Asia

  • Vietnam Reportedly to Open Israeli Embassy

    Vietnam has decided to open an embassy in Israel, an Israeli news Web site reported. Ynet reported Monday that Foreign Ministry Director-General Aharon Abramovich learned of the plans during a recent visit to Vietnam. Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Vietnam, Efi Ben Matityahu, has been working to establish a Vietnamese embassy in Israel. Israel has had… More ▸

  • Yawning Israeli Soldier Pardoned

    An Israeli soldier jailed for yawning during a memorial ceremony for Yitzhak Rabin was pardoned. Sgt. Almog Amran spent 10 days of a 21-day sentence in jail before being pardoned over the weekend. Amran was sentenced for showing contempt for the ceremony honoring the assassinated Israeli prime minister held earlier this month at the Ramat… More ▸

  • Israeli Company Will Secure Vatican

    An Israeli company has won a contract to secure Vatican City, an Israeli newspaper reported. The Herzliya-based intelligent video appliances firm ioimage has won a contract estimated at $4 million to $5 million to secure sensitive areas of Vatican City, the Israeli daily Yediot Achranot reported Nov. 20. Roni Kaz, director of ioimage, told the… More ▸

  • Budgets Slashed at Jewish Schools in FSU

    Across the former Soviet Union, Chabad’s outreach network is facing an acute financial crisis that has slashed budgets across the board and left the region’s largest network of Jewish schools scrambling to stay afloat. Accounts of the depth of the financial crisis for Chabad in the former Soviet Union vary widely among rabbis and professionals… More ▸

  • Iran Executes One ‘spy,’ Arrests Another

    Iran executed a man it accused of spying for Israel and arrested another. Iranian media reported Saturday that Ali Ashtari, an electronics salesman, was hanged Nov. 17. Iranian state television broadcast undated video of Ashtari, 45, confessing to spying for Israel. Accusations included sharing with Israel information on defense and nuclear research in Iran. Israel… More ▸

  • Israeli Candidates Stump Before U.S. Jews

    While Israel was one of only three countries in the world where polls before the U.S. presidential election showed a majority of citizens preferred John McCain over Barack Obama, the overwhelming sentiment in Israel following Obama’s election was more envious than apprehensive. Across the ocean, Americans appeared excited by their president-elect and moved by an… More ▸

  • Ujc Resolution Presses Israel on Conversion

    The United Jewish Communities passed a resolution pressing the Israeli government to settle the conversion issue. The resolution, passed Wednesday by the UJC delegates assembly, calls for the UJC to “use its good offices to advocate for the timely conversion of those so seeking,” and “calls upon the Government of Israel to speedily redress the… More ▸

  • Livni: Israel Not Going to Durban Ii

    Israel will not participate in the Durban II anti-racism conference, Tzipi Livni said. Israel’s foreign minister made the announcement during an address Wednesday to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities of North America. The Durban Review Conference scheduled for Geneva in 2009 is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Slain in Johannesburg

    A well-known Israeli diamond dealer was shot dead outside the downtown Johannesburg Diamond Center as he left the building. Michel Rubinek, 50, of Rubinek Diamonds, was attacked Monday evening by five men, one of whom was thought to be Israeli, according to reports. The gunmen opened fire from two cars with AK-47s and 9mm pistols…. More ▸

  • Peres at Parliament Challenges World on Iran

    Shimon Peres in an address to the British Parliament challenged the international community to cooperate to rid the world of the threat of a nuclear Iran. Speaking Wednesday before both houses, the Israeli president said, “The Iranian leadership’s grand design is to convert the Middle East from a region of nations into one religious bloc…. More ▸