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 By Josh Hasten    News    July 23, 2021

Countdown has begun: Israel redoubles efforts for second attempt to land on moon

(JNS) - SpaceIL, an Israeli nonprofit organization that strives to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and dreamers through innovative space missions, announced this week that it...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    July 16, 2021

New government criticized for approving lackluster building projects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — At the end of June, the new Israeli government led by Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett approved 31 new building projects throughout Judea and Samaria. The projects were green-lighted by the subcommittee on Jewish “settlements...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    April 2, 2021

Parents of slain US teen want Jerusalem terrorist extradited

(JNS) - Frimet and Arnold Roth, whose 15-year-old daughter Malki, a U.S. national, was murdered in August 2001 in the Sbarro pizzeria bombing in Jerusalem, published a new video this week calling...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    February 26, 2021

The ongoing battle over illegal construction in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) - According to Gabi Harow, a resident of the Israeli settlement of Nokdim in Gush Etzion, there have been massive changes in the landscape since he moved to the community with his family in...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    February 12, 2021

Israel headed toward 1 million residents living in the West Bank

(JNS) - The latest edition of the "West Bank Jewish Population Stats Report," commissioned annually by former Member of Knesset and National Union Party head Yaakov "Ketzaleh" Katz, shows a 2.62...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 28, 2020

Coronavirus chief: 'Israel has lowest mortality rate in world'

(JNS) — According to Israel’s Coronavirus Project coordinator, Ronni Gamzu, his main goal right now is to combat and contain the virus “without implementing a full lockdown on the country.” “I am not sure we will succeed, but I am...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 26, 2020

Two Jewish pioneers are building an oasis amid uncertainty

(JNS) - Atop a nearly barren mountain ridge at the tip of southeastern Gush Etzion, with breathtaking views overlooking the Judean Desert and the Dead Sea, two American immigrants are building an...

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    May 15, 2020

When a saver of lives needs to be saved: Eli Beer's story

(JNS)-United Hatzalah of Israel, the country's largest independent volunteer emergency medical response organization, put on an online fundraising telethon on Sunday to support the group's...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    March 13, 2020

Extension of high-speed rail to Old City Jerusalem expected to alleviate traffic, boost tourism

(JNS)—In what is being dubbed as a historical development, Israel’s Transportation Ministry announced this week that it is moving forward with plans to extend the new Tel Aviv-Jerusalem high-speed rail line in order to connect Ben-Gurion... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    January 24, 2020

As Israel baseball team preps for Olympics, it's soon to get its own field of dreams

(JNS)-Israel might be known globally as a high-tech juggernaut, but the "Startup Nation" is on the verge of being a superpower in diamonds as well. No, not the kinds that shine, but the kinds you use... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    December 6, 2019

Christian Zionist group dropped by Amazon, claims it is being targeted for pro-Israel views

(JNS)-Proclaiming Justice to The Nations, a Tennessee-based nonprofit evangelical Christian organization committed to standing with Israel and fighting anti-Semitism, has been removed from the... Full story

 

'We're here to save lives,' stress those associated with Israel's Rescuers Without Borders

(JNS)-It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    September 13, 2019

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit... and make history

(JNS)-"We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!" were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    June 28, 2019

Israeli youth discuss sovereignty, and future prospects in Judea and Samaria

(JNS)—Traveling two hours from Haifa to Ramat Gan, Liza Kouniavsky, 16, arrived at Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan for the second “Youth Sovereignty Conference” to date on June 13, telling JNS that “I’m here because I love my country. I... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    June 14, 2019

DeSantis hailed for making the sunshine state 'most pro-Israel' in America

(JNS)-In the midst of his whirlwind week-long Florida governor's business development mission to Israel with more than 100 delegation participants, Gov. Ron DeSantis visited the Gush Etzion region, ju... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    January 4, 2019

Is Israel's security barrier a terrorism deterrent or political tool?

(JNS)-Many have pointed to Israel's security barrier in Judea and Samaria as being one of the primary contributors to the reduction in Palestinian terrorism since the years of the Second Intifada, fro... Full story

 

"We need to talk..."

Observers lament lack of wide-ranging views at Federation's General Assembly in Tel Aviv (JNS)-The 2018 annual General Assembly, held this year in Tel Aviv, took on a decidedly different tone to... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    September 21, 2018

Deconstructing the Oslo Accords 25 years later: Was it a gift or a curse?

(JNS)-It's hard to believe that it's been a quarter of a century: Sept. 13 marked the 25th anniversary of the 1993 signing of the U.S.-brokered Declaration of Principles between Israel and the... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 24, 2018

Why Israelis aren't as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

(JNS)-The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government's June 2017, suspension... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    July 27, 2018

Jerusalem court issues lien on ships headed to Gaza, with proceeds going to Israeli victims of terror

(JNS)—In a rather rare judgment, a Jerusalem District Court just issued a lien on two large ships that are part of a Gaza-bound flotilla set to arrive in Israeli waters later this month, with the intent that the sea vessels can be sold, with... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    July 1, 2016

Filmmaker calls for UNRWA 'self-introspection' over Palestinian classroom incitement

A newly released 10-minute online video produced by the Jerusalem-based Center for Near East Policy Research says that many of the Palestinians who have murdered Israelis during the so-called... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    Features    June 24, 2016

Christian Zionist film enlists humor in the fight against BDS

"When it comes to apartheid, Israel sucks." It's a key quote delivered by American comedian Brad Stine, a devout Christian and a featured personality in a new documentary film called "Hating Israel:... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 22, 2014

Humanitarian pressure helped create Israel's tunnel problem

By Josh Hasten With the withdrawal of ground troops from Gaza, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said it completed its mission of dismantling a network of terrorist tunnels. But how did Hamas get its... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    March 14, 2014

Defying BDS, Weiss brings big-name performers to Israel

While Pink Floyd's Roger Waters has in recent years acted as a de facto frontman for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement, urging fellow artists against performing in Israel, Shuki... Full story

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    January 17, 2014

Temple Mount report ignites concern over Israel's preservation of holy site

A recently revealed Israeli State Comptroller's report that remains under a government gag order has ignited concern over the Muslim Waqf's attempts to erase Jewish ties on the Temple Mount-Judaism's... Full story

 

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