Gantz offers Abbas series of goodwill gestures in rare Ramallah meeting

By Anna Ahronheim, Tovah Lazaroff, and Lahav Harkov, Jerusalem Post— Israel will make a series of goodwill gestures to the Palestinian Authority, Defense Minister Benny Gantz said Monday after a rare meeting with PA President Mahmoud Abbas the night before in Ramallah. Among the economic gestures offered to Abbas was a NIS 500 million loan,…

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‘If I win elections, Canadian embassy will be moved to Jerusalem’

By Ariel Kahana, Israel Hayom— Erin O’Toole, the leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, vowed on Monday that if his party wins in the upcoming federal elections, Canada’s embassy in Israel will be moved to Jerusalem. “This was a commitment I made several years ago,” he told reporters. “Israel is a close ally of…

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Biden raised reopening of Jerusalem consulate, opposition to evictions, with PM

By Jacob Magid, Times of Israel— US President Joe Biden reaffirmed his plan to reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem and expressed his opposition to Israeli evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood during a closed Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, a senior White House aide in the room told…

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Defying Nazis: An American Hero Saved Jewish Soldiers Under His Command

By Arlene Bridges Samuels, CBN Israel— If you stood outside the East Tennessee History Center on one of Knoxville’s busy streets, you couldn’t miss the handsome new blue marker with gold lettering extolling the heroism of a native son. Last Friday, August 20, this was the site of a memorial celebration attended by the Reverend…

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Israeli leaders condemn ‘horrific’ Kabul airport bombings

By Emanuel Fabian and Agencies, Israel Hayom— Israeli leaders on Thursday night expressed their condolences over the deadly attacks at Kabul airport earlier in the day, which killed at least 72 people and wounded dozens more. “On behalf of the people of Israel, I share our deep sadness over the loss of American lives in…

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Bennett-Biden meeting expected to go ahead as Kabul bombing death toll climbs

By Erez Linn and AP— Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with US President Joe Biden late Thursday, after a scheduled meeting was postponed due to twin suicide bombings at the Kabul airport, which killed at least 95 Afghans and 13 US troops, Afghan and U.S. officials said, in the deadliest day for US forces in…

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Afghanistan’s Christians are turning off phones and going into hiding

By The Hill—- With the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan, governments around the world are frantically making plans to rescue as many at risk Afghans as they can. Germany, which has vowed to evacuate as many as 10,000, and the United Kingdom are currently coordinating with civil society partners to determine who is most in need…

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Open letter to Prime Minister Bennett ahead of visit to USA

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative”— During your first official visit to Washington, DC, you’ll have to choose between two options: *Blurring your deeply-rooted, assertive Israeli positions on the future of Judea and Samaria (the West Bank), which would be welcome by the Biden Administration, yielding to short-term political convenience and…

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IDF, Palestinian protestors clash on Gaza border

By Ynetnews.com— Hundreds of Palestinians demonstrated on Wednesday near the Israeli border in the southern Gaza Strip, days after a similar gathering turned violent. The Israeli military, which had beefed up its forces ahead of the demonstration, said it was using tear gas and live fire to disperse the crowd. Hamas’ Al-Aqsa TV showed in…

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Paralympic swimmer wins gold, becomes first Arab to medal for Israel

By ILH Sports Desk— Israeli Paralympic swimmer Iyad Shalabi won the gold medal for the 100-meter backstroke final in the S1 category at the Tokyo Paralympics on Wednesday, securing the first gold for Israel in this Paralympics and also becoming the first Arab Israeli to medal for Israel. Shalabi was born deaf and mute and…

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Bennett to Americans: We want stability, but not two states

By Lahav Harkov, JPost— Israel will not negotiate with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas while Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is in office, a diplomatic source said on Wednesday. Bennett is in Washington for a series of high-level meetings, culminating with one in the White House with US President Joe Biden, in which he plans to…

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The Land of Milk and Olives?

By Nathan Steinmeyer, Biblical Archaeology Review— A study published in the journal Palestine Exploration Quarterly has shown that large-scale olive oil production began in the land of Canaan much earlier than previously thought and that the competing interests of Iron Age Philistia and Judah were key to driving the industry’s growth. A joint project of…

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Israel Attacks Hamas in Gaza After Violence Returns to Border

By Hana Levi Julian, Jewish Press— Israeli aircraft struck Hamas terrorist targets in Gaza late Saturday night after a day in which hundreds of Hamas-led Gazans burned tires, hurled explosives and opened gunfire. In one case an Israeli Border Guard officer was shot by a Gazan at point-blank range through a hole in the security…

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