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Linoy Ashram. Credit: Ayelet Zussman via Wikimedia Commons.

Linoy Ashram wins gold, silver in European Gymnastics Championship

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Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram was crowned European champion in the clubs exercise in the European Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Varna, Bulgaria. The gold medal joined the two silvers she scored in the competition over the weekend in...

‘The Last Vermeer’ Probes Art Forgeries During the Nazi Era

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he Last Vermeer is the dramatic true story of Dutch painter Han van Meeregen, now streaming on paid Amazon Prime. The 2020 film takes place just after WWII has ended in Europe, during the chaotic...

Novel Imagines German-Jewish Relationships at Close of 19th Century

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The book cover gives a false impression of the contents of All Things That Deserve to Perish.  While there are sexual situations that contribute to the outcome of the story, the major theme of this book...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid attend the first government conference, at the Israeli parliament on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Can a Bennett-Lapid government rise to the challenges facing the Jewish state?

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A nervous Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett struggled for nearly an hour to deliver what was supposed to be a 10-minute address at one of the most contentious gatherings of Israel’s Knesset in modern history....
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With Bennett at the helm, how will he steer the Bedouin, Negev and illegal...

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Israel’s newly sworn-in Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has many landmines to navigate. One concerns land issues in Israel’s Negev Desert, specifically whether he will rein in unregulated Bedouin settlements that some say threaten to...
Executive director of the National Security Studies (INSS) Amos Yadlin speaks at the Annual International Conference of the Institute for National Security Studies in Tel Aviv on Jan. 29, 2020. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90.

Bennett considers longtime general Amos Yadlin for national security adviser

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Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet is interested in appointing former Military Intelligence Chief Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Yadlin to serve as the country’s national security adviser, Channel 13 said in a report aired on Monday evening. He...
Shirly Pinto, July 2017. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

First deaf member of Knesset joins new Israeli government

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Yamina Party’s Shirley Pinto will become Israel’s first deaf Knesset member after Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana announced on Sunday that he will leave parliament under the so-called Norwegian Law. Pinto, 32, is a former...
Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid at the Knesset, on June 13, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Lapid vows Israel will counter Iran’s nuclear ambitions ‘with every available option’

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Israel will work relentlessly to ensure Iran’s nuclear ambitions are frustrated, incoming Israeli Foreign Minister Yair Lapid said on Sunday. Lapid, who was sworn both as foreign minister and alternate prime minister on Sunday, echoed...
Jews celebrate Jerusalem Day at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City on May 21, 2020. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Hamas threatens to reignite conflict over Jerusalem flag march

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Hamas on Sunday threatened to take military action if the Jerusalem flag march goes ahead on Tuesday as planned, Israel’s Channel 12 reported on Monday. Citing the Lebanese daily Al-Akhbar, the report said that Hamas conveyed a warning to...
Hundreds of haredi Jews, led by prominent Religious Zionist rabbis, pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem's Old City that Israel's new government not harm the country's Jewish character, June 13, 2021. Photo by Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90.

Rabbis lead prayers against new Israeli government at Western Wall

Following the swearing-in of Israel’s 36th government on Sunday, rabbis aligned with the Religious Zionism movement gathered at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City to “pray and cry out, out of fear the government will harm...