Proposed US legislation to hold Jordan accountable for failure to extradite Hamas terrorist

Right before Jordan’s King Abdullah II is to meet with U.S. President Biden at the White House, the parents of an Australian-American-Israeli teenager murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in Jerusalem in 2001 are hailing proposed U.S. legislation that would hold the government of Jordan accountable for its years-long refusal to extradite the Hamas terrorist who facilitated the suicide bombing. Read more

Jordan demands total control, reduced Jewish presence on Temple Mount

Jordan fears it is losing its recognized status as the official custodian of Jerusalem’s holy Muslim sites, including the Temple Mount, Judaism’s holiest site, as Palestinians incited by Hamas, other terror groups and the Palestinian Authority continuously held riots during the Muslim month of Ramadan. Read more

What is ‘Plan B’ for Israel or America if Iran nuclear deal goes unsigned?

Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz made it clear on Monday that if world powers do not reach an agreement with Iran, Israel will be forced to activate “Plan B” immediately. Read more

US prepares to sign major appeasement deal with Iran

As the Biden administration prepares to sign a final deal with Iran that has been lambasted by numerous experts as nothing short of a major appeasement of the Islamic regime, Washington is now also weighing the removal of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) from a terror blacklist in return for a public commitment from Iran to de-escalation in the region. Read more

US ambassador to Israel calls settlement growth ‘infuriating,’ backs a divided Jerusalem

March 18, 2022 by  

U.S. Ambassador to Israel Thomas Nides joined Americans for Peace Now (APN) in a webinar on Tuesday to discuss his new job and what his vision is for the region. “I’m centre-left,” he said. “I’m left generally, but I put in the ‘centre’ just to make myself feel better.” Read more

Ukraine’s battle for survival offers multiple lessons for Israel

As Russia pushes further into Ukraine and threatens its capital Kyiv—and as Russian President Vladimir Putin appears unfazed and undeterred by Western nations willing to sanction Russia through economic means, but afraid to fight militarily to save innocent Ukrainian civilians—the question arises: What could the world have done to deter Putin? And what does this mean for the State of Israel? Read more

Russian war on Ukraine places Israel in delicate position

Israel could expect to see the arrival of a total of 15,000 Ukrainians by the end of the month if it continues to allow entry to refugees fleeing their war-torn country at the current pace, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked told the Cabinet during its weekly Sunday meeting. Read more

Israel fears Western appeasement of Russia emboldens Iran

The United States, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and Germany—known as the P5+1—appear to be closing in on a deal with Iran over its ongoing nuclear-weapons program. Read more

Kyiv’s Jewish community watches with apprehension as Russia attacks Ukraine

February 25, 2022 by  

Chief Rabbi of Kyiv Jonathan Markovitch and his wife Inna are hoping for the best as Russian forces bombard Ukrainian cities. Hunkered down in Kyiv, where they run the Kyiv Jewish Center, the Markovitchs said they decided to stay in the city “because we have a flourishing community of 2,500 here that depend on us.” Read more

Ukraine’s Jewish community on edge as Russia invades country

February 23, 2022 by  

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s recognition on Feb. 21 of two “breakaway” states in eastern Ukraine and his subsequent dispatch of “peacekeepers” there—considered by Western nations to be an official invasion of the country—has left its citizens and particularly the Jewish communities on edge. Throughout Ukraine, Jewish leaders are watching closely, and many have made contingency plans in the event the situation worsens. Read more

Gathering signatures calling out anti-Israel UN commission of inquiry

February 15, 2022 by  

Immediately after “Operation Guardian of the Walls,” which began after Hamas in the Gaza Strip started firing barrages of rockets at Jerusalem and its civilian population last May, the U.N. Human Rights Commission, reacting to Israel’s retaliation against Hamas, set up a special permanent inquiry to investigate “all alleged violations and abuses of international human-rights law leading up and since 13 April 2021.” Read more

UAE textbooks teach tolerance as those of PA teach violence, anti-Jewish incitement

February 6, 2022 by  

The Institute for Monitoring Peace and Tolerance in School Education (IMPACT-se) has uncovered thousands of pages of new teaching material produced by the Palestinian Authority that directly calls for violence and promotes anti-Semitism, even after promising European Union donors it would implement changes. Read more

Israel’s gift of hundreds of millions of dollars to Palestinians violates law

February 4, 2022 by  

The Jerusalem-based Kohelet Policy Forum sent a request on Jan. 16 under Israel’s Freedom of Information Act to Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz, asking for information and details on his agreement to transfer hundreds of millions of shekels to the Palestinian Authority. Read more

Legal experts expose biased research, reliance on terror organizations in Amnesty International report

February 3, 2022 by  

Amnesty International’s latest controversial report released on Feb. 1 during a press conference in Jerusalem, this time accusing Israel of apartheid, has come under fierce condemnation from the Israeli government and Jewish groups around the world as being “anti-Semitic.” Read more

Israel defenders slam Amnesty International over ‘diplomatic lynch against the Jewish state’

February 1, 2022 by  

A new report by Amnesty International UK set to be published on Feb. 1 accuses Israel of “apartheid” and “institutionalized and systematic discrimination against Palestinians.” Amnesty said it has “concluded that Israel has perpetrated the international wrong of apartheid as a human-rights violation and a violation of public international law.” Read more

Ukraine’s Jewish community in danger as Russian troops, supplies mass at border

February 1, 2022 by  

A possibly imminent invasion by Russian troops into Ukrainian territory has the world on edge as leaders and experts try to guess Russian President Vladimir Putin’s next steps and prevent what could become the largest military action in Europe since World War II. Read more

EU tries to twist international law to fight eviction of Sheikh Jarrah squatters in Jerusalem

January 19, 2022 by  

Israeli authorities on Monday morning attempted to evict the Salhiya family, Arab squatters living illegally since the 1950s in a home in the Shimon HaTzadik neighbourhood of Sheikh Jarrah in Jerusalem. Read more

Gantz makes concessions to Palestinian Authority with no demands in return

December 31, 2021 by  

As details emerged from Israeli Defence Minister Benny Gantz’s Dec. 28 meeting at his private residence in Rosh Ha’ayin with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, many Israelis were left in shock. Read more

Former Mossad director: China ‘the only country’ that can bring about agreement in Vienna

December 17, 2021 by  

Former director of the Mossad Efraim Halevy said on Tuesday that “the only player who can be effective and bring about progress in the Vienna debates is the only player we do not hear his position on the Iranian issue, and that is China.” Read more

‘The world won’t lift a finger’ against Iran, former Israeli national security official says

November 25, 2021 by  

As world powers prepare to reconvene in Vienna for renewed nuclear talks with Iran, former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday that “without a military threat and pressure on Iran, nothing will result from a deal.” Read more

On 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Austria dedicates new memorial to murdered Jews

November 10, 2021 by  

On the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht and in a clear gesture that it is finally taking public responsibility for its past, the government of Austria unveiled the Shoah Wall of Names Memorial, its first public Holocaust memorial. Located in Ostarrichi Park in the centre of Vienna. Read more

Michal Cotler-Wunsh: Jewish Agency can shift relationship paradigm with everyone at table

October 17, 2021 by  

As a former Knesset member and now head of the Nefesh B’Nefesh Institute for Aliyah Policy and Strategy, as well as a senior consultant to the Jewish Federations of North America, Michal Cotler-Wunsh is no stranger to politics or Diaspora Jewry, both of which she will need intimate knowledge if she is chosen to head the Jewish Agency, which is currently looking for a new director. Read more

Babi Yar art installations aim to connect visitors with a forgotten past

October 10, 2021 by  

“No monument stands over Babi Yar.” These are the first words of Yevgeni Yevtushenko’s famous 1961 poem which helped further catapult the story of Babi Yar into the public consciousness. Read more

Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre publishes 159 names of Nazi soldiers who murdered Jews one by one

Against the background of the official commemorations marking the 80th anniversary of the Babi Yar Massacre, with the participation of the presidents of Ukraine, Germany and Israel, the Babyn Yar Holocaust Memorial Centre  (BYHMC) has released the first instalment of its ongoing research into those who carried out the murder of Ukrainian Jews on Sept. 29-30, 1941. Read more

At long last, Babi Yar victims to receive the respect they deserve

The horrors of the Nazi mass extermination camps in the Holocaust are well-known but the “Holocaust by Bullets,” during which Jews were shot one by one, is less known. Read more

Danny Danon’s quest to lead the Jewish Agency into the future

Former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations and current chairman of World Likud Danny Danon is excited about another potential role, which he hopes will be as the new head of the Jewish Agency. Read more

In the footsteps of his predecessors, Bennett aims to change paradigms

“Hands out of your pockets, sir!” barked a U.S. Secret Service agent at a bewildered pedestrian as Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett walked down the Fifth Avenue sidewalk in New York City, accompanied by a large entourage of Secret Service and Shin Bet agents, aides and reporters. A long motorcade of Black Secret Service Suburbans and police cars rolled alongside with blue lights flashing, keeping pace with the walkers. Read more

Elazar Stern aims to promote Jewish unity, identity and solidarity in Diaspora

September 5, 2021 by  

“Israel is your home away from home,” Israeli President Isaac Herzog said in a message on Sept. 2, ahead of the Jewish New Year. His address was aimed at “the people of Israel and the Jewish people at large,” which he referred to as his “extended family.” Read more

Palestinian consulate pressure, differences on Iran loom over Bennett-Biden meeting

On Aug. 26, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett will walk the red carpet into the White House, where he will meet U.S. President Joe Biden. The two will exchange pleasantries and then they will get right down to business. One major issue the two leaders will discuss is, not surprisingly, Iran. Another major issue is the establishment of a Palestinian consulate in Jerusalem. And therein lies the problem. Read more

After American withdrawal from Afghanistan, implications for Israel look grimmer

August 18, 2021 by  

As Israel observes the fall of Afghanistan to the Taliban, it’s difficult to forget the capitulation of the Iraqi army to ISIS in 2014 or the EUBAM observers who fled as Hamas seized power in the Gaza Strip in 2007, not to mention visions of the United States fleeing Saigon in the spring of 1975 as part of the collapse of the Vietnam War. Read more

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