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Former Israeli judoka Yael Arad (right) poses with Israeli Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev outside the 43rd memorial service for the 1972 Munich Massacre in Tel Aviv on Sept. 9, 2015. Photo by Flash90.

Israel’s first-ever Olympic medalist to head Israeli Olympic Committee

Israel’s first-ever Olympic medalist is breaking new ground once again, with her appointment as the first woman to ever head the country’s Olympic Committee. Yael Arad took silver in judo at the 1992 Olympic Games in...
A store damaged during Kristallnacht. Photo: German Federal Archives via Wikimedia Commons

Kristallnacht: When America Failed the Jews

On November 11, 1938, a front-page story appeared in The New York Times. It read: “A wave of destruction, looting, and incendiarism unparalleled in Germany since the Thirty Years War and in Europe generally since the Bolshevist Revolution...
Photo: Yair Aronshtam from Israel, via Wikimedia Commons

The Hanukkah story that Jews need to learn

Many of us know the themes of the Hanukkah story: pride in being Jewish; the few against the many; the defeat of our enemy; and the rededication of the Jewish Temple. Or perhaps some...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett with Ra’am Party head Mansour Abbas during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall of the Knesset in Jerusalem on Nov. 3, 2021. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

Bennett’s diplomatic tsunami

Naftali Bennett’s government’s diplomatic policies came into full view in recent weeks, and were put to the test at the United Nations climate conference in Glasgow last week. The results are unmistakable. Under Bennett’s government,...
Head of opposition and head of the Likud party Benjamin Netanyahu walks next to Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett during a plenum session and a vote on the state budget at the assembly hall of the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem on November 4, 2021. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Hypocritical Israeli coalition politics get ugly

For some observers of the Israeli political scene, there’s only one thing that matters. For the Biden administration, the crucial question is whether the outcome of the maneuvering in Jerusalem between the various political...
The graves of first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion, and his wife, Paula, near their residence in Sde Boker in the Negev Desert. Credit: David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons.

Ben-Gurion Day to honor Jewish state’s founding father, host of Israeli achievers

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will commemorate Ben-Gurion Day on Nov. 10 with an awards ceremony attended by Israeli President Isaac Herzog on the BGU Marcus Family Campus. On the same day, Americans for...
Alexander Schallenberg (right) meets with Dr. Volker Türk, Deputy U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, in Vienna, June 5, 2019.

‘I understand Israeli skepticism over a nuclear agreement with Iran’

Alexander Schallenberg never imagined himself becoming chancellor of Austria. A lawyer by training, he was born in Switzerland to an aristocratic family and raised in India, Spain and France, where his father served as...
Deborah Lipstadt. Credit: Courtesy.

Jewish groups urge approval of anti-Semitism envoy amid concern over past tweets

Jewish organizations are calling on the U.S. Senate and its Foreign Relations Committee to hold a hearing on and confirm historian, author and Emory University professor Deborah Lipstadt for the role of U.S. Special...
Egyptian and Israeli military delegations attend a meeting at Sharm el-Sheikh in the Sinai Peninsula, Nov. 7, 2021. Credit: IDF Spokesperson.

Israel allows expanded Egyptian military presence in Rafah area

Israel and Egypt on Sunday signed an amendment to the security agreement between them, allowing Egypt to increase the presence of its armed forces in the Rafah area. The agreement was signed during a meeting of senior...
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett meets with Colombian President Ivan Duque at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, Nov. 8, 2021. Credit: Haim Zach/GPO.

Bennett meets with Colombian President Ivan Duque in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett met on Monday with Colombian President Ivan Duque, who is in Israel for a state visit. The two leaders discussed a variety of topics, including bilateral cooperation regarding environmental innovation,...