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Golda Meir’s Yom Kippur letter to bereaved families has been discovered

JERUSALEM — A letter of condolence to bereaved Israeli families written by then-Prime Minister Golda Meir on the eve of the Yom Kippur War has been discovered.

In the years following the establishment of the Jewish state, it was customary for the prime minister to have contact with the families of killed soldiers, including sending letters for…

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Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal

Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals.

Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in…

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With Kurz victory, Israel keeps good friend in Europe – analysis

While Jerusalem has not formally reacted to the decisive victory of Sebastian Kurz in Austria’s parliamentary election – likely because the results were announced Sunday, on Rosh Hashanah – there are certainly smiles in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry since Kurz is one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Europe.

Kurz, who was…

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Israel lets Gaza workers enter in bid to reduce tension

Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory.

Israel effectively revoked thousands of work-permits when it joined Egypt in imposing a…

Danon: Improving Gaza connected to needs of Israeli prisoners’ families

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on Thursday that improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza should relate to the humanitarian needs of the families of Israelis held prisoner by Hamas.

“The humanitarian deterioration in the Gaza Strip is a clear result of the Hamas regime’s control over the…

Year 5780: World leaders wish Jews a happy new year

An Indian Jew blows a ‘Shofar’, a musical instrument used in Jewish religious ceremonies made from the horn of a Ram during the ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony during Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish New Year that began Wednesday at sunset, at a dockyard in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. The ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony is a long-standing Jewish practice…

Jewish population worldwide hits 14.8 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah

(September 26, 2019 / JNS) The global Jewish population hovers around 14.8 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the start of the Jewish new year 5780, according to estimates published by Professor Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the American Jewish Year Book 2019.

Of this year’s nearly 15 million Jews, an…

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Israeli baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

(September 23, 2019 / JNS) For the first time, Israel’s national baseball team will vie for gold at the Olympic Games, having qualified in a match against South Africa on Sunday, just days after Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram secured a place in the Olympics rhythmic gymnastics contest.

Former major-leaguer Danny Valencia hit a three-run home run in…

Israel congratulates Saudi Arabia on its 89th national day

The State of Israel this week congratulated Saudi Arabia on its national day, showering the Gulf kingdom with warm wishes for peace and security, despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Arabic-language Twitter accounts run by the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday issued at least three…


Armenia announced on Thursday that it intends to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, a move expected to bring the once cool ties between the two countries to a different level.

“Israel is an important player in the Middle East,” Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan was quoted as saying in a cabinet meeting. “The opening of the embassy will contribute to…

International Space Station makes rare visit to Holy Land’s skies

The International Space Station has been spotted over Israeli skies and will reappear for another 10 days.

The flyby took place overnight on Friday and Saturday, where a bright dot that astronomers confirmed was the ISS streaked across the Jerusalem night sky. It was seen over the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City.

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From green to black: Incendiary balloons leave Israeli farmers with heavy hearts

The hot summer days are especially tense for farmers living in the Israeli towns around the Gaza Strip. The cause of their troubles: incendiary balloons.

These devices, launched from Gaza, have been drifting over the border since the situation escalated almost two years ago.

These airborne incendiary devices often land on farmers’ fields, which…

Israeli, Jewish organizations provide disaster relief to storm-stricken Bahamas

(September 4, 2019 / JNS) Several Jewish and Israeli humanitarian aid groups are providing aid or relief teams to the Bahamas following the catastrophic devastation unleashed by Hurricane Dorian.

The storm struck the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 storm on Sunday with wind gusts up to 220 mile per hour and a 23-foot storm surge, then stalled…

Israel sends group to help Brazil battle Amazon fires

Eleven-member team of firefighters and rescuers to assist local authorities with search-and-rescue operations as Bolsonaro feuds with Europe on environmental issues.

Israel announced Tuesday it was sending a delegation of experts on natural disasters to help Brazil combat the fires ravaging its Amazon basin.

“An Israeli delegation of…

Netanyahu offers Brazil help in fighting devastating Amazon fires

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke late Sunday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering Israeli assistance in battling the devastating fires burning across the Amazon region that have caused global alarm.

Netanyahu’s office said Israel would send a shipment of flame-retarding chemicals and noted that the prime minister had praised…

Amazon tests waters in Israel with website to attract local sellers

E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched a Hebrew-language website to recruit local Israeli companies to sell their products via, the latest step toward launching a local business in the country.

Sites such as Amazon have become increasingly popular in Israel where the cost of living is high, but locals currently have to order…

Israeli women’s lacrosse teams gives Kenyan opponents brand-new cleats

Israel’s Women’s Lacrosse team has become a worldwide sensation—but not for their performance on the field.

When the Israeli team played Kenya in in the 2019 Women’s Lacrosse U19 World Championships in Ontario, Canada last week, the players noticed the Kenyan team did not have cleats but were wearing regular sneakers.

The day after team Israel’s…

Thousands attend funeral of slain IDF soldier Dvir Sorek

Thousands of people on Thursday attended the funeral of a young Israeli soldier found stabbed to death near a Jewish settlement in the West Bank.

A burial ceremony for 18-year-old Dvir Sorek was held in Ofra, some 30 miles (50 kilometers) north of where his body was found at dawn, who was remembered by family and friends for his “light and love.”…