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  • Australia reaffirms ties to Israel as Netanyahu wraps up historic visit

    (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and his Australian counterpart reaffirmed the strong relationship between their two countries as the former completed his landmark visit to the island nation. The statement issued Thursday by Netanyahu and Malcolm Turnbull also said that “Australia re-affirmed its commitment to Israel’s right to exist as the nation-state of…

  • Upgraded Iron Dome with US parts passes live fire tests

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system successfully completed tests of an upgraded system using some American-made components. Israel’s Defense Ministry announced the successful tests on Wednesday. They included live fire tests, according to the announcement. In the past two weeks Iron Dome has intercepted rockets fired on southern Israel — from the…

  • Texas firm launching development of Israel’s massive gas field

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Texas-based Noble Energy will begin developing Israel’s offshore Leviathan gas field. The company will begin immediately with the first phase of the project, and said in a statement issued Thursday that it expects the first gas to flow in 2019. Leviathan, discovered in 2010 in the Mediterranean Sea west of Haifa, is…

  • Israeli fighter jet downs Hamas drone

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli Air Force fighter jet shot down a Hamas drone before it could enter Israel’s airspace. The drone was struck Thursday over the Mediterranean Sea, according to reports. Pieces fell into the sea off the coast of Gaza. The Israel Defense Forces posted a video of the interception on YouTube. “The…

  • Bomb threat forces evacuation of New Orleans JCC

    (JTA) — A bomb threat forced the evacuation of the New Orleans Jewish Community Center on Thursday morning. A phone call threatening a bomb attack was made to the JCC at 9:15 a.m., Katie Steiner of WWL-TV in New Orleans reported in a Twitter post. People were allowed back into the building about two hours…

  • Arizona Jewish day school teacher resigns over anti-immigrant tweets

    (JTA) — A third-grade teacher at a Jewish day school in Scottsdale, Arizona, resigned over Twitter posts in which she said that immigrants should be shot. Bonnie Godin Verne resigned Tuesday from the Pardes Jewish Day School, where she has taught for the past 12 years. Her personal Twitter account has been closed, though screen…

  • Keith Ellison, in run-up to DNC chair election, calls for party to fight anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Rep. Keith Ellison called for Democrats to speak out against anti-Semitism and reject hatred of refugees during a debate for candidates to head the Democratic Party. The Minnesota Democrat also made clear during the CNN debate Wednesday evening that he supports Israel and has strong backing from the Jewish community. He is vying…

  • Ex-Israeli chief rabbi gets 4 1/2 years in prison for fraud after judge rejects plea deal

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A judge in Jerusalem rejected a plea deal between prosecutors and Yona Metzger and sentenced the former Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel to 4 1/2 years in jail on fraud and other charges. The sentence imposed by the Jerusalem District Court judge was more than the 3 1/2 years under the plea…

  • Brooklyn matzah bakery damaged in fire

    (JTA) — A matzah bakery in Brooklyn was heavily damaged in a two-alarm fire. The blaze broke out early Tuesday morning in the bakery owned and run by Congregation Yetev Lev D’Satmar, the main synagogue of the Satmar Hasidic sect, in the Williamsburg section of the New York City borough. The bakery has made matzah…

  • Bedouin teacher did not commit terror attack, Israeli investigation reportedly finds

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Bedouin driver who ran over and killed a police officer during demonstrations in an unauthorized Bedouin village was not carrying out a terror attack, an investigation reportedly has found. Police shot and killed Yacoub Abu al Kiyan, 50, as he attempted to drive through the demonstrations in January in the village…