Israel

Hamas Restraint Tied To Elections?

Situation in Gaza and West Bank could become more troubling for Israel after upcoming vote.

08/29/2016 - 13:18
Contributing Editor

Israel came down hard on Hamas two weeks ago, after a rocket fired last week from Gaza landed in the Israeli city of Sderot. But despite the scale of the Israeli strikes unleashed as a reaction, Hamas showed uncharacteristic restraint.

Nathan Jeffay

Who Will Bibi Endorse?

There has been speculation that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to endorse Donald Trump or at least would like to see him become the next president.

That's what former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close Trump advisor, reported after meeting with the prime minister and other top officials on his recent trip to Israel.

NYC Mayor: Fighting BDS ‘Consistent With Progressive Values’

08/25/2016 - 10:43

NEW YORK (JTA) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said that defending Israel from the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement is “consistent with progressive values.”

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio at City Hall, Sept. 21, 2015. (Seth Wenig/AP Images)

Striking Back Hard

08/23/2016 - 23:47
Editorial

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
JTA

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?

Headnote: 

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)
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