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 By Israel Kasnett    News    October 22, 2021 

Michael Oren sees Jewish Agency as solution

(JNS) — Michael Oren says he has been “integrally linked to the Jewish Agency” for years. The former Israeli ambassador to the United States and former Knesset member is one of eight candidates to head the organization. He has a long history...

 
 By Nicky Blackburn    News    October 22, 2021 

Israel comes to the rescue

Israeli activists, philanthropists and aid workers have helped rescued 125 Afghans at risk from Taliban retribution in a complex and hush hush operation that happened earlier this month. The Afghans,...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    October 22, 2021 

Lapid happy with what he heard at meeting with Blinken about Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Yair Lapid got what he wanted out of his Washington visit: the word “every,” instead of “other.” During Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s first meeting with President Biden in August, the American president,...

 

Vote for your choice for the 2022 Genesis Prize laureate

The six finalists for the 2022 Genesis Prize have just been released. The Foundation is asking the global Jewish community to vote for their favorite. Last year, they engaged over 3 million people via social media and 200K from six continents voted....

 

Google, Amazon workers call to cancel billion-dollar Israel contract

(JNS) — Hundreds of Google and Amazon employees have signed a public letter demanding that the tech giants cancel Project Nimbus, a billion-dollar contract to provide public cloud computing services to Israel. In the letter, published by The...

 

Israeli study: Pfizer vaccine wears off after six months

(Israel21c via JNS) — The Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine loses considerable effectiveness six months after the second dose, according to new Israeli research published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The study echoes findings published...

 

Looking for Ron Arad

More than Facebook crashing, news in Israel this week has been about the vague announcement and gripping story of efforts to locate Ron Arad, an Israeli Air Force officer who has been missing in action since October 1986. Ron Arad was a 28-year-old...

 

Abbas: return to pre-1967 lines

(JNS) — In his address to the U.N. General Assembly on Friday, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas demanded that Israel return to its pre-1967 borders or face consequences. “If the Israeli occupation authorities continue to entrench the...

 
 By Shira Hanau    News    October 8, 2021

3 Israelis arrested after settler attack that injured 12 Palestinians

(JTA) — Three Israelis have been arrested for an attack on Palestinian residents of the West Bank that sent a three-year-old to the hospital over the Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret. The attack came amid a week in which several Palestinian...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

The six Palestinians who escaped an Israeli prison have all been recaptured

(JTA) - Israel captured the remaining two Palestinian prisoners of the six who riveted the country with their escape from a maximum facility two weeks ago. Israeli police and army troops surrounded a...

 
 By Ron Kampeas    News    September 24, 2021

Naftali Bennett made the Time 100 list - it's because of 'courage,' his Arab-Israeli coalition partner writes

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has made Time magazine’s list of the world’s 100 most influential people, and his Arab-Israeli coalition partner Mansour Abbas thinks he knows why. “It all comes down to courage,” Abbas, the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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