Israel

Avigdor Liberman fraud trial set for next month

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman will go on trial next month for fraud and breach of trust. The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled Sunday that the trial of the Yisrael Beiteinu party leader will begin on Feb. 17.

A three-judge panel will hear the case rather than...
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Tel Aviv Lollapalooza cancelled

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Lollapalooza music festival scheduled to take place in Tel Aviv was canceled. No reason was given for the cancellation for the August event in Yarkon Park, the Los Angeles Times reported. A festival spokeswoman characterized the cancellation as a postponement.

The website for Lollapalooza Israel was...
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Hebrew Playboy coming to Israel

NEW YORK (JTA) — A Hebrew version of Playboy magazine is coming to Israel.

Attorney Daniel Pomerantz, an Israeli immigrant from Chicago, has negotiated the rights for the Israeli version of the men’s magazine, Haaretz reported. There is no launch date yet but eventually it will be available in print...
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Election Analysis: Can Lapid and Netanyahu make common cause?

By URIEL HEILMAN

(JTA) — This week’s election in Israel was a watershed — but not in the ways one might think. In almost every election cycle, the campaign has been about one thing. To adapt James Carville’s famous adage: It’s about security, stupid.

Except this time, it wasn’t.

The...
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Israeli soldier kills Palestinian woman near Hebron

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian woman was shot and killed near Hebron by an Israeli soldier. A second woman was shot and wounded in the Jan. 23 incident, according to reports. According to an initial Israel Defense Forces investigation, a group of Israeli soldiers were ambushed by rocks and firebombs...
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Israel 2013: What the next government might look like

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — One day after the election, all of the Israeli news sites show an even pie chart: 60 Knesset seats for the left and 60 for the right. But the Knesset isn’t actually divided 60-60. It’s split four ways — 42 for the right,...
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News Analysis: The consequences of Israel’s vote

By URIEL HEILMAN

JTA) — A few observations about the Israeli election results:

Right-left split changes, but not a game changer: From an outsider’s perspective, Israel would seem to a very politically unstable place. The biggest party in the previous Knesset, Kadima, crashed from 28 seats to two. The No. 3...
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U.S. officials praise Israel democracy

(JNS.org) – Reacting to news of Israel’s election results, American officials praised Israeli democracy and promised to work with the new government, the Jerusalem Post reported.  In a tweet, U.S. Ambassador Dan Shapiro congratulated Israelis on a successful election day.  “Mazal tov to the Israeli people on their just completed elections! Always...
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Israeli undecided voters will be heard

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis are rarely shy about offering their opinions, especially on politics. This year, however, a good number of them aren’t sure what their opinions are.

As Election Day approached, a large proportion of voters — 15 percent — were still undecided, according to polls....
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Israelis vote in large numbers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israelis went to the polls to elect the 19th Knesset. More than one-quarter of eligible Israeli voters had exercised their civic right and duty as of noon on Tuesday, reportedly the highest voter turnout since 1999. Most polls will remain open until 10 p.m.

There are 5,656,705 eligible...
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