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Thousands Gather In Tel Aviv To Support France After Attacks


TEL AVIV — Thousands of Israelis rallied in solidarity with France following a series of terror attacks in Paris that killed more than 100 people.

French Ambassador to Israel Patrick Maisonnave presided over the rally, which took place Saturday evening in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. Maisonnave said France has been targeted in particular for its part in the fight against terrorism and ISIS, and thanked Israel for its support.

People gather to show solidarity with the victims of the Paris attacks in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square. Getty Images

Israeli Father, Son Killed in West Bank Shooting Attack


Two Israelis, a father and his son, were killed near a West Bank settlement in a shooting attack.

A soldier inspecting the scene of a shooting attack that killed two Israelis on Nov. 13, 2015. Courtesy of Magen David Adom

Jewish Groups Split In Reaction To EU Labeling Guidelines


Jerusalem — Jewish organizations praised and condemned the European Union’s decision to approve the labeling of products from West Bank settlements.

The EU move will help those who want to boycott the settlements. Via

Leaving Jerusalem: Like Father, Like Daughter


The despair hangs as thick over Jerusalem as the fog from the recent sandstorms.

That seems to be the message of Danae Elon’s new film “P.S. Jerusalem,” which has its U.S. premiere Saturday as part of the massive DOC NYC festival of non-fiction films. (For information, go to

“P.S. Jerusalem, is a first-person documentary by Danae Elon.

Israeli Opposition Chief To US Jewish Leaders: ‘Open And Frank Partnership’ Vital


Israeli opposition leader Isaac Herzog told a gathering of North American Jewish leaders that his vision of Israel includes a place where all Jews can pursue and practice Judaism the way they want.

Opposition leader Isaac Herzog speaking to foreign press in Jerusalem, Feb. 24, 2015. JTA

Gallup Poll: Growing Number Of Palestinians Believe In ‘Armed Struggle’ Against Israel


Jerusalem — Nearly one-third of Palestinians believe in “armed struggle and military solutions” to the conflict with Israel, an increase from two years ago.

Palestinian protesters throwing stones and burning tires during clashes with Israeli security forces over the Al-Aqsa mosque.JTA

Israelis Shot, Stabbed, Palestinian Woman Killed In West Bank Attacks


A Palestinian 72-year-old woman died of wounds she sustained in what Israeli police said was an attempt to kill soldiers.

The Tomb of the Patriarchs. Via

When I Cried With Leah Rabin, The ‘Lioness’ Of Israel


I remember the assassination like it was yesterday. Yitzhak Rabin was dead, and so was the peace process. Hope on both sides was extinguished. The country was not only in mourning — it was in shock, paralyzed by the magnitude of one of our own killing a national hero. I was among the thousands who poured into the Rabin residence; a fortress of people coming together night after night for weeks to mourn, to cry, to pay their respects.

Leah and Yitzhak Rabin, then Israel’s ambassador to the United States, in 1968. JTA

Trying To Keep Calm Amid The Chaos

Vulnerability mixed with sweetness in the ‘new normal.’

Special To The Jewish Week

I live in Jerusalem but planned to spend this semester in America, launching my new book. But with a wife, four kids, many friends and 8 million targets, Jews and Arabs, in Israel, how can I rest easy away from home? Instead, I am crisscrossing the Atlantic “pond,” acting as if I hold the United Airlines Chair in American History, returning home whenever I can while fulfilling whatever book tour commitments I can.

Gil Troy

A ‘Leviathan’ Of A Controversy

Israel’s natural gas saga developing some heated plot lines.

Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — When energy exploration companies announced the discovery of a massive offshore natural gas reserve 80 miles from Haifa, Israelis celebrated the find as a boon to the local economy that would lower prices, fill government coffers and ensure the country’s energy security for decades to come.

Monopoly in the making? One of Israel’s offshore natural gas fields. Getty Images
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