Israel News

Netanyahu Formally Announces Reconciliation Deal With Turkey

06/27/2016 - 11:29

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu formally announced a reconciliation agreement with Turkey, ending a six-year cut in diplomatic ties.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announcing Israel’s agreement with Turkey at a press conference in Rome, Italy. JTA

Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade Stabber Sentenced To Life In Prison

06/27/2016 - 11:16

Jerusalem — Yishai Schlissel, who stabbed six marchers at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, including a 16-year-old girl fatally, was sentenced to life in prison.

Yishai Schlissel is escorted by police after his hearing at the Jerusalem Magistrates Court, Aug. 11, 2015. JTA

Israel-Turkey Reconciliation Deal Must Include Return Of 2 Soldiers’ Remains, Parents Say

06/27/2016 - 11:02

Jerusalem — The families of two Israeli soldiers killed in Gaza whose remains have never been repatriated released statements slamming a reported reconciliation deal between Israel and Turkey.

Herzl and Zehava Shaul have no definitive proof that their son died after he was captured in Gaza City by Hamas. JTA

Israeli Chief Rabbinate Rejects Conversion Performed By NY's Haskel Lookstein

06/24/2016 - 09:43

The Israeli Chief Rabbinate has deemed invalid a conversion performed by Haskel Lookstein, one of America’s most prominent modern Orthodox rabbis.

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein speaks to the media after a fire damaged the synagogue in 2011. JTA

Israel’s Chief Rabbinate Agrees To Mikvah Immersion Without Attendant

06/22/2016 - 10:19

Jerusalem — The use of an attendant during mikvah immersion in Israel will be changed from mandatory to optional.

Israeli Minister of Religious Services David Azoulay visiting a luxury mikvah in the Israeli settlement of Alon Shvut. JTA

Lifeline For The Aliyah From Hell

Year-old nonprofit offers helping hand for immigrants who feel abandoned by Israeli government.

06/21/2016 - 18:33
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — In the spring of 2014, LiAmi Lawrence boarded a plane in Los Angeles and moved to Israel. A PR professional and a former media director of the Israeli consulate, Lawrence, then 50, thought he knew enough about the country to ensure a successful aliyah.

In Israel, Olim are greeted with great fanfare, but some find that soon after arriving, government support dries up.Getty Images

Lieberman Response To Tel Aviv Shootings Unexpectedly Moderate

In first public test, Israel’s new defense minister remains consistent with past policies.

06/14/2016 - 14:54
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The day after two Palestinian cousins shot up a restaurant at Tel Aviv’s Sarona Market, killing four Israelis in the worst terrorist attack in an eight-month wave of violence, the plaza outside the upscale mall was teeming with politicians, curiosity seekers, police special forces and wait staff still slightly stunned from the news of the attack.

An Israeli man lights a candle outside Max Brenner restaurant in Sarona Market the day after the shootings. Lior Mizrahi/Getty I

At Funeral, Tel Aviv Terror Victim’s Father Slams Government Response

06/10/2016 - 09:36

 The father of one of the victims of Wednesday’s terror attack at a Tel Aviv shopping center criticized the Israeli government for not doing enough to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

amily and friends mourning at the funeral ceremony of Ido Ben Ari, who died in Wednesday's terror attack. JTA

4 Tel Aviv Attack Victims Remembered

06/09/2016 - 13:14

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Michael Feige, a sociologist and anthropologist specializing in Israeli society, was among the four victims being mourned in the aftermath of Wednesday night’s terror attack in Tel Aviv.

Michael Feige, 58, a professor at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev was one of the victims of Wednesday's attack. Youtube/JTA

Liberman Pledges Response To Tel Aviv Terror Attack

06/09/2016 - 09:21

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government’s security cabinet met to discuss the terror attack at a popular central Tel Aviv site that left four dead.

Earlier Thursday, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman visited the Sarona Market where the Wednesday night attack by two Palestinian assailants took place and asserted that Israel would respond.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman drinking coffee at Sarona Market in Tel Aviv, a day after a deadly attack. JTA
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