Report: ‘Prisoner X’ spy tipped off Hezbollah

SYDNEY (JTA) – The man known as Prisoner X unwittingly leaked classified information to Lebanese authorities, leading to the arrest of two Hezbollah agents who were spying for Israel.

Ben Zygier, an Australian-Israeli citizen who was working for the Mossad, botched an attempt to recruit a spy for the agency,...
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Egyptian captors release Israeli captive

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli man from Nazareth who was kidnapped by Bedouin in Egypt was released.

Amir Omar Hassan arrived in Israel on Tuesday after being released by his captors. A Norwegian woman abducted at the same time also was released.

Hassan, a student at Ben-Gurion University, told Israeli...
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U.N. Security Council ‘concerned’ over unrest along Golan border

(JTA) — The U.N. Security Council voiced concern about the presence of Syrian government and rebel troops in the demilitarized area separating Syria from the Israeli-held Golan Heights.

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep concern at the risk that all military activities in the area of separation...
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Armed men capture Israeli in Sinai

(JTA) — Armed men in the Sinai took two tourists captive, including an Israeli.

Israeli and Arabic media outlets reported last Friday that armed Bedouins in a car rammed another car on the road from Taba, the Egyptian city on the Egyptian-Israeli border, to Dahab, a Red Sea resort, and...
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Erdogan: Conditions to normalize ties must be met first

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said normalization of relations with Israel will not take place until Israel fulfills its part of the agreement. Turkey and Israel agreed to normalize ties after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu apologized for Israel’s 2010 raid on the Mavi Marmara ship as...
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Israeli retailiatory strike slams Syrian military post

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli missile destroyed a Syrian military post in response to fire on Israeli troops in the Golan Heights. The missile fired Sunday by the Israel Defense Forces reportedly injured two Syrian soldiers. On Saturday night, Syrian gunfire damaged an Israeli army jeep.

Israeli soldiers also came under...
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Acre mayor survives assassination attempt

( – Mayor Shimon Lankri of the Israeli town of Acre was shot in the chest on Thursday night in what police have called an apparent assassination attempt, Israel Hayom reported.

Lankri, 51, suffered moderate wounds and was rushed to the Western Galilee Hospital in Nahariya. He is hospitalized under...
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Obama: Peace is possible


JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Obama reaffirmed his commitment to Israel and called for a renewed peace process in a speech to thousands of Israelis in Jerusalem.

In the centerpiece of his first presidential visit to Israel, Obama on Thursday stressed America’s “unbreakable” alliance with Israel and support for Israel...
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Obama call Israel ‘historic homeland’ of Jewish people

( – Presenting a contrast to his Cairo speech four years ago — during which he said that Israel was born from the Holocaust — U.S. President Barack Obama in Israel on Wednesday emphasized the historic link of the Jewish people to the Holy Land.

​Obama in Israel opened his...
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First Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent to dine with Obama

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Yityish Aynaw, the first Miss Israel of Ethiopian descent, has been invited to meet President Obama at a dinner hosted by President Shimon Peres.

Aynaw, 21, who was crowned two weeks ago, reportedly was invited at the behest of Obama’s advance team, which is currently in Israel...
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