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Israel to build a rail line that that will run from Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Transportation Ministry advanced plans on Monday to build a new train station that would directly connect Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion Airport to the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

The project, an extension of  recently opened Jerusalem-Tel Aviv high-speed line, will include a new 1.8 mile-long tunnel under...
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An unpopular Palestinian president and a disgraced former Israeli prime minister make the case for peace

 By BEN SALES

NEW YORK (JTA) — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas hasn’t negotiated directly with Israel in nearly six years and most Palestinians want him to step down. 

Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert served 16 months in prison for bribery and fraud in a corruption scandal that ended...
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Over 35 Booby-Trapped Balloons Launched Toward Israel

(TPS) – Gaza-based terrorists launched at least 35 bunches of balloons tied to explosive charges toward Israel on Monday, which landed and exploded at several locations in the southern portions of the country.

No injuries or damage were caused by the attacks

The explosive and flammable balloon attacks have returned...
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In quarantined Chinese city, Israeli dad documents how his family is dealing with the coronavirus scare

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

(JTA) — Like many parents when their small children are a bit under the weather, Ofer Dekel measures his boy’s temperature frequently.

But in Dekel’s case, his concern for his son Liam is exacerbated by living at the epicenter of the coronavirus epidemic: Wuhan, China.

Dekel, a...
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Draft resolution condemning Israeli plans to annex settlements is circulating at the UN

(JTA) — A draft resolution condemning Israel’s plans to annex West Bank settlements is circulating in the U.N. Security Council.

The text — a salvo against President Donald Trump’s Palestinian-Israeli peace plan announced last week in Washington, D.C. — is being circulated to the 15 member states of the Security...
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Israeli airstrikes hit Hamas targets in retaliation for rockets and explosive balloons from Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli fighter jets in retaliatory airstrikes hit what the military called Hamas terrorist targets in the southern Gaza Strip.

The strikes late Tuesday night came hours after three rockets were fired into southern Israel. Two people reportedly were injured while running to bomb shelters.

The rockets launched...
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Yad Vashem apologizes for ‘unfortunate errors’ in films screened at Auschwitz commemoration

(JTA) — Yad Vashem apologized for what it said were inaccuracies in some Holocaust films shown at a ceremony it hosted last month.

The apology, sent Monday by email to several prominent Holocaust scholars, noted “a number of inaccuracies that resulted in a partial and unbalanced presentation of the historical...
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On the streets of Ramallah, Palestinians shrug at Trump’s peace plan

By SAM SOKOL

RAMALLAH, West Bank (JTA) — Standing outside the Al Siwadi juice shop, located near this Palestinian city’s central Al Manari Square downtown, a man named Maher complains about the recently released U.S. peace plan.

Trump’s plan is designed to “give the rich Jews what they want,” Maher...
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Netanyahu meets with Putin in Russia, then returns home with pardoned Israeli-American Naama Issachar

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu flew from Washington to Moscow, where he met with Russian President Vladimir Putin to fill him in on the details of the Trump administration’s Mideast peace plan.

Following the meeting on Thursday morning, Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, greeted Naama Issachar, the...
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What the Democratic presidential candidates have said about Trump’s Middle East peace plan

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Democrats running for president have hewed to the party line in criticizing the Israeli-Palestinian peace plan rolled out by President Donald Trump: Unilateral annexation of settlements is the wrong way to go.

The tone was first set by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and...
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