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Daily Archives: March 1, 2021

The Israel Innovation Fund releases ‘Wine with Adam’ interview series with prominent Israeli intellectuals

The Israel Innovation Fund’s (TIIF) flagship program Wine on the Vine—which works to promote and connect people to Israel through Israeli culture and the Israeli wine industry—has just released a new short film series...
Rabbi Elie Mischel of Suburban Torah Center in Livingston, N.J. (left) and Rabbi Elliot Mathias, global COO of Aish HaTorah, speak to U.S. soldiers in Kuwait via Zoom on Friday morning to thank them for their service and welcome them for the Purim Megillah reading. Photo by Faygie Holt.

Aish HaTorah livestreams Megillah reading to US troops in Iraq, Kuwait, Qatar

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Through a request from U.S. Army Chaplain Rabbi David Becker, Aish Global livestreamed Megillah readings via Zoom to U.S. military troops stationed in Kuwait, Qatar and Iraq on both Purim evening and Purim day. Rabbi...
Israeli police officers close a Purim street party in Jerusalem to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Feb. 28, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Israel’s climbing R rate clouds plans to reopen economy

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Israel’s Health Ministry on Monday reported that the COVID-19 virus’s reproduction rate had risen back to one. The increasing transmission rate calls into question government plans to gradually reopen the economy following the country’s...
IDF Brig. Gen. (res.) Amir Avivi, director of Habithonistim, a group of hawkish former Israeli security personnel, during an interview on March 21, 2018. Source: Screenshot.

1,800 former Israeli generals, service members urge Biden not to return to JCPOA

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A group of 1,800 retired Israeli generals, officers and Mossad operatives have written a letter to U.S. President Joe Biden urging him not to return to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran. In the March...
A billboard displaying Iranian Ayatollahs Ruhollah Khomeini and Ali Khamenei. Credit: erdalislakphotography/Shutterstock.

Iran is fighting two parallel shadow wars, partly to seek retaliation

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Recent events have demonstrated that Iran is engaging in two, parallel “shadow wars”: one against Israel and the second is against the United States. The explosive attack against an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of...
Esther Hayut, president of Israel's Highest Court, the Supreme Court, March 14, 2019. Photo by Hadas Parush/Flash90.

Israel’s High Court: Reform, Conservative conversions in Israel valid for ‘Law of Return’

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The Israeli Supreme Court on Monday issued a bombshell ruling that recognized conversions by the Reform and Conservative movements in Israel, therefore enabling Israeli citizenship under the “Law of Return.” The 8-1 ruling, which ended...
Temple Emanuel in Pueblo, Colorado. Credit: Courtesy/Temple Emanuel.

Avowed white supremacist gets 19 years in prison for synagogue bomb plot

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A federal court in Denver sentenced Richard Holzer on Friday to 19-and-a-half years in prison for plotting to bomb a historic Colorado synagogue in 2019. Holzer, 28, an avowed white supremacist, pleaded guilty last year to hate...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a memorial for Zionist activist Joseph Trumpeldor in Tel-Hai in northern Israel on Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Netanyahu: Attack on Israeli-owned cargo ship ‘indeed Iranian action’

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The attack on the Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman was “indeed an Iranian action, that’s clear,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Kan News on Monday. Iran “is Israel’s greatest enemy, and we are striking it...
Ibtisam Mara'ana-Menuhin arrives for a hearing at Israel's Supreme Court in Jerusalem on Feb. 24, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israel’s Supreme Court paves way for controversial Labor candidate’s Knesset run

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Israel’s Supreme Court on Sunday overturned a ruling by the Central Elections Committee that banned Ibtisam Mara’ana-Menuhin, No. 7 on the Labor Party’s Knesset slate, from vying in the March 23 election. Mara’ana-Menuhin, an Arab-Israeli filmmaker from...

Managing Nuclear Threats: President Biden’s Primary Policy Imperative

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“It must not be forgotten that it is perhaps more dangerous for a nation to allow itself to be conquered intellectually than by arms.” Guillaume Apollinaire, The New Spirit and the Poets (1917) In the final analysis, nuclear war...