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  • Why Gal Gadot is Israel’s real-life Wonder Woman

    Israel’s famously partisan papers have finally found something to agree on: They all love Gal Gadot. Israel Hayom, the Sheldon Adelson-funded right-wing daily, called her a “woman of valor.” Walla, a popular news website, suggested that if Israelis were tired of her, they might as well “move to another news item, site or planet.” The City Mouse, an events…

  • From left to right, Israelis sour on ‘opportunist’ Donald Trump

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — He’s crude. He’s blunt. He’s inauthentic. He is not a man of peace. Left and right, religious and secular, Arab and Jew, Israelis don’t have many kind words for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential front-runner. In interviews this week, several prominent Israelis described Trump as an opportunist and a demagogue whose political…

  • Jerusalem, maybe next year: Passover bookings see sharp decline

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — By now, Gil Azoulay would have expected his hotels would be 80 percent booked for Passover. Instead, Azoulay — who runs a chain of boutique hotels — has roughly half his rooms still available. Azoulay opened Smart Hotels — a mini-chain of three small, midrange hotels that focus on providing personal attention to…

  • Rabbi Marc Schneier: Netanyahu should take bold peacemaking trip to Saudi Arabia

    New York Rabbi Marc Schneier two weeks ago met with Bahrain King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the country’s capital city of Manama. A day earlier, the Gulf Cooperation Council, a six-state body composed of Bahrain and its neighbors, had adopted a Bahraini-sponsored resolution declaring Hezbollah, the Lebanese militant group committed to Israel’s destruction, a…

  • Western Wall prayer deal: Why liberal Jews aren’t worried after losing Orthodox support

    The Western Wall rabbi just denounced the Western Wall deal. Its supporters aren’t worried. In January, Western Wall Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz reached a compromise with non-Orthodox leaders over the future of the holy site. On Monday, he denounced the deal. In two strongly worded letters to haredi ministers, Rabinowitz lambasted non-Orthodox Judaism, criticized the compromise…

  • At Tel Aviv cannabis tech conference — lots of tech, no pot smoking allowed

    CannaTech, Israel’s first international cannabis technology conference, aimed to change the image of marijuana from a recreational drug to a mainstream medicine.

  • How 3 Arab-Israeli kids from a poor village with limited Internet access won a tech prize

    The students from a technology high school in northern Israel are the first Arabs to win a prize at the Young Engineers’ Conference.

  • Bill restricting non-Orthodox mikvah use in Israel advances

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — A bill that would bar Conservative and Reform conversions from taking place at public ritual baths in Israel passed an initial Cabinet committee vote, but only three of the committee’s 12 members were on hand for the vote. The members of the Ministerial Committee on Legislation who did vote Sunday unanimously passed the…

  • How Hasid with knife in neck stabbed the terrorist back

    PETACH TIKVAH, Israel (JTA) — Only after Yonatan Azriaev grabbed the terrorist’s arms and threw him against a wall of soft drinks did he think he was about to die. Azriaev, a member of the Breslov Hasidic sect, had been handing out religious pamphlets in the open-air market here when he stepped inside a shop…

  • Israelis grapple with Pew finding of support for Arab expulsion

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — In a survey that spanned politics, religion and interfaith relations, one statistic stood out: nearly half of Israel’s Jews support expelling the country’s Arabs. The Pew Research Center’s study of Israelis’ attitudes, which had its findings released Tuesday, had asked respondents whether they agreed that “Arabs should be expelled or transferred…