The case for enlisting ‘haredi’ men into the Israeli military

May 29, 2019 by  

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Among key issues that have collapsed the 21st Knesset before its ministers have even been sworn into their positions is the enlistment, or lack of, Haredim serving in the military. Read more

As coalition negotiations stall, judicial reform hangs in the balance

May 26, 2019 by  

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Attempts by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a governing coalition of the 65 right-wing and religious Knesset members that have recommended him as the next premier have been proving difficult. Read more

March of the Living transcends distinctions to provide a deeply meaningful Jewish experience

May 3, 2019 by  

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There are no words for the experience of commemorating the horrific death, together with Holocaust survivors, on the sacred grounds of the Birkenau extermination camp, where more than 1 million Jews were sent to the gas chambers and crematoriums just 75 years ago. Read more

How an electoral tie represents a landslide victory for Israel’s right

April 11, 2019 by  

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won a decisive electoral victory at the polls despite tying with main rival Benny Gantz, former chief of staff in the Israel Defense Forces. Read more

Ahead in polls, Netanyahu’s legal troubles provide main electoral challenge

January 8, 2019 by  

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Israel’s Channel 10 News reports that Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is likely to announce his intention to proceed with a pre-indictment hearing of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ahead of the April 9 elections…writes Alex Traiman. Read more

2019 Israeli elections, ‘Case 4775’: The public trial of Netanyahu

December 26, 2018 by  

Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will seek to win a record-tying fifth election on April 9, which would put him in position to become the longest-serving premier in Israeli history—longer even than founding Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

For Knesset caucus, declaring an end to Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the first step towards peace

July 8, 2018 by  

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A caucus of 26 Knesset members, spanning from left to right on the Israeli political spectrum, is promoting the idea that the only way to reach peace with the Palestinians is for both Israelis and Palestinians to recognise that Israel has clearly emerged victorious in the decades-old conflict between the two populations…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

Jewish home demolitions won’t bring peace

June 13, 2018 by  

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Amid all the challenges Israel is facing—the Iran nuclear threat; the presence of Iranian-backed forces and Hezbollah troops along Israel’s northern border; rioters and arsonists along the Gaza border; and Palestinians in the West Bank constantly inciting against Israel and paying terrorists millions of dollars each to kill Jews in a sophisticated “pay-to-slay” stipend scheme—the last thing Israel needs is to pour fuel on the fire of an international community that questions Jews’ rights to live in the only region of the world named Judea. Read more

Ambassador Friedman: Hamas breaching the Gaza border a ‘suicide bomb on a large scale’

May 16, 2018 by  

Speaking to a group of evangelical faith leaders that serve as informal advisers to U.S. President Donald Trump, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman said that moving the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem is part of a “once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make the world a better place”…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

Exiting Iran deal, Trump signals: ‘America resumes regional leadership’

May 10, 2018 by  

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In announcing on May 8 that the United States would be immediately withdrawing from the Iran nuclear deal—also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA—U.S. President Donald Trump made an about-face on the deal negotiated barely three years by his immediate predecessor, President Barack Obama…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

And the award for best performance goes to . . . Natalie Portman

April 24, 2018 by  

And the award for best performance by a non-supporting actor goes to . . . Natalie Portman. Read more

‘Ideological’ Jewish visitation to Temple Mount could be pretext for more terror attacks

August 3, 2017 by  

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The Temple Mount—a site of significance to the world’s three major monotheistic religions of Judaism, Islam and Christianity—remains in the middle of a geopolitical standoff as Jews described as “ideological” are visiting the Muslim-controlled prayer compound in greater numbers…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

UNESCO’s Cave of the Patriarchs measure is latest ‘narrative warfare’ against Israel

July 4, 2017 by  

An upcoming vote by the United Nations cultural body UNESCO on whether to declare Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs as an endangered Palestinian heritage site is the latest example of “narrative warfare” against Israel and Jews, legal experts say…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Will twin terror attacks on symbols of Islamic Republic threaten stability in Iran?

June 9, 2017 by  

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The world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism got a taste of its own medicine June 7, as twin terror attacks struck prominent Iranian institutions…writes Alex Traiman/JNS. Read more

In Jerusalem, now reunified for 50 years, ‘conflict is not a bug, it is a feature’

May 17, 2017 by  

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For Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat—who has navigated numerous conflicts, while simultaneously supervising the rapid growth of residential neighbourhoods, commercial centres, parks and transportation infrastructure during nearly nine years in office—conflict is part of his city’s DNA…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Israeli Knesset enters recess amid new questions on government’s stability

March 28, 2017 by  

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Israel’s 20th Knesset entered a six-week parliamentary recess Sunday with serious questions emerging as to whether the current 67-member governing coalition can stay the course and avoid early elections…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Netanyahu underscores Israeli security control as two-state solution loses steam

March 1, 2017 by  

For the second time in a month, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed the leader of a major Western power that Israel will retain full security control over all of the disputed territories in any future arrangement with Palestinians…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Understanding the implications of new Jewish construction in ‘east’ Jerusalem

February 1, 2017 by  

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Following the Israeli government’s announcement of plans to approve nearly 800 apartments in Jewish communities located in contested eastern sections of Jerusalem, residents, experts and government officials say the new housing projects will not hinder Israel’s ability to resolve the longstanding Israeli-Palestinian conflict…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

U.K.’s historic ‘Brexit’ vote leaves Israel pondering policy and trade implications

June 28, 2016 by  

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In a historic referendum, the United Kingdom voted to leave the 28-nation European Union (EU), sending shockwaves throughout Europe and the international community…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Orlando and Tel Aviv shootings highlight American-Israeli dichotomy on guns

June 21, 2016 by  

In a span of less than a week, deadly shooting sprees at the hands of gunmen affiliated with Islamic terror movements rocked Orlando and Tel Aviv…writes Alex Traiman/JNS.org. Read more

Success of Israel’s new natural gas deals hinges on fluctuating regional conditions

March 4, 2014 by  

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In early 2014, the partners controlling the Tamar and Leviathan natural gas fields off the northern coast of Israel have signed supply contracts with Jordan and the Palestinian Authority, establishing the Jewish state as a formidable regional energy supplier in the Middle East. Read more