Israel’s Jewish fertility rate tops Arabs for first time, defying ‘demographic doom’


( — New statistics show that the Israeli-Jewish fertility rate this year has surpassed that of the Israeli-Arab population for the first time, defying analysts who have made long-term projections of a Jewish minority in Israel.

At the same time, it remains to be seen whether...
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Tzipi Hotovely apologizes for statements about American Jewry

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely publicly apologized if statements she made about American Jewry, including that the “never send their children to fight for their country” and that “most of them are having quite convenient lives,” offended Jews in the U.S.

In an interview with the Hadashot...
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Palestinians’ Washington office can remain open, but only for peace activities

(JTA) — The Trump administration will allow the Palestine Liberation Organization office in Washington, D.C., to remain open but will require it to “limit its activities to those related to achieving a lasting, comprehensive peace between the Israelis and Palestinians.”

The State Department announced the decision Friday, saying the restrictions...
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Right, Left-Wing Parties Split on Trump Peace Initiative

(TPS) — Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declined to address reports Sunday that President Donald Trump is planning to table a new Israel-Palestinian peace initiative, other than to say that his approach to a plan, should one become public, will rest on clear criteria.

“My approach to the this plan will...
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Islamic Jihad raises combat preparedness to highest level, monitors Israelis

( — Amid rising tensions between the Gaza-based terror group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) and Israel, PIJ has reportedly raised its level of readiness for conflict to the highest degree.

The terror group is also purportedly closely monitoring the movements of Israeli citizens in the communities bordering Gaza, the London-based...
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Corruption crackdown means Saudi ‘stability,’ ties with Israel could be at stake

( — Saudi Arabia on Saturday night announced the arrests of dozens of senior Saudi figures as part of a crackdown on corruption, in a development that might have a substantial impact on the Arab kingdom’s relationship with Israel.

Eleven princes, four government ministers, dozens of former ministers and...
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Congressional panel considers Jerusalem embassy move

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A congressional panel heard testimony on whether the United States should move its Israeli Embassy to Jerusalem.

The hearing Wednesday by the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee was not attached to any bill. Since 1995, Congress has recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s...
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Palestinian Authority resumes full security cooperation with Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The head of the Palestinian Authority police confirmed that it had resumed full security cooperation with Israel.

Hzem Atallah told journalists in Ramallah on Wednesday that security coordination had resumed completely about two weeks ago after it was partially suspended in July by order of P.A. President...
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Netanyahu to appear via satellite at Jewish Federations’ General Assembly

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will address the Jewish Federations of North America’s annual General Assembly next month via satellite on the last day of the conference.

Netanyahu will be interviewed live from Israel, as he was last year. He appeared in person at the 2013 and 2015 General...
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Netanyahu, Turnbull warn against threat of militant Islam

ISRAEL (TPS) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his visiting Australian counterpart Malcolm Turnbull both cited the threat of militant Islam at a press conference prior to a meeting in Jerusalem on Monday afternoon.

Turnbull said both countries were fighting “militant Islamic terrorism,” which he called “a threat to Israel,...
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