Israel eliminates Islamic Jihad commander; terrorists respond with rocket attacks


(TPS) – Early Tuesday morning, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) targeted and eliminated senior Islamic Jihad commander Baha Abu al-Ata in the northern Gaza Strip.

In a precision targeting, the IDF hit the apartment he was staying in Gaza. His wife was killed in the strike and...
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Israel: Anti-Semitic hatred that fueled Kristallnacht is ‘still claiming victims today’

(TPS) – The Nazi anti-Semitic hatred that brought to the 1938 Kristallnacht pogroms in Germany “is still claiming victims today,” Israel’s Foreign Ministry warned on the anniversary of one of the milestones of the Holocaust.

November 9 marked 81 years since the Kristallnacht pogroms against Jews in Nazi Germany and Austria in...
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Naftali Bennett named Israel’s defense minister as his party joins with Netanyahu’s Likud

(JTA) — Naftali Bennett, head of the New Right party, has been appointed Israel’s defense minister while agreeing to have his party join with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud to form a single Knesset faction.

Netanyahu, who heads a caretaker government pending coalition talks following the September general election, appointed...
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Jewish co-owner of NBA champion Raptors denies claim that boycott has kept his team from visiting Israel

(JTA) — The co-owner of the 2019 NBA champion Toronto Raptors said he has not taken the team to Israel yet as he said he would due to scheduling conflicts and not the boycott movement.

Larry Tanenbaum said two months before the Raptors’ victory in the Finals in June that...
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Women singers not welcome at charity concert promoting unity among Israelis


(JTA) — A tribute concert later this month for Shlomo Artzi, a man sometimes described as Israel’s Bruce Springsteen, was supposed to be a show of unity honoring an Orthodox rabbi whose life’s work is healing seriously ill patients for free.

Instead, the event is underscoring deep...
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Jewish Agency to fight anti-Semitism, bring Jews together under new operating model

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Jewish Agency will fight against anti-Semitism and bring together Jews in the Diaspora, plus build bridges between Israel and the Diaspora as part of its new operating model.

The organization’s board of governors is set to approve the new strategic plan for the next decade at...
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5 Democratic presidential candidates to address J Street conference

(JTA) — Five Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential nomination will address the J Street national conference.

The liberal Jewish Middle East policy group will hold its conference in Washington, D.C., beginning on Saturday.

The candidates are Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota and Michael Bennet of...
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Gantz’s empty mandate may lead back to Bibi

 – History has been made in Israel as, for the first time in a decade, someone other than Benjamin Netanyahu will be tasked with forming a government. Sort of.

On Wednesday, President Reuven Rivlin gave the coveted mandate to challenger Benny Gantz, leader of the...
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Zubin Mehta conducts Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for final time as music director

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Conductor Zubin Mehta conducted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra for the final time as its musical director.

Mehta, 83, performed with the Orchestra on Sunday evening in Tel Aviv and was honored with an extended standing ovation. Members of the orchestra threw flowers on the conductor and his...
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Rivlin to task Gantz with forming government in official handover

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin will officially ask Benny Gantz to form a government.

Rivlin will give the mandate to Gantz, head of the Blue and White faction, on Wednesday evening at the President’s office in Jerusalem, a statement from Rivlin’s office said.

The charge comes after the...
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