Striking Back Hard

08/23/2016 - 23:47

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of defense, appears to have changed the implicit rules of combat with Hamas this week.

Avigdor Lieberman, Israel’s minister of defense, appears to have changed the implicit rules of combat with Hamas this week.

Israeli Medalist Auctioning Autographed Olympic Name Patch For Charity

08/23/2016 - 11:21

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli judoka Yarden Gerbi, who won a bronze medal in the women’s 63-kg judo competition at the Rio Olympics, is auctioning off her Olympic name patch for charity.

Yarden Gerbi of Israel celebrating he victory over Miku Tashiro of Japan in the women’s bronze medal judo bout. JTA

In Israeli First, Orthodox Jerusalem Synagogue Hires Female Spiritual Leader

08/23/2016 - 11:15

(JTA) — In a first for an Orthodox congregation in Israel, a woman has been hired as a spiritual leader at a Jerusalem synagogue.

The Ramban Synagogue in south Jerusalem has hired its first female spiritual leader. Facebook/Ramban Community

3 Roles That Could Define Hillary Clinton’s Relations With The Jews

08/17/2016 - 10:28

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Hillary Clinton is a chameleon, her critics say, ready to adopt the colors of her environment: dove, hawk, social conservative, social justice warrior, friend, backstabber.

Hillary Clinton speaking at the AIPAC policy conference in Washington, D.C., March 21, 2016. (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)

Christie Signs NJ Bill Prohibiting State’s Investment In Pro-BDS Companies

08/17/2016 - 10:24

NEW YORK (JTA) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed a bill prohibiting the state’s pension and annuity funds from investing in companies that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses.

NJ Gov. Chris Christie, at a State House ceremony in Trenton, signing a bill that boycott Israel or Israeli businesses. JTA

A Solution To The Water Crisis?


A regional approach with Mideast partners playing to their strengths is a tantalizing possibility.

08/16/2016 - 13:40
Contributing Editor

Summertime in Israel has changed forever. The weather is as hot as always, but the age-old fear of the country drying out as the sun beats down has vanished, and the nervous wait for the winter rain is a thing of the past.

One of Israel’s five desalination plants, which produce 600 million cubic meters of water a year, much of it for domestic use.

Parents Of Lone Soldier Michael Levin Mark His 10th Yahrzeit In Jerusalem

08/15/2016 - 10:26

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The parents of Michael Levin, a lone soldier from the United States who was killed in the Second Lebanon War, returned to Israel to mark the 10th anniversary of his death.

Israeli paratroopers comforting each other as they grieve for comrade Michael Levin. ((David Silverman/Getty Images)

Israel’s Second Medal In Rio Comes Again From Judo

08/15/2016 - 10:23

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) – Ori Sasson of Israel won a bronze medal in the men’s judo over-100 kg. competition.

Or Sasson kissing his bronze medal on the podium during the Men’s +100kg Judo contest in Rio de Janeiro (Elsa/Getty Images)

Rio Pays Tribute To 11 Israeli Victims Of ’72 Munich Olympic Massacre

08/15/2016 - 10:18

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Under the auspices of the International Olympic Committee, Brazilian senior officials joined sports activists from Israel and elsewhere at a commemoration of the 11 Israeli victims of the 1972 Munich Olympics massacre.

The 11 Israeli victims of the massacre at the ’72 Munich Olympics. (JTA)

The Pressing Need For A Two-State Strategy

08/02/2016 - 10:26
Special To The Jewish Week

There is almost universal agreement that a two-state solution — Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and Palestine as a state for the Palestinians — is not going to happen in the foreseeable future. The question is: What should Israel do to deal with this reality? 

Robert Sugarman
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