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 By Asaf Shalev    News    August 5, 2022 

Israel says US sex offender won't get citizenship

(JTA) – Israel’s top immigration official says the country will not award citizenship to Baruch Lanner, a rabbi and convicted sex offender from the United States. Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s announcement, made Tuesday to the Jerusalem...

 

Original quarry found under Church of Holy Sepulchre

(Israel21c via JNS) — In the year 326, the Roman Emperor Constantine began construction of a church in Jerusalem on top of the remains of his predecessor Hadrian’s temple dedicated to the pagan god Jupiter. Constantine’s project became...

 
 By Howard Blas    News    August 5, 2022 

Maccabiah and Israel: A sporting event of 'a Jewish nature

(JNS) — Bringing more than 10,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries to compete in 42 sporting events all around Israel for the Maccabiah games is an impressive feat. Returning these athletes to their home countries as ambassadors and spokespeople...

 
 By Kassy Dillon    News    August 5, 2022 

Ben Shapiro at Temple Mount: Jews face apartheid there

(JNS) — On Sunday afternoon, Ben Shapiro, the editor emeritus of The Daily Wire, ascended to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem to pray with his parents and a group of followers. Shapiro’s first visit to the Temple Mount was during the holiday of Su...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden makes an appearance at the Maccabiah Games

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Joe Biden became the first U.S. president to attend the Maccabiah Games on Thursday. The audience at the opening ceremony of the 21st Maccabiah games showered Biden with affection...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden and Lapid jointly pledge to deny Iran weapons

JERUSALEM (JTA) - After releasing a joint statement that demonstrates unity on the need to counter the Iranian nuclear threat, U.S. president Joe Biden and Israeli prime minister Yair Lapid gave...

 

Herzog honors Biden

(JNS) - Israeli President Isaac Herzog on Thursday evening welcomed U.S. President Joe Biden at the President's Residence in Jerusalem. Referring to Herzog by his nickname, Biden wrote in the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Biden kneels before survivors

JERUSALEM (JTA) - Joe Biden dispensed with both social distancing and the chair arranged for him Wednesday as he embraced two Holocaust survivors, then knelt to speak with them during his first trip...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 22, 2022

Ties between Israelis and Americans are 'bone deep'

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Joe Biden kicked off his 10th trip to Israel — and first as U.S. president — on Wednesday by declaring that the relationship between the two countries is “bone-deep.” Biden told Israeli President Isaac Herzog “I am...

 
 By Batya Jerenberg    News    July 22, 2022

Objection to giving Biden Israeli medal of honor

A major American Jewish organization objected Monday to Israel presenting U.S. President Joe Biden its Presidential Medal of Honor during his visit to the country Wednesday, saying that he does not deserve it. The stated reason for giving the award i...

 

Mothers of IDF lone soldiers reunite with sons, daughters in Jerusalem

(JNS) - Thirty-five mothers of lone soldiers currently in Israel on a special trip with the Momentum organization thought they were attending an educational seminar at the new Nefesh B'Nefesh Campus...

 
 By Mike Wagenheim    News    July 15, 2022

This year's Maccabiah Games are going live

(JNS) - Broadcasting the Summer Olympic Games is a massive operation, with more than 7,000 personnel covering 28 sports utilizing 1,000-plus cameras, taking the games global. For the first time, the s...

 
 By Philissa Cramer    News    July 15, 2022

In first speech as Israeli prime minister, Yair Lapid calls to stem extremism in politics

(JTA) — Yair Lapid might only be Israel’s interim prime minister, but he appears to be determined to maximize the position in the four months he is guaranteed to occupy it. In a speech delivered Saturday night, Lapid laid out a set of beliefs...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Ben & Jerry's says it opposes parent company's plan to sell the brand's Israel rights

(JTA) — Ben & Jerry’s has come out against its own parent company’s decision to sell the ice cream maker’s brand in Israel to an Israeli company that pledges to continue selling the products in both Israel and the West Bank. “While our...

 
 By Andrew Lapin    News    July 8, 2022

Naftali Bennett won't run in Israel's upcoming elections

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett won’t run in his country’s upcoming elections this fall, his office announced Wednesday, after he served as head of a fragile, now collapsing Knesset coalition for a little over a year. The...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 8, 2022

Yair Lapid becomes Israeli prime minister

(JTA) — Ahead of his first presidential visit to Israel, Joe Biden congratulated Yair Lapid on becoming prime minister on Thursday, following the resignation of his predecessor Naftali Bennett. “Congratulations to @YairLapid, Israel’s new...

 
 By Jacob Gurvis    News    July 8, 2022

Ian Kinsler switches from Team Israel star player to coach for 2023 World Baseball Classic

(JTA) - Ian Kinsler is trading in his bat for a lineup card. The former All-Star second baseman will manage Team Israel in the upcoming 2023 World Baseball Classic. He currently has no plans to play f...

 
 By Alex Traiman    News    July 1, 2022

Coalition doomed to failure, new elections loom

(JNS) - Israel appears set to head back to the polls after a "change coalition" has failed to hold its razor-thin majority, barely a year after its formation. Elections are likely to be held on Oct. 2...

 
 By David Isaac    News    July 1, 2022

Netanyahu has week to find majority, prevent Israeli elections

(JNS) — With the dramatic announcement on June 20 by coalition leaders Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid of their intention to dissolve Israel’s government, the nation began bracing itself for its fifth round of elections in three years. A...

 

Knesset to disband, Israel set for new round of elections

(JNS) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid have agreed to disband the current Knesset and head to new elections. A preliminary bill will tentatively be brought during the upcoming parliamentary session...

 
 By Shimon Yaish    News    June 24, 2022

Summer travel begins with chaos at Israel's main airport

(Israel Hayom via JNS) — After returning to full operations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, Israel’s Ben-Gurion International Airport is having difficulty coping with heavy passenger traffic as the summer travel season gets underway. Even...

 

One-time cure for HIV?

(JNS) — Researchers at Tel Aviv University have published encouraging test results of a procedure that could lead to a one-time treatment for patients with HIV. The study was led by Adi Barzel, Ph.D., and Ph.D. student Alessio Nehmad of the school...

 
 By Israel Kasnett    News    June 17, 2022

Anti-regime Iranian activists visit Israel to garner support and spread awareness

(JNS) - As European and American negotiating teams continue to convene in Vienna in an attempt to sign a new nuclear deal with Iran, the Iranian people have taken to the streets to protest the rising...

 
 By David Isaac    News    June 17, 2022

What the failure of legal jurisdiction bill could mean for Israelis in Judea and Samaria

(JNS) — A Knesset vote to renew a law, set to expire on June 30, that applies Israel’s legal system to citizens in Judea and Samaria, and has been in force as “emergency regulations” since the Six-Day War of 1967, went down in defeat on...

 
 By Aryeh Savir TPS    News    June 10, 2022

Hamas backs down as 70,000 Israelis march in Jerusalem

At least 70,000 Israeli from all over the country proudly participated in the Flag Parade celebrating Jerusalem’s Day on Sunday night, ignoring Hamas’ threat to attack Israel. The Jerusalem Day celebrations, marking the victory during the 1967...

 

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