Israel petitions UNESCO for secret ballot on Cave of the Patriarchs vote

(JNS.org) The Israeli government is petitioning the United Nations cultural body UNESCO to conduct a secret ballot vote on a new motion that would deny Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem and label Hebron’s Cave of the Patriarchs, a Jewish holy site, as an endangered world heritage site in the “State of Palestine.”

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

Knesset speaker, a former Soviet prisoner, addresses Russian parliament

(JNS.org) Israeli Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein delivered a historic speech Wednesday at the Russian Federation Council—the upper house of the Russian parliament in Moscow—30 years after he was released from a Soviet labor camp for his Zionist activism.

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

Israeli blockchain start-up Bancor raises $153 million in digital currency

(JNS.org) The Tel Aviv-based blockchain start-up Bancor Foundation raised $153 million worth of digital currency this month, in a record-setting initial coin offering (ICO) on the Ethereum digital currency network.

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

Israel, Jordan and Russia reportedly negotiating safe zones in southern Syria

(JNS.org) Russia is reportedly in the midst of negotiations with Israel and Jordan to create safe zones in southern Syria that would shield Israel from an Iranian-led “Shi’ite corridor” developing on the Jewish state’s northern border.

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

Key Crusader battle comes to life in Israel for 828th anniversary

(JNS.org) A re-enactment of one of the most important Crusader battles that occurred in Jerusalem—the Battle of Hattin in 1187—takes place in Israel from June 29-July 1 for the battle’s 828th anniversary.

Posted on June 28, 2017 .

Syrian opposition leader says real enemy is Iran, not Israel

(JNS.org) A leading member of Syria’s political opposition said most Syrians view Iran as the real enemy and not Israel, adding that Israel could do more to help the Syrian people.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Hamas blames Palestinian Authority for deaths of infants to be treated in Israel

(JNS.org) In an escalation of the feud between Palestinian factions Hamas and Fatah Tuesday, Hamas blamed the Fatah-controlled Palestinian Authority (PA) for the deaths of three infants who were denied entry by the PA for treatment in Israeli hospitals. 

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

English-speaking immigrants honored at Israeli Knesset ceremony

(JNS.org) Nine immigrants from English-speaking countries were honored at a Knesset ceremony Monday for their contributions to the state of Israel.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Converging with ‘start-up nation,’ Israel’s Mossad establishes tech investment fund

(JNS.org) Israel’s Mossad security and intelligence agency will converge with the Jewish state’s “start-up nation” through the establishment of a technological innovation fund.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

US and Israel ink new cybersecurity pact

(JNS.org) The U.S. and Israel announced a pact to establish a cybersecurity working group.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Shin Bet chief: Israel has thwarted 2,000 terror attacks since 2016 due to cyber efforts

(JNS.org) The head of Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said the Jewish state has prevented about 2,000 terror attacks since the beginning of 2016 due to cybersecurity efforts. 

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

First rocket fired into Israel from Gaza since March

(JNS.org) The Israeli Air Force (IAF) launched retaliatory airstrikes on two Hamas terror targets in Gaza early Tuesday, in response to the first rocket fired into Israeli territory since March.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

‘Mistakes were made’ in Western Wall decision, Israeli minister says

(JNS.org) Israeli Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said Tuesday that Israel’s decisions to freeze the construction of an egalitarian prayer section at the Western Wall and to bolster strict Jewish conversion laws are undermining relations between Israel and diaspora Jews.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

US says it has evidence Syria’s Assad is planning new chemical attack

(JNS.org) The White House said Monday it has evidence that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad is preparing to initiate another chemical weapons attack against civilians.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Mariah Carey, citing ‘love affair’ with Israel, promotes new Dead Sea cosmetics

(JNS.org) Five-time Grammy Award winning pop diva Mariah Carey arrived in Israel this week to promote her new line of beauty products, launched in collaboration with Dead Sea-based Premier Cosmetics.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Israeli actress Gal Gadot ranked most popular celebrity on social media

(JNS.org) Israeli actress and “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot was ranked first on the latest edition of The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors list.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Israel’s Ivy League graduates hold 10th annual yacht race

(JNS.org) About 100 graduates from the world’s top universities participated in Israel’s 10th annual Ivy League Yacht Race last week in the Mediterranean Sea, off the coast of Herzliya.

Posted on June 27, 2017 .

Egypt’s El-Sisi approves deal to hand over strategic Red Sea islands to Saudis

(JNS.org) Egyptian President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi ratified a treaty that hands over two strategic islands in the Red Sea to Saudi Arabia, despite protests about the move in Egypt.

Posted on June 26, 2017 .

Jewish gay pride flags banned at LGBTQ rally in Chicago

(JNS.org) Jewish gay pride flags were banned Saturday at Chicago’s annual Dyke March.

Posted on June 26, 2017 .

US Jewish leaders express outrage after Israel’s Western Wall prayer decision

(JNS.org) American Jewish leaders reacted with outrage following the Israeli government’s rescinding of a decision to create an egalitarian prayer pavilion at the Western Wall.

Posted on June 26, 2017 .