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British PM May appoints Jeremy Hunt new foreign minister

British PM May appoints Jeremy Hunt new foreign minister

LONDON – British Prime Minister Theresa May appointed Jeremy Hunt as foreign minister on Monday after predecessor Boris Johnson resigned in protest at the government‘s plans for a close trading relationship with the European Union. The appointment of Hunt, the long-serving health minister, sees a close May ally replace the maverick Johnson, and could alter the Brexit balance of May‘s […]

Poll: Likud voters favor recognition of Reform, Conservative groups

Poll: Likud voters favor recognition of Reform, Conservative groups

A very large majority of Likud voters support recognition of the Reform and Masorti (Conservative) denominations in Israel, while a plurality support proposed renovations to the Western Wall egalitarian prayer section, a poll has shown. Conducted by Dialog for the Reform Movement in Israel, the survey comes after Culture and Sport Minister Miri Regev of Likud from her position on […]

Education as the foundation stone of continuous Jewish identity

Education as the foundation stone of continuous Jewish identity

Most Jewish educators would agree that education – or to be precise, Jewish education – is the foundation for continuous Jewish identity. That’s why Education Minister Naftali Bennett, who also happens to be the Minister for Diaspora Affairs, invited 120 principals of Jewish schools from around the world to come to Israel to discuss mutual challenges and to figure how […]

South Africa will not reinstate Israel envoy for time being

South Africa will not reinstate Israel envoy for time being

South Africa’s International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu has announced that the country will not reinstate its ambassador to Israel – for now. Ambassador Sisa Ngombane was withdrawn on May 14 following the violence in Gaza – which left 60 Palestinians dead. However, soon afterwards, it was discovered that 55 of the 60 people killed were Hamas members or terrorists. Be […]

Israel nixed North Korea offer to stop Mideast missile tech transfer

Israel nixed North Korea offer to stop Mideast missile tech transfer

Israel rejected a North Korean offer in 1999 to pay it $1 billion in cash in return for not selling missile technology to Mideast countries because it felt the US would opposed the arrangement, according to a newly published memoir by a prominent North Korean defector. Rather than pay cashstrapped North Korea in cash, Israel – according to the book […]

In nighttime operation, Dizengoff Square gets back its fountain

In nighttime operation, Dizengoff Square gets back its fountain

In a nighttime operation on Sunday, Tel Aviv’s Dizengoff Square got back its iconic “Fire and Water Fountain,” which was dismantled at the end of 2016 as the public square was demolished to make way for a restructured plaza in its place. After a crane lowered the large fountain back to its place during the night, the formerly multi-colored structure […]

Netanyahu‘s nation-state bill harms diaspora in deal with ultra-Orthodox

Netanyahu‘s nation-state bill harms diaspora in deal with ultra-Orthodox

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu authorized a deal with United Torah Judaism that could potentially harm Diaspora Jews, just over a year after he reneged on the Western Wall deal at the behest of his Haredi (ultra-Orthodox) coalition partners, Likud officials close to Netanyahu confirmed on Monday. Netanyahu made the Likud’s top legislative goal before the Knesset disperses for its extended […]