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2019 immigration to Israel hits highest number in a decade

(JNS)—An estimated 34,000 immigrants moved to Israel in 2019—the largest number per year in the past decade, according to numbers published by the Jewish Agency. The data includes those who immigrated during the period of January-November 2019...

 

2020 challenges and opportunities for Israel

JERUSALEM, Israel—Experts at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategy and Security, an Israeli foreign affairs and defense think tank with close ties to the Israeli security establishment, believe that in 2020 Iran will escalate its enrichment of...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 27, 2019

Haredi Orthodox mother of 5 may have to give up Olympic dream over Shabbat

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A haredi Orthodox mother of five may have to give up her dream of running in the marathon at the 2020 Olympics after the race was scheduled for a Saturday. “I felt like I was punched in the stomach this morning,” Beatie...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 20, 2019

Will third time be the charm?

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israel will hold an unprecedented third election in less than a year after lawmakers failed to form a government coalition by Wednesday night. The date of the next election is set for March 2. Elections are usually set for 90 days...

 

Netanyahu to resign from ministerial posts by Jan. 1

(JNS)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that he will resign from all of his ministerial posts by January. He currently holds the health, welfare, agriculture and Diaspora affairs portfolios. Three weeks ago, Israeli...

 

Soviet dissident Sharansky named 2020 Genesis Prize recipient

NEW YORK (JTA)—The Genesis Prize Foundation has announced that Natan Sharansky, a Jewish refusenik, prolific leader in the Soviet Jewry emigration movement and former Israeli politician, will be awarded the 2020 Genesis Prize. The Genesis Prize,...

 

Knesset grants more funding for campaigns

(JNS)—The last act of Israel’s short-lived 22nd Knesset was to set the date for new elections on March 2, a decision ultimately approved around 3:30 a.m. on Thursday. The bill passed with 94 lawmakers voting in favor and none opposed. It also...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    December 13, 2019

13 countries vote against a UN resolution against Israel

(JTA)—The United Nations General Assembly passed five resolutions against Israel, but for the first time, 13 countries switched their positions and voted against a pro-Palestine measure. The five resolutions passed Tuesday are among 20 against Isra...

 
 By Gary Schiff    News    December 13, 2019

This Chanukah, Israel's menorah will be powered by natural gas

(JNS)—Right on schedule, by Chanukah, natural gas from Israel’s Leviathan offshore field will begin to flow to shore. The turn-around in Israel’s energy situation over the past two decades is simply stunning. Just 15 years ago, Israel met 100 p...

 

Could a future US administration undo Trump's new policy on Israeli settlements?

(JNS)—The announcement last month by U.S. Secretary Mike Pompeo that Israeli settlements are not illegal was either warmly welcomed or hotly rejected, depending on how you interpret international law. Indeed, recently 107 Democratic lawmakers sent...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    December 13, 2019

Why Israel isn't a top consideration

WASHINGTON (JTA)—It’s the perennial anomaly of Jewish voter surveys: Vast majorities feel an attachment to Israel, but relatively few are thinking about the Jewish state when they cast their vote. On the day of last year’s midterm...

 

Competition provides $1 million in grants to combat BDS and Israel delegitimization

By Michele Chabin TEL AVIV-The Genesis Prize Foundation and 2019 Genesis Prize laureate Robert Kraft have launched a competition that will award grants to Israeli organizations on the front lines of...

 
 By Dov Lipman    News    December 6, 2019

Likud members are now presenting alternatives to Netanyahu's party leadership

(JNS)-Following Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit's announcement that he will formally indict Benjamin Netanyahu in three separate corruption cases, and the prime minister's inability to form a parl...

 

Everything you need to know about Israeli settlements and the Trump administration's announcement

(JTA)-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced this week that the United States will no longer consider Israeli Jewish settlements in Judea and Samaria to be illegal. Here's an explainer about what th...

 

A day of premeditated rage

If you heard about the Palestinian Authority’s premediated “Day of Rage” this week, then it was probably “successful” from the perspective of being yet another hostile activity to protest and incite against Israel’s existence, perhaps...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 29, 2019

Netanyahu indicted for corruption

JERUSALEM (JTA)-Benjamin Netanyahu has been charged in three corruption cases, marking the first time a sitting Israeli prime minister has been indicted. The charges, announced on Nov. 21 by the...

 

Israel headed for third election

(JNS)—Israel might be headed to a third election after all since Blue and White leader Benny Gantz could not cobble together a coalition government. His efforts followed those of Israeli Prime...

 

If you truly want peace, start listening to us Jews and Palestinians who live in the West Bank

By Laura Ben-David TEKOA, WEST BANK (JTA)-I have lived in Israel for 17 years, and I have lived in the Gush Etzion region of the West Bank the entire time. To much of the world, that makes me a settle...

 

Philanthropist leads group of businessmen to visit IDF base

In a trip organized by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces, 20 prominent business and philanthropic interfaith leaders—many of whom hadn’t been to Israel before—came to the Negev and visited the main IDF training base, Tze’elim. The visit w...

 

Israel waits to see if Gaza Strip stabilizes

(JNS)-A ceasefire that appeared fragile, and which was punctured twice by rocket fire from Gaza, went into effect on Thursday, Nov. 14, after 50 hours of combat between the Iranian-backed Palestinian...

 
 By JTA Staff    News    November 22, 2019

The toll of rocket attacks from Gaza

(JTA)—Fifty-eight Israelis were injured during the wave of rocket attacks fired by terror groups from Gaza this week. Thirty-four Palestinians, most of them reported to be members of Islamic Jihad and other Gaza terror groups, were killed in...

 

Two days under fire

Under normal circumstances, most kids look for excuses to stay home from school, at least once in a while. This week in Israel, 300,000 kids stayed home from school a few days in a row. Under the...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 22, 2019

Gaza rocket strikes assisted-living facility in southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A rocket fired by Palestinian terrorists in Gaza struck an assisted-living facility in the southern Israel city of Ashkelon on Wednesday afternoon, injuring a woman in her 70s. The resident was injured in the face and arms by...

 

Israeli politicians praise 'Operation Black Belt'

(JNS, Israel Hayom)—“The new rules of the game are clear—the IDF will operate freely, without any limitation,” Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett said on Thursday, a short while after a ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic...

 

Islamic Jihad declares war on Israel

After Israel killed a top commander from the Iranian-backed Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in a rare targeted strike in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday, the group's leader said that Israel has...

 

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