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Israel's pivot away from China towards India signals understanding of US concerns

(JNS) — Under pressure from Washington, Israel appears to be slowly withdrawing from its business relationship with China, while simultaneously building one with India. According to Jonathan...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 17, 2022

Anti-regime Iranian activists visit Israel to garner support and spread awareness

(JNS) - As European and American negotiating teams continue to convene in Vienna in an attempt to sign a new nuclear deal with Iran, the Iranian people have taken to the streets to protest the rising...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 13, 2022

Senate rejects deal with Iran

(JNS) - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday rejected the Biden administration's outline for a deal with Iran. Members voted 86-12 to approve a motion that opposes the lifting of terrorism sanctions on Iran...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 6, 2022

Jordan demands total control

(JNS) - Jordan fears it is losing its recognized status as official custodian of Jerusalem's holy Muslim sites, including the Temple Mount, Judaism's holiest site, as Palestinians incited by Hamas,...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    April 1, 2022

NGO Monitor report debunks Israel apartheid claims, places Amnesty International 'on the defensive'

(JNS) — A new report by NGO Monitor debunks the accusation of apartheid against Israel and assesses whether apartheid, as previously defined, is applicable to Israel and territories under its military administration. This new re...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 25, 2022

Ukraine's battle for survival offers multiple lessons for Israel

(JNS) - As Russia pushes further into Ukraine and threatens its capital Kyiv - and as Russian President Vladimir Putin appears unfazed and undeterred by Western nations willing to sanction Russia...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 18, 2022

Russian war on Ukraine places Israel in delicate position

(JNS) — Israel could expect to see the arrival of a total of 15,000 Ukrainians by the end of the month if it continues to allow entry to refugees fleeing their war-torn country at the current pace, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told the Cabinet...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    March 4, 2022

Ukraine's Jewish community on edge as Russia invades country

(JNS) — Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition on Feb. 21 of two “breakaway” states in eastern Ukraine and his subsequent dispatch of “peacekeepers” there — considered by Western nations to be an official invasion of the...

 

Israel's gift to Palestinians violates law

(JNS) — The Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum sent a request on Jan. 16 under Israel’s Freedom of Information Act to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, asking for information and details on his agreement to transfer hundreds of millions of...

 

Legal experts expose biased research, reliance on terror organizations

(JNS) - Amnesty International's latest controversial report released on Feb. 1 during a press conference in Jerusalem, this time accusing Israel of apartheid, has come under fier...

 

Israeli tourism optimistically awaits recovery

(JNS) — For two years now, since the outbreak of the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, hotels in Israel have seen dramatic drops in stays by incoming tourists; tour guides have lost most, if not all, of their business; and restaurants and other...

 

Gantz makes concessions to Palestinian Authority with no demands in return

(JNS) — As details emerged from Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Dec. 28 meeting at his private residence in Rosh Ha’ayin with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, many Israelis were left in shock. According to various reports, Gan...

 

Lebanon faces dim future as Hezbollah holds the country hostage

(JNS) — As Lebanon’s citizens deal with a collapsing economy and a paralyzed government, murmurings of dissatisfaction with Hezbollah, Iran’s terror proxy in Beirut, have begun to surface. But experts say it is unrealistic to believe...

 

Portugal to digitally process citizenship applications of Jewish descendants

(JNS) — A new procedure through which Sephardic Jews of Portuguese origin can apply for Portuguese citizenship is expected to eliminate cumbersome paperwork by going digital. Portugal has taken an active role in fostering Jewish life since 2015,...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    January 7, 2022

Former Mossad official: 'The closer Iran gets to a nuclear weapon, the more temptation there is to get there'

(JNS) — As U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan arrived in Israel on Tuesday to discuss Iran and other strategic issues, and as nuclear talks continue in Vienna, the Israeli leadership increasingly believes that applying heavy pressure on...

 

Leaders at Kyiv Jewish Forum warn against rising antisemitism

(JNS) - Ukrainian, Israeli, American and European leaders joined together online on Dec. 15-16 for the third-annual Kyiv Jewish Forum to discuss the historic relations between the Jewish and...

 

Michael Oren sees Jewish Agency as solution

(JNS) — Michael Oren says he has been “integrally linked to the Jewish Agency” for years. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former Knesset member is one of eight candidates to head the organization. He has a long history...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    October 8, 2021

In the footsteps of his predecessors, Bennett aims to change paradigms

(JNS) - "Hands out of your pockets, sir!" barked a U.S. Secret Service agent at a bewildered pedestrian as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walked down the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in New York...

 

Elazar Stern aims to promote Jewish unity, identity and solidarity in Diaspora

(JNS) "Israel is your home away from home," Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a message on Sept. 2, ahead of the Jewish New Year. His address was aimed at "the people of Israel and the Jewish...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 27, 2021

After American withdrawal from Afghanistan, implications for Israel look grimmer

(JNS) — As Israel observes the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, it’s difficult to forget the capitulation of the Iraqi army to ISIS in 2014 or the EUBAM observers who fled as Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, not to mention...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    August 13, 2021

Israel faces Russia policy change, or perhaps political posturing, regarding Syria

(JNS) — Lebanese media outlets as well as Saudi Arabia’s London-based Asharq Al-Awsat have reported that Israel’s freedom of action against Iran in Syria is dwindling as Russia makes changes to its policy vis-à-vis its relationship with...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    July 9, 2021

Former ambassador Gold: World powers must work to prevent Iran's quest for hegemony

(JNS) — “Iran will never get a nuclear weapon on my watch.” At least this is what U.S. President Joe Biden told Israeli President Reuven Rivlin during his visit to the White House on Monday. Biden also reportedly said Israel has the right to...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 11, 2021

New Qatari school textbooks glorify Hamas, reject peace between Israel and Arab states

(JNS) — Qatar prides itself on its high level of education and yet its own textbooks clearly do not meet accepted international standards, according to a new report by IMPACT-se, a research institute that analyzes schoolbooks and curricula within...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 11, 2021

Former Ambassador Oren and Eytan Gilboa: Re-entry to Iran deal will 'lead to regional war'

(JNS) — If body language is any indicator, then last week’s meeting between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken did not go as well as they intended during their joint press conference. While they o...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    May 21, 2021

If current Mideast violence a test, some experts say Biden is failing

(JNS) — The Biden administration has come under withering criticism in the United States and Israel for its poor handling of the current situation in the Middle East. On Tuesday, U.S. State Department spokesperson Ned Price failed to mention Hama...

 

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