Israel razes home of Palestinian suspect in killing of 2 soldiers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces demolished the home of a Palestinian man suspected of carrying out a West Bank shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously injured two others. The two-story home of Asem Barghouti was razed before sunrise on Thursday in the village of Kobar,...
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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet executes complicated maneuver

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet conducted a complicated and successful maneuver as it continues on its journey to the moon.

The maneuver on Thursday was carried out according to plan, despite having to deal with a malfunctioning star tracker. Its main engine burned for 152 seconds during the action....
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Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to support peace plan — and not to undermine it


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The best thing everyone except for the Israelis and Palestinians can do when the Trump administration reveals its peace plan is to be supportive, Trump’s chief negotiator said. And nothing else.

“It really is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians; they’re the ones...
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UN commission says Israel committed war crimes during Gaza border protests


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza border protests, a United Nations investigation found.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 189 Palestinians and injured more than 6,100 during the weekly protests in Gaza from March 2018 until the end of...
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Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so...
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Israel launches lunar spacecraft from Cape Canaveral

(JNS)– Israel became the first to launch a privately funded mission to the moon, in addition to becoming the fourth country to launch a lunar spacecraft, on Thursday night.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Aboard it is the spacecraft, called “Beresheet”...
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Will Israel be the fourth country to land on the moon?


(JTA) — He’s spent eight years trying to land a spacecraft on the moon, but when Yonatan Winetraub stood on the launchpad this month at Florida’s Cape Canaveral, he was still in shock. “I stood right next to the rocket, and it’s pretty big,” Winetraub said in...
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Another fight over Holocaust memory threatens warming ties between Israel and Poland


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


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’


(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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