California system, we write to you in protest and unequivocal condemnation of the “anti-Zionism week” held at UC Irvine from May 4th-7th.

    We represent large...

  • Rings bearing Islamic State logo discovered en route to West Bank

    4 days ago

    A package of rings bearing the Islamic State logo and messages in Arabic that was confiscated at Ben Gurion International airport will be destroyed.

    The interception of the suspicious package from Turkey, containing about 120 silver rings, was announced Tuesday by the Customs...

  • Will Vatican’s Palestine reference impact Jewish-Catholic ties?

    4 days ago

    When considering the Vatican’s creep toward recognition of Palestinian statehood, think “Israel-Vatican” and not “Jewish-Catholic,” say Jewish officials involved in dialogue with the church.

    A May 13 announcement on an agreement regarding the functioning of the church in areas...

  • Israel reborn: we were there

    By Tom Tugend

    4 days ago

    In mid-May of 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater that screened only newsreels.

    The outside marquee announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the first time it fully hit me that the Jews — commonly dismissed at the...

  • Could Israel really be barred from world soccer?

    4 days ago

    Israel’s diplomatic battles have spread to the soccer field.

    On May 29, FIFA, the body that governs world soccer, will vote on whether to suspend Israel from international play. FIFA’s 209-member countries will vote on a motion tabled by the Palestinian Football Association,...

  • Milking it: Israel leads the way in dairy tech

    4 days ago

    Decades ago Israeli dairy farmers confronted a quandary - how could they provide milk to a fast-growing population in a country that is two-thirds desert, with little grazing land?

    They turned to technology, developing equipment that boosted output - from cooling systems to milk...

  • Israel says Iran violated sanctions by purchasing aircraft

    4 days ago

    A senior Israeli official took a swipe at the United States on Tuesday over Iran's reported purchase of second-hand civilian aircraft, saying the acquisition violated international sanctions and went ahead despite a tip-off from Israel.

    Iranian Transport Minister Abbas Akhoondi...

  • New York notes: Is honesty the best policy with American-Israelis?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    4 days ago

    A small group of Israelis who live in the US gathered on Sunday afternoon for a long, open, and sobering conversation about their future in the US. There are hundreds of thousands of such Israelis – 600 to 700 hundred thousand according to most estimations. Many of them came to the...

  • Israel’s Burning Man festival gets go-ahead

    5 days ago

    Beersheba police must allow the Israeli version of the Burning Man festival to take place, an Israeli court ruled.

    The Beersheba Magistrate’s Court on Monday ordered police to provide a permit for Midburn, as the event in the Negev Desert is known, but laid out rules about...

  • In Tel Aviv, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales likes Israel but stays neutral

    5 days ago

    In 2003, two years after the website was founded, the editors of Wikipedia faced a dilemma: How should they refer to the part-fence, part-wall Israel was building along the West Bank border?

    The article’s first iteration — published amid the bloody second intifada, or Palestinian...

  • Europe wants central role in Middle East peace, Mogherini says

    5 days ago

    The European Union wants a more active role in seeking peace between Israel and the Palestinians, the bloc's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Monday on the eve of her first visit to the region.

    Six months into her tenure, the 41-year-old former Italian foreign...

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