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  • Netanyahu sets red lines in hostage-release talks with Hamas

    Akiva Van Koningsveld|Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office on Sunday night outlined Jerusalem's red lines in the ongoing ceasefire negotiations with the Hamas terrorist organization in the Gaza Strip. "The plan that has been agreed to by Israel and which has been welcomed by President Biden will allow Israel to return hostages without infringing on the other objectives of the war," according to the PMO. The statement also credited Netanyahu with pressuring Hamas into returning to the...

  • Successful summer event hosted by Herut of Clermont

    Jul 12, 2024

    Clermont Herut held a successful summer event at Waterfront Park on Sunday, June 30, with over 75 people attending. A highlight of the event was the table of culinary creations from Sabbaba Market of Altamonte Springs. Attendees came from areas such as Altamonte Springs, Apopka, Leesburg, Four Corners and The Villages. A vast selection of Mediterranean and Kosher food was available to try and buy, and the tastes kept on coming throughout the event. At 2 p.m. the able bodied and fighting fit...

  • Netanyahu in Washington

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) — U.S. President Joe Biden is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu when the latter travels to Washington later this month, according to CNN. The report, citing a source familiar with the process of hammering out the logistics, said the meeting will likely take place at the White House. The two leaders last met in mid-October, when Biden visited the Jewish state in the aftermath of Hamas’s terror invasion and massacre of 1,200 Israelis. Netanyahu will address a joint session of Congress on July 24, at the inv...

  • Widow of IDF hero to tell her husband's story

    Jul 12, 2024

    Aryeh Rein was a loving husband of Michal and devoted father to nine-year-old Shaked and six-year-olds Geffen and Carmel. He was loved by all who knew him, contributed generously to his community and loved his country. Following the Hamas atrocities on Oct. 7, he was called to serve in the IDF. Aryeh, who was an IDF tank commander, fell in battle on Dec. 24, 2023, while fighting in Gaza to protect the land of Israel and the Jewish people. On Tuesday, July, 16 2024, at 7:30 p.m. Chabad of North...

  • Jewish Pavilion Breakfast creates connections

    Jul 12, 2024

    Jewish Pavilion Senior Services recently hosted its latest Sponsor Breakfast event at K2 Medical in Maitland, bringing together 40 JPSS sponsors for a morning of networking and community building. These quarterly gatherings, along with six annual events, provide a platform for JPSS Board members and sponsors to forge stronger connections, fostering both professional and personal relationships....

  • St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society to tour library

    Jul 12, 2024

    The St. Augustine Jewish Historical Society will tour the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica at the University of Florida on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2024 under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Jefferson, the unofficial “The Jewish Librarian of Florida.” The Society and guests will meet in the parking lot of the Main Branch of the St. Johns County Library, 1960 North Ponce De Leon Boulevard (Route U.S. 1), St. Augustine, FL 32084 at 10 am. for the drive to Gainesville and a noontime lunch at CAVA, 1404 W University Avenue, Gainesville, Florida 326...

  • Top Iranian general: Next attack on Israel will lead to 'complete victory'

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) — A senior Iranian general on Monday told family members of Hamas terrorists killed in Gaza that the Islamic Republic was prepared to launch another attack on the Jewish state, similar to its massive missile and drone strike in April. “We await an opportunity for ‘True Promise II’ … in which I do not know how many missiles will be fired,” Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps aerospace forces commander Brig.-Gen. Amir Ali Hajizadeh told the family members, who were visiting Iran. Iran’s next attack, said Hajizadeh, “will lead to a complete v...

  • Presbyterian Church rejects Christian Zionism, divests from Israel Bonds

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) — The Presbyterian Church (USA) voted on Monday at its biennial meeting, which is ongoing in Salt Lake City, Utah, to divest from financial bonds in Israel and to denounce Christian Zionism, Religion News Service reported. The denomination, which had 8,704 churches and 1.14 million members as of May 2023, voted to “reject Christian Zionism in all its forms” and to issue a report about the “dangers of Christian Zionism” and how “mainline Christians and those of other faiths are complicit, though unaware of connections with Christian Z...

  • Gallup: Gen Z believes antisemitism less of a problem in America

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) — Only one in three Americans under the age of 35 believe that antisemitism is a “very serious problem” in the United States, a significantly lower figure than among the broader public, according to a Gallup poll. Gallup polled a sample of 1,024 American adults from all U.S. states and Washington, D.C., between May 1-23. (The margin of error is plus or minus 4 percentage points at a 95 percent confidence level, Gallup noted.) Just under half of all respondents believed that Jew-hatred is a very serious problem, while 32 percent said...

  • Hamas leaders plead for terror chiefs to accept ceasefire deal

    Adi Nirman|Jul 12, 2024

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) — Israel’s nine-month offensive in response to Hamas’s attack on Oct. 7 has likely influenced the terrorist organization to ease its demands in ceasefire negotiations, according to several officials in the Middle East and the U.S., the Associated Press reports. Over the weekend, Hamas appeared to drop its longstanding insistence that Israel commit to ending the war as part of any ceasefire agreement. This change has sparked renewed optimism for progress in internationally mediated talks. Recent internal commu...

  • Netanyahu calls release of Gaza hospital director 'severe mistake and moral failure'

    Vered Weiss, World Israel News|Jul 12, 2024

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the release of the director of a Gaza hospital where Hamas was embedded “a severe mistake and a moral failure” and demanded the establishment of a team to approve future releases. Shifa Hospital director Mohammad Abu Salmiya was released on Monday morning along with close to 55 other Palestinian prisoners. The hospital was proven to have been used to keep hostages and house weapons and ammunition intended to kill Israelis. Salmiya was arrested in November on suspicion of involvement with Ham...

  • Hebrew University launches new English-taught undergrad program to attract Jewish students from the U.S.

    Zev Stub|Jul 12, 2024

    (JTA) - Early in her senior year in high school in Washington D.C., Elie Ravitz-Basser realized that the Israel-Gaza war would upend her college plans. "I applied to four universities in the United States early in the fall, but everything changed after October 7," she said. "At that point, I decided to attend college only in Israel, surrounded by people who share my Jewish values." Ravitz-Basser is set to start her bachelor's degree this fall in Jerusalem, pursuing a double major in English and...

  • Mother of rescued hostage Noa Argamani dies of brain cancer

    Jul 12, 2024

    (Israel Hayom via JNS) - Liora Argamani, whose daughter Noa was held captive in Gaza for 246 days following Hamas's Oct. 7 attacks, died Tuesday after a prolonged battle with brain cancer. Argamani's final wish-to see her daughter one last time-was granted just three weeks before her passing, after Israeli forces rescued Noa in a daring raid last month to free her and three other Israeli hostages, marking a poignant end to a story that captivated Israel and the world. The 61-year-old nurse, who...

  • Israel to advance 6,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) — The Israeli government is advancing the approval of 6,016 housing units in dozens of towns throughout Judea and Samaria, the Supreme Planning Council of the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration said on Tuesday. The body was set to meet on Wednesday and Thursday to discuss the advancement of the building plans, some 2,400 of which were expected to receive final approval, Israel’s Channel 12 News broadcaster reported. Among the projects on the agenda of the Supreme Planning Counc...

  • Over 900 Hamas terrorists killed in Rafah

    Jul 12, 2024

    The Israeli military denied a New York Times report that its leadership is pressing for a ceasefire with Hamas in Gaza. (JNS) — Israeli forces have killed over 900 terrorists during the ongoing offensive in Gaza’s southernmost city of Rafah, Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Herzi Halevi said on Tuesday. “What we saw with our eyes … over 900 dead terrorists, including commanders, at least one battalion commander, many company commanders and many operatives,” Halevi said during a visit to a forward logistics base in southern...

  • Shin Bet releases 50 Palestinian prisoners

    Vered Weiss, World Israel News|Jul 12, 2024

    Shin Bet made the highly controversial decision to release 50 Palestinian prisoners, including the director of Shifa Hospital in Gaza where terrorists were embedded. Although Shin Bet claimed there was no concrete evidence to justify holding the prisoners, they added that there was “not enough room in current incarceration facilities.” Politicians and families of hostages reacted with outrage at the decision to release Muhammad Abu Salmiya, the Shifa hospital director who had been held since November 28. An IDF source told The Jerusalem Post in...

  • Contenders to replace Joe Biden, and their Jewish stories

    Ron Kampeas|Jul 12, 2024

    (JTA) — WASHINGTON — Calls for President Joe Biden to relinquish his presidential nomination have proliferated since his disastrous debate performance last week. On Tuesday, for the first time, a Democratic elected official, Rep. Lloyd Doggett of Texas, echoed the demand; Aside from Doggett, most of the appeals have come from a range of liberal-leaning publications and pundits. Biden insists he’s going nowhere and has sent out campaign surrogates to make the case that the 81-year-old president is up to the job. Nonetheless, chatter about poten...

  • Israel's Labor and Meretz parties merge

    Ben Sales|Jul 12, 2024

    (JTA) — Israel’s Labor and Meretz parties announced on Sunday that they would unite ahead of the next election in a bid to revive the country’s left and maximize its share of parliament. The new party, called the Democrats, is the latest attempt to stem the more than 20-year decline of the Israeli left. Labor, which governed Israel for its first three decades, is now the smallest party in Knesset, Israel’s parliament. Meretz, to Labor’s left, did not receive enough votes in the most recent election to enter Knesset at all — effectively...

  • Weekly roundup of world briefs

    Jul 12, 2024

    ADL launches $4b lawsuit on behalf of US Oct. 7 victims (JNS) — The Anti-Defamation League, together with Washington, D.C.-based law firm Crowell & Moring LLP, filed suit on Monday in U.S. federal court against Iran, Syria and North Korea on behalf of American victims of Hamas’s Oct. 7 massacre. The complaint, filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, states that the three countries provided material support—including military, tactical and financial—to Hamas that enabled it to commit atrocities in Israel on Oct. 7. “Ira...

  • French couple make aliyah to honor son who fell in Gaza

    Jul 12, 2024

    (JNS) - The Elmkayes family arrived in Israel from France last week, making Aliyah in honor of their son Binyamin, who fell battling Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. The family moved with the support of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, the Jewish Agency for Israel, and the Israel Ministry for Aliyah and Integration. They have chosen to live in Jerusalem "as a way to ensure that the light of our son's life will continue to shine despite his death," according to the family....

  • Florida Jewish legislator ponders the future of Jews in the US

    Etgar Lefkovits|Jun 28, 2024

    (JNS) - The lone Republican Jewish lawmaker in the Florida State legislature said Tuesday that he could never have imagined considering whether it was safe for Jews to live in the United States, even though the Sunshine State is the "gold standard" for fighting antisemitism. Randy Fine spoke after months of often violent antisemitic protests across the U.S. that have shaken American Jewry in ways not seen since World War II. "I would never have thought that I would live at a time when I would wo...

  • Gallant goes to Washington

    Jun 28, 2024

    (JNS) — Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant met on Monday in Washington with White House adviser Amos Hochstein. The two men discussed the ongoing conflict against Hezbollah and the “actions required to achieve a framework that enables the safe return of Israeli communities to their homes in the north,” according to an Israeli readout. Gallant reiterated his commitment to changing the security situation on the northern border. He told Hochstein that the transition to “Phase 3” in the war against Hamas in Gaza will impact developme...

  • ADL faces Wikipedia ban

    Asaf Elia-Shalev|Jun 28, 2024

    (JTA) — Wikipedia’s editors have voted to declare the Anti-Defamation League “generally unreliable” on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, adding it to a list of banned and partially banned sources. An overwhelming majority of editors involved in the debate about the ADL also voted to deem the organization unreliable on the topic of antisemitism, its core focus. A formal declaration on that count is expected next. The decision about Israel-related citations, made last week, means that one of the most prominent and longstanding Jewish advocac...

  • New class for Jewish high school students with cash incentive to join

    Jun 28, 2024

    How do we know there's a G-d? Do the Torah and science conflict? How do you know the Torah is true? These are some of the fascinating questions that will be discussed in "OMG - The Battle Between Faith and Logic," a six-lesson course from JLI teens. This course will tackle the greatest theological questions humanity has been asking for thousands of years. Students will stand alongside ancient Jewish thinkers who've grappled with powerful existential questions about G-d, morality, and dealing...

  • The dismantling of Hamas in Rafah

    Yaakov Lappin|Jun 28, 2024

    (JNS) — The Israel Defense Forces is pursuing a phased approach in its ongoing offensive against Hamas’s last stronghold in Rafah, Gaza. By dividing Rafah into sub-areas and deploying a single division—the 162nd—rather than two, the IDF and the Israeli Cabinet have taken a slower path, but one that has avoided another crisis with the United States. According to Israeli military assessments, Hamas’s final functioning brigade will be dismantled in Rafah within weeks. Its defeat will mark a major milestone in the war that began on Oct. 7 with Ha...

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