Israel this month became the first nation outside the U.S. to declare the initial operational capability of the American-produced F-35 stealth fighter jet. Brig. Gen. (ret.) Ephraim Segoli, a former commander of two combat helicopter squadrons, told JNS that the F-35 “is not just a plane, but a system in its own right. It serves the entire air force, through its range of sensors and ability to communicate what it collects.”
When film director Roger Sherman called Israel one of the “hottest food scenes in the world,” his colleagues laughed. It was at that moment that Sherman knew he had discovered a subject for a successful film. Sherman’s “In Search of Israeli Cuisine,” featuring renowned chef Michael Solomonov, shows a side of Israel that very few knew existed—including Israelis themselves.
The lights we kindle on Hanukkah may commemorate a miracle that secular Jews may disdain as a fairy tale, but they are also a reminder that it takes the extraordinary efforts and faith of ordinary Jews to keep the flame of Jewish civilization alive. That’s something the growing numbers of American Jews of “no religion” should embrace, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital was overwhelmingly rejected in the Muslim world based on the denial of Jews’ legitimacy to have a state in what they see as Islamic territory. But this anger was tempered by the interests of Sunni Arab governments that are more concerned with their own survival and the threat of Iran.
A Palestinian ambassador’s boast that he assaulted an Israeli student in an argument over the origins of falafel is drawing strong criticism from British Jewish leaders and veteran Israeli diplomats. Manuel E. Hassassian, the Palestinian Authority’s chief envoy in London, asserted in a recent Lebanese television interview that when he was a graduate student at the University of Toledo in 1976, he got into an argument with an Israeli student who claimed “that falafel and hummus are Israeli foods.”
Hanukkah and children’s books go together like latkes and applesauce. These days, the marketplace overflows with books that reflect both the holiday’s miracles and the nuances of growing up Jewish in the 21st century. Experts say there’s a certain quality of magic in the best of these books—making them the kinds of gifts that keep giving. “They have to celebrate being Jewish in a diverse world and transmit powerful values to the new generation,” says Joy Getnick, director of Jewish life at the Louis S. Wolk Jewish Community Center of Greater Rochester.
Is it possible to stay entertained for “eight crazy nights?” For the wintertime extravaganza of Hanukkah, Israel offers a wide selection of cultural, culinary and religious activities to pack any tourist or resident’s schedule. Ahead of Hanukkah 2017, JNS presents eight ways to mark the holiday—one for each night—in Jerusalem and throughout the Jewish state.
In October, the State Department notified UNESCO that America would withdraw from the U.N. cultural body. The U.S. cited the need for fundamental reform, mounting arrears and “anti-Israel bias” at the organization. But the problem is much deeper: UNESCO does not consider Jewish culture and heritage worthy of protection, writes columnist Sean Durns.
For many NGOs, besmirching Israel’s name is the goal, not improving the universal human rights for Palestinians and Israelis. The disconnect between real human rights work and hollow social media advocacy campaigns is stark. There is little evidence that internet-based slacktivism generates lasting change, writes columnist Rena Young.
The “P is for Palestine” children’s book that is causing so much controversy presents anti-Israel propaganda and deeply disturbing justifications for “intifada” violence. But it also contains one very important truth—the author helps remind readers of the true nature of Palestinian nationalism, writes JNS columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
Like so many pins in a bowling alley, the treacherous former Argentine leaders who signed a secret pact exonerating Iran of its responsibility for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish center in Buenos Aires are, finally, collapsing under the rolling weight of judicial scrutiny. During the same week that saw President Donald Trump recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the events that took place in Argentina are vitally relevant to the future of the Middle East, where Iran—with or without a U.S. embassy in Jerusalem—remains the greatest threat to Israel and to the region, writes JNS columnist Ben Cohen.
The Palestinians need to learn that no matter what dangerous illusions of conquest they are teaching their children, Israel will never cede its capital of Jerusalem—not after 3,000 years of history. They need to learn, once and for all, that Israel is here to stay. In this way, Trump’s announcement of American policy changes on Jerusalem was a sorely needed dose of reality therapy for the Palestinians, writes columnist Sarah N. Stern.
That President Donald Trump embraced the reality of Israel’s capital and the rights of the Jewish people to Jerusalem in a way that didn’t foreclose the theoretical possibility of a two-state solution helped shore up the pro-Israel consensus. But while the support for Trump’s move is encouraging for those hoping to strengthen the bonds between American Jews and Israelis, celebrations must be tempered, writes JNS Editor in Chief Jonathan S. Tobin.
The Taylor Force Act started out as a powerful and long-overdue tool for pressuring the Palestinian Authority to stop paying terrorists. But the legislation has been diluted, weakened and compromised in so many ways that it is now a pale shadow of its former self, writes JNS.org columnist Stephen M. Flatow.
(JNS) United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres warned this week that Iran is defying the U.N.’s calls to halt its ballistic missile development program.
(JNS) Rabbi Nachman and Freida Holtzberg, who lost their son and daughter-in-law in the 2008 terror attack on the Indian city of Mumbai’s Chabad House, have been granted a government-owned apartment in Israel.
(JNS) Leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations on Wednesday criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas’s speech at the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation’s conference in Istanbul earlier that day, calling it an “outright rejection” of achieving peace with Israel.
(JNS) The Israeli Air Force struck three positions in the Gaza Strip belonging to the Palestinian terror group Hamas on Wednesday night in response to four rockets launched from the territory at the southern Israeli cities of Sderot and Eshkol.
(JNS) Vice President Mike Pence has delayed his upcoming visit to Israel due to issues with U.S. tax reform legislation, which is intended to pass through Congress before Christmas.
(JNS) The White House criticized Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday for his comments against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, saying that such rhetoric has “prevented peace for decades.”
(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) A planned cable car system linking key landmarks in Jerusalem “will be yet another boost to tourism” in the capital city, Israeli Tourism Minister Yariv Levin said this week.