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Sunday, December 09, 2018

Israel/World

Pence Pressures Paraguayan President to Reconsider Israel-Embassy Reversal

(JNS) U.S. Vice President Mike Pence put some pressure on Paraguay’s new president, Mario Abdo Benitez, to reconsider his reversal to move its embassy in Israel back to Tel Aviv from Jerusalem, where it moved in May.

Congratulating Benitez on his new role, Pence “strongly encouraged” him to

Construction of 80-Mile Wall at Lebanon Border in North Causes Tension

(JNS) To protect its civilians from Hezbollah attacks, Israel is building a wall along its border with Lebanon.

A senior Israeli military official emphasized the need for the barrier, saying that although Israeli intelligence monitors the terrorist group, “we are prepared for the possibility that they

Palestinian Sentenced to 23 Years for Tel Aviv Stabbings

(Yona Schnitzer/TPS) A 19-year-old Palestinian from the West Bank city of Nablus was sentenced by the Tel Aviv District Court to 23 years in prison after attempting to murder several Israelis in Tel Aviv in April 2017. Amad Agbar was convicted on two counts of attempted murder, as well as several counts of aggravated assault. Furthermore,

Linoy Ashram Wins Silver As She Heads Toward Tokyo Olympics

(Mara Vigevani/TPS) Linoy Ashram, a 19-year-old Israeli athlete, won a silver medal in the hoop exercise at the Rhythmic Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, this week. This is the first time an Israeli gymnast has achieved a silver in this category during a world championship.

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Q&A: Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt Details the Thinking Behind the Mideast Peace Plan

Tasked by U.S. President Donald Trump to help reach the “deal of the century,” Jason Greenblatt, who serves as one of Trump’s top Middle East envoys, has a herculean task before him: to help negotiate the peace plan between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, Greenblatt

Site-Hopping for Sukkot in Israel

Sukkot, one of the three festivals when Jews historically went on pilgrimage to Jerusalem, is still one of Israel’s most popular tourist seasons centuries later. Thousands of tourists, visitors and locals alike will pour into different cities of the Holy Land, to see the age-old sights, visit museums, eat the

NJ Greater MetroWest Foundation to Assist Businesses Near Gaza Border Affected by Kite Terrorism

(Courtesy of Jewish Agency) The Jewish Agency for Israel will grant loans of up to 100,000 shekels to businesses affected by arson attacks and rocket fire originating in the Gaza Strip.

In recent months, terrorists have launched hundreds of kites, balloons and other flying objects set aflame over the

Ministry of Education Ranks AMIT Best Educational Network in Israel

(Courtesy of AMIT) AMIT is Israel’s No. 1 educational network, according to rankings published this week by the Education Ministry. In naming AMIT the country’s highest-achieving educational network, the ministry cited its bagrut (high school matriculation) rate, as well as the number of students learning math and

Netanyahu and Friedman: Stop ‘Throwing Money’ at Refugees

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu voiced his support for the U.S. decision Friday to halt funding for the U.N. agency that supports Palestinian refugees, saying that “the United States did a very important thing.” U.S. Ambassador David Friedman, speaking at a pre-Rosh Hashanah event at his residence, also voiced his vigorous

Abbas Demands US Replace ‘Biased’ Greenblatt as Mideast Peace-Plan Mediator

(Daniel Siryoti and Israel Hayom Staff/JNS) Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas is demanding that U.S. special envoy to the Middle East Jason Greenblatt be replaced as peace mediator because of his bias in favor of Israel, a senior P.A. official and close associate of Abbas told Israel Hayom.

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Trump Administration’s Clear Message to Israel: ‘Please Leave Iraq to Us’

(JNS) The United States warned Israel several weeks ago not to strike sites belonging to Iranian proxies in Iraq amid reports that Tehran deployed ballistic missiles capable of targeting Israel and Saudi Arabia, according to Israeli public broadcaster KAN.

Although new American sanctions on Iran are

Jewish Organizations Applaud Move to Name Jon Kyl to Arizona Senate Seat

(Jackson Richman/JNS) Arizona Republican Gov. Doug Ducey announced this week that former U.S. Senator Jon Kyl will replace the Senate seat held by the late John McCain.

“All who care about Israel and America are thrilled,” Zionist Organization of America president Mort Klein told JNS. “He