2 IDF soldiers killed, 3 injured in suspected ramming attack

ISRAEL (TPS) — Two Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldiers were killed and a third severely injured Friday in a suspected terrorist ramming attack in which two others were also seriously injured.

According to initial reports, the car hit a group of people walking on the side of the road near...
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Mayim Bialik makes a Facebook pitch to light an Independence Day torch in Israel

(JTA) — Actress Mayim Bialik wants to light a torch on Mount Herzl for Independence Day.

For the second year in a row, one of the 12 torches lit by important Israelis at the annual Independence Day ceremony to open the 24-hour celebration will be reserved for a member of...
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Netanyahu reaches compromise with coalition partners to avoid early elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling coalition has reached an agreement to prevent early elections.

The deal was reached on Tuesday evening, ahead of a possible call by the opposition for a vote to dissolve the government and go to snap elections in three months.

Under the...
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Holocaust survivor, 83, has belated bar mitzvah to remember perished family

(JTA) — An 83-year-old Holocaust survivor living in northern Israel celebrated his bar mitzvah at a Safed synagogue.

A few dozen friends and family, as well as Safed’s police commissioner, accompanied Hanoch Shachar to a local synagogue, where many of them sang and danced with him before he had his...
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Israeli rabbinic group challenges Chief Rabbinate’s kosher monopoly

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Tzohar Rabbinical Organization is launching a new kashrut supervision authority, which will put it in competition with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate.

“This program is intended to create competition in a sector where until now there existed a monopoly,” said Rabbi Rafi Feuerstein, founder of Tzohar, in an...
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The accusations against Benjamin Netanyahu: What you need to know


(JTA) — Benjamin Netanyahu is in trouble. Maybe.

The Israeli prime minister is engulfed simultaneous in four separate scandals, and each day seems to bring him more bad news. Netanyahu could be indicted or pushed out of office — or both.

Whether this is the beginning of...
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JTA Trump administration to move US embassy to Jerusalem in May, Israel’s 70th birthday

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration will formally move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in May, to coincide with Israel’s 70th anniversary.

“We’re planning to open the new U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May,” a State Department spokesman told JTA in an email. “The Embassy...
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Israel thwarts Islamic Jihad plot to assassinate defense minister

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to — A recent plot by Palestinian terrorists to assassinate Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman was thwarted in a joint Shin Bet security agency, Israel Defense Force (IDF) and police operation; It was cleared for publication Sunday after a court-issued gag order was lifted.

According to the security...
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Terror tunnel hit as IDF retaliates for Gaza border attack

Four soldiers were injured on the Gaza border Saturday afternoon when an explosive device was set off near their jeep. An IDF spokesman said a tank had returned fire at a Palestinian observation post in response to the incident. According to unconfirmed reports, two of the soldiers suffered severe injuries,...
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Five times Israeli politicians have claimed there was ‘nothing to it’ and went to jail


(JTA) — Police are recommending charges of bribery and breach of trust against Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He’s saying the case police have made is “full of holes, like Swiss cheese.”

Police allege Netanyahu received expensive gifts from supporters in return for advancing their interests, including...
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