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How A US-born Amputee Fought His Way Back Into The IDF

Ezagui is the only combat soldier with an amputation to serve as an officer in the Israel Defense Forces reserves.

12/28/2015 - 11:07

The hardest part was loading the assault rifle.

Izzy Ezagui, center, and fellow reserve soldiers in 2014. JTA

3 Israelis Injured, 3 Assailants Killed In 3 Attacks In West Bank

12/24/2015 - 11:04

Three Israelis were injured and three of their assailants killed in three separate terror attacks in the West Bank.

Tel Aviv’s Bus Depot Now A Hub For Christmas Trees And Santa Suits

12/23/2015 - 16:00

TEL AVIV, Israel (RNS) Just before Christmas, Nicole Perez and her friends went shopping for decorations in Tel Aviv’s Central Bus Station.

 Tel Aviv Central Bus Station sets up a Christmas market that caters to Christian foreign workers and asylum seekers.Michele Cha

Jewish Agencies Launch Discount Supermarkets’ Project In Sderot

12/23/2015 - 15:57

Israel’s first discount supermarket co-op store — an initiative of Jewish agencies and private donors — opened in the beleaguered city of Sderot.

A public bomb shelter in Sderot. Via

Family Of American-Israeli Jew Supports His Claims Of Torture

12/23/2015 - 15:45

The family of the American-Israeli Jewish teenager who claims he was tortured by Israel in detention supported his claims to the Forward, which identified him as Elisha Odess.

 The body of the 18-month-old baby Ali Saad-Dawabsheh is carried during her funeral in the Palestinian village of Duma.

Israel, Turkey Edging Closer

Rewards of pact would be substantial for both countries, but hurdles remain.

12/23/2015 - 08:51
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — In the first step towards a normalization of relations between Turkey and Israel, Turkey on Monday acceded to Israel’s demand that it expel a senior Hamas representative based in Istanbul, Saleh al-Arouri, the alleged mastermind of the murder of three Israeli teens in June 2014.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Erdogan. Getty Images

Breaking The Silence Draws Massive Fire

Israeli society is fiercely divided on the group that publishes IDF veterans’ testimonies.

12/23/2015 - 08:47
Web Director

During his army service, Avner Gvaryahu could have served as a poster child for the Israel Defense Forces. How, then, did he come to be reviled last week as a “foreign agent?”

He entered the IDF as a paratrooper in a special operations unit in 2004, and served his three years in the West Bank wearing the kipa sruga, or knitted yarmulke, of Israel’s religious Zionist class.

Soldiers serving in Hebron took this photo, part of Breaking the Silence’s first exhibit. Courtesy of Breaking the Silence

Undercover Haredi Orthodox Agent Helps Nab 45 On Drug Charges

12/17/2015 - 11:31

Jerusalem — At least 45 people suspected of drug trafficking were arrested in two haredi Orthodox areas thanks to the work of an under cover haredi agent.


Bar Refaeli Questioned For Tax Evasion

12/17/2015 - 11:10

Jerusalem — Supermodel Bar Refaeli was reportedly questioned for 12 hours by authorities under suspicion of failing to pay millions of shekels in taxes.

Bar Refaeli arriving for the opening ceremony of the 68th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 13, 2015.JTA

Im Tirtzu Calls Israeli Human Rights Activists ‘Terrorist Moles’

12/16/2015 - 12:49

Jerusalem — The right-wing Israeli group Im Tirtzu called four Israeli human rights activists “terrorist moles” in a new video.

An Im Tirtzu supporter. Via
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