Amid criticism of Trump plan by leaders in Judea and Samaria, others see ‘historic opportunity’ despite flaws

June 5, 2020 by  

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is preparing to lay the groundwork to begin the process of applying Israeli sovereignty to the Jordan Valley and parts of Judea and Samaria, a debate has emerged among leaders in those Jewish communities over the ramifications of the Trump Administration’s so-called “Deal of the Century.” Read more

Recalling San Remo, and international law regarding the Jewish state, 100 years later

April 28, 2020 by  

Exactly 100 years ago this week, World War I allied powers including the British Empire, Italy, France and Japan, along with the United States serving as an observer nation, met in San Remo, Italy, and ratified the 1917 Balfour Declaration, calling for a national home for the Jewish people in “Palestine.” Read more

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

April 7, 2020 by  

In Israel, the days leading up to Passover are usually the most bustling time of the year in local supermarkets, with shoppers stocking up on kosher-for-Passover products ahead of the week-long holiday. Read more

Former MK Yehuda Glick arrested for ‘provocative behaviour’ on Temple Mount

February 23, 2020 by  

Former Knesset member Yehuda Glick was arrested three times over the course of a 24-hour period this week, accused by police of carrying out provocative behaviour on a visit to the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. He was subsequently charged with disrupting court procedures by stealing investigative materials from a police investigation room. Read more

‘We’re here to save lives,’ stress those associated with Israel’s ‘Rescuers Without Borders’

December 1, 2019 by  

It was the year 2000, at the beginning of the Second Intifada, and Arab terror attacks were being carried out against Israelis on a nearly daily basis throughout the country, and particularly on the roads in Judea and Samaria. Read more

Navigating fine line between Torah observance and Israeli military service, politics aside

October 31, 2019 by  

This past week an organization called “Forum of Reserve Rabbis,” a group of rabbis who serve as reserve soldiers in the Israel Defense Forces, released a new 50-page booklet roughly titled in English, “And he was a holy apprentice: Modesty laws for soldiers.” Read more

In remembering 1929 Hebron massacre, top Israeli leaders visit … and make history

September 5, 2019 by  

We are not strangers in Hebron, and we will stay here forever!” were the climactic remarks made on Wednesday by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu during an official state ceremony at the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs in Hebron commemorating the 90th anniversary of the 1929 Jewish massacre. Read more

Is anti-Semitism becoming mainstream? Experts see alarming trend in media, campus and public life

June 16, 2019 by  

Moderating a panel in Jerusalem this week titled “The Mainstreaming of Anti-Semitism: The Media, BDS and Celebrated Bigotry,” David Hazony, executive director of the Israel Innovation Fund, analyzed the issue right off the bat: “What you are seeing on [North American college] campuses is only a thin slice of the anti-Semitic beast that has emerged in our public life around the world in the last six months, in the last year.” Read more

Israeli Justice Minister: Trump peace plan ‘calls for Palestinian state in most of Judea and Samaria’

February 14, 2019 by  

U.S. President Donald Trump’s soon-to-be-announced Middle East peace plan will call on Israel to “turn over large swaths of land in Judea and Samaria to the Palestinian Authority, and will lead to the establishment of Palestinian State.” Read more

Group raises alarm over UNRWA’s anti-Israel incitement within its Jerusalem schools

January 30, 2019 by  

Perhaps unbeknown to many Israelis is the shocking fact that only 12 minutes from downtown Jerusalem by light rail, a neighbourhood exists within the city’s jurisdiction in which Arab children are being taught that they will one day destroy Israel and replace it with a Palestinian state. Read more

Israeli and Palestinian drivers celebrate new road, as critics accuse Israel of ‘apartheid’

January 21, 2019 by  

Once again, Israel found itself under attack by international media, left-wing non-governmental organizations and the Palestinian Authority, but this time for a different reason—they simultaneously accused the Jewish state of carrying out a policy of apartheid against its Arab population…writes Josh Hasten/JNS. Read more

Is Israel’s security barrier a terrorism deterrent or political tool?

December 27, 2018 by  

Many have pointed to Israel’s security barrier in Judea and Samaria as being one of the primary contributors to the reduction in Palestinian terrorism since the years of the Second Intifada, from 2000 to 2005. Read more

Negev town to aid families of children with medical and therapeutic needs

November 7, 2018 by  

The Israeli government gave its stamp of approval in September on the establishment of an inclusive new town within the Merhavim Regional Council in Israel’s Western Negev Desert. Read more

Barkan terror attack attempts to ‘sabotage the normalisation’ of local Jews and Arabs

October 9, 2018 by  

Just as shocking as the execution-style murders of Kim Levengrond Yehezkel, a 29-year-old mother of an infant, and Ziv Hajbi, a 35-year-old father of three from Rishon Letzion, was the location of the vicious attack: the Barkan Industrial Park in Samaria, with its mix of Israel and Palestinian employees…writes Josh Hasten. Read more

Special envoy Greenblatt: ‘Palestinian leadership is not talking to us—much to their detriment’

September 13, 2018 by  

Tasked by U.S. President Donald Trump to help reach the “deal of the century,” Jason Greenblatt, who serves as one of Trump’s top Middle East envoys, has a herculean task before him: to help negotiate the peace plan between the Israelis and the Palestinians…writes Josh Hasten/JNS. Read more

Deconstructing the Oslo Accords 25 years later: Was it a gift or a curse?

September 7, 2018 by  

It’s hard to believe that it’s been a quarter of a century: Sept. 13 marks the 25th anniversary of the 1993 signing of the U.S.-brokered Declaration of Principles between Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Read more

Why Israelis aren’t as worked up about the Western Wall as Diaspora Jews

August 2, 2018 by  

The future of prayer at the Western Wall has become one of the most contentious issues among Diaspora Jewry in the past year, mainly as a result of the Israeli government’s June 2017, suspension of a plan, which would have changed the status quo at one of Judaism’s holiest site…writes Josh Hasten/JNS. Read more

Knesset makes it official: Israel is a Jewish state

July 20, 2018 by  

After a heated session that lasted well into the night, the Knesset Plenum passed the controversial “Nationality Bill” into law on Thursday. The bill now holds weight as one of Israel’s “Basic Laws,” the highest level of legal authority, being that Israel has no official constitution…writes Josh Hasten/JNS. Read more

Jerusalem court issues lien on ships headed to Gaza, with proceeds going to Israeli victims of terror

July 18, 2018 by  

In a rather rare judgment, a Jerusalem District Court just issued a lien on two large ships that are part of a Gaza-bound flotilla set to arrive in Israeli waters later this month, with the intent that the sea vessels can be sold, with proceeds going to families of Israeli victims of Hamas-sponsored terror attacks. Read more

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