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A view of Baghdad, Iraq. Credit: rasoulali/Shutterstock.

Iraq’s last Jewish doctor, known for offering medical services for free, dies at 61

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Iraq’s last Jewish doctor and one of Baghdad’s last Iraqi Jews died at the age of 61, according to reports on Tuesday. Dr. Thafer Eliyahu, an orthopedist at Al-Wasiti Hospital in Baghdad, was nicknamed “the...
Rabbi Shlomo Koves with Hungarian Deputy Prime Minister Zsolt Semjén in 2019. Credit: MTI.

Retired Hungarian gymnast, rabbi among recipients of Hungarian Order of Merit

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Two prominent Hungarian Jewish personalities, Ágnes Keleti and Rabbi Shlomo Koves, were among this year’s recipients of the prestigious Hungarian Order of Merit. The winners were announced on March 15, Hungary’s Independence Day. Gymnast Ágnes...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Finance Minister Yair Lapid at a cabinet meeting on October 7, 2014. Photo by Marc Israel Sellem/POOL/Flash90.

The differences between Israel’s 2020 and 2021 elections

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Israelis will head to the polls next week for the fourth parliamentary elections in two years. The voters will determine which of the 13 parties polling near the electoral threshold will enter the 120-member...
Julien Harneis, CC BY-SA 1.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Refugees will become hard-working Americans

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With the wave of immigrants arriving at the border clamoring to be let in, I have been thinking a lot about immigration.  When Trump was in power, the border was basically closed, refugees and...
Former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman speaks during a visit to the Jewish settlement of Efrat, in Gush Etzion, on Feb. 20, 2020. Photo by Gershon Elinson/Flash90.

Former Ambassador Friedman sifts through ‘transformative’ accords and their future success

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U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman came to his position as an attorney without a background in politics or diplomacy. Not being allegiant to a particular point of view, he said, “gave us an...
Israelis enjoy the beach in Tel Aviv as temperatures rise to 40 degrees Celsius (more than 100 degrees Fahrenheit) in some parts of the country on May 16, 2020. Photo by Miriam Alster/Flash90.

Israel tops resilience index among Middle East countries, new study finds

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Israel is the most resilient country in the Middle East, according to a study published on Wednesday by the Institute of Economics, Society and Peace in the Middle East Studies at the Western Galilee...
An El Al Israel Airlines Boeing 767, June 6, 2013. Credit: Aktug Ates via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli Finance Ministry announces $120 million bailout for El Al

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Israel’s Finance Ministry announced on Wednesday a $210 million bailout for the country’s national carrier, El Al, to help the airline overcome the losses it suffered as a result of the coronavirus crisis. The tickets...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin with French President Emmanuel Macron at the President's Residence in Jerusalem, Jan. 22, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Rivlin urges France to stand by Israel, oppose ICC probe

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday called on the French government and other European countries to oppose the International Criminal Court’s decision to investigate the Israel Defense Forces for war crimes. In a letter published...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking by phone with U.S. President Joe Biden. Source: Israeli Prime Minister/Twitter.

Four more peace deals on the way, says Netanyahu

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Israel is working on four more peace deals with countries in the Middle East, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday. “There are four more peace agreements on the way. And the people come...
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin lays a wreath during a Holocaust-remembrance ceremony in Vienna, Austria, March 17, 2021. Photo: Amos Ben Gershom/GPO.

Israeli, Austrian presidents attend Holocaust remembrance ceremony in Vienna

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen participated in a Holocaust-remembrance ceremony in Vienna on Wednesday. The ceremony, held at the city’s monument to Holocaust victims in Judenplatz, was attended by...