New Irish government rejects effort to boycott Israeli products

The anti-Israel movement in Ireland has suffered a major defeat. Earlier this month, the political parties working on forming the next government in Ireland eliminated a key bill that would have placed a boycott on products produced in Israeli settlements. Read more

A rat’s tale changes our 
understanding of human evolution

June 24, 2020 by  
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Roughly 200,000-year-old fossils from a Carmel Cave in northern Israel indicate that human migration from Africa actually occurred during the Ice Age. Read more

The debate over the future of the territories

June 18, 2020 by  
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Why is the future of the West Bank (also known as Judea and Samaria) such a critical issue for Israel? Why does it engender debate, even strong debate, influencing even the language adopted for describing it? Read more

Top foreign-policy adviser says Biden would keep ‘all’ US sanctions on Iran ‘in place’

June 18, 2020 by  
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If elected president in November, former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden would have all U.S. sanctions on Iran stay in place, including the ones enacted under U.S. President Donald Trump, according to the presumptive Democratic nominee’s top foreign-policy adviser. Read more

Israel extends emergency coronavirus regulations for 45 days

June 18, 2020 by  
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Israel’s Knesset voted on Tuesday to extend emergency regulations aimed at curbing the spread of COVID-19. Read more

Israelis can’t mask a lack of anxiety

June 10, 2020 by  
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The reopening of the Israeli economy after nearly two months of COVID-19 closures was bound to lead to laxity on the part of the public. And it did, in spite of endless Health Ministry warnings that a release from lockdown bondage would require extra vigilance where social-distancing, mask-wearing and hand-washing were concerned. Read more

ICC moving ahead with investigation against Israel 

June 10, 2020 by  
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The International Criminal Court has announced it will move ahead with its investigation against Israel even though Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas declared the annulment of all agreements with Israel and the United States. Read more

Israel ‘hits emergency brake’ on easing of COVID-19 restrictions

June 9, 2020 by  
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The Israeli government has decided to pause the easing of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) related restrictions after the country experienced an increase in the rate of infection in recent days. Read more

Take conversion therapies off the agenda

June 8, 2020 by  
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The Association for LGBTQ Equality [Aguda] in Israel has presented Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin an index which lists responses and services in 30 municipal authorities in Israel in 2019 for the LGBTQ community. Read more

Israel successfully tests state-of-the-art LORA missile system

June 4, 2020 by  
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Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) announced on Tuesday that it had completed a successful test of its new, state-of-the-art ballistic missile system, which has a 400-kilometre range. Read more

Abbas declares end to agreements with Israel, US

May 20, 2020 by  
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Palestinian Authority (PA) head Mahmoud Abbas declared an end to the agreements signed with Israel and the United States and said he was turning over responsibility for the PA territories back to Israel. Read more

Biden: West Bank annexation ‘will choke off hope for peace’

May 20, 2020 by  
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Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the 2020 presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, said on Tuesday that if Israel applies sovereignty to parts of the West Bank, it would “choke off any hope for peace,” according to audio obtained by JNS. Read more

Ashkenazi: Trump Middle East peace plan a ‘historic opportunity’ for Israel

May 19, 2020 by  
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Newly-appointed Israeli Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi called U.S. President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace plan a “historic opportunity.” Read more

Chinese ambassador to Israel found dead in Herzliya home

May 18, 2020 by  
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(Israel Hayom via JNS) Chinese Ambassador to Israel Du Wei was found dead in his Herzliya home on Sunday morning, Israel’s Foreign Ministry has confirmed. Read more

Top 10 reasons Israel has (so far) survived coronavirus

Israelis are now once again taking to the streets in large numbers. Read more

Search continues for IDF soldier’s killers amid clashes

May 14, 2020 by  
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Arab rioters hurled stones at Israel Defense Forces’ soldiers in the Palestinian Authority-controlled Hebron region on Wednesday morning during operations to apprehend terror suspects, according to IDF reports. Read more

Report: Ben-Gurion airport expected to reopen by June

May 14, 2020 by  
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Israel is weighing opening Ben-Gurion International Airport at the beginning of June as the coronavirus outbreak continues to level off in Israel. Read more

Israel prepares to reopen eateries, institutes new sanitation measures

May 13, 2020 by  
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Israel’s Ministry of Health, Ministry of Economy and Industry, and companies in the restaurant industry are slated to sit around the table on Wednesday to discuss how to ease open bars and eateries after two months of closure as a result of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak. Read more

Report: France wants tough response if Israel goes ahead with annexation

May 13, 2020 by  
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France is pushing members of the European Union to consider threatening Israel with tough consequences if it goes ahead with its plan to annex parts of Judea and Samaria. Read more

Israel hosts roundtable to tackle COVID-19 challenges facing Jewish communities around the world

May 12, 2020 by  
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Israel is reaching out to the Jews of the Diaspora and has initiated a roundtable of global and regional Jewish organizations to assess the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on Jewish communities and prepare a plan for their rehabilitation. Read more

Intel buys Israel’s Moovit app for $900 million

May 6, 2020 by  
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Intel, the world’s largest chip-maker, is buying Israeli app Moovit for $900 million, in a move meant to advance its plan to develop self-driving cars. Read more

Israel Film Archive digitalizes extensive collection, starts to release films online

April 29, 2020 by  
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After years of work on digitizing its collection of Israeli film clips, the Israel Film Archive (IFA), part of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, is beginning to share its collection online with the goal of eventually digitalizing its entire archive of more than 5,000 hours of film. Read more

What would the world be like with no State of Israel?

What scholars like to call counterfactual history is science fiction for those who prefer to ponder the implications of things turning out differently in the past rather than speculating on the future. Read more

Is it wrong to let Israel make decisions for itself?

In principle, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s answer to a question about Israel’s new coalition government seems unexceptionable. Read more

Israel and the Diaspora

April 24, 2020 by  
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As we approach Israel’s independence day, the relationship between Israel and the Diaspora remains ambivalent. Read more

Israelis face extra hardships in preparing for Passover this year

April 7, 2020 by  
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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

First of 11 planes bringing vital medical supplies from China to Israel touches down

April 7, 2020 by  
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The first in a convoy of 11 El Al planes carrying tons of critical medical equipment to Israel from China touched down at Ben-Gurion International Airport on Monday morning, as the nation continues to battle the coronavirus pandemic. Read more

Haredi: It’s OK to use the phone on Shabbat

April 5, 2020 by  
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ZAKA Search and Rescue volunteers visited the homes of over 60 confirmed coronavirus cases among haredi communities in Israel during this Shabbat in order to ensure they immediately self-isolate. Read more

For Israel, recognizing another enemy is second nature

Among the world’s democracies fighting the coronavirus, Israel has so far been by far the most successful. Read more

First man, 88, dies of Coronavirus in Israel

March 22, 2020 by  
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Aryeh Even, 88, died of Coronavirus in a Jerusalem hospital over the weekend, the first Israeli to die of the virus. Read more

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