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  • Israeli apartheid comparison spurs call for 'moral clarity' in weighing Desmond Tutu's legacy

    Mike Wagenheim|Jan 7, 2022

    (JNS) — As tributes from across the globe poured in earlier this week following the passing of South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu, many Israel supporters note the paradox of a man they say fought a heroic battle against apartheid in South Africa, then invented it in Israel. Tutu, a Nobel Peace Prize winner, passed away at the age of 90 on Sunday. “I think it would be a mistake to lionize him. On the one hand, he fought apartheid in South Africa, and on the other hand, he fought the right of Jewish people to national self-...

  • Senator James Risch: Israel will resolve the Iranian nuclear issue

    Dr. Eric R. Mandel|Jan 7, 2022

    (JNS) — In the estimation of U.S. Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, the future of the Iran nuclear deal “is going to be resolved by Israel” rather than by the world powers who are actually negotiating with Tehran. “The Israelis have sat across the table from me for years, looked me in the eye, and said, ‘Iran will never have a nuclear weapon.’ And I believe them,” he says. In the following interview with JNS, the former chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and currently its ranking member also shares his candid views on Israel’s righ...

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    Jan 7, 2022

    Amar’e Stoudemire says he’s ready for a ‘shidduch’ and to remarry By Shira Hanau (JTA) — Amar’e Stoudemire told his Instagram followers recently that he’s looking for a new partner, saying he’s ready for a “shidduch.” “Shidduch” dating, or dates set up by a matchmaker, is a common way for Orthodox Jews to meet their future spouses. Stoudemire, who has played for the New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns, converted to Judaism while living in Israel in August 2020. From 2016 to 2019, he played for the Israeli team Hapoel Jerusalem and later for...

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

    Israel Kasnett|Jan 7, 2022

    (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 Tehran is the only way to stop the Iranian advance toward nuclear weapons. But where exactly do the U.S. and Israel go from here on the Iranian threat? Sima Shine — head of the Iran program at the Institute for National Security Studies think tank as well as former head of the research and eva...

  • Israel approves 1 billion shekel Golan Heights development plan

    Jan 7, 2022

    (JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Sunday the approval of a 1 billion shekel ($317.3 million) program to develop and settle the Golan Heights. Addressing the weekly Cabinet session, held in Kibbutz Mevo Hama in the southern Golan, Bennett said that the government’s goal was to double the Golan’s population, according to an official statement. The current population is approximately 50,000. To achieve this goal, the government plans to build two new neighborhoods in Katzrin, the unofficial capital of the Golan, and a...

  • NY Jewish students lend a hand to tornado-devastated Kentucky

    Howard Blas|Jan 7, 2022

    (JNS) — Winning the lottery usually conjures images of elated people feeling set for life after receiving a check for hundreds of millions of dollars. Yet for five North Shore Hebrew Academy students in the Long Island region of New York, winning the lottery meant being selected to represent their day school on an eye-opening, life-changing relief mission to tornado-devastated Kentucky. On Dec. 10, a tornado with winds of over 166 miles per hour decimated the Kentucky of towns Cayce, Mayfield, Benton, Princeton, Dawson Springs and Bremen, k...

  • Second 2,000-year-old synagogue uncovered at Migdal

    Dan Lavie|Jan 7, 2022

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) - A synagogue dating back some 2,000 years has been excavated at Migdal in northern Israel, a modern town and the site of a significant Jewish community in the Second Temple era. This is the second synagogue excavated in Migdal and the first time archeologists have found evidence of two synagogues coexisting in a Jewish community at a time when the Second Temple was still in use. Like many archeological discoveries in Israel, the second synagogue at Migdal resurfaced due...