Several minor earthquakes shake Israel
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has been hit by four minor earthquakes over the past several days.
Two earthquakes on Sunday were felt in the area of Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee — one at noon and the second a few hours later. They both measured about 3.6 on the Richter scale.
The previous day, an earthquake of the same magnitude hit northern Israel, with its epicenter between the Hula Nature Reserve and the Sea of Galilee. A 3.5 magnitude quake occurred late last week, also near Tiberias.
It is not known what the string of mild earthquakes means and if it is a precursor of a larger earthquake in the region.
The Sea of Galilee is located on the Great Syria-African Rift, which has been the center of several earthquakes.
Controversial Jewish nation-state bill passes Israeli Cabinet vote
JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet passed a bill that would identify Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.The measure, which has engendered controversy, advanced in a 14-6 vote on Sunday. It must pass a preliminary reading and two other readings in the Israeli parliament, which …