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 By Ben Sales    News    August 24, 2018

Lauder helped make Netanyahu prime minister-now he's opposing him

(JTA)-It's gotta hurt when the guy who used to fund your political career writes two op-eds criticizing you in The New York Times. Benjamin Netanyahu would know-that's what's happening to him right...

 
 By Josh Hasten    News    August 24, 2018

Why Israelis aren't as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

(JNS)-The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government's June 2017, suspension...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Trump says Israel will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solution JERUSALEM (JTA)—Israelis eventually will have a prime minister named Mohammed if there is a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Presi...

 

150 rockets from Gaza hit Israel

As of early Thursday morning, Hamas has fired about 150 rockets at Israel from the Gaza Strip, the IDF stated. The IDF retaliated by targeting a number of sites used by the Hamas and other terror...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 17, 2018

Hamas is taking the region to the brink of war

(JNS)-The security escalation in southern Israel and the Gaza Strip over the last 24 hours shows that Hamas is prepared to take the region to the brink of war, and that it believes it can force new...

 

Swedish Christian Zionists to sail to Israel on solidarity mission

(JTA)—Following Swedish pro-Palestinian activists’ failed attempt to reach Gaza by sea, a Christian supporter of Israel from Sweden announced he would take dozens of pro-Zionists to Israel on his yacht. Stefan Abrahamsson announced Thursday on...

 

Palestinian disinterest in negotiations with Israel

(JNS)—A new poll of Palestinians shows that more than 60 percent agree that the Palestinian Authority should not engage in negotiations with Israel mediated by the United States, according to results published on Monday. Overseen by the Jerusalem...

 

Palestinian arson kite starts fire in Samaria winery

(JNS)-An incendiary kite landed in an Israeli vineyard in Samaria on Monday, starting an arson fire. The kite landed in the Tura Winery near Mount Gerizim in Samaria, close to the Tomb of Joseph, the...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    August 17, 2018

Haredi dropouts battle Orthodox extremists in a divided Israeli city

BEIT SHEMESH, Israel (JTA)-Built in the 1990s in part to ease crowding in haredi Orthodox neighborhoods elsewhere in Israel, Ramat Beit Shemesh Bet is both an Orthodox boom town and a site of ongoing...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 17, 2018

Israeli hospitals drill the transition from 'routine to war'

(JNS)—Under the expert guidance of IDF Home Front Command, Israeli hospitals across the country are shoring up their ability to shift into war mode should a sudden conflict erupt without prior warning. In such a scenario, hospitals could, like the...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Stephen Miller’s uncle calls him an ‘immigration hypocrite’ (JTA)—The uncle of Stephen Miller, a senior adviser to President Donald Trump, has accused his nephew of being an “immigration hypocrite” who supports policies that would have co...

 

There's a plan to make Druze feel better about Israel's nation-state law

JERUSALEM (JTA)—A team tasked with formulating a plan to address the Druze community’s discomfort with the nation-state law has presented its recommendations three days after it was assembled. The findings presented Wednesday will be turned over...

 
 By Yaakov Lappin    News    August 10, 2018

Israel's newest air-defense system makes its debut

(JNS)-Israel's newest air-defense system, David's Sling, made the headlines this week after going into action for the first time on the border with Syria. Although it appeared not to strike the...

 

Fire kites sting Negev honey farms just before Rosh Hashanah

(JNS)-When you drive into Israel's Sha'ar HaNegev Region in the northwestern Negev, the fields are burnt and black. The trees are broken, and the smell of acrid smoke stings the eyes and nose. "It is...

 
 By Sam Sokol    News    August 10, 2018

Settlers welcome Mike Huckabee

EFRAT, West Bank (JTA)-Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee laid bricks in a new neighborhood in this settlement in a ceremony Wednesday that took its language and cues from Donald Trump's "Make...

 

Beilin new Hillel Israel chair

WASHINGTON, D.C.-Hillel International announced that former Israeli Justice Minister and Member of Knesset Dr. Yossi Beilin has been elected to serve as chair of the board of Hillel Israel, a...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    August 10, 2018

South African model banned from Israel goes from critic of Palestinians to 'poster girl' for BDS

(JTA)-It's been a dizzying few weeks for South African model and actress Shashi Naidoo, who transformed herself from a harsh critic of the Palestinians to what some are calling a "cover girl" for...

 

Israel strikes Islamic State terrorists

(JNS)-The Israeli Defense Forces said it launched an airstrike on Wednesday night, killing seven terrorists from the Islamic State who had infiltrated Israeli territory in the Golan Heights along the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 10, 2018

Britain's Labour Party tried to define anti-Semitism to satisfy critics-it didn't go well

(JTA)-It's been nearly three years since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of Britain's Labour Party, and he has riled British Jews more than any other politician in recent history. Last week, Great...

 
 By Charles Dunst    News    August 10, 2018

Will Pakistan's hotshot new prime minister change his country's relationship with Israel?

(JTA)-The election of former cricket star Imran Khan as Pakistan's new prime minister has raised eyebrows across the globe. He has promised a "new Pakistan," running on a light-on-policy...

 

Gaza will turn 'deep red' if Israel is attacked

(Israel Hayom via JNS)—Two Palestinians, a 34-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy, were killed on Friday and 150 were wounded in a riot near the Israel-Gaza Strip border, Palestinian media reported over the weekend. According to the Israeli...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Northern California Jewish camp cancels final session over forest fires (JTA)—The final summer session of Camp Tawonga in Northern California has been canceled due to smoke from the Ferguson Forest Fire. In a letter to parents also posted on...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 10, 2018

Eviction of Dutch Jews from Nazi-ravaged synagogue brings back bitter memories

DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA)-Four years ago, Tom Furstenberg proudly carried into his synagogue its first Torah scroll since the Holocaust, when local Nazis destroyed the building's interior. The scrol...

 
 By Sean Savage    News    August 10, 2018

Legislation aims to make U.S. aid to Palestinian refugee agency contingent on reform

(JNS)-New legislation introduced in Congress recently is seeking to make American aid to the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, the U.N. refugee agency that is solely dedicated to the...

 

Israel to launch moon mission

(JTA)-Israel will launch a rocket from Florida in a bid to become the fourth country to reach the moon. Israel Aerospace Industries and the nonprofit SpaceIL announced Tuesday that they plan a...

 

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