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Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman resigns over opposition to Gaza ceasefire

(JNS)-Israel's Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman abruptly resigned his post and removed his Yisrael Beytenu Party from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's governing coalition less than a day...

 

Israel reaches cease-fire with Palestinian terror groups

JERUSALEM (JTA)—Palestinian terror groups in Gaza reportedly have agreed to commit to a cease-fire of hostilities that have seen more than 400 rockets bombard southern Israel in a 25-hour period. Four mediators—Egypt, the United Nations, Norway...

 

One man killed, two women injured by Hamas rocket

(JNS)—A man was killed and two women were seriously injured when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip struck an apartment building in Ashkelon in southern Israel by the Mediterranean. United Hatzalah volunteer EMS teams and ambulance crews helped...

 
 By Ben Sales    News    November 23, 2018

Netanyahu says he supports a Palestinian 'state-minus' controlled by Israeli security

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled that he supported a Palestinian “state-minus,” wherein Israel would maintain a military presence across Israel and the West Bank. Netanyahu also said in a question-and-answer...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Early elections in Israel? (JTA)—Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Friday that he is confident his coalition partners would not topple his government. Netanyahu’s office issued a statement amid early election talk within the Jewish...

 

State Department on Gaza attacks: 'We stand with Israel'

(JNS)—As the latest attacks against Israel from Hamas have taken place in Gaza, the U.S. State Department condemned the terrorist group and reaffirmed that Israel has the right to defend itself....

 

Pro-Israel groups condemn massive rocket barrage against Israel by Hamas

(JNS)-Jewish and pro-Israel groups are reacting to the latest round of violence in Gaza after Hamas launched nearly 400 rockets into Israeli civilian areas since Sunday, following the death of an...

 

Next round of U.S. sanctions on Iran

(JNS)—The second round of American sanctions on Iran will took effect on Nov. 5. That’s been the plan since U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew the United States in May from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as...

 
 By Boaz Bismuth    News    November 16, 2018

President-elect of Brazil promises: Israel can count on our vote

(Israel Hayom via JNS)-Until a few weeks ago, Jair Bolsonaro, now the president-elect of Brazil, was a little-known legislator. No one thought he would go on to become the leader of the country. But...

 

Farrakhan in Iran: Trump Like Satan, Chants 'Death to America'

Nation of Islam leader and prominent anti-Semite Louis Farrakhan chanted "Death to America" and claimed that "America has never been a democracy" on Sunday during a solidarity trip to Iran, ahead of...

 

Farrakhan in Tehran: 'If you persevere in revolution despite sanctions, victory will be yours'

(MEMRI via JNS)—Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan visited Iran as the Islamic Republic celebrated the anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Iran in 1979. During a speech at Tehran University, Farrakhan said that the United States...

 

Saudi killing of Khashoggi is 'business as usual' in the Arab world

(JNS) Saudi Arabia's King Salman and his powerful son Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (known for short as "MBS") continue to project stability despite the jitters that the murder of journalist Jamal...

 

Will Brazil's president-elect deliver campaign promises on Israel?

(JNS)-Dubbed the "tropical Trump," Jair Bolsonaro's victory on Sunday appears to have imbued much of Brazil's population with renewed hope for a better economy and less corruption. The win by the...

 

Dutch MPs call to cut PA funding

(Palestinian Media Watch via JNS)-Palestinian Media Watch director Itamar Marcus spoke to members of Dutch Parliament yesterday documenting the many ways in which the Palestinian Authority in itself...

 

Bar-Ilan University bans pro-Israel advocacy material about the 'nakba'

(JNS)—Bar-Ilan University prohibited a student group on campus from distributing pro-Israel advocacy material about the nakba (“catastrophe”) and the Palestinian refugees. The ban occurred earlier this week ahead of the university’s...

 

Death penalty for Palestinian murderers okay by Netanyahu

(JNS)—A controversial bill that would execute Palestinian terrorists found guilty of murdering Israeli civilians or soldiers was given the support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday. The prime minister gave coalition party heads...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

California wildfires damage synagogues, camps and day school (JTA)—The fires racing through Southern California have led to the evacuation of more than 260,000 people, burned over 83,000 acres and destroyed more than 170 homes, as well as damaged...

 

World's largest rabbinic gathering to honor victims of Pittsburgh massacre

Last week, the 10 rabbis of the seven metro Orlando Chabad centers joined 5,600 rabbis and communal leaders from all 50 U.S. states and more than 100 countries, hailing from as far away as Laos and...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 9, 2018

Israeli lawmakers see Pittsburgh shooting as a time to talk about pluralism

JERUSALEM (JTA)-The deadly shooting at a Conservative synagogue in Pittsburgh has underlined tensions in Israel over the haredi Orthodox rabbinic establishment's disenfranchisement of the Diaspora's...

 

Oman calls for recognition of Israel at regional forum

(The Tower via JNS)-Oman publicly called for regional recognition of Israel a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a historic visit to the Sultanate on Friday, The Jerusalem...

 

In Europe, synagogues are protected like fortresses-it took decades to get there

BRUSSELS (JTA)-Will security at American Jewish institutions now mirror that of Europe, with its police protection, armed guards, panic rooms and sterile zones at synagogues? It's a possibility that...

 

Weekly roundup of world briefs from JTA

Jewish gun store owner in Colorado offers rabbis free rifles (JTA)—The Jewish owner of a gun shop in Colorado has offered to give rabbis semi-automatic rifles for free following the murder of 11 worshippers at the Tree of Life synagogue in...

 

Natan Sharansky on the state of current political movements

(JNS)-Chess warrior. Former political prisoner. Longtime Israeli minister and head of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Always a Jewish inspiration. Natan Sharansky has checked many boxes throughout his l...

 
 By Marcy Oster    News    November 2, 2018

'Our hearts are broken': The Jewish world reacts to the synagogue attack

(JTA)-The shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that has left 11 people dead has been described as "horrific," "heinous" and "devastating" by Jewish leaders, politicians and Israeli leaders. "Our hearts...

 

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin calls for 'reverse Birthright' at opening of Jewish federations' conference

TEL AVIV (JTA)—Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has called for a “reverse Birthright” that would take Israelis to see the American Jewish community firsthand. Rivlin made his remarks Monday at the opening of the General Assembly, the annual conf...

 

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