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is a JTA correspondent in Israel.


  • Israeli reality stars don’t wait for gas masks

    Israelis who flocked to a Tel Aviv gas mask distribution site on Monday were floored when the distribution of protective kits was halted to allow a camera crew to film a scene for a reality show.

  • Fleeing the huppah, some freebies and a lucky soldier

    A Bnei Brak groom takes a powder prior to his nuptials, free filtered water on tap in Tel Aviv, Egged letting deadbeat passengers have their way after the Sabbath and a soldier’s premonition pays off.

  • N.Y.’s Yeshivat Maharat graduates its first class of female religious leaders

    Yeshivat Maharat, which trains Orthodox Jewish women to be religious leaders, held its first graduation ceremony.

  • Shabbat table setter, prom plea and appealing apps

    Longest Shabbat table, Israel’s education minister wants to tone down the prom and a flying menagerie makes its way to Turkey.

  • Israeli military downs own drone

    The Israel Defense Forces shot down one of its own drones over the Mediterranean Sea, due to an engine malfunction.

  • Israeli officials welcome Arab League peace plan

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Prime Minister’s office welcomed the Arab League’s Middle East peace plan allowing for agreed-upon land swaps. In a statement issued late Tuesday on behalf of Israeli diplomatic officials, the Prime Minister’s Office said Israel “welcomed the support given by the Arab league delegation and the U.S. secretary of state to the…

  • Murder of Jewish settler sparks West Bank clashes

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli settlers and Palestinians clashed in the West Bank more than a day after the murder of a Jewish man by a Palestinian attacker. Jewish settlers threw rocks at passing Palestinian cars, and settlers and Palestinians threw rocks at each other in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, according to reports. Late Tuesday…

  • Peres meets pope at Vatican, invites him to Israel

    Israeli President Shimon Peres told Pope Francis at a Vatican meeting that the new pontiff has an important role to play in shepherding the peace process.

  • Arab League agrees to peace with land swaps

    The Arab League agreed to a Middle East peace plan that would allow for agreed-upon land swaps.

  • Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

    A Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank.