Settler leaders produce map they claim shows Trump plan for Palestinian state

By Jacob Magid, Times of Israel— Settler leaders have been meeting with right-wing lawmakers over the past week and presenting them with what they claim is a map of the Palestinian state envisioned by the Trump plan, which would encircle 15 Israeli communities in a manner they say is unacceptable. The Yesha umbrella council of…

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Shavuot Roses, Wisdom and Beauty

By Inna Rogatchi, Rogatchi Foundation— After forty nine days of counting the Omer which also means an annual inner preparation for Shavuot, giving us the moral code, we are about to enter the celebration of getting wisdom. Preparing for the celebration, we at The Rogatchi Foundation thought to engage people from some communities world-wide, our…

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European leaders said to implore Netanyahu not to advance annexation

By Raphael Ahren, Times of Israel— Several European leaders reportedly sent personal letters to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in recent days asking him not to push ahead with plans to unilaterally annex parts of the West Bank. “I ask you, in a spirit of friendship, that your new government not take unilateral action . Such…

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Netanyahu Criminal Trial Opens in Jerusalem

By Aryeh Savir, Israel Today— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday arrived at a Jerusalem court to face corruption charges in three cases, becoming the first sitting prime minister in Israel’s history to be tried before a three-judge panel. Netanyahu was indicted for breach of trust in Case 1000, the illegal gifts affair, for breach…

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Shavou’ot (Pentecost) guide for the perplexed, 2020

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” 1. Impact on the formation of the US The holiday of Shavou’ot (Pentecost) commemorates the legacy of Moses – the Exodus, the Ten Commandments and the Torah (the Five Books of Moses) -which had a significant impact on the key values and achievements of the…

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Palestinians: The Home Demolitions No One Talks About

by Khaled Abu Toameh, Gatestone Institute— Hamas, the Iranian-backed terrorist movement controlling the Gaza Strip, is often one of the first Palestinian groups to condemn Israel for demolishing homes of terrorists or Palestinian-owned houses built illegally in the West Bank and Jerusalem. While international human rights groups and the European Union have also been condemning…

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After Zionism Denounced as ‘Satanic’ at Virtual ‘Quds Day’ Event in Canada, Jewish Group Calls for All-Out Ban

By Algemeiner Staff— An online video event in Canada hosted by virulently anti-Zionist activists to mark the Iranian regime’s annual “Quds Day” protest calling for the elimination of the State of Israel was distinguished by its antisemitic rhetoric, a leading Canadian Jewish advocacy organization said on Monday. In a statement, B’nai Brith Canada noted that…

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Israel’s Control of Judea & Samaria – a Prerequisite for Security

By Ambassador (ret.) Yoram Ettinger, “Second Thought: a US-Israel Initiative” The mountain ridges of Judea and Samaria (West Bank) – 3,000ft above the Jordan Valley and 2,000 ft above Israel’s heavily populated coastal plain – constitute the “Golan Heights” of Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Ben Gurion Airport, the key north-south transportation artery Highway 6, critical commercial…

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Israeli dig finds 2,000-year-old underground complex near Western Wall

By Clyde Hughes, World News— Archaeologists have uncovered a 2,000-year-old underground compound near Jerusalem’s Western Wall that hasn’t been seen in generations, officials said Tuesday. The Israeli Antiquities Authorities said the compound — which has an open courtyard, two rooms and several household objects — had been sealed during the Byzantine period some 1,400 years…

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Israeli doctor behind promising corona vaccine trial from US firm

By i24NEWS— US biotech firm Moderna reported “positive interim” results on Monday in the first clinical tests of its vaccine against the coronavirus performed on a small number of volunteers. In the eight trial subjects who received it, the vaccine, mRNA-1273, appeared to produce an immune response of the same magnitude as that observed in…

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Israel: The Settlements Are Not Illegal

By Michael Calvo, Gatestone Institute—- The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), adopted by the UN General Assembly on September 13, 2007, by a majority of 144 states in favor, 4 votes against, and 11 abstentions, recognized that indigenous people (also known as first people, aboriginal people or native people) have…

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Netanyahu Holds Talks with Likud Rebels to Shore up Coalition Before Swearing-in

By Times of Israel Staff— Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly continued to face resistance as he met with lawmakers on Saturday evening in a bid to finish doling out ministerial posts ahead of the new government’s swearing-in, ostensibly scheduled for Sunday afternoon. As the clock struck midnight, only two positions had apparently been accepted, as…

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EU: We will not recognize any changes to ‘1967 borders’

By Elad Benari, Israel National News— The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, on Monday congratulated the new Israeli government but also made clear that the EU will not accept an Israeli move to apply sovereignty over parts of Judea and Samaria. “The European Union congratulates the new government in Israel. Israel…

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