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  • Tel Aviv now the global leader in app startups

    By Kylie Jane Wakefield

    July 9, 2014 | 11:55 am

    Silicon Valley may be known as the hotspot for tech, but halfway across the globe, Tel Aviv is making its mark. According to Forbes, Tel Aviv has more startups per capita than anywhere else in the world. 

    App startups make up a large portion of this growing tech community. One in...

  • Rockets targeting Ben Gurion Airport intercepted; Israel strikes scores of Gaza sites

    July 9, 2014 | 8:41 am

    The Iron Dome missile-defense system intercepted at least two rockets near Tel Aviv reportedly aimed at Ben Gurion Airport.

    The rockets were intercepted during rush hour Wednesday morning, Israeli media reported, citing Palestinian sources. Heavy traffic stopped on main freeways...

  • On the threshold of a Third Intifada

    By Simone Wilson

    July 8, 2014 | 3:13 pm

    The shocking kidnap-murder of Israeli teens Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel in the West Bank on June 12, followed by the brutal revenge killing of Palestinian teen Muhammed Abu Khdeir in Jerusalem on July 1, have bred a level of anger and mistrust between Jews and...

  • Israel says no casualties after reported Hamas rocket fire on cities

    July 8, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    Israel said it knew of no casualties from a long-range Palestinian rocket salvo on Tuesday that Hamas said targeted cities including central Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, as well as Haifa in the north.

    "We are not getting reports of casualties from any of the impact areas," the chief military spokesman, Brigadier-General Motti Almoz, told Israel's Channel 10 television. He did not elaborate on the locations.

    Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Mark Heinrich

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  • U.S. condemns rocket fire against Israel

    July 8, 2014 | 10:41 am

    The White House condemned rocket attacks against Israel that reached as far as Tel Aviv and expressed support for Israel's right to defend itself on Tuesday.

    "We strongly condemn the continuing rocket fire inside of Israel and the deliberate targeting of civilians by terrorist organizations in Gaza," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said at a news briefing. "No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians and we support Israel's right to defend itself against these vicious attacks."

    Reporting By Mark Felsenthal; Editing by Doina Chiacu

  • Hamas rockets land deep in Israel as it bombards Gaza

    July 8, 2014 | 10:27 am

    At least 20 people were killed across Gaza on Tuesday, Palestinian officials said, by a bombardment Israel said may be just the start of a lengthy offensive against Islamist militants whose rockets reached hit unprecedented depths of its interior.

    Israelis ran for cover as...

  • Rockets from Gaza intercepted over Tel Aviv

    July 8, 2014 | 10:00 am

    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

    July 8, 2014 | 9:43 am

    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

    July 8, 2014 | 8:23 am

    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...

  • 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...

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