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Israel

Flooding shuts down Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Traffic stood at a standstill for several hours in Tel Aviv after flooding closed a major highway. The Ayalon Highway closed early Tuesday morning and remained closed throughout the day, as the Ayalon and Yarkon rivers overflowed in the city. The Ayalon is usually a dry riverbed.

Trains running in the Tel Aviv area also were disrupted by flooding and the city’s train stations shut down.

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Wild weather slams Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rain and high winds have caused damage and power outages throughout Israel.Storms raged across the country and temperatures dropped to below normal on Monday. Flooding closed the Herzliya train station and the main Azrielli shopping mall in Modiin, while traffic lights went out in cities. The power outages have been caused mostly due to falling tree branches.

Hospitals are preparing to deal with hypothermia from the expected...

Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government.Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over women’s prayer restrictions at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.

In recent months, Diaspora Jewish activists have grown increasingly incensed...

Center-left parties discuss forming bloc to beat Bibi

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich and Hatnua party chief Tzipi Livni have agreed to discuss forming a left-center bloc to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from forming the next government. Livni on Friday called on Yacimovich and centrist Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid to join together in a bloc to defeat Netanyahu, the prime minister, in the Jan. 22 elections.

The call came a day after Yacimovich said...

Israel to plant 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

NEW YORK (JTA) – More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the December 14 massacre at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. The trees will be part of the Beersheva River Park, a 1,700-acre water,...

Former IDF soldier Anat Kamm’s sentence shortened

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The prison sentence of former Israeli soldier Anat Kamm, who turned classified military documents over to a reporter, was shortened by one year. On Monday,  Israel’s Supreme Court cut the 4 1/2-year term in response to an appeal filed by Kamm in July. She now likely will go free by February 2014.

Kamm entered the Neve Tirza prison in Ramle last November. The original sentence and 18-month...

U.S. Jewish groups welcome Netanyahu’s Western Wall initiative

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three U.S. Jewish groups welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initiative to review restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Hadassah and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly greeted the move by Netanyahu, who this week asked the Jewish Agency and its chairman, Natan Sharansky, to come up with solutions to ensure that women are welcome at the Western Wall.

“It’s...

Report: Arabs could outnumber Jews in Israel by 2020

(JNS.org) On top of Hamas terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program, the implications of unrest in Syria and the rise of an Islamist government in Egypt, another growing challenge Israel faces in 2013 and beyond is a demographic one. The Jewish state could lose its Jewish character within this decade, according to new estimates from the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics.

On Tuesday, the bureau said birth rates indicate that Israel’s...

Netanyahu expresses concern that Hamas could take over PA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concern that Hamas would take over the Palestinian Authority before or after a peace agreement. “In Egypt, the regime has been replaced, in Syria the regime is being shaken and this could also happen in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea and Samaria. Everyone knows that Hamas could take over the Palestinian Authority. It could happen after an agreement, it could...

Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Liberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday morning. Liberman is charged with advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh, Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus, in exchange for information on an investigation against him.

An abuse of authority accusation could...