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 By Larry Luxner    News    January 12, 2018 

American immigration to Israel takes a new turn in 2017

TEL AVIV-As a group of well-wishers waved tiny Israeli flags and shouted "Welcome home," Diane Hewitt of Hoboken, New Jersey, stepped off the El Al jet that had just flown her to Tel Aviv from New...

 
 By Aryeh Savir    News    January 12, 2018 

Palestinians to Trump: Threats to cut aid are 'blackmail'

The Palestinians rejected President DonaldTrump's threat to cut US aid to the Palestinian Authority over its refusal to return to the negotiations table, saying their "rights are not for sale."...

 

Report: Trump transition to derail UN anti-Israel resolution

WASHINGTON (JTA)—Efforts by the Trump transition team to kill a 2016 UN Security Council resolution slamming Israel’s settlement policies were more widespread than was previously known, according to a Wall Street Journal report The report Friday...

 
 By Ebin Sandler    News    January 12, 2018 

US threatens to cut funds to Palestinians

At a press conference at the United Nations on Tuesday, US ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley fielded questions about the fate of US funding for the UN Relief and Works Agency, the primary UN agency responsible for funneling aid to the Palestinians....

 
 By Ben Sales    News    January 12, 2018 

Should Israeli soldiers shoot to kill Palestinian terrorists? Michael Oren says yes.

(JTA)-If a Palestinian appears to be committing a terror attack, do they deserve to die on the spot? The answer is yes, says Michael Oren. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States, now a...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    January 12, 2018 

France's foremost female rabbi faces flak over Jerusalem stance

PARIS (JTA)—When Delphine Horvilleur, France’s best-known female rabbi, began appearing regularly in the media, her friends and relatives feared it would expose her to threats or attacks by anti-Semites. Several years later it appears they were o...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Barbra Streisand slams Golden Globes for not giving award to women directors JTA—Barbra Streisand criticized the sexism of Hollywood while presenting an award at the Golden Globes, pointing out that she is the only woman to have received its best...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 12, 2018 

Will Iran protests kill the nuclear deal?

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Iranians are taking to the streets in spontaneous demonstrations across the country to protest government corruption and a failing economy. The depth and breadth of popular Iranian...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    January 5, 2018

Five key moments in US-Israel relations in 2017

Love him or hate him, 2017 was a year dominated by President Donald Trump. The US-Israel relationship was no stranger to that, ranging from Trump's visit to the Jewish state in May to his historic...

 
 By Rafael Medoff    News    January 5, 2018

URJ not opposed to Jerusalem decision

The Reform movement has started to retreat from its opposition to the Trump administration’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Following President Donald Trump’s recognition announcement, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi...

 

Arab states furious at Abbas over response to Trump

Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Egypt are incensed at Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas over his reaction to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according...

 

Jewish prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered, Argentine federal judge rules

BUENOS AIRES (JTA)-A federal judge in Argentina said that AMIA Jewish center bombing prosecutor Alberto Nisman was murdered. It is the first time since Nisman's death in January 2015 that the case...

 

200 percent increase in tourism to Samaria

The Samaria area has recently seen a massive increase in tourism from around the globe, Israel’s NRG news reported Thursday. The biblical heartland has seen an increase of some 200 percent in incoming tourism, mostly from Asian countries such...

 

3,633 North Americans immigrated to Israel in 2017

JERUSALEM (JTA)—With the arrival of a flight carrying 93 new immigrants, a total of 3,633 people from North America made aliyah in 2017, Nefesh B’Nefesh reported. The group flight that landed at Ben Gurion International Airport on Wednesday...

 
 By Shimon Bar Lev    News    January 5, 2018

US Ambassador Friedman: Stop using the term 'Occupied Territories'

United with Israel does not use the term 'occupied' when referring to areas controlled by Israel since June 1967. US Ambassador David Friedman apparently agrees. Although many call the territories...

 

Israel thanks NBA

The National Basketball Association set up a new website for the 2018 All-Star Game in Los Angeles, allowing fans to vote for their favorite players. After voting, the fans are asked to identify which country they are from, picking from among a...

 

Iron Dome intercepts Gaza missiles; IDF strikes back

Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system blocked two missiles fired into Israel shortly before noon on Friday. A third landed in a community bordering Gaza. No injuries were reported, but a building was damaged. The Code Red alarms were sounded...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Israeli government OKs $72 Million anti-BDS project (JTA)—Israel’s government has approved a plan setting aside $72 million to fighting the campaign to boycott Israel. The plan would entail the largest monetary investment yet by Israel...

 
 By Adam Abrams    News    January 5, 2018

Will mass protests divert Iran's attention inward and away from fighting Israel?

Thousands of protesters took to the streets this weekend in cities throughout Iran to demonstrate against the Islamic Republic’s strained economy, corrupt regime and costly military expansion throughout the region, in what has been characterized...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    January 5, 2018

New elite military unit ready to defend Israel from Gaza terror threat

A new elite IDF infantry unit is about to take up its position along Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.  The Haruv (Carob) unit, named after a renowned force that operated in Israel’s southern desert borders in the 1960s and 1970s, was once a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    January 5, 2018

Why Trump's Middle East negotiator is beating expectations

WASHINGTON (JTA)-Jason Greenblatt, President Donald Trump's chief Israeli-Palestinian negotiator, has an office just around the corner from the White House. On his computer monitor is a Post-it note,...

 

Members of UN Security Council declare support for the return of two IDF soldiers, captured by Hamas

NEW YORK—On Friday, Dec. 22, Former Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada, the Honorable Irwin Cotler, addressed a special session of the United Nations Security Council on International Humanitarian Law and the repatriation of the...

 

The 7 most heartwarming Jewish stories of 2017

(JTA)-Political turmoil, terror attacks and natural disasters around the world: 2017 had plenty of people feeling down, for good reason. But there were also notable moments of light. As this year...

 

UN opposes US on Jerusalem

(JNS) The United Nations General Assembly on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a resolution denouncing President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The 193-member General Assembly voted 128-9, with 35 abstentions,...

 

Milstein Family Foundation names winners of meme contest

(JNS) The Adam and Gila Milstein Family Foundation (MFF) on Monday announced the winners of its second competition for the creation of pro-Israel social media memes.  The competition brought...

 

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