Israel

Katsav seeks presidential pardon on rape conviction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested a presidential pardon to appeal his rape conviction. Katsav’s wife, Gila, filed the request with the Justice Ministry. It will be forwarded to President Shimon Peres.

Katsav, 65, is serving a seven-year jail sentence for his conviction on two counts of...
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Gilad Shalit reveals details of his captivity

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Schalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.

“During the day, I played all...
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Netanyahu calls for early elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections. In a news conference Tuesday evening, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Though a date has not yet been announced, it is expected that the vote will be held in...
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Israel shoots down unmanned drone over Negev

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace. The unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, was intercepted and shot down over the northern Negev on Saturday morning in an unpopulated area, according to the Israel Defense Forces. It had entered Israeli airspace from the...
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Islamic terrorist group claims credit for attack in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Islamic terrorist group based in the Sinai has claimed responsibility for an attack that killed an Israeli soldier, saying it was in response to an anti-Muslim film. The group Ansar Jerusalem, also identified as Ansar Bayt al-Maqdes or “supporters of the holy place,” which has previously taken responsibility...
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Israeli airstrike kills two Palestinian terrorists

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Two Palestinian terror operatives were killed when Israeli airstrikes hit their car in southern Gaza. According to a statement from the Israel Defense Forces, one of the operatives, Anis Abu Mahmoud el-Anin, was in the final stages of preparing to carry out a terror attack against Israeli civilians....
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On U.S. news shows Netanyahu calls for red line on Iran

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will try to win American public support for red lines on Iran’s nuclear program in appearances on American news shows. Netanyahu appeared Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press” in a pre-recorded interview.

“Iran is guided by a leadership with an unbelievable fanaticism,”...
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El Al discontinues weekly flights to Egypt

(JTA) – El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo. In a letter published Sunday in the daily Maariv, El Al Airlines CEO Eliezer Shkedi said Israel’s official airline cannot afford the high security and operating costs for the nearly empty flights, according to news reports.

The...
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Israel population now nearly 8 million

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s population is nearing 8 million, up almost 100,000 from the end of 2011, according to data released on the eve of Rosh Hashanah. The Central Bureau of Statistics reported that the population of Israel stands at approximately 7,933,200; at the end of 2011 it was at 7.837...
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Obama, Netanyahu discuss Iran

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about Iran as the White House denied that the prime minister requested a Washington meeting. “The two leaders discussed the threat posed by Iran’s nuclear program, and our close cooperation on Iran and other security issues,” said a statement...
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