Palestinian teen convicted of killing American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Palestinian teen was convicted in a West Bank military court of murdering American-Israeli activist Ari Fuld.

Khalil Jabarin, 17, from the village of Yatta, near Hebron, also was convicted on Monday in Judea Military Court for three other murder attempts.

Jabarin stabbed Fuld, 45, a father...
Continue Reading ⇒

US embassy in Jerusalem issues security alert following Soleimani killing

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The United States Embassy in Jerusalem issued a security alert on Monday for U.S. citizens in Israel after the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani prompted Iran to promise “harsh revenge.”

“Out of an abundance of caution, the Embassy strongly encourages U.S. citizens to remain vigilant...
Continue Reading ⇒

Two Israelis drown in Tel Aviv elevator

Two people were pronounced dead following their rescues from a flooded elevator in Tel Aviv following torrential downpours from winter rains on Saturday.

In two separate rescues, a man was pulled from the flooded cab in a residential building at 3:00 p.m. suffering from hypothermia. Identified only as a man...
Continue Reading ⇒

Netanyahu ends Danny Danon’s term as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not extend the term of Danny Danon, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.

Danon’s term officially expired on Tuesday, the same day that the announcement that his term would not be extended was made, Israel’s Channel 12 first reported.

Danon’s term was...
Continue Reading ⇒

Aussie Jewish groups slam Israel for choosing health minister who helped alleged pedophile

(JTA) — Jewish groups in Australia have decried Israel’s appointment to health minister of a lawmaker who is accused of helping an alleged pedophile sheltering in Israel to avoid deportation.

Yaakov Litzman, who heads the haredi Orthodox United Torah Judaism party and serves as deputy health minister, was appointed to...
Continue Reading ⇒

Tesla to launch operations in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The electric car maker Tesla is set to launch Israeli operations in January. Tesla will be the first car manufacturer to sell its vehicles in Israel rather than through an importer.

The company, owned by Elon Musk, will start by opening a pop-up store at a mall...
Continue Reading ⇒

Netanyahu easily wins Likud party primary to remain prime minister candidate


(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won his party’s leadership primary with 71.5 percent of the vote, according to an exit poll.

A tweet by Direct Polls, an Israeli firm, showed challenger Gideon Saar with 28.5 percent.The poll had a margin of error of 3.2...
Continue Reading ⇒

Airstrike on Syria that killed 3 leads to Iranian threat against Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Iran has threatened Israel over an airstrike near Damascus, Syria, that killed three Iranians.

The attack on Sunday was attributed to Israel by the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. It targeted Iranian and Syrian military positions near Damascus, according to the group.

Ali Akbar Velayati, a...
Continue Reading ⇒

Torah scroll set alight in attack on West Bank synagogue

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Several Torah scrolls were damaged in an attack on a West Bank synagogue.

One of the scrolls was set ablaze and the synagogue’s silver ritual items were stolen in the haredi Orthodox city of Modiin Illit.

The break-in occurred on Sunday night and was discovered early Monday...
Continue Reading ⇒

More than half a million new immigrants moved to Israel in the 2010s

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than half a million new immigrants from 150 countries moved to Israel in the past decade.

Most of the 255,000 new immigrants came from countries including Russia, Ukraine, France, the United States and Ethiopia, according to figures released Sunday by the Jewish Agency for Israel.

Continue Reading ⇒