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Hamas declares 'victory' over Israel

(JNS) — During his first public speech since the start of the latest escalation of rocket attacks from Gaza and Israeli retaliation, Hamas political bureau chief Ismail Haniyeh on Tuesday declared “victory” over the Jewish state. The Hamas...

 
 By World Israel News    News    May 28, 2021

Hamas official: Ceasefire will last, but 'Israel has no right to exist'

A senior Hamas leader who helped found the Iran-backed terror group in Gaza came out of hiding, saying that while he thinks the recent ceasefire will hold, his organization remains totally committed to replacing Israel with a Palestinian state, Sky...

 

Netanyahu to ambassadors: 'We target our enemies with great precision'

(JNS)— Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu emphasized to foreign diplomats that the Israel Defense Forces go to great lengths to target its enemies with great precision and to avoid collateral damage. Speaking to more than 70 diplomatic...

 

Yad Sarah provides medical equipment, support services

(JNS) — As violence in Israel persists for a second week, Yad Sarah announced its commitment to remaining open and providing full services to citizens across the country. From the outset of rocket attacks launched from Hamas and other terror...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 28, 2021

How Israel can disrupt Hamas's re-armament plans

(JNS) - As the truce in Gaza takes hold, Israel and the international community must employ multiple approaches to prevent Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from once again using a quiet period to...

 
 By Jon Schiller    News    May 28, 2021

Jewish and Arab health professionals unite in solidarity

(ISRAEL21c) - Medical staff at hospitals up and down the country have come together in solidarity to call for peaceful coexistence and cooperation between Jewish and Arab medical personnel during...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    May 21, 2021

Heavy rocket barrage on Israel, hitting Tel Aviv, causes fatalities and injures dozens

(JNS) - A heavy rocket barrage fired by Gazan terror factions at central Israel killed an Israeli woman in Rishon Letzion and injured more than 20 civilians in multiple locations. In Holon, eight...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    May 21, 2021

Violence escalates, who's in charge?

(JTA) - In the seven years since the last war in Gaza, Israel and Hamas have repeatedly come close to reigniting the conflict.  But the peace on the Gaza border has largely held - until this week. Si...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 21, 2021

Worst internal Arab/Jewish violence in decades

(JTA) — A rocket from Gaza killed a 5-year-old child in the Israeli city of Sderot, bringing Israel’s death toll to seven in its exchanges of fire with Hamas in the Gaza Strip. In Gaza, 83 people have died, including 14 children, according to...

 

Israel's president offers Gaza-border residents respite from missiles

In the wake of a barrage of 250 missiles launched from Gaza into Israel, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin invited citizens from the Gaza “envelope” (periphery) area and greater southern Israel to his official Jerusalem residence, Beit Hanasi....

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    May 21, 2021

Israel targets Gaza with airstrikes, artillery and tank fire

UPDATE: Israel’s announcement of a ground operation in Gaza may have been intended to misdirect Hamas militants. While the Israeli army bombarded Gaza on Thursday, the army later clarified that troops did not enter the territory. (JTA) ...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 21, 2021

Progressives slam Israeli actions

(JNS) — With Israel coming under the fire of more than 1,300 rockets launched from the Gaza Strip, many U.S. lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have vocalized their support for Israel. As to be expected, some in the progressive wing of the Demo...

 

Israel and Hamas agree to ceasefire

(JTA) — After 11 days of fighting, Israel and Hamas agreed to a “mutual and simultaneous” ceasefire on Thursday that began at 2 a.m. Friday Israel time. Israel’s security cabinet unanimously approved the truce, according to reports, after mil...

 
 By JNS    News    May 14, 2021

Rivlin taps Yair Lapid

(JNS) - Israel's President Reuven Rivlin has announced that Yair Lapid will now receive the mandate to form the country's next government. Rivlin made the announcement in a televised statement from...

 
 By Dmitriy Shapiro    News    May 14, 2021

Biden administration 'dead set' on re-entering Iran deal, despite high price

(JNS) — In recent days, conflicting reports have emerged over the ongoing negotiations in Vienna to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, leading to questions over to what extent the United States will undo Trump-era sanctions against Tehran. Richard...

 
 By Yori Yalon    News    May 14, 2021

Ahead of 54th Jerusalem Day, capital's population nears 1 million

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — In the runup to Jerusalem Day, which this year falls on May 9, the city continues to be Israel’s largest, with a population nearing 1 million, according to a study by the Jerusalem Institute for Policy Research. The...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

At least 45 people dead in stampede at mass Lag b'Omer holiday celebration in Israel

(JTA) - At least 45 people were crushed to death and at least 150 wounded Thursday night in a stampede during a celebration that drew tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews to the northern Israeli...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

Did Netanyahu just lose?

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has failed to form a government by the deadline imposed by Israeli law, thrusting the country into uncertain political territory yet again. This could mean that after more than 12 years as...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

The violent clashes rocking Jerusalem last week

(JTA) — The videos circulating out of Jerusalem — of beatings, stone throwing and racist chants — are shocking. Reporters say it’s some of the worst fighting the contested city has seen in years.  But the tensions that fueled the violence...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 7, 2021

What is Israel's Mount Meron and why were so many Orthodox Jews gathered there for the Lag B'Omer holiday?

(JTA) — “If you haven’t seen the joy of Lag b’Omer on the grave of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai, you haven’t seen joy at all,” wrote the author Shmuel Yosef Agnon, Israel’s first Nobel Prize laureate. That description reflects an aspect of...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    May 7, 2021

A woman will lead an Israeli Orthodox synagogue

(JTA) — A woman will be the spiritual leader of an Israeli Orthodox synagogue for the first time. Shirat Hatamar, a congregation in the West Bank settlement of Efrat, elected Rabbanit Shira Marili Mirvis, 40, as spiritual leader on Monday with the...

 

A close call for Israel

A Syrian surface-to-air missile fired at an Israeli Air Force fighter jet that had been involved in airstrikes on targets in Syria exploded in Israel’s southern Negev region early on Thursday. Warning sirens went off in the region of the Bedouin vi...

 

Israeli lawmakers eye direct vote for prime minister as way out of gridlock

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — The Shas Party is pushing for a vote to reform Israel’s electoral system to enable a special election for prime minister, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Sunday. The plan was the result of a meeting between Shas...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    April 30, 2021

At least 45 people dead in stampede at mass Lag b'Omer holiday celebration in Israel

(JTA) - At least 45 people were crushed to death and at least 150 wounded Thursday night in a stampede during a celebration that drew tens of thousands of haredi Orthodox Jews to the northern Israeli...

 

On its 73rd Independence Day, Israel's population hits 9.3 million

(JNS) — Ahead of Israel’s 72nd Independence Day, the Central Bureau of Statistics has published the nation’s latest population figures. The Jewish state is home to 9,327,000 people, among them 6.894 million Jews (73.9 percent of the...

 

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