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  • Rockets from Gaza intercepted over Tel Aviv

    3 weeks ago

    Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted two rockets over Tel Aviv fired from the Gaza Strip.

    The interception over central Israel occurred on Tuesday evening, according to media reports.

    Color Red alert sirens had been heard throughout the Gush Dan area of central...

  • Jewish Home’s Naftali Bennett punched at conference on peace

    3 weeks ago

    Israel’s economy minister, Naftali Bennett, was punched following his speech at a peace conference in Tel Aviv.

    Some audience members rushed Bennett, who heads the right-wing Jewish Home party, after he finished speaking on Tuesday afternoon; he was punched in the back by one....

  • Israel says Gaza offensive may disrupt commercial flights

    3 weeks ago

    Israel narrowed its civilian air corridor on Tuesday and said takeoffs and landings at Ben-Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv may be delayed by its Gaza air offensive.

    The Israel Airports Authority said no flights had been canceled at Ben-Gurion, some 50 miles north of...

  • Hamas steps up rocket fire, Israel says ready for escalation

    July 7, 2014 | 1:35 pm

    Hamas stepped up rocket fire at southern Israeli towns and Israel called up reserve troops on Monday in anticipation of a possible escalation of hostilities with the Islamist group that dominates the Gaza Strip.

    The armed wing of the Palestinian group said it fired dozens of...

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  • Top 10 reasons Israeli summer is the best in the world

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 4, 2014 | 8:40 am

    Lately, it seems as if Israel is nothing but a war-zone. With its security threat escalating, missiles being fired from Gaza and the recent tragedy regarding the three kidnapped teens, one can easily forget the true beauty of this country. True, it’s scalding hot and you sometimes...

  • Hamas official vows more kidnappings of Israelis

    July 2, 2014 | 11:42 am

    Hamas official Mushir al-Masri warned against Israeli retaliation for the murder of the three Jewish teens, saying that the Gaza-based terrorist group and partner with Fatah in the Palestinian unity government possesses rockets and missiles capable of reaching Tel Aviv.

    Masri also vowed that Hamas would abduct more Israelis, Israel Hayom reported.

    “Hamas will continue kidnapping soldiers and Israelis until the last Palestinian in Israeli prison is freed,” he said.

  • Torah too R-rated for some Chasidim, so they edited it

    July 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    For some Chasidim, the Torah is too hot to handle.

    A recently published Bible study guide in use in a Chasidic village in suburban New York omits certain risque passages and entire passages of the Book of Genesis, according to Israeli scholar and blogger David Assaf of Tel Aviv...

  • In Israel, mourning turns to anger and despair

    By Simone Wilson

    July 2, 2014 | 9:28 am

    When news broke in Israel at around 7:30 p.m. on June 30 that the dead bodies of the three kidnapped boys had been discovered in a field near to where they disappeared — after 18 days of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) searches, raids and arrests across the West Bank — grief blanketed...
  • At teens’ funeral, personal grief and national solidarity merge

    July 1, 2014 | 4:42 pm

    They were their mothers’ sons. They were all of our sons. They were dear boys. They were martyrs for Israel. They were funny, clever, creative. They are the messengers of the Jewish people in heaven.

    The joint funeral Tuesday of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar and Eyal Yifrach...

  • Israel mourns teenagers, strikes Hamas in Gaza

    July 1, 2014 | 10:19 am

    Tens of thousands of mourners joined in an outpouring of national grief on Tuesday at the burial of three Israeli teenagers whose kidnapping and killing Israel blamed on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

    President Shimon Peres, a usually dovish elder statesman, echoed...

  • White Night TLV, futuristic transportation, feeding the hungry and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 30, 2014 | 8:34 am

    Welcoming the Douglas family to the Holy Land

    Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta-Jones arrived in Israel on Thursday for the weekend bar mitzvah of Dylan Michael Douglas. The family stayed in the presidential suite of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem. They toured Jerusalem,...

  • Parents of kidnapped teens visit site of abduction

    June 29, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    The parents of the three kidnapped Israeli teens visited the West Bank junction from where their sons were abducted hours before a massive solidarity rally in Tel Aviv.

    During Sunday’s visit to Gush Etzion, located south of Jerusalem, the parents of Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaar...

  • Arab Spring: Where are the women?

    By David Suissa

    June 24, 2014 | 3:45 pm

    Every time I see something in the Middle East that disgusts me, it’s usually associated with men. It’s not that women can’t be violent and evil, or that men can’t be compassionate and kind. It’s simply that the vast majority of evil in that part of the world — or, for that matter,...

  • WATCH: Israel Social TV on the Kidnapping, Gender in Israel, “Airing Dirty Laundry”, and more

    By Jeremy Elster

    June 23, 2014 | 7:15 am

    In this edition of the English Language Social Order, we discuss:

    - The recent kidnapping of three yeshiva youths

    - Critique gender imbalance in the Israeli media

    - Attend Breaking the Silence's 10 year anniversary and ask, "What do you think about the criticism of "airing dirty laundry" in public?

    - March in the Gay Pride Parade in Tel Aviv

    - Investigate the new "Jewish Identity Administration" that is run by Naftali Bennett's Right Wing National Religious Jewish Home Party and responsible for strengthing the Jewish Identity of Israelis.

  • Shabbat dinner sets Guinness record

    June 18, 2014 | 1:52 pm

    More than 2,000 people in Tel Aviv set the Guinness World Record for largest Shabbat dinner.

    At a June 13 evening event hosted by White City Shabbat, a Tel Aviv organization that hosts and coordinates Shabbat meals, and co-sponsored by Chabad-Lubavitch, 2,226 people gathered for...

  • TLV Pride Parade, Israel goes GAGA, Bar Refaeli is single again and more…This week from Israel!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 17, 2014 | 8:10 am

    The colors of the rainbow take over the streets of Tel- Aviv for world’s leading Pride Parade

    A record number of 130,000 people participated in Tel Aviv’s 16th annual Pride Parade. People of all ages, races, nationalities and sexual identities, many scantily clad and adorned in...

  • At prayer vigils, Israelis gather in moment of unity over kidnapping

    June 16, 2014 | 10:33 am

    On the rolling green fields of a suburban Tel Aviv park, hundreds gathered to pray for the imminent rescue of three kidnapped Israeli teenagers.

    Rabbis delivered speeches, singer Yonatan Razel performed two pieces based on liturgical invocations of God’s mercy, and a prayer was...

  • Cantor’s loss leaves Jewish Republicans bereft

    June 11, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Eric Cantor’s defeat in one constituency, Virginia’s 7th Congressional district, triggered mourning among another: Republican Jews.

    Since 2009, Rep. Cantor (R-Va.) has been the only Jewish Republican in Congress. After the 2010 GOP takeover of the House, he became the majority...

  • Celebrating Shavuot, partying with The Rolling Stones and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 9, 2014 | 8:20 am

    Celebrating Shavuot at the Kibbutz

    Last week, we celebrated the Jewish holiday of Shavuot. It is celebrated on the sixth day of the Hebrew month of Sivan, and it marks the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer, seven weekd from...

  • Amnesia, not admiration for Israel’s 1964 soccer heroes

    June 4, 2014 | 1:21 pm

    Fifty years ago this week, a group of mostly blue-collar workers and army conscripts led Israel to its only senior international soccer title, winning the 1964 Asian Cup in front of rapturous home crowds.

    The achievements of those amateur players, who would skip work to train for...

  • Satisfaction for Israeli Stones fans: Band has arrived

    June 3, 2014 | 8:54 am

    The Rolling Stones arrived in Israel two days before their scheduled Tel Aviv concert.

    The band, making its concert debut in Israel, landed in Israel on Monday and will play Yarkon Park on Wednesday evening at the close of the Shavuot holiday. The concert is part of the Stones’...

  • Two Israelis killed in Brussels shooting

    May 25, 2014 | 11:03 am

    Two of the three people killed in a shooting at the Jewish Museum in central Brussels on Saturday were Israeli tourists, Israel's Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.

    A spokesman for the Israeli Foreign Ministry did not give further details on their identities on the victims killed...

  • Letters to the editor: J Street and Tel Aviv

    May 21, 2014 | 10:00 am

    Left, Right and U-Turns on J Street

    David Suissa’s article “J Street’s Real Failure” (May 16) was full of factual errors and falsehoods, and he was also wrong in his overall argument. 

    As Suissa should know, because he spoke at the J Street National Conference, J Street opposes...

  • Nigeria’s neglected Israeli drones won’t help find girls

    May 20, 2014 | 9:54 am

    Nigeria bought Israeli surveillance drones years ago that might have been used to hunt for more than 200 girls held by Islamist rebels, but poor maintenance has left them grounded, two official sources and the aircraft's manufacturer said.

    "To the best of our knowledge, these...

  • Guarding Ben-Gurion

    May 16, 2014 | 11:16 am

    A dapper man, wearing his signature safari-style hat, 90-year-old Aaron Friedman becomes exuberant when he shares his tales of being David Ben-Gurion’s bodyguard, a confidant of Yitzhak Shamir and of the fame he enjoyed while being a lifeguard on the beaches of Tel Aviv. He has...

  • Danny Glover among protesters of documentary’s screening in Tel Aviv

    May 13, 2014 | 10:12 am

    Danny Glover and others featured in a documentary about a 98-year-old Asian-American activist are protesting the film’s screening at a Tel Aviv film festival.

    In a statement released Monday, participants in “American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs,” including...

  • Ehud Olmert sentenced to six years in prison for bribery conviction

    May 13, 2014 | 8:04 am

    Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was sentenced to six years in prison for his conviction for accepting bribes in the Holyland corruption case.

    Tuesday morning’s sentence would make him the first Israeli premier to be sent to prison.

    Olmert also was fined $1 million...

  • Backstreet Boys and Jay Leno visiting, the IDF improving and more…This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 12, 2014 | 12:20 pm

    Celebrating 66 years of independence

    On Tuesday, Israel celebrated its 66th independence day with 24 hours of celebrations that started on Monday night. The streets of every city were colored in blue and white, fireworks lit the sky and famous artists performed on stages set in...

  • WATCH: English Language Social Order Magazine Edition 4

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 12, 2014 | 5:00 am

    In this edition of Israel Social TV's English langage Social Order Magazine, we examine:

    1. In response to Israeli fears over the Palestinian Authority acceding to 15 international treaties before becoming a state, Israel Social TV wonders who else asked to join international...

  • Refugee Social Order Edition 2014

    By Jeremy Elster

    May 5, 2014 | 5:43 am

    Every year Jews gather around Seder tables to tell a defining origin story of our people - our deliverance from bondage and oppression at the hands of the Egyptians. Contained in this story is the source of Jewish ethics, reflections on history and dreams for the future. But the...

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