Netanyahu says Western Wall compromise is ‘going to take time’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blamed coalition politics for the delay in implementing a deal reached earlier this year to create a  designated prayer section for non-Orthodox worshipers at the Western Wall. “It works in fits and starts, starts and fits,” he said of his government’s ability to reach a consensus on disputed actions, citing as an example a lengthy fight over who should control a vast natural gas field discovered in 2010 in the Mediterranean Sea west of Haifa. “It is going to take time” to implement the agreeme read more

Were claims of Israel’s ‘arson intifada’ overblown?

An Israeli firefighting airplane trying to extinguish a blaze raging in Haifa, Nov. 24, 2016. (Meir Vaknin/Flash90) TEL AVIV (JTA) – As wi...


Shekel strengthens at opening

FXCM Israel: The "No" vote in the Italian referendum will cause a flight to safe-haven currencies at the US dollar's expense....




Nine fire-hit locations so far ruled victims of deliberate arson

November 29, 2016, 9:50 AM (IDT) None locales have so far been established by investigators as having suffered major fire damage from deliberate hostile action during the five days of wildfires that roared across Israel last week. Their owners are thus entitled to claim war compensation from the state. They are: Moshav Tal-el; Zichron Yaacov, Dolev, Gilon, Talmon, Haifa, Nirit, Nataf, Neve Tsedek-Halamish.  Investigations continue at the other afflicted sites to determine if the fires were caused by arson or by accident.   read more

Meet Israel’s newest pioneers settling the Negev desert

Three years ago, 20 young families left central Israel for a new life in the northern Negev Desert near the Gaza Strip. Their seed community...

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