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Peruvians arrest alleged Hezbollah operative

(JTA) — Peruvian authorities arrested a man that they said belongs to Hezbollah and Israeli media reported was planning an attack on Jewish targets. Muamad Amadar, a Lebanese national, was arrested after police found that he had explosives in his Lima home, the Peruvian newspaper La Republica reported Tuesday. The police identified Amadar as a […]

Top U.N. official urges Security Council to address Israeli-Palestinian conflict

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A top U.N. official urged the U.N. Security Council to address more substantively the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Jeffrey Feltman, an American who is the under-secretary-general for political affairs, and as such a top deputy to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, was addressing the council as it convened Wednesday at the request of Jordan to consider […]

Kerry: Netanyahu slur is ‘disgraceful’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — An Obama administration official’s anonymous attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was “disgraceful,” Secretary of State John Kerry said. “That does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me, it is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging,” Kerry said Thursday at a symposium organized by The Atlantic magazine, which originally published the slur, […]

Temple Mount to reopen, but with restrictions

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Temple Mount will reopen immediately to Muslim worshippers, the Israel Police said following security assessments. The announcement on Thursday evening came soon after the Obama administration called on Israel to reopen the area to Muslim worshippers. Entrance to Muslims for Friday prayers, however, will be restricted to men over the age of […]

Nathaniel Melnitsky gets real-world medical training in Guatemala

The Teen Heroes column is sponsored by the Helen Diller Family Foundation. To learn more about the foundation’s $36,000 Diller Teen Tikkun Olam Awards, visit Volunteering in a developing country, Nathaniel Melnitsky says he saw “how the world really is.” (Courtesy Nathaniel Melnitsky) WASHINGTON (JTA) — While many teens might spend their summer vacations relaxing […]

Do Israelis think Netanyahu is ‘chickenshit’? Maybe, but they like him that way

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressing the Knesset during the opening of the winter session, Oct. 27, 2014. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90) JERUSALEM (JTA) – An anonymous White House staffer apparently isn’t the only one who thinks Benjamin Netanyahu is shy about taking chances. A piece this week in  The Atlantic magazine by journalist Jeffrey Goldberg ignited […]

In Holocaust restitution affair, Austrian official’s admission may undermine state’s case

Stephan Templ was convicted of defrauding the Austrian government out of $700,000 in connection with a Holocaust restitution application. (Cnaan Liphshiz) VIENNA (JTA) – An Austrian official’s letter is threatening to undermine the central pillar of a controversial court decision that found a Jewish journalist guilty of defrauding the government. On Sept. 9, senior state […]

New species of frog discovered in New York City

Actually it had been discovered some 80 years ago, but nobody realized what it was.

The Temple Mount has gone mainstream

The shooting of Yehuda Glick is a stark reminder that those seeking a return to Judaism’s holiest site are no longer a bunch of fringe extremists.

Shin Bet suspected Glick’s shooter was involved in terrorist activity in August

Despite suspicion, Shin Bet did nothing to stop Muataz Hijazi’s employment at the Begin Center.

Israeli scientists achieve breakthrough in DNA computing

National Geographic: ‘Israeli scientists have devised a computer that can perform 330 trillion operations per second, more than 100,000 times the speed of the fastest PC.’

Conversion problems forcing many Russian immigrants to leave Israel, expert says

Figures show one-third of Israelis who emigrated in recent years were not accepted as Jews in the country.

Israel’s godfather of search and rescue ops / Journeys Podcast

When disaster strikes in a far-flung corner of the earth, a search and rescue team is required: This is where Hilik Magnus comes in.

Kerry: Open Temple Mount to Muslim worshipers

The U.S. secretary of state condemns shooting of American citizen in Jerusalem, says State Department seeking more information.

West making big mistake in fighting ISIS, says senior Israeli officer

Senior Israeli commander thinks the U.S.-led coalition intervened too early against the Sunni militants, and ‘not necessarily in the right direction.’

Drawing that was too hot for Hitler goes on show

Leonardo da Vinci’s 500-year-old self-portrait in red chalk is reputed to give extra strength to anyone observing the painter’s stern gaze.

Israel recalls Sweden ambassador in protest of Palestine recognition

FM Lieberman is considering officially downgrading diplomatic relations with Sweden.

Hezbollah member held in Peru for planning terror attack

Mossad reportedly informed Peru Mohammed Amadar was headed there; Netanyahu’s office declined to comment.

U.K. Jewish schools downgraded for ‘lacking British values’

State schools supervisor denies that it is looking to undermine children’s religious traditions or disproportionately targeting Jewish schools.

Police decide to open Temple Mount on Friday; Fatah calls for ‘day of rage’ in Jerusalem

Fatah calls for ‘day of rage’ in Jerusalem; Palestinians say violence could erupt after Friday prayers.

Haaretz cartoonist: I was mocking Netanyahu’s handling of U.S.-Israeli relations

Amos Biderman says image of prime minister flying plane into skyscraper was supposed to be a warning of disastrous relations with Israel’s ‘most important strategic asset.’

Lizards’ secret of longevity: no meat, little sex

Researchers identify factors that extend reptiles’ lifespan – but can’t say it works for humans, too.

Israeli citizenship may deprive Avram Grant of top job

The Ghanaian Football Association reportedly fears that Grant would be banned from travelling to several countries as coach of the national team.

ISIS killed 600 Shi’ites after seizing Mosul in June, HRW says

Militants carried out mass killings of hundreds of Iraqi prison inmates after they seized the country’s second-largest city, rights group says.

Egypt Bans Group Pushing for Morsi’s Reinstatement

Egypt bans pressure group pushing for the reinstatement of former Muslim Brotherhood President, who was ousted last year.

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