Netanyahu slams Abbas over deadly rail attack in Jerusalem

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for the light rail attack in Jerusalem that killed a 3-month-old girl. The Prime Minister’s Office spokesman, Ofir Gendelman, on his official Twitter feed identified the driver of the car that crashed Wednesday into the Ammunition Hill station in northern Jerusalem as a Hamas member. Eight people also were injured in the suspected terror act as passengers were disembarking from the train. Netanyahu in a statement referred to the fact that Abbas’ Fatah party recently read more



The Israel Defense Forces’ own little startup company – Haaretz

HaaretzThe Israel Defense Forces' own little startup companyHaaretzThe Israel Defense Forces' own little startup company. As fighting raged in Gaza this sumer, Yiftah – a small, low-profile army unit – was developing battlefield technology on the fly and delivering it to troops, sometimes within hours. By Inbal Orpaz ... read more



Sukkah-hopping with presidents

Every year at Sukkot since 1952, the President of the State of Israel has hosted the public at the presidential residence. Sturdier than a sukkah but certainly not ostentatious, this shack is where the Israeli tradition of the “presidential open house” at Sukkot got started in 1952. According to his official online biography, upon the election of Yitzhak Ben Zvi as the second President of the State of Israel, his wife, the indomitable Rachel Yanait Ben Zvi, “acted to turn the President’s Residence into an institution symbolizing the unity of the tribes of Israel. She d read more

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