Israel

Man arrested for vandalizing King David’s Tomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem Police have arrested a man for vandalizing King David’s Tomb. Two men reportedly were caught smashing the ceramic tiles that cover the tomb’s stone late on the night of Dec. 20. The arrested haredi Orthodox man, 30, told police that he came to the tomb in...
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Israeli Oscar entry eliminated from contention; one more still in play

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s 2012 Academy Award entry failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films. Israel’s entry, “Fill the Void,” was eliminted from contention last Friday. The country’s Oscar hopes now rest in the documentary feature category, where “The Gatekeepers,” from director Dror Moreh, and...
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Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites in annual message

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In his yearly Christmas greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not tolerate attacks on places of Christian worship. “Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all. And we will continue...
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Liberman to be questioned again

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman will be questioned again in connection with allegations that he advanced the position of Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus in exchange for information on an investigation against him. Liberman resigned last week as foreign minister, although he remains a member of...
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Palestinians outline Israel isolation strategy

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation. The Associated Press reported on the strategy in a story published Thursday. Palestinian officials told the AP that they will first press for renewed talks after Israel’s Jan....
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Former IDF Chief of Staff Lipkin-Shahak dies at 88

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who served in the IDF for 36 years and was also a government minister, has died. Lipkin-Shahak died Wednesday at the age of 68 of cancer.

Lipkin-Shahak was born in Tel Aviv in 1944 and enlisted in the Paratroopers...
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Alleged Tel Aviv bus bomber indicted

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An 18-year-old Palestinian man was indicted for allegedly leaving a bomb on a Tel Aviv bus that left more than 20 Israelis wounded when it detonated. Mohammed Mafarja was charged Wednesday in Tel Aviv District Court with planting the bomb on the No. 142 bus in central Tel...
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Israel Under the Radar: Golda’s soup and ‘Fill the Void’

By MARCY OSTER

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Here are some stories from Israel that you may have missed:

Golda’s chicken soup recipe a secret no longer

Golda Meir’s chicken soup recipe was declassified.

The Israel State Archives this month released the late prime minister’s recipe, which was typed in English on a Foreign Ministry...
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Prominent Israeli rabbi calls for recognition of non-Orthodox streams

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A prominent Israeli Orthodox rabbi has called for state recognition of non-Orthodox steams of Judaism. Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, who is considered to be a relative liberal within Israel’s national religious community, said in a written statement to his yeshiva students that state recognition of non-Orthodox Jewish denominations would...
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Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Avigdor Liberman’s resignation as Israel’s foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel’s attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him. Liberman ceased being the country’s foreign minister on Tuesday morning, two days after he submitted his resignation. But he remains a...
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