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 By Israel Kasnett    News    September 17, 2021 

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 Yaakov Lappin    News    September 17, 2021 

Could Gilboa Prison escape help spark another intifada?

(JNS) The dramatic escape of six Palestinian terrorists from Gilboa Prison in northern Israel last Monday carries the potential of a broader security escalation, a former defense official has cautioned. Col. (res.) David Hacham, a former...

 

These Jerusalem sukkahs are nicer than yours

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Amit Zakoon's flower business started with a seed - literally - but it quickly grew into one of Jerusalem's premier purveyors of luxury sukkahs. "We work for all the rich and...

 
 By JTA    News    September 10, 2021

How Israel is leading the world in reviving bee colonies - in the middle of the desert

The Arava Desert in Israel's south is "abuzz" with activity - and it is all thanks to one important six-legged critter: the humble honeybee.  In a world where scientists acknowledge the important...

 

Israeli food rescue group adjusts approach to meet growing needs in the COVID era

When Israel came to a standstill in March 2020 at the onset of the COVID pandemic, shops, restaurants and offices shut down as part of a nationwide lockdown. But for Israel's hungry, there was no...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    August 27, 2021

Natan Sharansky offered advice to cope with COVID lockdowns - now, he's recovering from the virus

(JTA) — When the world shut down last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Natan Sharansky figured his experience as a Soviet political prisoner meant he had a thing or two to teach the millions of people who were suddenly confined to their homes....

 
 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...

 

Archeologists find evidence of Jerusalem earthquake described in Bible

(JNS) — Archeologists have uncovered in the City of David National Park in Jerusalem the first evidence of the capital being hit with an earthquake that was mentioned in the Bible, reported i24News. According to the first verse of the book of Amo...

 

Iran behind fatal strike on ship in Arabian Sea

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett blamed Iran on Sunday, Aug. 1, for the attack that left two dead on the oil tanker in the Arabian Sea on Thursday night. Speaking during the weekly Security Cabinet meeting, Bennett was quoted...

 
 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 David Isaac    News    August 6, 2021

Iranian dissident delegation visits Israel in historic first, meets with Foreign Ministry

(JNS) - It was billed as the first Iranian delegation to Israel since the fall of the Shah 42 years earlier. Six Iranian Muslim dissidents, forced to leave their homeland decades ago and who made thei...

 

Israeli farmers dump crops on major highways in protest

The Shmitah (Sabbatical) year is a little over a month away. Coincidentally, the Israeli Finance in coordination with the Agricultural Ministry, has introduced reforms that would enable more European produce to be imported into Israel creating unwa...

 

Record-breaking aliyah from North America projected for 2021, with 5,000 expected to make the Israel move

Leah and Yehuda Smolarcik are moving to Israel from Chicago with their four children this summer. The challenges over the past year and a half of COVID convinced them not to put off reaching for...

 

Iranian judo defector Mollaei dedicates Olympics silver medal to Israel

(JNS) - Iranian defector Saeid Mollaei, who now represents Mongolia, dedicated his silver medal to the State of Israel after the match on Tuesday at the Tokyo Olympics. "This medal is also dedicated...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    July 30, 2021

Lapid to CUFI conference: Israel grateful for unequivocal support during Gaza conflict

(JNS) — In a video address to the 2021 summit of Christians United for Israel, Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Monday expressed his appreciation to the largest pro-Israel organization in the United States for their ongoing support — most...

 

Israeli scientists identify 3 existing drugs that can eliminate COVID-19

Hebrew University of Jerusalem studies published in a pair of medical journals suggest that already-existing drugs can be repurposed to fight Covid, the Hebrew-language news sites reported Monday.  The studies give fresh optimism that a solution to...

 

Two rockets fired from Lebanon into Israel

(JNS) — The Israel Defense Forces shelled targets in Lebanon on Tuesday morning after two rockets were launched from Southern Lebanon at northern Israel on Monday night. Israel’s Iron Dome air-defense system downed one of the rockets, while the...

 
 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...

 

Israel to withhold $182 million from Palestinian Authority to offset terror stipends

(JNS) Israel’s Security Cabinet voted on Sunday to withhold 597 million shekels ($182 million) from the tax revenues it collects for the Palestinian Authority, in accordance with a terror finance law passed in 2018. The amount is equivalent to...

 
 By JD Krebs    News    July 23, 2021

Imagination drives Western Galilee recovery

With local shops and artisanal businesses, stunning artwork, boutique wines, and scrumptious food, it is easy to see how Israel's Western Galilee region was welcoming over 2 million tourists annually...

 

Herzog sworn in as Israel's president

(JNS) — Former Labor Party leader and Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog was sworn in as Israel’s 11th president on Wednesday, saying he would work to repair divisions within Israeli society. The...

 

Israel's Palestinian president

Israel just inaugurated a new president. He is largely a ceremonial figure as the official “head of state.” He has a limited but very structured constitutional role. Nonetheless, amazingly, he is a Palestinian. Isaac “Bougie” Herzog is...

 
 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 David Isaac    News    July 9, 2021

Miriam Adelson donates 150 lifesaving 'ambucycles' to United Hatzalah

(JNS) Passersby were treated to a striking sight outside Jerusalem's City Hall on Tuesday. One-hundred and fifty bright orange "ambucycles" – motorcycles and scooters equipped with lifesaving...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    July 2, 2021

Palestinian Authority looks a gift horse in the mouth

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority canceled a deal that would have seen Israel give it 1 million COVID vaccine doses in exchange for a later shipment. The P.A. made the move because many of the doses were set to expire in the coming weeks, according...

 

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