Jewish and Arab Israelis: Different Perspectives

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An extensive survey released late last month indicated that Arab Israelis have become more extreme in their attitudes to the state and its Jewish majority, while Jewish Israelis have maintained their positions or have become more amicable to the Arab minority. On the surface, the statistics of the 2012 Index of Arab-Jewish Relations In Israel… Read More

Israel Launches Pilot ID Program Challenged In Court

Israel’s Interior Ministry began a two-year trial of its controversial biometric data program. Beginning Monday, Israeli citizens seeking to obtain or renew their national identity cards can choose to receive a smart ID card by submitting their biometric data, including fingerprints and facial contours. The pilot program will start in Rishon Lezion and Ashdod. It… Read More

Ambassador Michael Oren To Leave Post

Michael Oren, the Israeli ambassador to Washington, announced that he will be leaving his post this fall. “Israel and the United States have always enjoyed a special relationship and, throughout these years of challenge, I was privileged to take part in forging even firmer bonds,” Oren said in a statement sent to media and posted… Read More

Shas Rabbi Ovadia Yosef Recovering From Back Surgery

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, a former chief Sephardic rabbi of Israel, is recovering from major back surgery. Yosef, 93, was scheduled to be transferred out of the intensive care unit on Tuesday from the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem following the procedure on his spine the previous day. The spiritual leader of the Sephardi… Read More

Special Committee: Machpela House Legally Purchased

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A special military committee ruled on July 1 that the Machpela House, situated in Hebron, was legally acquired by its Jewish owners. The house was purchased by Jews from its Arab owners, a process which took several years, according to Shlomo Levinger, who oversaw the purchasing of the home with a group of residents in… Read More

Terrorist Attack Thwarted In Hebron

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A female terrorist was caught a short while ago by Border Police at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron, thanks to an alert policewoman. A Palestinian woman in her early twenties approached one of the checkpoints in the vicinity and raised the suspicion of the police stationed at the checkpoint. The policewoman stopped her… Read More

Netanyahu Reportedly Taps Dermer As Next Ambassador to U.S.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has decided to appoint his close aide Ron Dermer as Israel’s next ambassador to the United States, Army Radio reported Friday. According to the report, Dermer’s candidacy as ambassador has been in question for some time, as he was considered a “red sheet” in Obama administration circles for his perceived support… Read More

Taxed & Overtaxed

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Do you have a bank account in Israel? If so, let’s hope you filed the correct forms. Otherwise, you could be in for a criminal investigation and some hefty fines. That’s because early this year, the Internal Revenue Service announced that it was cracking down on people not voluntarily disclosing their inc-ome and funds in… Read More

Over The Red Line?

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The news that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) unfairly targeted conservative groups has brought a new spotlight on a 2012 lawsuit filed by the pro-Israel group Z Street. According to Z Street Director Lori Lowenthal Marcus, the IRS singled out the organization and failed to move forward its request for 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt status because… Read More

Dermer On His Way To Washington?

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  Israel Ch. 10 Tuesday reported that the United States has withdrawn objections to the appointment of Ron Dermer as the next Israel ambassador to the U.S., replacing Michael Oren. Back in December, rumors circulated that Dermer would be the next ambassador after the Israeli daily Makor Rishon reported that Oren had requested to end his… Read More