Israel News

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Arab Israelis say discrimination rampant in Jewish state
BY Maayan Jaffe
July 9, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

July 9, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

July 7, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

BY JTA Wire Service
July 3, 2013

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 CONTINUE »

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BY Aryeh Savir, Tazpit News Agency
July 2, 2013

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 CONTINUE »