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A Memorial Day Weekend Tale of Two Jewish American Military Heroes

NEW YORK– Firsts matter a great deal. They can demonstrate heretofore unknown achievements, such as walking on the moon or circumnavigating the globe, and they can reflect great personal sacrifice. This past week, we were...

Even Without Bibi, Israeli Politics Will Be Muddled

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Yair Lapid has a few days left in his mandate. Possibilities exist, commentators bet against him a few days ago. Now not so sure.. Naftali Bennett has decided against Netanyahu, and Bibi has responded with...
Supreme Court Chief Justice Esther Hayut at the Supreme Court in Jerusalem on May 27, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Israeli Supreme Court president blasts critics for ‘undermining’ rule of law

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Israeli Supreme Court President Esther Hayut blasted critics of the court at the annual Israel Bar Association conference in Eilat on Monday. “The undermining of the legitimacy of the courts and their judgements in effect...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on May 30, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Netanyahu slams Bennett for joining opposition: ‘Scam of the century’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply attacked Yamina Party chairman Naftali Bennett on Sunday, condemning the right-wing leader’s decision to join with opposition parties in forming a government. Speaking at a Knesset press conference, Netanyahu accused Bennett...
An Israeli student receives a Covid-19 vaccine injection at Amal high school in Beersheva, March 17, 2021. Photo by Flash90.

Israel set to begin vaccinating teens aged 12 to 15 next week

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Pending final Health Ministry approval, Israel is set to begin vaccinating children aged 12 to 15 against the Covid-19 virus on June 6, the ministry announced on Sunday. There are around 600,000 children in this...
Head of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett gives a press conference at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem, on May 30, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Naftali Bennett announces intent to join ‘change’ government with Yair Lapid

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Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett announced his intention Sunday night to join Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid in building a unity “change” government that would include parties from across the Israeli political spectrum,...
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meets with Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, the head of Egypt's General Intelligence Directorate, at the Prime Minister's Residence in Jerusalem, May 30, 2021. Credit: Prime Minister's Office.

Netanyahu meets with Egyptian intelligence chief Abbas Kamel

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met on Sunday with the head of Egypt’s General Intelligence Directorate, Maj. Gen. Abbas Kamel, at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem. The two discussed strengthening cooperation between Israel and...
Rabbi Zsolt Balla. Source: Screenshot.

German military to get chief rabbi for first time in 100 years

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For the first time since World War I, the German military is set to appoint a chief rabbi. The move, an initiative of German Defense Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, is designed both to serve the...
U.S. Vice President Joe Biden sings “Happy Birthday” to Abraham Foxman, the longtime national director of the Anti-Defamation League, at the ADL's Centennial Gala in April 2013 in Washington, D.C. Photo by David Karp.

Former ADL head says he’s canceling NYT subscription over front-page ‘blood libel’

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Abraham Foxman, the director emeritus of the Anti-Defamation League, tweeted on May 28 that he was canceling his New York Times subscription because the paper had printed a “blood libel” on its front page. The May 28...

Guatemalan Judge Erika Lorena Aifan – A Brave Voice

LA MESA, California — Since March 2007, the U.S. Secretary of State has honored various women from around the world with the Secretary of State’s International Women of Courage Award (IWCA). This annual award...