Israel’s centrist leaders vie to replace Netanyahu – by taking his side


JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Israeli political scene has always been one of stark contrasts between the two most iconic, if not always most successful, parties: dovish Labor vs. hawkish Likud. While Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu drew huge numbers of settlers in his most recent election as prime...
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Two rockets fired at Israel from Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two rockets were fired at southern Israel from the Sinai Peninsula.

The Code Red alert siren sounded in Israeli communities on the border with Gaza on Sunday night.

The Israel Defense Forces confirmed that two rockets were launched from Sinai.

It is not known if the rockets fell in...
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Israeli intelligence reportedly discovered Russian hack into US classified documents

(JTA) — Israeli intelligence discovered that Russian hackers were using antivirus software to steal classified information from the United States, The New York Times reported.

The antivirus software is made by a Russian company, Kaspersky Lab, that is used by 400 million people worldwide, including officials at about two dozen...
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High time for Israel’s flagship medical cannabis conference to go global


( — While international interest in Israel’s groundbreaking medical cannabis sector grows, a leading Israeli player in that space will take its flagship annual event overseas later this month.

After holding its third innovation conference in Tel Aviv in March, iCAN: Israel-Cannabis—a developer of medical cannabis formulations and clinical trials—is...
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30,000 Israelis and Palestinians gather for women’s peace rally in Jerusalem

(JTA) — Some 30,000 people participated in a peace rally organized by a group for Israeli and Palestinian women

The men and women who gathered Sunday in Jerusalem as part of a two-week-long “peace walk” organized by the Women Wage Peace organization were marching for an agreement between Israel and...
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Three Israeli Arabs arrested for planning attack on Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Three Israeli Arabs, including a 16-year-old, were arrested for planning a shooting on the Temple Mount.

The suspects, all from Umm al-Fahm, a city of mostly Israeli Arabs near Haifa in northern Israel, are supporters of the Islamic State, the Israel Security Agency, or Shin Bet, said...
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Senate anti-BDS bill to be reviewed amid criticism

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A bill extending bans on Israel boycotts to those initiated by international organizations is under review following criticism from civil libertarians, one of its authors said.

Sen. Ben Cardin, D-MD., defended the bill, saying critics — including the American Civil Liberties Union — had it wrong.

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Trump provides hope for Middle East peace, Israel’s president tells US Jewish leaders

JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump’s approach to the Middle East offers a brighter outlook to the region, Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told American Jewish leaders in a wide-ranging conference call.

“With the election of President Trump, we have new hope for peace and reconciliation with our neighbors,” Rivlin said...
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2 Israeli soldiers killed in Golan training accident

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Israeli soldiers were killed in a training accident in the Golan Heights.

A self-propelled cannon overturned into a ditch during a military exercise early Wednesday morning, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Along with the two fatalities, two soldiers were seriously injured with internal and orthopedic...
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Timeline for terror attack in Har Hadar

(TPS) — The following events began at 7:20 a.m. in Israel. That time corresponds to 11:20 p.m. on Monday in New Orleans:

7:20 Terror attack in Har Adar, a Jewish community in the Jerusalem corridor

7:25  Three people reported severely  injured in a combined stabbing/ shooting attack at the entrance of...
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