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Window shuts on religious pluralism in Israel

Window shuts on religious pluralism in Israel

JERUSALEM — Two years ago, Israeli advocates for religious pluralism spoke of a “window of opportunity” to advance their cause. For the first time in a decade, the governing coalition included no haredi Orthodox parties. The Knesset’s second biggest party, Yesh Atid, advanced a raft of legislation to change the Orthodox-controlled status quo. Even the religious Zionist Jewish Home party seemed open to change.


Israeli officials fear ISIS threat from the north

JERUSALEM — Israeli security officials are increasingly concerned about the threat of large-scale terror attacks by ISIS. In an article on Dec. 30, Haaretz reported that Israel’s “defense establishment” believes a growing number of Arab-Israelis are joining the Islamic extremist group, and that ISIS branches on the Syrian border with the Golan Heights and in Egypt’s Sinai will recruit Arab-Israelis to commit terror attacks. Also on Dec. 30, the Israel Defense Forces said ISIS operati...

Israel and Brazil in envoy furor

Israel and Brazil in envoy furorRIO DE JANEIRO — Israel’s deputy foreign minister said Brazil is likely to fuel a diplomatic crisis by withholding consent for its choice of ambassador, a former settler leader. Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Tzipi Hotovely, declared Sunday, Dec. 27, that the Jewish state will use a number of channels to secure the nomination of Dani Dayan, saying no other name will be put up for the post. President Dilma Rousseff withholding consent to Dani Dayan because of his settler background app...

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:55 )


Olmert's prison term cut to 18 months

Olmert's prison term cut to 18 monthsJERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert had his prison term cut to 18 months from six years for his part in the Holyland corruption case. The Supreme Court, as part of Olmert’s appeal during a hearing Tuesday, Dec. 29, cut the term ordered by the Tel Aviv District Court in May, 2014. Olmert is the first Israeli prime minister to be sentenced to jail. He is scheduled to enter prison on Feb. 15, 2015.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 30 December 2015 12:20 )


Memorial to be held on anniversary of Hyper Cacher killings

PARIS (JTA) — A commemoration on the first anniversary of the murderous siege at a Paris kosher supermarket is for all the victims in terrorist slayings over a three-day period in January, the main Jewish umbrella group in France said. CRIF called on the general public to attend the memorial in a statement published last week on its website, which said the event planned for Jan. 9 at the Hyper Cacher market on the eastern outskirts of Paris was meant to remember the four Jews killed there and...
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Ben Sales Levin called Reform Judaism a “dying world.” ... [Link]

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Ben Sales Jamal Hakrush will lead a 1,300-officer unit focused on the Arab community. ... [Link]

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Ben Sales Two soldiers’ bodies were captured in the 2014 Israel-Hamas war. ... [Link]

Israeli settler attacks Palestinian truck with ax

Ben Sales No one was injured in the incident. ... [Link]

Haredi protester burns Reform prayer book at Western Wall

Ben Sales TEL AVIV (JTA) — A haredi Orthodox man burned a Reform prayer book while protesting a women’s prayer service at the Western Wall. The man, Itamar Gadassi, set the book on fire during the m... [Link]

What the $55,000 Israel trip for Oscar nominees looks like

Gabe Friedman Whether or not Leonardo DiCaprio finally wins Best Actor at this year’s Academy Awards, he’ll at least take home a free trip to the Holy Land. As announced last week, the 26 nominees in the... [Link]

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