Israel News

WikiLeaks Documents Release Not a Problem for Israel, Netanyahu Says

11/28/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The secret documents released by WikiLeaks will not negatively affect Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli leaders can feel comfortable with what has been revealed in the first batch of documents made public on Sunday because there is very little difference between what it said in private discussions with United States leaders and what it told its citizens.

Knesset Committee Approves Military Conversion Bill

11/27/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a bill to protect Israeli soldiers who have converted to Judaism through military conversion courts from having their conversions annulled.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved the bill, initiated by lawmaker David Rotem of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party. The bill, if passed, would force all state agencies, including rabbinic courts and the chief city rabbis and other Orthodox marriage registrars, to accept the converts as Jews.

Same-sex Couple on Israeli ‘Dancing’ Sent Packing

11/22/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israelis voted off the first same-sex partners on "Dancing with the Stars."

The end for television sportscaster Gili Shem Tov and professional dancer Dorit Milman came on the third week of this season, the reality show's fifth on the air.

Shem Tov is a lesbian married to a woman with whom she has a son. Milman, who is not a lesbian, was not aware that she had a female partner until Shem Tov walked into the studio for their first meeting.

School Leaders Arrested for Cheating Israeli Government

11/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The leaders of six educational institutions accused of using fake identification cards to cheat the government of millions of shekels have been arrested.

In raids on nonprofit organizations' offices associated with the haredi Orthodox institutions, Israeli police reportedly confiscated counterfeit ID cards along with a printer, rubber stamp and laminating machine.

The schools are located in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Ramat Beit Shemesh and Betar Ilit in the West Bank.

Israel Begins Building Barrier on Egyptian Border

11/21/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel's southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being undertaken in order to prevent migrant workers from entering Israel as well as to deter terrorists and drug smugglers.

The Great Israeli Oil Rush

Howard Jonas’ financial dream team–Lord Jacob Rothschild came on board this week–sees Saudi-level potential.
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Associate Editor

Golda Meir often told the old Jewish joke (though hardly thinking it funny), why did Moses shlep us for 40 years to the one place in the Middle East without oil?

Now, from Golda to black gold, an oil rush is on, with some of the top businessmen in the world betting big money on Israeli oil, and the only laugh may be the last laugh.

Rock of ages: Can Israel turn its shale into energy independence?

Rabbi offered cash to steer students to Israeli yeshiva.

11/15/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Sometime in the past few weeks Rabbi Eli Mandel, vice-principal of Jewish studies at the Tanenbaum Community Hebrew Academy of Toronto, received an offer he felt compelled to refuse: “$1,000 cash” for every TanenbaumCHAT student he directed to a certain Israeli gap-year yeshiva.

Settlers: ‘We’re Helpless’

With building freeze resumed, Jews in West Bank feel like ‘pawns.’
11/15/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Barkan, West Bank — After Israel lifted a 10-month settlement construction freeze at the end of September, Koby Kalabrino hesitated. Was it safe to start building a new four-bedroom home or would Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agree to a moratorium extension requested by the U.S. to keep peace talks with the Palestinians going?

But when talks with the U.S. appeared to stall in October, Kalabrino gave builders a green light in the hope that he could finish the foundations and avoid getting caught by a new freeze on housing starts. He guessed wrong.

Mali Kalabrino stands next to two shipping containers where her family belongings are stored.

Seven mild earthquakes hit northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

Seven Mild Earthquakes Hit Northern Israel

11/15/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An earthquake measuring 3.6 on the Richter scale hit northern Israel, the seventh temblor in two days.

Tuesday morning's earthquake hit near the border with Lebanon, and marked the highest magnitude quake of the seven that began on Sunday evening with a 2.7 temblor, Haaretz reported. Residents of the Upper Galilee reported feeling the quake on Tuesday, according to the newspaper. No injuries or damage were reported.

Israel sits on the Syrian-African fault, and mild earthquakes are not unusual in the region.

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