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Students support Canary Mission fight against 'institutionalized, tolerated anti-Semitism'

(JNS)-The controversial Canary Mission-an anonymous campus watchdog group that exposes organizations, academics and activists that demonize Israel on college campuses-recently came under fire when...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 13, 2018

The 'forces' behind US and Israeli bills to withhold 'pay to slay' terror financing

(JNS)-The passage of an Israeli law to withhold funds that the Palestinian Authority uses to pay murderers for killing Jews is the correction of an unconscionable injustice. That a democratic country...

 
 By Alex Traiman    Opinions    June 22, 2018

Jewish home demolitions won't bring peace

(JNS)—Amid all the challenges Israel is facing—the Iran nuclear threat; the presence of Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah troops along Israel’s northern border; rioters and arsonists along the Gaza border; and Palestinians in the West Bank...

 

Bill Clinton admits quiet campaign against Netanyahu during the 1996 election

(JNS)-In an interview, former U.S. President Bill Clinton admitted that he tried to help former Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres defeat Benjamin Netanyahu during Israel's elections in 1996, just a...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    March 16, 2018

On AIPAC sidelines, Israeli ministers express support for settlements

(JNS)-On the margins of the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., more than 300 conference attendees gathered at the prestigious Sixth & I Historic Synagogue on Monday to express support...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    November 10, 2017

Israeli government cultivates natural allies at its first-ever Christian media summit

Recognizing it is easier to influence those who are more prone to be natural supporters of the Jewish state than it is to sway journalists who cover the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a perceived anti-Israel bias, the Israeli government this week...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 28, 2017

Temple Mount security to prevent 'apocalypse between Islam and Judaism'

The Israeli government reopened the Temple Mount complex to Muslims and members of other faiths Sunday with strict new security measures, in the wake of last Friday's attack near the flashpoint holy...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 14, 2017

UNESCO's Cave of the Patriarchs measure is latest 'narrative warfare' against Israel

An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron's Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of "narrative...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    January 13, 2017

Jerusalem attack draws comparisons

A Palestinian driver rammed a truck into a crowd of Israeli soldiers Sunday at the scenic Haas Promenade overlooking Jerusalem's Old City, killing four and injuring 16 others in a terror attack that...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    October 21, 2016

Building 98 new homes near Shiloh renews US-Israel settlements debate

JERUSALEM—A newly approved plan to build 98 homes in the Shiloh Valley in northern Samaria has renewed longstanding tensions between President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the issue of “West Bank” settlement...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    June 6, 2014

Making sense of Pope Francis's whirlwind Mideast trip

After two intense days of religious ceremonies in Bethlehem and Jerusalem, meetings with Israeli and Palestinian officials, unscheduled photo opportunities, and debilitating traffic arrangements, Israelis and interfaith relations experts are trying...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    March 14, 2014

Haredim protest against IDF

Close to half a million members of Israel's haredi public rallied in Jerusalem on Sunday, shutting down roads in and around the city, to protest a proposed bill that would mandate them to participate...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    January 31, 2014

Nothing personal: Kerry-Ya'alon stir indicates policy differences

Leaked comments Israeli Defense Minister Moshe [Bogie] Ya'alon made about U.S. Secretary State of State John Kerry's approach to Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations caused a diplomatic stir...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    January 10, 2014

Palestinian terrorism surge runs parallel to negotiations in familiar pattern

Upsurges in Palestinian terrorism have often accompanied progress-and eventual breakdowns-in Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations over the past 20 years. The latest round of talks, brokered by...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    January 10, 2014

Fate of Bedouin resettlement plan a mystery in aftermath of cancellation

Several weeks after Bedouin and global anti-Israel elements celebrated the apparent cancelation of a plan to resettle tens of thousands of Bedouin in Israel's southern Negev region, the fate of the...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    October 25, 2013

BDS antidote may come from China

An apparent antidote to the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement is coming from a once unlikely source. Chinese magnate Li Ka-Shing, among Asia’s richest businessmen,...

 

Syria chemical weapons deal brings Israelis short-term relief, long-term concern

On the same day that the U.S. and Russia agreed to a deal stipulating that Syria must remove or destroy its chemical weapons stockpile by mid-2014, Israelis were happy to spend Saturday’s 40th...

 

Oslo Accords debated, rather than celebrated, on 20th anniversary

Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Knesset Members are heavily deb...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    September 6, 2013

Polio in Israeli sewage systems ignites debate on vaccination

As Israeli children begin their school year, one particular requirement for students is taking on a somewhat sudden and newfound sense of urgency—inoculation against polio. The disease, which many...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 19, 2013

John Kerry drawing concern for focus on peace process, rather than Middle East upheaval

With his attention focused on a situation that is stable, relative to its immediate surroundings, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has left many in Israel wondering if the U.S. has its foreign...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    April 26, 2013

Israeli economy, stable during global crisis, could be disturbed by budget deficit

While the Israeli economy has managed to steadily weather the global financial crisis of recent years, a growing budget deficit now threatens to disturb the relative economic stability of the past...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    March 29, 2013

Gaza apology may have ramifications

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reversed Israeli policy last Friday, offering an apology to the Turkish people for the deaths of nine Turkish citizens aboard the armed Mavi Marmara flotilla headed toward Gaza in 2010. But that apology may h...

 

American-born Orthodox rabbi among surprising faces of Israel’s future

The surprise of Israel’s 2013 election was the rapid ascendance of the new Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party, led by former television celebrity Yair Lapid, at the expense of Israel’s known...

 

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