Tuesday, March 20, 2018


High-Speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem Rail to Launch Within Three Months

(JNS) Israel’s Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz this week announced that a new high-speed rail line connecting Jerusalem and Tel Aviv will become operational within three months.

The rail will launch March 30, exactly as forecasted by the former CEO of Israel Railways, Boaz Tzafrir, in

Israel Finalizes $1 Million Donation to Hurricane-Ravaged Houston Jewish Community

(JNS) The Israeli government has finalized a $1 million donation to the hurricane-ravaged Jewish community of Houston following last year’s flooding from Hurricane Harvey.

Israel’s Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett said in a video message, “Tough times are… When us Jews show our

Israel Bans 20 BDS Groups From Entering Country

(JNS) Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry on Sunday published a list of 20 groups affiliated with the BDS movement that will be barred from entering the country.

Israeli Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan referred to the list’s publication as “another step in our work to thwart

Terror Victims Urge Deduction of Terrorists’ Salaries From Palestinian Authority Tax Funds

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS) Hundreds of families of terror victims on Sunday urged Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deduct the salaries that the Palestinian Authority (PA) pays terrorists and their families from PA tax funds collected by Israel.

‘Occupied’ and the Semantic Battle for Peace

In a demonstration of how completely at odds his views are from those of the foreign policy establishment, U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman reportedly asked the State Department to stop using the term “occupied territories” and instead refer to the “West Bank.” According to accounts that have filtered out of Foggy

Rachel Retter Loves Every Minute at Michlalah

Rachel Retter is studying at Michlalah Yerushalayim in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood of Jerusalem. She grew up in Bergenfield, attended RYNJ for elementary school and Manhattan High School for Girls for high school. She’s attended Camp Dina, Camp Kaylie and NCSY Michlelet in the summers. Her family davens at Beit Midrash of

Communities Mourn Jewish Families Killed in Costa Rica Plane Crash

(Renee Ghert-Zand/TimesofIsrael.com and combined sources) Costa Rican investigators said Monday that strong winds or mechanical problems most likely caused a charter aircraft to crash into the woods in the province of Guanacaste on Sunday, killing two crew members and 10 U.S. citizens, including two Jewish families from

Palestinians Fire Back at Trump’s Threat to Cut Off Aid

(JNS) The Palestinian Authority (PA) fired back at President Donald Trump’s tweets on Tuesday that threatened to cut off aid to the Palestinians for their refusal to negotiate with Israel.

“This statement has absolutely no justification. We wanted a peace process with the Americans and we

Israel Uncovers Iranian Intelligence Operation Near Hebron

(JNS) Israel’s Shin Bet security agency said Tuesday that it has uncovered an Iranian military intelligence operation near Hebron that was planning to carry out terror attacks and collect intelligence for the Islamic Republic.

According to the Shin Bet, the key suspect arrested was Mahmoud

Will Mass Protests Divert Iran’s Attention Inward and Away From Fighting Israel?

Thousands of protesters took to the streets this weekend in cities throughout Iran to demonstrate against the Islamic Republic’s strained economy, corrupt regime and costly military expansion throughout the region, in what has been characterized as the country’s largest wave of anti-government protests since the

Anti-Semitic Incidents in US Surged 67 Percent From January-September

(JNS) The number of anti-Semitic incidents in the U.S. between Jan. 1 and Sept. 30, 2017, increased by 67 percent when compared with the same period in 2016, according to the Anti-Defamation League’s (ADL) annual report on anti-Semitism.

The report documents 1,299 anti-Semitic incidents across

Malka Iskowitz Is Learning and Exploring at Midreshet Moriah

Malka Iskowitz is studying at Midreshet Moriah in Jerusalem. She grew up in Wesley Hills, New York, but moved several years ago to New Milford. She attended ASHAR for elementary school, and Frisch for high school. Her family davens at Keter Torah.

Her next stop? Binghamton