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The U.S. Capitol building. Wikimedia Commons via Martin Falbisoner.
A group of U.S. House Republicans has penned a letter to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in response to a letter sent to him last month by their Democratic colleagues that threatened the conditioning or even cutting off of U.S. assistance to Israel if the Jewish state goes ahead with its plans to apply sovereignty to parts of the West...
Bascom Hall at The University of Wisconsin-Madison. Credit: Phil Roeder/Flickr.
The outside of the Hillel building at the University of Wisconsin in Madison was vandalized on Tuesday, according to the organization. The words “Free Palestine” appeared on the concrete structure that welcomes people to the building, also known as the Barbara Hochberg Center for Jewish Student Life. “We view this act of vandalism as targeting the Jewish community and as an...
An Israeli officer in the IDF Homefront Command checks the body temperature of visitors with a thermal camera system stationed at Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem on April 29, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi, along with 10,000 active duty and civilian employees, were ordered to quarantine on Thursday after being in close contact with people infected with COVID-19. Kochavi is entering isolation for the second time. He said he feels well and does not have any virus symptoms, according to Ynet. Some 350 IDF-employed individuals were reported as being infected...
Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon. Credit: Courtesy.
Israel’s outgoing Ambassador to the United Nations Danny Danon reflected on his last five years in office and plans for the future during his final press briefing on Tuesday. Danon’s first move upon returning to Israel will be to visit his mother, who he has not seen in almost a year, he said. Regarding the next step in his career, he...
Dan Green. (Photo: John Rifkin)
Dan Green has been appointed as World ORT Director General and CEO and has described his hopes for the organization’s future. His position was confirmed at a Board of Trustees meeting held on Sunday. ORT is a global education network driven by Jewish values. We reach 300,000 people a year, in more than 30 countries, providing a combination of high-level science...
Lt. Col. Yotam Burstein, commanding officer of the IDF Artillery Corps Training Battalion. Credit: IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.
The Artillery Corps of the Israel Defense Forces is responsible for delivering a large portion of the military’s firepower to an increasingly complex battlefield. Its units take part in a large array of activities—from firing artillery guns, to guided advanced missiles and operating unmanned aerial vehicles. But before all of that, according to Lt. Col. Yotam Burstein, commanding officer...
Palestinian prisoners released from Israeli jails as part of the 2011 prisoner swap between Israel and Hamas wave as they leave an Israeli military base outside Jerusalem, on Oct 18, 2011. Photo by Kobi Gideon/Flash90.
Israel recently presented Hamas with a proposal for a prisoner swap and is waiting for a response, Ynet reported on Wednesday. According to the report, the proposed deal (the details of which have not been released) was conveyed through a third party. Hamas, the terror group that runs the Gaza Strip, is currently holding on to the bodies of two Israel Defense Forces’...
Former U.S. Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic Party presidential nominee. Credit: Flickr.
Palestinian Americans have been pressuring Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden to shift U.S. policy in favor of the Palestinians if he wins the election in November, Reuters reported on Thursday. According to the report, one source said that the pressure campaign has not had any significant impact. “The progressives want a full-throttle platform change—a pro-Palestinian flank, an anti-annexation flank—but there just isn’t...
A view of the first 3D-printed vascularized engineered heart during a press conference at a Tel Aviv University laboratory, April 15, 2019. Photo by Flash90.
Tel Aviv University has printed human heart tissues on a 3D-printer to be used to test the cardiotoxicity of experimental drugs, as part of a collaboration between the university’s tech-transfer company, Ramot, and German pharmaceutical giant Bayer. It was undertaken in TAU Professor Tal Dvir’s Laboratory for Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine. “We are excited to start this new collaboration with...
IDF Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi seen during an event honoring outstanding IDF reservists, at the President's residence in Jerusalem on July 1, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.
Israel Defense Forces’ Chief of Staff Maj. Gen. Aviv Kochavi was involved last week in a helicopter problem that could have ended in “disaster,” Channel 12 reported on Wednesday. According to the report, Kochavi was flying on the Black Hawk—a medium-utility, two-engine helicopter manufactured by Sikorsky Aircraft—when a malfunction occurred immediately after take-off from the Knesset and heading to the Tel Nof...

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