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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 million.

The new figure includes approximately 5,978,600 Jews, or 75.4 percent of the population, and about 1,636,600 Arabs, or 20.6...

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 issued Tuesday night by the White House. “President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu reaffirmed that they are united in their...

Israel-U.S. tensions over Iran boiling over


WASHINGTON (JTA) — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.

In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday blasted the “international community” — widely seen in Israeli media as code for the Obama administration — for...

First Israeli gay couple seek divorce

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first Jewish Israeli male couple to marry has filed for divorce in a Tel Aviv rabbinical court that never recognized the marriage. It is unknown if the rabbinical court will provide a divorce for Uzi Even, the first openly gay Knesset member, and Dr. Amit Kama, Ynet reported. They were married in Canada in 2004 after living together for more than a decade.

Even, a professor...

Israeli planes hit Gaza terror sites in response to rocket attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit four terror-related Gaza sites. The early Monday morning strikes by the Air Force on a weapon manufacturing facility, a terror activity site and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, were in “direct response” to rocket fire from Gaza on southern Israel, the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement. Direct hits were confirmed...

In the debate heating up on Iran attack, a who’s who of the players


JERUSALEM (JTA) — The debate over an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities has heated up in recent weeks, with several current and former Israeli security chiefs coming out against an attack. Here are some of the debate’s most prominent figures, plus what President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, think of the idea.

Benjamin Netanyahu

Position and credentials: Prime minister of Israel and the most important...

Israeli daily Maariv reportedly sold to right wing nationalist

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reportedly was sold to the publisher of the right wing nationalist newspaper Makor Rishon. The $21 million sale, which does not include Maariv’s debts or publishing house, will be completed by October, the Israeli business daily Globes reported Sunday. Israeli businessman Nochi Danker owns Maariv.

Makor Rishon publisher Shlomo Ben-Tzvi plans to continue operating Maariv as a  newspaper, according to a notice from...

Democrats to return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform


CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Democrats are returning language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to their party platform at President Obama’s behest, a Jewish campaign surrogate told JTA. Two sources confirmed to JTA that the party’s platform committee was meeting in Charlotte, the site of this year’s Democratic National Convention, on Wednesday evening to return language in the 2008 platform to this year’s platform.

“They are returning the...

Egypt withdraws tanks from Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt withdrew some 20 tanks from Sinai in response to Israel’s security concerns, according to an unnamed Egyptian official. The official spoke Monday to The Associated Press about the withdrawal, which comes a month after Egyptian troops, including tanks and other hardware, entered the Sinai in order to combat terrorism emanating from the peninsula and directed at both Egypt and Israel.

The 1979 Camp David peace accords stipulate...

In dismissal of Rachel Corrie suit, one small question is key


HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — The verdict by an Israeli court in the case of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, may have captured international attention and touched on a range of ethical issues at the center of Israel’s military operations. But at its core, Tuesday’s ruling on whether Israel was responsible for Corrie’s death nine years ago hinged...