Israel News

BY JTA Wire Service
August 18, 2013

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Israel and the Palestinians discussed all the final-status issues in the first session of peace talks held in Jerusalem. Abbas made his comments Aug. 15 following a meeting with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ramallah, The Jerusalem Post reported. The first round of talks was held the previous day CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 18, 2013

 Israel launched a nationwide campaign to inoculate children aged 9 and under with the weakened, live form of the polio virus. More than 50,000 Israeli children living in southern Israel have been inoculated with the live virus in the past two weeks. The three-month campaign now is being spread to central and northern Israel. The CONTINUE »

Photo credit: Moshuk brin
August 15, 2013

 Seventeen Yemeni Jews were airlifted to Israel in a covert operation.   Four of the Jews were flown directly from Yemen to Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport on Wednesday, Haaretz reported. The rest were taken clandestinely from Buenos Aires after being smuggled to the Argentinian capital by a group of Satmar hasidim in August 2011, living CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
August 13, 2013

 Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky is expected to release his full plan for a compromise among religious groups at the Western Wall in two weeks. Sharansky, according to Haaretz, aims to release the plan before the end of August. Upon announcing the release plans, he said “if we have an agreement on a solution for CONTINUE »

An airplane of the Arkia airline takes off from the airport in the Southern Israeli city of Eilat. 
Photo credit: Moshe Shai/FLASH90
BY JTA Wire Service
August 13, 2013

A jihadist group affiliated with al-Qaida claimed responsibility for a rocket attack on Eilat. The Iron Dome anti-missile system intercepted the rocket fired early Tuesday morning by the Mujahideen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, which operates in Gaza and the Sinai Peninsula, from the Sinai near the Israel border. The Iron Dome battery CONTINUE »