Tuesday, September 22nd 2020   |


Israeli startup Argo hopes to put paraplegics on their feet


YOKNE’AM ILIT, Israel (JTA) — Radi Kaiuf was serving in Lebanon in 1988 with the Israel Defense Forces’ Golani Brigade when, in the middle of an operation, he took two bullets to the stomach and one to the back. He was lucky to be alive, doctors said, but he would never walk again.

Now, Kaiuf meets co-workers at eye level, standing with them in the hallway of...

Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood: What to do about Egypt?


WASHINGTON (JTA) – Jewish groups looking for signals from Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi regarding his views were appalled when one finally came — in the form of a nod and what appeared to be a muttered “amen” to an imam’s call for God to “deal harshly” with the Jews.

Morsi’s nod at Friday prayers Oct. 19 and a separate call from the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood’s top leader...

Jewish Agency committee calls for new approach to prayer at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Jewish Agency committee has adopted a resolution calling for a “satisfactory approach” to prayer at the Western Wall. The resolution passed Tuesday during the Jewish Agency for Israel’s Board of Governors meeting in Tel Aviv, reads in part: “Whereas Jewish women and men, of all streams of Judaism, desire the opportunity to pray at the Western Wall of Har Habayit (the Temple Mount) in a manner that fulfills...

Rockets from Gaza continue to pound southern Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Some 20 rockets fired from Gaza struck southern Israel on Sunday night and Monday morning. The rockets landed in unpopulated areas and did not cause any injury or damage.

In response, Israeli airstrikes early Monday morning hit what the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement were a rocket launching site and a “terror activity site” in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a terror activity site...

Report: Iran nearly done installing centrifuges at nuclear plant

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Iran appears to be nearly finished installing centrifuges at one of its underground plants, drawing it still closer to making weapons-grade uranium. Reuters quoted Western diplomats who said they have heard indications that Iran finished putting in place the remaining uranium centrifuges but had not starting running them yet.

According to the unnamed diplomats, while there may be more centrifuges located deep inside a mountain at its Fordow...

Netanyahu merges with the right, knocks out the left


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Political pundits long have debated who is the real Benjamin Netanyahu. Is he a pragmatist handcuffed by his right-wing support base and, until his father’s recent death, fealty to his father’s nationalist vision? Or is he a true right-wing ideologue whose apparent concessions, like a 2009 speech at Bar-Ilan University in which he accepted the principle of a two-state solution to the...

Rockets slam southern Israel, striking homes and injuring workers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 70 rockets and mortar shells fired from Gaza have hit southern Israel in the last 36 hours, striking several homes and injuring three. Four Palestinians have been killed in Israeli strikes on Gaza sites that the Israeli military said are used for launching rockets at Israel. The Palestinian Ma’an news agency has identified the dead as members of organizations that are considered terrorist by Israel and...

At its centennial celebration Hadassah looks for donors, new members


TEL AVIV (JTA) — Five years before the Balfour Declaration gave Jews their first realistic hope for a modern state in the Land of Israel, Henrietta Szold founded the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah and sent two nurses here to fight disease and provide milk to infants and their mothers.

A century later, Hadassah runs one of Israel’s premier hospitals — a medical center with two campuses in Jerusalem...

Israel figures prominently in final presidential debate

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S.-Israel alliance and the need to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon were major themes in the final presidential debate. Both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Monday during their foreign policy debate that they would stand with Israel in an attack by Iran.

“Israel is a true friend,” Obama said when debate moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News asked the candidates whether they...

Former President Carter blames Israel for ‘vanishing’ peace

(JNS.org) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter lamented the “vanishing” prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace during a trip to Jerusalem this week, blaming Israeli policies.

Carter called the current situation “catastrophic” and accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pursuing a one-state solution, despite Netanyahu’s previous statements committing to a two-state solution, including his 2009 speech at Bar Ilan University.

“I don’t think there’s any doubt that Netanyahu has decided the one-state...