Israeli emergency responders leave for Addis Ababa to locate Israelis killed in plane crash

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A delegation from ZAKA, the Israeli rescue and recovery group, left for Addis Ababa and the site of an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed 157 people.

The goal of the delegation is to “locate and identify the Israeli victims, to collect their remains in keeping with Jewish...
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Israel strikes Hamas targets after rocket fired on civilians from Gaza

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli warplanes attacked several Hamas military targets in Gaza after a rocket was fired from Gaza on a civilian area of southern Israel.

The rocket fired on Saturday night landed in an open area in a border community in southern Israel. It did not cause any injury...
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Israel razes home of Palestinian suspect in killing of 2 soldiers

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces demolished the home of a Palestinian man suspected of carrying out a West Bank shooting attack that killed two Israeli soldiers and seriously injured two others. The two-story home of Asem Barghouti was razed before sunrise on Thursday in the village of Kobar,...
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Israeli spacecraft Beresheet executes complicated maneuver

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli spacecraft Beresheet conducted a complicated and successful maneuver as it continues on its journey to the moon.

The maneuver on Thursday was carried out according to plan, despite having to deal with a malfunctioning star tracker. Its main engine burned for 152 seconds during the action....
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Jason Greenblatt urges outside parties to support peace plan — and not to undermine it


WASHINGTON (JTA) — The best thing everyone except for the Israelis and Palestinians can do when the Trump administration reveals its peace plan is to be supportive, Trump’s chief negotiator said. And nothing else.

“It really is up to the Israelis and the Palestinians; they’re the ones...
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UN commission says Israel committed war crimes during Gaza border protests


JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during the Gaza border protests, a United Nations investigation found.

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 189 Palestinians and injured more than 6,100 during the weekly protests in Gaza from March 2018 until the end of...
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Israel will continue to act against Iran in Syria, Netanyahu tells Putin in Moscow

(JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel told Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Wednesday that Israel will continue to act against Iran’s attempts to entrench militarily in Syria.

Netanyahu shortened his trip and planned to return Wednesday night, the day of his meeting with Putin, reportedly so...
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Israel launches lunar spacecraft from Cape Canaveral

(JNS)– Israel became the first to launch a privately funded mission to the moon, in addition to becoming the fourth country to launch a lunar spacecraft, on Thursday night.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 successfully launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Aboard it is the spacecraft, called “Beresheet”...
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Will Israel be the fourth country to land on the moon?


(JTA) — He’s spent eight years trying to land a spacecraft on the moon, but when Yonatan Winetraub stood on the launchpad this month at Florida’s Cape Canaveral, he was still in shock. “I stood right next to the rocket, and it’s pretty big,” Winetraub said in...
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Another fight over Holocaust memory threatens warming ties between Israel and Poland


JERUSALEM (JTA) — It was meant to be a diplomatic triumph for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: a much-touted diplomatic summit in Jerusalem on Monday with four Central European states.

Instead, harsh words from Israel’s acting foreign minister opened a diplomatic rift threatening to severely damage Israeli-Polish...
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