The hope of change at UNESCO lies with new French Jewish leader

October 22, 2017 by  

The election of the first Jewish director-general of the United Nations cultural body UNESCO, French politician Audrey Azoulay, is raising hope that with her background and political experience, she could return the organisation to its original mission…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

After Trump decertifies Iran deal, Congress must decide its future

October 15, 2017 by  

In fulfilling a key campaign pledge, President Donald Trump announced in a White House speech on Friday he decertified the Iranian nuclear deal as part of a new and tougher approach towards the Islamic Republic. The move brings a new level of challenges and uncertainty in handling one of the most complex international agreements in recent years…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Upcoming UN ‘blacklist’ of companies tied to Israel invokes anti-Semitism, experts say

August 30, 2017 by  

An upcoming “blacklist” of major international companies with business ties to Israeli communities in Judea, Samaria, the Golan Heights and eastern Jerusalem represents yet another attempt by anti-Israel actors in the United Nations to single out and demonize the world’s only Jewish state, experts say…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Award-winning Israeli cancer researcher says immunotherapy is the ‘future’ of treatment

August 3, 2017 by  

A rapidly aging population and increased environmental risks have led cancer to overtake heart disease as the leading cause of death in parts of the Western world…qrites Sean Savage/ Read more

A tale of two Palestinian worlds

For slightly more than a decade, the two main areas slated for a future Palestinian state—the disputed territories and the Gaza Strip—have been ruled by competing factions, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and the Hamas terror group…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Is UNESCO’s denial of Israel’s ties to Jewish heritage sites irrelevant?

For most countries, the United Nations body UNESCO is a relatively innocuous organization, dedicated to preserving some of humanity’s most important cultural treasures as well as promoting scientific and educational collaborations between nations…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Will Palestinian energy feud spark surge in violence against Israel?

The long-running feud between Hamas and Fatah has led to a deepening crisis in the Gaza Strip, as a cut in the electricity supplied to the coastal territory is stoking fears of a surge in violence, both between the Palestinian factions and against Israel…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Israel’s Yom Hazikaron: remembering the past year’s terror victims

Yom Hazikaron, Israel’s Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and terror victims, is a time of mourning and reflection over the sacrifices of thousands who have given their lives for the Jewish homeland leading up to and following statehood: 23,544 individuals since 1860, according to the Israeli Defence Ministry…writes Sean Savage/JNS. Read more

After 69 years, some of Israel’s original supporters are its key economic allies

April 27, 2017 by  

Throughout the seven decades since it declared independence, Israel has waged an ongoing struggle for legitimacy, navigating the global arena to find its place among the nations…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Israel, notified ahead of Trump’s Syria strike, ‘fully supports’ US response to Assad

Israeli leaders welcomed President Donald Trump’s surprise military action late Thursday to strike the airbase where Syrian President Bashar al-Assad was believed to have launched a chemical attack resulting in the deaths of at least 86 Syrians, including 27 children…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Working with new US envoy, Israel sees light at the end of the tunnel on UN bias

Despite owing part of its existence to the United Nations, Israel has experienced decades of bias from an institution whose stated mission includes trying to ensure international goodwill and world peace…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

In major US shift, Obama admin refuses to veto UN measure against Israeli settlements

December 24, 2016 by  

With the U.S. abstaining from Friday’s vote, rather than exercising its veto power, the United Nations Security Council adopted a resolution condemning Israeli settlement construction beyond the 1967 lines… Sean Savage/ Read more

Trump names close adviser David Friedman as Israel envoy, signaling US policy shifts

December 20, 2016 by  

President-elect Donald Trump named one of his close advisers, attorney David Friedman, as the next U.S. ambassador to Israel, in a move that likely signals a major shift in American policy on Jerusalem and Israeli settlements. Read more

Israel’s raging fires come under control after massive international response

November 30, 2016 by  

Improving weather conditions, a massive influx of support from the international community and efforts by Israeli first responders have enabled the Jewish state to get an outburst of raging wildfires under control. Read more

After years of institutional ‘decay,’ Palestinians set for long-overdue elections

November 24, 2016 by  

Against the backdrop of this month’s long-overdue leadership elections for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah political party, the Palestinians living in the West Bank face an uncertain future following more than a decade of stagnant rule…writes Sean Savage/
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Will Donald Trump fire the Iran nuclear deal?…asks Sean Savage/

November 15, 2016 by  

The election victory by Donald Trump, a billionaire businessman who has never held political office and is a neophyte on foreign policy, has left many observers wondering about the future direction of U.S. policy abroad. Read more

Jewish delegation to Congress grows, in Senate drops by one

November 10, 2016 by  

Election night brought mixed results for Jewish politicians vying for seats in Congress. In the House of Representatives, the Jewish delegation saw its best results, increasing representation from 19 to 23 seats, including the election of a rare Jewish Republican. Read more

After Trump victory, new era in U.S.-Israel relations beckons

November 10, 2016 by  

Anti-establishment Republican candidate Donald Trump earned what many considered a shocking victory over Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton Tuesday, officially ushering in the countdown to a new era in U.S.-Israel relations…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

What Jewish voters need to know before Election Day

November 7, 2016 by  

With only a few weeks remaining before the presidential election, and the start of early voting in most states, Jewish voters may still be weighing their decisions…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Does the U.S.-Israel military aid deal put to rest years of strained relations under Obama?

September 16, 2016 by  

The United States and Israel made history on Thursday signing the largest ever military assistance package between the two allies…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Is Hezbollah on the verge of opening a second front against Israel in the Golan Heights?

September 11, 2016 by  

Well into its fifth year, the Syrian civil war continues to show no signs of dissipating…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Will Temple Mount tensions yet again strain Israeli-Jordanian relations?…asks Sean Savage/

August 23, 2016 by  

Jordan’s King Abdullah II vowed to fight against repeated violations and attacks carried out by Israel and extremist groups on the Temple Mount complex, according to an interview in the Jordanian daily Ad-Dustour last week. Read more

Can Israel’s new proactive UN posture lead to Security Council seat?…asks Sean Savage/

August 3, 2016 by  

Long panned for harbouring deep anti-Israel bias, the United Nations (UN) has often been discounted by critical Israeli leaders as an organisation with little hope for any success. However, after a tireless effort by the Israeli delegation to the UN, earlier this summer the Jewish state was selected for the first time to head the UN’s Sixth Committee, one of the permanent committees at the world body playing an important role in shaping international law. Read more

What does the U.K.’s vote on EU membership mean for Jews and Israel?

Once controlling an empire spanning every continent, the United Kingdom has been undergoing an identity crisis in recent years…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Gaza reconstruction falls by the wayside as Arab states leave Palestinians hanging

May 24, 2016 by  

When it comes to the security situation at Israel’s borders in recent years, no border has been more perilous for the Jewish state as its southern boundary with the Gaza Strip…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Michael Bloomberg could be the latest twist for Jewish voters in 2016 U.S. election

February 4, 2016 by  

The 2016 U.S. presidential race has been high on twists, with billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump and socialist Bernie Sanders leading in many polls…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Israel’s homegrown Islamic State threat grows larger…writes Sean Savage

January 19, 2016 by  

While the threat of border clashes with Islamic State terrorists fighting in the Syrian civil war has concerned Israeli leaders for some time now, the recruitment of Israeli Arabs to form their own terror cells or launch lone wolf attacks inside of Israel—akin to the Paris and San Bernardino attacks late in 2015—has recently become a more serious threat for the Jewish state. Read more

PA’s uncertain future creates angst on both sides of Israeli-Palestinian conflict

January 14, 2016 by  

The ongoing wave of Palestinian terrorism that has plagued Israel since last fall has also brought to the fore the Palestinians’ frustration with their own leadership. While Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas has been blamed for inciting violence against Israelis, many Palestinians have become disillusioned with the PA’s corruption and inability to attain statehood…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

Hamas-Islamic State cooperation adds new layer to Middle East threats

December 25, 2015 by  

In a region full of challenges and short on solutions, reported cooperation between Hamas and the Islamic State branch in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula—considered by many experts to be the terror group’s most potent offshoot—adds a new layer of threats to Middle East stability and especially to Israel…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

From flotilla to friends? Turkey-Israel reconciliation not so simple

December 23, 2015 by  

Israel and Turkey are close to signing a deal to normalise diplomatic ties following a secret meeting in Switzerland between senior officials…writes Sean Savage/ Read more

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