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U.S. President Donald Trump participates in a bilateral meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey at the G20 Summit Saturday, Dec. 1, 2018, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Credit: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead.
U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday called on Turkey to immediately halt its offensive in northern Syria and authorized new sanctions against the NATO member state. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the United States had imposed sanctions on Turkey’s ministers of defense, interior and energy, as well as their departments. Trump said in a statement that he had also raised...
A convoy of U.S. soldiers in Syria in December 2018. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.
Israel has been closely monitoring Turkey’s brutal offensive against the Kurds in northeast Syria in recent days. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the Turkish invasion on Oct. 10, stating that Israel “warns against the ethnic cleansing of the Kurds by Turkey and its proxies,” and that “Israel is prepared to extend humanitarian assistance to the gallant Kurdish people.” However, Israel’s...
Pages of the book “P is for Palestine.” Source: “P Is for Palestine.”
A controversy that began last summer, pitting community library-event planners in a New Jersey suburb and various Palestinian sympathizers against a Jewish community, is now moving into the legal arena. The almost 20-year-old Central Jersey Jewish Public Affairs Committee (CJJPAC)—a pro-Israel advocacy organization headed by Dr. Marc Hanfling and Marc Kalton, in concert with Zachor Legal Institute, an anti-BDS legal...
German Chancellor Angela Merkel joins others in solidarity with the Jewish community after a gunman attempts to enter a synagogue filled with worshippers in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur, Otc. 9, 2019. Source: Facebook.
“The background is still unclear.” That was the refrain that German broadcasters repeated throughout Yom Kippur on Oct. 9 as news of the attempted attack on the Halle synagogue that killed two bystanders came to light. The options were obvious: either extremist Muslims or extremist right-wingers. German media treaded lightly until the perpetrator was confirmed: a neo-Nazi, with suspect Stephan Balliet,...
Israel's President Reuven Rivlin presents Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the mandate to form a new government on Sept. 25, 2019. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.
Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin is not expected to grant Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu an extension to form a majority government and will likely pass on the mandate to Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, sources close to the president said on Saturday night, confirming an earlier Channel 12 report. Netanyahu has until Oct. 24 to cobble together a majority coalition....
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The sidelining of the United States in the Middle East, the accelerated decline of Western power and the paralysis of the “cobweb regimes on the verge of collapse” indicate a “waning of the evil regime of global arrogance” led by the United States, said Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps commander Maj. Gen. Hossein Salami earlier this month. In an Oct. 3...
Danny Valencia, No. 19 (left, in the air) and Nick Rickles after Team Israel's win in Game 5 against South Africa. Photo by Margo Sugarman.
For most parents, having a son play on a Major League Baseball team would be a dream come true. For Danny Valencia’s parents, it isn’t quite enough. Though proud of his baseball career, which has included playing on eight Major League teams and Team Israel, they also want him to finish his college degree—and to join them for Rosh Hashanah...
The Pentagon. Credit: David B. Gleason/Flickr.
The United States announced on Friday that it is sending around an additional 1,500 troops and other reinforcements to Saudi Arabia amid the Iranian threat. Two fighter squadrons, one air expeditionary wing, two Patriot missile batteries and one Terminal High Altitude Area Defense system (THAAD) will be deployed, according to chief Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Rath Hoffman. “As we have stated, the...
Jana Lange and Kevin S. have been identified as the two victims of attack in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur outside the synagogue and at a nearby kebab shop, Oct. 9, 2019. Source: Twitter.
The two victims of the Wednesday attack on a synagogue in Halle, Germany, on Yom Kippur, have been identified. German pop-music enthusiast Jana Lange, 40, and outdoor painter Kevin S., 20, were shot and killed near the synagogue by 27-year-old Stephan Balliet, who first attempted to break into a synagogue, but was unable to open the massive wooden doors, which...
The campus of the Jerusalem College of Technology. Credit: Courtesy.
The Jerusalem College of Technology recently announced the launch of the Torah and Technology Research Center, which will provide specialized expertise necessary to respond to the complex ethical and halachic (Jewish legal) issues of our times. Supported by the Walder Foundation and operating under the direction of Rabbi Yosef Tzvi Rimon, head of its yeshivah and Jewish-studies programs, the center pioneers a working relationship...

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