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Yehuda Meshi Zahav. Credit: ZAKA.

ZAKA rescue organization founder to receive Israel Prize for lifetime achievement

Yehuda Meshi Zahav, founder and chairman of ZAKA, was tapped for the 2021 Israel Prize in the category of “Lifetime Achievement and Special Contribution to Society and the State,” Israeli Education Minister Yoav Galant...
Researcher Clinton Bailey interviews a Bedouin elder in 1972. Credit: Boris Carmi from the Meitar Collection at the National Library of Israel Archives.

Clinton Bailey Archive of Bedouin Culture comes to National Library of Israel

Clinton Bailey has conducted research in the deserts of Sinai and the Negev over the past five decades, establishing himself as a world-renowned expert on the Bedouin. The Clinton Bailey Archive of Bedouin Culture is...
The Israeli Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 4, 2020. Photo by Oren Ben Hakoon/POOL.

Religious pluralism won’t be achieved in the courts

Reactions to this week’s Israeli Supreme Court ruling about recognizing the validity of conversions to Judaism by non-Orthodox denominations are all out of proportion to its actual significance in terms of the number of those affected...
Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin

Charting an American Return to Reason: Nuclear Policy Goals on North Korea

“All our dignity consists in thought….It is upon this that we must depend…Let us labor then to think well: this is the foundation of morality.”Blaise Pascal, Pensées The Primacy of Intellect On matters of United States foreign...
A worker in Tel Aviv prepares for the opening of restaurants in Israel, March 3, 2021. Photo by Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90.

Israel’s health minister says 90 percent of those over 50 ‘vaccinated or recovered’

Ninety percent of Israelis over the age of 50 have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID-19, said Israeli health minister Yuli Edelstein on Wednesday. Seventy-five percent are eligible for a “Green Pass,” noted Edelstein,...
International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda in December 2019. Credit: Mike Chappazo/Shutterstock.

ICC opens war-crimes probe; Netanyahu blasts it as ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘hypocritical’

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in the Hague announced on Wednesday her intention to open an investigation into war crimes allegedly committed by Israelis and Palestinians since 2014. The announcement was strongly...
Promo for the BIS/SWIFT ISO 20022 Hackathon. Source: ISO20022hackathon.hackerearth.com

‘Hackathon’ seeks solutions to speed up international money transfers

The Bank of Israel’s Payment and Settlement Systems Department is urging those with expertise on international money transfers to join a global hackathon on the use of an advanced system for payments. The goal is...
Israeli Defense Benny Gantz during a visit on the Israel-Lebanon border on Nov. 17, 2020. Photo by David Cohen/Flash90.

Israel’s defense minister anticipates ‘special security arrangement’ with Gulf allies

Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz said on Tuesday that Israel will develop a “special security arrangement” with its new Gulf allies, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Gantz, who was on a visit to the...
French President Emmanuel Macron during a meeting at the G20 summit on July 8, 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons via Russian Federation.

France: Iran must make ‘clear and immediate’ gestures to resume nuclear talks

French President Emmanuel Macron told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Tuesday that Tehran must take immediate action if it wishes to resume talks regarding the 2015 nuclear deal, according to an official statement. “Having reminded...
Mohammed Fateh Ali Al Khaja (left), the United Arab Emirates' first ambassador to Israel, meets Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on March 2, 2021. Credit: Koby Gideon/GPO.

Netanyahu, senior officials meet with UAE’s first ambassador to Israel

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Tuesday with the first United Arab Emirates Ambassador to Israel, Mohamed Mahmoud Fateh Ali Al Khaja, according to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office. “We’re changing the...