• Billions of locusts hatched in southern Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Billions of newly hatched locusts are spreading throughout Israel’s South. The young locusts identified in the Negev Desert area are the offspring of locust swarms that entered Israel from Egypt in March. They are unable to fly and are not yet big enough to cause crop damage, according to reports. Once the young… More ▸

  • Israel’s Lapid plans to charge value added tax to tourists

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid will propose a plan to charge tourists with the country’s value added tax. Lapid hopes to push the plan through the Knesset in time to implement on June 1, when the VAT is set to rise to 18 percent from 17 percent as part of the steep austerity measures… More ▸

  • Deri named Shas Party chairman

    Aryeh Deri was appointed chairman of Shas by the Sephardic haredi Orthodox party’s spiritual leader, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. The appointment Thursday comes seven months after a triumvirate of lawmakers was tapped to lead the party through the November 2012 national elections. Deri, along with Eli Yishai and Ariel Atias, have been leading the party. Atias… More ▸

  • P.A. health minister makes landmark visit to Hadassah Hospital

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A Palestinian Authority minister of health visited Hadassah Hospital in Jerusalem reportedly for the first time. Dr. Hanu Abdeen, accompanied by other senior officials from the Palestinian Authority, visited the hospital on Sunday and met some of the dozens of Palestinian physicians who are doing their residency training there. The hospital said Abdeen was… More ▸

  • Report: Israel rejects 1967 borders ‘precondition’

    (JTA) — Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni reportedly refused to accept the 1967 border as the basis for a final Israeli-Palestinian border prior to negotiations. Livni told U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry Thursday that Israel would not agree to the 1967 borders as a precondition of peace negotiations with the Palestinians, Maariv reported. Rather,… More ▸

  • Plan would shorten military service in Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – A new plan by the Israeli military would shorten compulsory service. The plan was presented by the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff, Benny Gantz, on Monday at a meeting of the Defense Ministry’s committee for the Promotion of Equal Share of the Burden, or the Perry Committee. The plan would go into effect in… More ▸

  • Iranian general: Weapons struck in Syria were not sent by Iran

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Iranian general said the arms allegedly attacked by Israel in Syria were not sent by his country. The denial appeared on the Revolutionary Guards website on Monday, the French news agency AFP reported. “The Syrian government does not need Iran’s military aid, and these sorts of reports are propaganda and psychological war,”… More ▸

  • With Netanyahu in Shanghai, China rips Syrian airstrikes

    (JTA) — As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu began a five-day visit to China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry criticized the military strikes on Syria without singling out Israel. “We oppose the use of military force and believe any country’s sovereignty should be respected,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Monday. She did not mention Israel by… More ▸

  • Knesset panel advances plan regulating Bedouin settlements

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — A Knesset committee advanced a plan that would require the resettlement of some 30,000 Bedouin. The draft ratified Monday by the Ministerial Legislation Committee regulates Bedouin settlements in the Negev Desert. Along with requiring the resettlement of the Bedouin, the Law of Arrangement of Bedouin Settlement in the Negev — also known as the Prawer-Begin… More ▸