Friday, January 17, 2020


Israeli Leaders Congratulate French President-Elect Macron

(Ilana Messika/TPS and combined sources) Israeli parliamentarians from across the political spectrum congratulated French President-elect Emmanuel Macron on his victory in the French presidential elections. The independent centrist and former economy minister won 65 percent of the votes counted compared to far-right rival Marine Le

In Jab at Erdogan, Rivlin Notes Jerusalem’s Jewish Majority Dates to Ottoman Period

( Israeli President Reuven Rivlin Tuesday sought to counter Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s claim that Israel was attempting to “judaize” Jerusalem, with Rivlin noting the Jewish majority in Israel’s capital dates back to the Ottoman period.

“We have heard

April Tourism to Israel Breaks Monthly Record Since Country’s Founding

( In April 2017, a record-breaking 349,000 tourists entered Israel, a 38-percent increase from April 2016 and the highest-ever figure for any month since Israel’s establishment in 1948.

Additionally, between January and April 2017, 1.1 million tourists entered the Jewish state, an

State Dept. Criticized for Omitting Trump’s Travel Plans to Israel in Saudi Embassy Tweet

( The U.S. State Department was criticized Monday for a tweet by its embassy in Saudi Arabia that omitted President Donald Trump’s plan to visit Israel later this month, following his stop in Saudi Arabia.

The tweet, which was sent out by the Arabic-language Twitter handle @USAinKSA,

Israel’s First ‘Smart’ Hiking Trail to Be Completed by Spring 2018

( An initiative dubbed the “Sanhedrin Trail,” launched by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) in cooperation with Israel’s National Religious Education Administration, will see the construction of Israel’s first “smart” hiking trail completed by the spring of 2018.

Abbas Says He Is Ready to Meet With Netanyahu ‘to Make Peace’

( Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas said Tuesday he is ready to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as part of President Donald Trump’s renewed peace efforts.

“We affirmed to [Trump] that we are ready to cooperate with him and meet the Israeli prime

From Caves to Shaves: the Lag Ba’Omer Top 10

Lag Ba’Omer isn’t one of the best-known Jewish holidays—though some may notice that the men whose faces have grown fairly fuzzy following Passover are suddenly clean-shaven again.

But understanding the holiday’s true meaning requires traveling back in time 2,000 years,

White House Holds First-Ever Yom Ha’atzmaut Celebration

Last week, the White House held its first-ever celebration and commemoration of Yom Ha’atzmaut. On the occasion of Israel’s 69th birthday, Vice President Mike Pence gave a stirring speech; Orrin Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator, took attendees on an emotional trip down memory lane; and Israel

Secret Rooftop Garden in Israel Produces Soap While Promoting Inclusion

On a rooftop in the middle of a bustling Bat Yam neighborhood, a green oasis thrives, a vibrant hydroponic garden responsible for producing the highest quality natural soaps and oils in Israel. This meticulously maintained collection of herbs and spices is not cared for by the employees of a major Israeli

IDF Soldiers Celebrate Independence Day With Young Adults With Special Needs

Yom Ha’aztmaut (Israel Independence Day) has brought together two very different sectors of Israeli society to celebrate the country’s 69th anniversary. Thirty Israel Defense Forces soldiers visited Seeach Sod’s adult vocational center in Jerusalem, just ahead of the annual celebrations. It was a unique and off-beat

Trump Vows to ‘Confront Anti-Semitism,’ Earns Praise From Jewish Leaders

( President Donald Trump vowed to “confront anti-Semitism” and called Holocaust deniers “an accomplice to horrible evil” in a wide-ranging and forceful speech delivered Tuesday at an event marking the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Days of Remembrance.

“This is my

Studies: US Anti-Semitic Incidents Surge 86% as Global Anti-Semitism Declines

( New statistics released by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) Monday, in the organization’s annual audit of anti-Semitic incidents, show an 86-percent increase in U.S. anti-Semitic incidents during the first quarter of 2017.

During 2016, anti-Semitic incidents increased 34

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