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Another fight over Holocaust memory threatens warming ties between Israel and Poland

By SAM SOKOL

JERUSALEM (JTA) — It was meant to be a diplomatic triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a much-touted diplomatic summit in Jerusalem on Monday with four Central European states.

Instead, harsh words from Israel’s acting foreign minister opened a diplomatic rift threatening to severely damage Israeli-Polish...
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Veteran Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni announces exit from politics

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli lawmaker Tzipi Livni announced that she would exit politics at the end of the current Knesset term, and pulled her HaTnua party out of the upcoming national elections.

The party’s recent poll numbers showed that it would not make the electoral threshold to...
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Iran’s foreign minister tells security conference Israel is ‘looking for war’

By MARCY OSTER

(JTA) — Iran’s foreign minister said that Israel is “looking for war” and that the behavior of Israel and the United States toward Iran is increasing the chances of such a war.

“Certainly, some people are looking for war… Israel,” Mohammad Javad Zarif said in an address...
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Pres. Rivlin kicks off countdown for first Israeli mission to the moon

By ARYEH SAVIR

(TPS) — President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday kicked-off the countdown for the launch of Beresheit (Genesis), the first Israeli spacecraft to be sent to the moon, which will blast off on Tuesday.

Project SpaceIL, which has developed the spacecraft, was launched as a national project at Beit...
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Yisrael Katz new Israeli Foreign Minister

(TPS) — Israeli Minister Yisrael Katz was appointed Israel’s foreign minister on Sunday. He will serve in the position until after the elections in April.

Katz already serves as the Minister of Transportation and the Minister of Intelligence and is a member of the Security Cabinet of Israel.

Katz is stepping temporarily as a replacement...
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Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018, report finds

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Reported homophobic incidents in Israel increased by 54 percent in 2018 over the previous year, according to a new report.

The report by the Nir Katz Center on LGBT-phobia was delivered to President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday.

The center, named after Nir Katz, a...
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German shepherd receives cash reward for finding bodies of Israeli sisters missing in Argentina

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — A German shepherd received a cash reward offered by an Israeli family for finding two sisters who were missing in Argentina for two weeks. Ruca and her trainer Ayelen Castro received the more than $1,300 reward on Friday at the Sociedad Israelita de Beneficencia Jewish...
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Woman’s body, 19, found on outskirts of Jerusalem

Jerusalem (JTA) — The unclothed body of a young woman, identified as 19-year-old Ori Ansbacher from the West Bank settlement of Tekoa, was found on the outskirts of Jerusalem on Thursday.

According to The Times of Israel, police described Ansbacher’s body, which was found in Ein Yael near the Biblical Zoo...
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Israeli tank hits Hamas target in Gaza after rockets fired on southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli tank fire struck a Hamas military position in Gaza following a rocket attack on Israel.

A rocket fired from Gaza landed in southern Israel late Wednesday night, triggering the Color Red alert system. A second alert was triggered minutes later but no rocket landed, leading to...
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Jailed ex-Arab Knesset member denied early parole; refuses to deny ties to terror group

(TPS) — Former Knesset Member (MK) Basel Ghattas, an Israeli-Arab lawmaker of the Joint Arab List, who is serving a two-year prison term after pleading guilty to charges that he had used his parliamentary immunity to help imprisoned terrorists, was denied early parole.

Ghattas was convicted in March 2017 of smuggling mobile phones...
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