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    Telfed's inaugural SASI students are thriving

    Dec 29, 2016 Go comment!
    The SASI (South Africans Studying in Israel) Academic Programme is an exciting new initiative run by Telfed. This life changing experience allows South African students to complete a university degree in Israel in English, with Telfed and the universities providing financial and social support that will enable students to flourish both in their studies and in their life outside of the classroom. See stunning picture of the inaugural students and SASI staffers...
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    Israel not target of Obama’s UN ire, Trump is

    Dec 28, 2016 1 Comment
    In a new blog subtitled “Au Contraire”, JR Online editor Ant Katz, pictured, asks what Israel's government is playing at, as, he says: the fact that Barack Obama has taken this desperate move is quite transparently a shot over Trump's bough and not Israel’s. The PM is certainly no fool, says Katz. So, what is he playing at?
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    UN: wise counsel or anti-Israel vitriol?

    Dec 28, 2016 3 Comments
    Geoff Sifrin writes in his popular weekly column: “The uncomfortable truth is that (UN) Resolution 2334 is neither anti-Semitic nor anti-Israel” and that “crystal-clear message” was that: “For the community of nations, the settlements are illegal.” Read his latest column...
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    Bennett calls for annexation after resolution

    Dec 26, 2016 1 Comment
    No smiles now... Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Education and famed for always being pictured smiling, has called for the annexation of parts of the West Bank in response to the passing of a United Nations resolution taking Israel to task for continued building in the settlements.
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    Anger as US lets anti-Israel UN Resolution pass

    Dec 26, 2016 Go comment!
    Israeli leaders are livid at the US administration and made no bones about expressing just how angry they are in both the Knesset and at the Cabinet meeting on Sunday after the stunning change in traditional US policy (their ally abstained from voting, thus not using their veto power) – allowing an anti-Israel resolution on settlements to pass 14-0 at the UN Security Council. PM Netanyahu's anger is evident in this picture.
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    SA lauded by Knesset on Israel's first Yom Aliyah

    Dec 23, 2016 2 Comments
    Last month Israel marked its first official Aliyah Day, celebrating immigration to the country and the contributions of immigrants to its society. Among observances of the day were celebrations in the Knesset, a programme at the president’s residence, as well as in schools, the army and the police force, as required by law.
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    Israeli woman confirmed killed in Berlin attack

    Dec 23, 2016 Go comment!
    Israeli tourist in Berlin (Dalia Elyakim, pictured) who had been missing since Monday night’s truck-ramming attack was confirmed to be among the 12 victims. Her husband is in a serious condition.
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    New Israel envoy shakes up US Jewish views

    Dec 22, 2016 Go comment!
    Read much more on the US Embassy move – will it or won’t it move? Apart from this piece, there are links to all other related JR Online offers. Readers can also follow a host of optional views – and comment on them too.
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    US unlikely to open Embassy in Jerusalem

    Dec 22, 2016 Go comment!
    In a new blog published today, JR online editor ANT KATZ explains the history and politics of the US moving its Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
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    Iran's bloody nose in own backyard from Israel

    Dec 21, 2016 Go comment!
    Largely eclipsed in the Israeli media by sexual harassment scandals, the Knesset dress code and the impending evacuation of the Amona outpost in the West Bank, Benjamin Netanyahu’s state visit last week to Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan nonetheless represents a diplomatic coup against Iran. It also underlines Israel’s ability in recent years to punch holes in the former taboo in the Muslim world on openly embracing the Jewish state, experts on the relevant countries said.
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    TAKING ISSUE: Potency of “place” for Jews

    Dec 21, 2016 3 Comments
    There is huge symbolism in US president-elect Donald Trump’s declaration that he will relocate the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, the epicentre of Judaism’s beliefs and holy also to Muslims and Christians. Jerusalem itself is one of the thorniest issues in the Israeli-Arab conflict which has blocked peace negotiations, particularly regarding control over the Western Wall and the Temple Mount precinct.
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    Developments at ICC could affect Israel

    Dec 20, 2016 Go comment!
    At a round table discussion sponsored by NGO Monitor and the Department of Political Studies and the Faculty of Law at Bar-Ilan University held yesterday, December 19, a panel of experts discussed concerns about the future of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the potential impact for Israel following recent developments.
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    WHO rates IDF field hospitals world’s best

    Dec 18, 2016 Go comment!
    Long recognised worldwide as a leader in field-medicine and disaster relief, the Israeli Defence Forces’ (IDF) field hospital just solidified its position by achieving the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) first-ever Type-3 rating, the highest score the United Nations medical arm can give. “The world should learn from Israel how to operate in disaster areas with the right ethics," said WHO head.
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    The world remains silent on Aleppo...

    Dec 18, 2016 Go comment!
    Israeli expat, fiery Zionist and blogger Rolene Marks says “The streets of Paris are silent.” So, too, she points out in “London, Rome, New York, Johannesburg, Buenos Aires, Barcelona and countless cities around the world.” Nobody has shown up en masse to protest the genocide in Syria. The streets are devoid of people and indignation.
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    Ambassador-elect on US-Israel relations

    Dec 16, 2016 Go comment!
    “I am deeply honoured and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump to represent the United States as its ambassador to Israel.” So said ambassador-elect David Friedman in a statement today. “I intend to work tirelessly to strengthen the unbreakable bond between our two countries and advance the cause of peace within the region, and look forward to doing this from the US embassy in Israel’s eternal capital, Jerusalem.”
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    US Ambassador to ‘work from Jerusalem’ capital

    Dec 16, 2016 1 Comment
    US President-elect Donald Trump yesterday nominated one of his top Jewish advisers during his campaign, lawyer David Friedman, to be ambassador to Israel. In his announcement, Trump said that Friedman will "serve from Jerusalem". Describing the city as "Israel’s eternal capital", Ambassador-elect Friedman said today: “I am deeply honoured and humbled by the confidence placed in me by President-elect Trump.”
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    'Who is a Zionist?' - an ever-present question

    Dec 14, 2016 3 Comments
    “Who is a Zionist?” - Rolene Marks’ latest blog, published today, tackles this multifaceted question head on. “There has been a lot of debate, discussion and social media brouhaha lately over who is or what defines a Zionist,” writes Rolene.
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    Mayor sees bright future for Jerusalem in Trump era

    Dec 13, 2016 Go comment!
    It's been nearly 50 years since Israel captured eastern Jerusalem, including the Old City, from Jordan in the 1967 Six Day War. For the past eight years, Nir Barkat has been this city's mayor.
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    Were claims of Israel's 'arson intifada' overblown?

    Dec 12, 2016 1 Comment
    As wildfires threatened Israel last week, rhetoric linking arson to terrorism heated up.
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    November tourism to Israel up almost 40%

    Dec 11, 2016 Go comment!
    Almost miraculously, Israel turned a near-disaster into a big pay-off! Read how the faltering Israeli tourism market caused the ministry to jump into action - and how it has paid off ... in spades! The main countries targeted: India and China. But Israel's friendly Arab neighbours, Jordan and Egypt, played their parts too.
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