Benjamin Netanyahu’s views on a Palestinian state, explained


(JTA) — It wasn’t so long ago that most major Israeli politicians supported establishing a Palestinian state.

Now it’s not clear that any of them do, including the current prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu.

Netanyahu began his political career in the 1970s opposing a Palestinian state, an idea...
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Israel’s Supreme Court bars far-right candidate Michael Ben-Ari from national elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court voted to disqualify Michael Ben Ari, head of the far-right Jewish Strength or Otzma Yehudit Party from running in national elections over his racism and racist incitement.

The court decided on Monday by a vote of 8 to 1 in favor of an appeal...
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Israeli father of 12 dies of injuries from West Bank attack

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli father of 12 shot during a terror attack in the West Bank died of his wounds.

The death of Rabbi Achiad Ettinger of Eli on Monday morning brings to two the number killed in the Sunday morning attack at the Ariel and Gitai junctions in...
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1 Israeli killed, 2 critically injured in attack at West Bank junctions

JERUSALEM (JTA) — One Israeli was killed and at least two others seriously injured in a stabbing and shooting attack at a traffic junction in the northern West Bank.

The attacker, believed by the Israel Defense Forces to be a Palestinian man, first stabbed an Israeli soldier near the Ariel...
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A beginner’s guide to the 2019 Israeli elections

(JTA) — Trying to understand the upcoming Israeli elections can get confusing.

The country’s longtime prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is mired in a series of corruption scandals and facing a serious challenge from a new rival. Other politicians are maneuvering behind the scenes to form new coalitions that would allow...
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Israel strikes dozens of targets following rocket attacks on Tel Aviv

(JTA) — Israel struck dozens of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to the firing of several rockets into the Tel Aviv area.

Sirens alerted residents that rockets were coming into the area just after 9 p.m. local time on Thursday. Hours later, Israeli aircraft carried out the strikes.

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Israeli women marched in solidarity against agunot

JERUSALEM – Women Moving Mountains” (“Eshet Hamidbar”), a 24 kilometer (14.91 miles) hike sponsored by Ohr Torah Stone, recently organized more than 300 women from across Israel to show their support and to advocate on behalf of “chained” women. The concept of agunot – being trapped in a Jewish marriage – is...
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Trump State Department drops Israel ‘occupied’ language from descriptions of West Bank and Golan

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Trump administration ended the policy of referring to the West Bank and the Golan Heights as “occupied” by Israel.

The State Department’s annual report on global human rights issues, issued Wednesday, drops the “occupied” language from passages on the West Bank, Golan Heights and Gaza. It...
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J Street launches Birthright-style trip to Israel that will include Palestinians

(JTA) — J Street, the liberal Israel policy group, will compete with Birthright by launching its own free trip to Israel for college students.

The trip will aim to introduce students firsthand to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the lives of Israelis and Palestinians. Organized by J Street U, the group’s...
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Donald Trump says Jews are leaving the Democrats. Are they?


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The House hearing was about foreign aid, and almost as soon as it started it took a political turn: The most powerful congressional appropriator was asking one of Washington’s most influential lobbyists about bipartisanship.

“What in your view would be the consequence of making...
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