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  • Pew: 48 percent of Israeli Jews want Arabs out of country

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Nearly half of Jewish-Israelis want to expel Arabs from the country. That’s one of several findings from a new survey of Israeli attitudes on religion, politics and Jewish identity conducted by the U.S.-based Pew Research Center. Coming just three years after Pew’s much-discussed study of Jewish-Americans, the Israel study depicts a…

  • Netanyahu ‘committed to government decision’ on Western Wall

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office released a statement confirming that Netanyahu still supports the compromise on the future of egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall. The statement comes in the wake of attempts by haredi Orthodox leaders to change or block the compromise, which Israel’s cabinet approved in January. The…

  • Israel touts gay-friendly climate, but rights fight faces religious firewall

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — As last Tuesday ended, it felt like Israel’s gay community had taken a major step forward. On Feb. 23, eight separate Israeli parliamentary committees convened to discuss a broad set of issues facing the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community. Lawmakers from a range of parties talked about protecting LGBT Israelis in…

  • Why one haredi leader supports Western Wall deal with ‘heretical’ Reform Jews

    Rabbi Avigdor Nebenzahl, former chief rabbi of Jerusalem’s Old City, is no fan of Reform and Conservative Judaism. In a letter sent Thursday to Israel’s chief rabbis, the haredi Orthodox Nebenzahl calls the movements “heretical religions.” They are “uprooting the religion and hurting everything holy to us,” he writes. “Their war against the religion is hard,…

  • Meet 5 Israeli companies driving disability tech

    From hearing to hiking, five ways Israeli companies are advancing disability inclusion.

  • Why Israel is a pilgrimage site for birds — and birdwatchers

    A prime location and diverse climate draw hundreds of millions of birds to Israel every year — along with the birdwatchers who thrill at the sight of them.

  • Bernie Sanders reaches out to Israelis on Facebook, gets an earful

    Bernie Sanders’ campaign issued a message of multicultural unity last week, posting graphics on social media that read, “Not me, us,” in 14 different languages. Facebook users generally responded positively to the posts, which in each language feature a silhouette of Sanders — fist raised — comprising smaller silhouettes of various shapes and colors. Israelis, though, were…

  • IDF releases attack warning app

    TEL AVIV (JTA) — The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command has released a mobile application to warn Israelis of local security threats. The application, detailed in a call with reporters Monday, was developed by a staff of some 15 people in the Home Front Command, which oversees civilian preparedness. It was launched this month…

  • Netanyahu, Herzog present divergent views of Israeli-Palestinian future

  • How Syria and natural gas are pushing Israel and Turkey back together

    TEL AVIV (JTA) – After years of false starts, Israeli negotiators went to Geneva last week for talks aimed at ending a long-running conflict with a regional adversary. It’s not the Palestinians. It’s Turkey. Once a key partner of Israel, Turkey in recent years has been a thorn in its side. It supports Israel’s foes,…