A Sense Of Pride

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Forty-three percent of Israeli Jews consider their lives “so-so,” according to the 2013 Democracy Index published by the Israel Democracy Institute on Oct. 6. The annual report, which takes the pulse of Israeli Jews and Arabs, was conducted between April 8 and May 2 and included 1,000 respondents. According to the IDI, the maximum sampling… Read More

Worth The Fight

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Optimistic. Determined. Inexhaustible. Pick a synonym for any of the above, and you can use it to describe the team of young Israelis pedaling each year across the United States to cure cancer. Earlier this week, the participants of Bike For the Fight completed their second annual ride, which took them through the Baltimore, Rockville… Read More

In The Works

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The economic security of Israel is at risk. It sounds dramatic, but it is a reality on the ground — unless the government’s efforts at creating equality of access to education and jobs for Israeli-Arab citizens are successful. Some facts: Israeli-Arabs make up 20.6 percent of the Israeli population, but they contribute only 8 percent… Read More

Nobel Prize In Chemistry Shared By Israeli Professor

Arieh Warshel, an Israeli-American professor at the University of Southern California, will share the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work that made it possible “to map the mysterious ways of chemistry by using computers,” the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences announced. Warshel shares the honor with Martin Karplus, a researcher at the University of… Read More

Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, 93, Passes Away

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As tens of thousands prayed for the recovery of the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef, he passed away on Monday, October 7, 2013, at the age of 93, with his family and close colleagues, including several Shas leaders and President Shimon Peres at his side. Rabbi Haim Ovadia Yosef was… Read More

Analysis: Our Time To Lead

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The J Street policy conference, “Our Time To Lead,” ran this year from Saturday night, Sept. 28 through Tuesday, Oct. 1. With 2,800 participants — 900 students — it was a sea of turquoise and a rush of chants, “Two states. Two states.” Sometimes more like a football game than a foreign policy conference, the… Read More

Iranian Spy Captured In Israel

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran, Ali Mansuri,  was arrested on September 11, 2013.

A Belgian citizen spying for Iran was arrested on September 11th 2013 in Tel Aviv, this according to a statement released by Israel’s General Security Service (GSS). The man, named Alex Menes, aged 55, was arrested as he tried to leave Israel via Ben Gurian airport. In his interrogation it became apparent that he is… Read More

State Department Photo Lists ‘Palestine’ As Country

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A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists “Palestine” as a country. The post occurred a day after the State Department unveiled its new Instagram account. “These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign… Read More

Israel Under Pressure To Give Up Chemical, Nuclear Weapons

The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent… Read More

Green Golan

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Israel is renowned for creating innovative solutions for dealing with a scarcity of natural resources from seawater desalination to drip irrigation. Indeed, these technologies have been sold internationally and are aiding the solution of dire water and food shortages in the developing world. Israel has now begun to focus on a new challenge, that of… Read More