Israeli retaliatory attack strikes 3 military posts in Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit three military posts in Syria in response to a Syrian drone that Israel shot down over the Sea of Galilee.

The retaliatory attack Wednesday evening came hours after an American-made Patriot missile based in the northern Israeli city of Safed intercepted the unmanned aerial...
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Israel to launch first manned mission to the moon


ISRAEL (TPS) — SpaceIL, an Israeli NGO, announced Tuesday morning they will be sending a manned spacecraft to the moon before the end of 2019.

The spacecraft is set to be launched using Elon Musk’s private aerospace company SpaceX, with a scheduled launch date of December 13,...
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South Africa will not reinstate ambassador to Israel

(JTA) — South Africa will not reinstate its ambassador to Israel, despite pressure from Jewish groups in the country.

In May, South Africa recalled its ambassador, Sisa Ngombane, “until further notice” after Israeli troops killed more than 50 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds during protests at the Israel-Gaza border, part...
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Israel to close main crossing with Gaza over flying firebombs

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will close the main crossing between Israel and Gaza in response to repeated arson attacks from incendiary kites and balloons coming from the coastal strip.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the decision announced Monday to close the Kerem Shalom crossing was taken in agreement with Defense...
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Number of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem drops to 3-year low in June

(JTA) — Israeli security services documented six terrorist attacks in Jerusalem in June — the lowest figure on record for a month in at least three years.

The tally constitutes a sharp drop in attacks in Jerusalem from May, when security forces documented 34 incidents in the capital.

Israeli security...
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Jewish Israel advocate shot and killed in Johannesburg, South Africa

(JTA) — An outspoken Jewish advocate for Israel was shot and killed at his workplace in South Africa by unidentified gunmen who left behind his car, wallet and cellphone.

Sergio Kowensky, the chairman of the Likud South Africa Jewish group, was gunned down Tuesday in a southern suburb of Johannesburg...
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Britain to lead review of incitement in Palestinian textbooks

(JTA) — The British government and other donors to the Palestinian education system will undertake a review of incitement against Israel and Jews in Palestinian textbooks.

“There is no place in education for materials or practices that incite young minds toward violence,” Parliament member Alistair Burt, a Foreign Office minister, said during a...
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Israel lifts ban on lawmakers’ visits to Temple Mount

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has lifted its ban on Israeli lawmakers visiting the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a letter Tuesday to Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein that all lawmakers, including government ministers, will be permitted to visit the Temple Mount once every three months.

The decision comes...
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Israel using advanced technology to fight Gaza’s incendiary kites

(JTA) — Israel has deployed a new system that it says can neutralize much of the threat from the thousands of incendiary kites and balloons that Gazans have been sending into Israel in recent weeks.

The Sky Spotter system, which was designed to deal with drones, was deployed around Israel’s...
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American-Israeli man convicted for JCC bomb threats

(JTA) — A 19-year-old American-Israeli man was convicted of making hundreds of bomb threats to Jewish community centers and  Jewish schools in the United States, as well as airlines.

Michael Kadar, who holds dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship and whose name is barred from publication in Israel, was convicted Thursday in Tel...
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