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ICC taps panel to mull war crimes lawsuit against Israel

(JTA) — The president of the International Criminal Court has taken the first steps toward an investigation of a war crimes lawsuit against Israel over the 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara.

Sang-Hyun Song of South Korea appointed a three-judge panel to study the procedural requirements for the suit. The appointment puts in place the legal apparatus for an investigation but does not actually launch a probe, The Associated Press...

Report: Terrorists targeting Arab-Israelis in Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Islamist terrorists are targeting Arab-Israelis in the Sinai, a London-based Arabic newspaper reported.

Al-Sharq Al-Awasat reported Tuesday that armed terror cells affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, as well as Hamas and al-Qaida, are poised to attack Israeli-Arabs as part of a plan to damage Sinai’s tourism industry.

The report quotes an unnamed “Israeli defense source,” according to Ynet.

“The attacks will target Israeli citizens in general, and...

Ron Dermer officially named Israel’s ambassador

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu named Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States.

The Prime Minister’s Office announced Tuesday in a statement that Netanyahu had decided to appoint his former senior adviser to the post.

“Ron Dermer has all the qualities necessary to successfully fill this important post,” Netanyahu said in the statement. “I have known him for many years and I know that Ron...

Syrian rebels blame Israel for attack on weapons cache

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Syrian rebels hinted that Israel was responsible for an attack on a naval barracks that destroyed advanced Russian missiles.

A spokesman for the Free Syrian Army’s Supreme Military Council said the early morning attack on July 5 near the port of Latakia originated from long-range missiles fired from a boat in the Mediterranean Sea, Reuters reported.  The spokesman said the firepower was consistent with that of the...

Ron Dermer bringing to envoy’s post loyalty to Netanyahu, history of abrasiveness


WASHINGTON (JTA) — “I was with him when” Ron Dermer laced his address to the 2009 American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Dermer used the phrase five times in the first five minutes of the speech — the “him” being Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I can shed a little insight into the mind of the Israeli prime minister,” Dermer told the crowd. “Because on that I’m something of an...

American Lois Gunden named Righteous Gentile

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Lois Gunden, an American Mennonite who helped save Jewish children in France during the Holocaust, was recognized by Yad Vashem as Righteous Among the Nations.

The Israeli Holocaust memorial made the announcement on Monday. Gunden becomes the fourth American to be named a Righteous Gentile.

Gunden will be honored posthumously at a ceremony to take place in the United States. Her niece Mary Jean Gunden will accept...

Far from Kotel, Women of the Wall pray with police protection

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Women of the Wall conducted its monthly prayer service at the Western Wall plaza with an occasional disturbance from protesters, but the worshipers were kept far from the wall itself.

The women, who came to the holy site Monday morning to mark the beginning of the Hebrew month of Av, were blocked with barricades in the northeastern corner of the plaza.  The Western Wall was not in...

Snowden says Israel, U.S. created Stuxnet virus

(JTA) — Whistleblower Edward Snowden told a German magazine that Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran.

Snowden made the statement as part of an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel in which he answered encrypted questions sent by security software developer Jacob Appelbaum and documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras. Excerpts of the interview were published Monday on the Spiegel...

NEWS ANALYSIS: Removal of Islamist Morsi a source of hope in Israel


TEL AVIV (JTA) – For the second time in less than three years, Egypt is erupting in chaos, with a popular protest movement leading to a swift change in the country’s leadership.

For Israelis, the Egyptian military’s removal of Mohamed Morsi from the presidency last week is a cause for optimism.

An Islamist and a leading figure in the Muslim Brotherhood, Morsi’s brief tenure saw a further...

Israeli Cabinet advances proposal to draft haredi Orthodox men

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Cabinet approved a bill proposal to draft thousands of haredi Orthodox men into the Israel Defense Forces. The proposal for reforms to Israel’s military conscription law passed the Cabinet at its weekly meeting on Sunday in a 14-4 vote.

It moves to the Ministerial Committee for Legislation for discussion before going to the Knesset floor.

The four votes against the “sharing of the burden” bill to integrate...