Israel - Latest News & Opinions

Drastically falling insect numbers could cause ‘ecological Armageddon’ — study

timesofisrael.com

Drastically falling insect numbers could cause ‘ecological Armageddon’ — study


Read More ...

Suspect wanted in fatal Maryland shootings arrested in Delaware

jpost.com

Suspect wanted in fatal Maryland shootings arrested in Delaware


Read More ...

Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter

timesofisrael.com

Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter


Read More ...

8 European countries demand Israel pay for West Bank structures it destroyed

timesofisrael.com

8 European countries demand Israel pay for West Bank structures it destroyed


Read More ...

Settlers to Netanyahu: Prevent next terror attack with new security plan

jpost.com

Settlers to Netanyahu: Prevent next terror attack with new security plan


Read More ...

Trump, Zuckerberg, Larry David razzed on West Bank wall

timesofisrael.com

Trump, Zuckerberg, Larry David razzed on West Bank wall


Read More ...

Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured

jpost.com

Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured


Read More ...

Popular Stories

Home / Asia / Mideast / Israel
Zubin Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK — Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York’s Carnegie Hall. The October 25 opening-night concert will feature an all-Mozart program including the overture to “The Marriage of Figaro.” The orchestra will then visit Toronto, California and Florida before returning to Carnegie Hall on November 7 through November 9   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  New York | 
Drastically falling insect numbers could cause ‘ecological Armageddon’ — study
Researchers in Germany have documented a dramatic decline in flying insects at dozens of nature reserves in the past three decades that they say could lead to an “ecological Armageddon,” and agricultural pesticides may be to blame, according to a new study published Wednesday. While it is well documented that butterflies and bees have been disappearing in Europe and North America, the study in PLOS ONE is the first to document that flying insects in general have decreased by more than three-quarters across Germany since 1989   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Hungarian who helped Jews flee Holocaust honored in Budapest
BUDAPEST, Hungary — A Hungarian who printed thousands of passports allowing Jews to flee the country during World War II has been honored with a memorial plaque. Emil Wiesmeyer’s printing company initially made 4,000 of the basic passports, part of efforts by Swedish special envoy Raoul Wallenberg to save Jews from Nazi death camps. He then produced about 20,000 more on his own to help Jews make it out of Hungary   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  Hungary |  Budapest | 
Terror ruled out after 5 killed when car plows into crowd in Ukraine
Five people were killed Wednesday when a car plowed into a crowd of pedestrians in the northeastern Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, local police said, ruling out a terror link. The Kharkiv police department said six others were hurt, although the extent of their injuries remained unclear. But local police spokesman Yaroslav Trakalo told the Ukrainska Pravda news site that two women’s condition was “very serious   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture | 
Places: Israel |  Europe |  E. Europe |  Ukraine | 
Suspect wanted in fatal Maryland shootings arrested in Delaware
An employee of a Maryland kitchen countertop company suspected of fatally shooting three co-workers and critically wounding two others on Wednesday was arrested in neighboring Delaware, a Maryland county sheriff said. The suspected gunman, Radee Prince, 37, was apprehended by US agents and others, the Harford County Sheriff's Office said on Twitter.   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Places: Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  W Africa |  Liberia |  Israel |  Maryland | 
Dutch soccer fans ridicule child Holocaust victims on Twitter
AMSTERDAM – Soccer fans in the Netherlands used a picture of child victims of the Holocaust to taunt a rival team in what Dutch activists against racism called “a new low” for anti-Semitic rhetoric in sports. The photo featuring two toddlers wearing a yellow star was widely circulated on Twitter under the hashtag #anti020week. The digits are the Amsterdam-area dial code, which in soccer jargon references the city’s main soccer club, Ajax   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  Netherlands |  North Holland | 
Fairfax makes up quotes to attack NZ-Israel innovation deal
Fairfax makes up quotes to attack NZ-Israel innovation deal. Jordan Williams, Executive Director of the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union, has issued a press release and penned an article to correct false and misleading reporting by Fairfax journalist, Madison Reidy, that gave the impression that the Taxpayers’ Union had an anti-Israel agenda. According to Williams’ statement, Fairfax twisted his words to incorrectly suggest that the Taxpayers’ Union objected to New Zealand signing an innovation deal with Israel, “whose military is in violent conflict with Palestine”   Read More ...
Places: New Zealand |  Israel | 
Australian senate rejects proposed visa, citizenship curbs
SYDNEY - Australia's lawmakers have rejected legislation that would tighten citizenship and foreign worker visa rules, a blow to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull who had sought to stop a loss of his support base to far-right political parties. In April, Turnbull said Australia would abolish a temporary work visa popular with foreigners and replace it with a new programme requiring better English-language and job skills   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Government |  Parliament |  Senate | 
Places: Oceania |  Australasia |  Australia |  Israel | 
Living in Jerusalem, behind the wall
Crossing the massive checkpoint at Kalandiya, it feels as if one is entering a foreign country. It is only the street signs in three languages – Arabic, Hebrew and English – that confirm the reality that this is still Jerusalem.Murals describing events from the “Nakba” and graffiti and posters commemorating shahids (“martyrs”) fill the walls all the way from the checkpoint to the center of Kafr Akab, the most northern neighborhood of the capital located behind the security barrier   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Man convicted in plot to behead right-wing provocateur over cartoon contest
BOSTON (AP) — A man who authorities say fell under the influence of the Islamic State group was convicted Wednesday of plotting to behead a conservative American blogger for organizing a Prophet Muhammad cartoon contest. Jurors found David Wright guilty of all charges, including conspiracy to provide material support to a designated foreign terrorist organization and conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Judiciary |  Prosecution |  Conviction | 
Places: Israel | 
A female Israeli combat soldier proudly models for weapons companies
JTA — When it comes to women posing with firearms, the United States is fully loaded. Lithe models can be found showing off weapons at gun shows, in rifle magazines and on dedicated social media pages. Orin Julie may look like just another “gun bunny,” as such models are sometimes called, but she is the industry’s secret weapon. She is a former Israeli combat soldier who is trained to discharge the weapons she poses with   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Weapons | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Israel | 
Jonathan Greenblatt wants to mend the ‘paradox’ of Israeli-Diaspora relations
WASHINGTON — Jonathan Greenblatt sees a “paradox” at the heart of Israel’s current relationship with the American diaspora. “In a world that has been reshaped by globalization and technology, we are closer to Israel than we ever have been,” he said. Through Birthright and academic exchange programs, through Israeli innovations being used in the US, through Netflix carrying the Israeli television series “Fauda,” there is “a cross-pollination” between the two cultures that Greenblatt describes as “extraordinary   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
White House to nominate Simons, Phillips, Chopra to FTC
WASHINGTON- The White House will nominate Joseph Simons, Noah Phillips and Rohit Chopra to the Federal Trade Commission, a White House official said on Wednesday. Simons will be named head of the agency once the Senate confirms him, the official said. The FTC works with the Justice Department to enforce antitrust law and investigates allegations of deceptive advertising. It is an independent agency headed by a chairman and four commissioners   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Government |  White House | 
Places: Israel | 
Israelis make major breakthrough in turning mature cells into skin cells
Tel Aviv University and Weizmann Institute of Science researchers have shown it is possible to turn mature cells from the heart, brain and other organs in mice models into skin cells.Their findings, just published in the prestigious journal Nature Communications, proves for the first time that it is possible to repurpose the function of different mature cells across the body and harvest new tissue and organs from these cells   Read More ...
Categories: Science & Nature | 
Places: Israel | 
Mehta, Israel Philharmonic to start tour at Carnegie Hall
NEW YORK (AP) — Conductor Zubin Mehta and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra are starting a two-week North American tour at New York's Carnegie Hall. The Oct. 25 opening-night concert will feature an all-Mozart program including the overture to "The Marriage of Figaro." The orchestra will visit Toronto, California and Florida before returning to Carnegie Hall on Nov. 7 through Nov. 9   Read More ...
Categories: Entertainment & Arts | 
Tags: Music | 
Places: North America |  United States |  Asia |  Mideast |  Israel |  New York | 
Al-Qaeda set to gain as Islamic State disintegrates
BEIRUT (AP) — Over several nights in September, some 10,000 men, women and children fled areas under Islamic State control, hurrying through fields in northern Syria and risking fire from government troops to reach a province held by an al-Qaeda-linked group. For an untold number of battle-hardened jihadis fleeing with the civilians, the escape to Idlib province marked a homecoming of sorts, an opportunity to continue waging war alongside an extremist group that shares much of the Islamic State’s ideology — and has benefited from its prolonged downfall   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Wars |  Jihadists |  Al-Qaeda |  ISIS | 
Places: Israel | 
8 European countries demand Israel pay for West Bank structures it destroyed
Eight European Union member states are demanding that Israel pay them back for the demolition and confiscation of buildings and other installations constructed for the benefit of Bedouin encampments in Area C of the West Bank by the EU’s mission in Israel. A letter from the EU member states, led by Belgium, setting out the demand will be handed to the Israeli Foreign Ministry in the coming days, according to the Haaretz newspaper, citing an initial report in France’s Le Monde daily   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  Europe |  West Bank | 
Ghanem tears into Israel at global parliamentary
Ghanem tears into Israel at global parliamentary Speaker lambastes Israeli delegation, shames it to leave hall. SAINT PETERSBURG, Russia: Kuwait’s chief lawmaker fiercely retaliated to the Israeli parliament representative’s comments on imprisoned Palestinian lawmakers at an international conference yesterday. “The saying ‘if you have no shame do as you please’ applies to the comments made by this rapist (Israeli) parliament,” National Assembly Speaker Marzouq Al-Ghanem told lawmakers gathered at Inter-Parliamentary Union talks   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Settlers to Netanyahu: Prevent next terror attack with new security plan
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must endorse and fund a new security plan for West Bank roads and communities, settlers and terrorism victims said Wednesday as they staged a small protest in Jerusalem.“I am determined to prevent the next terrorist attack,” said Hadas Mizrahi, whose husband Baruch was killed in 2014 just before Passover when a Palestinian terrorist shot at his car with an automatic weapon on Route 35 near the Tarkumiya checkpoint   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Wars |  Terrorism |  Terror |  Terrorist |  Terrorist attacks | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Israel | 
Labor leader asks public to run with him- literally
Labor Party leader Avi Gabbay is running again, but this time in a different kind of race.Gabbay on Wednesday invited the public to run with him in the annual Tel Aviv Night Run that will be held on October 31. Sources close to the MK said they hoped it would help him appeal to new sectors that do not normally vote for Labor   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Trump, Zuckerberg, Larry David razzed on West Bank wall
Newly daubed graffiti on the Israeli wall cutting off the West Bank lambasts US President Donald Trump and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. The work has appeared in recent days after secretive Australian artist Lushsux crowdsourced ideas for what to paint on the controversial security barrier, which in many areas cuts through the Palestinian territory. But residents and visitors warned the art, much of which is not explicitly about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, risks undermining the purpose of painting on the wall   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Politicians |  Donald John Trump | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Israel |  West Bank | 
Opposing settlers’ petition, state calls for evacuation of Hebron squatters
The State Attorney’s Office on Wednesday voiced its opposition to a High Court petition filed by a group of settlers illegally squatting in a disputed Hebron building, and insisted, once again, that the 15 families must be evacuated from the site. Some 100 settlers have been living in the Machpela House adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs in the flashpoint West Bank city since July 25   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Syrian militant group releases video of leader apparently uninjured
BEIRUT- Two weeks after Russia said it had critically injured the leader of the Tahrir al-Sham militant group in Syria, an undated video was published on Wednesday, purporting to show its leader Abu Mohamad al-Golani, apparently in good health. The video showed Golani lecturing his fighters and played scenes of militants in battle. After the reported strike earlier this month, a Russian Defense Ministry spokesman said Golani had lost an arm and was in critical condition   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  Syria | 
Haley to UN Security Council: Don't turn a blind eye to Iran
The UN Security Council must not ignore Iran's aggressive behavior, its ballistic missile testing and its violation of this body's resolutions regarding its military activity, US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley said on Wednesday.She urged the 15-member body in New York to follow in the footsteps of the United States by changing its policy toward Tehran or risk it becoming another North Korea   Read More ...
Places: Iran |  Israel | 
Ultra-Orthodox Faction in Israel Plans 'Day of Wrath' Over Arrest of Yeshiva Students
Group's leader ordered followers to protest after the two students were accused of being draft dodgers and sentenced to 20 days in military prison.   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Teens arrested in vandalism at Jewish cemetery in Romania
Police in Romania arrested three teenagers accused of destroying 10 headstones at a Jewish cemetery. The incident occurred over the weekend, police said in a statement Monday about the arrests near the northern city of Reghin, located 200 miles north of Bucharest, the capital. The suspects allegedly smashed the headstones and drew a swastika on two gates, though police said the swastikas may have been painted on the gates months ago, the Agepres news website reported   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Places: Asia |  Mideast |  Israel |  Europe |  E. Europe |  Romania | 
In Egypt, archaeologists find part of 4,000-year-old statue
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egypt says archaeologists have discovered the head of a wooden statue, likely belonging to a female regent who ruled the country more than 4,000 years ago. Wednesday’s statement by the Antiquities Ministry says the artifact was found in the district of Saqqara, near the ancient Pyramids of Giza. It says the part of the statue is in poor condition and will have to undergo restoration   Read More ...
Places: Egypt |  Israel | 
Family of slain sergeant says Trump showed ‘disrespect’
WASHINGTON (AP) — The mother of an Army sergeant killed in Niger said Wednesday that US President Donald Trump, in a call offering condolences, showed “disrespect” to the soldier’s loved ones as they drove to the airport to meet his body. Trump, engulfed in controversy over the appropriate way for presidents to show compassion for slain soldiers, strongly disputed that account   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Israel, other allies irked by Trump’s ‘Buy American’ order
GENEVA (AP) — Israel, Hong Kong and Taiwan joined a number of US allies at the World Trade Organization on Wednesday to express concerns over a Trump administration executive order that calls on US authorities to “maximize” use of American-made goods, products and materials in government procurement. The 10 WTO members, also including the European Union, Canada and Japan, also urged Washington to continue honoring the trade body’s “Government Procurement Agreement” that binds the United States and 45 other countries — mostly EU members — to open government procurement markets to foreign competition and make them more transparent   Read More ...
Places: Americas |  Israel | 
As nuclear threat mushrooms, group says situation worse than Cold War
PARIS — Dozens of experts and former senior officials from around the world met in the French capital last week to discuss the threat of nuclear proliferation, something they believe is ignored despite the dire situation and — according to some — worse than it was during the Cold War. The Iran deal, the risk posed by North Korea and the ever-present potential that the two atomic powers India and Pakistan will go to war were deemed the most pressing threats at the 10th anniversary conference of the International Luxembourg Forum on Preventing Nuclear Catastrophe   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Wars |  Global Wars |  Cold War | 
Places: Israel | 
Three dead in shooting at Maryland workplace
Three people were killed and two wounded on Wednesday in a shooting at an Edgewood, Maryland, stone countertop company, Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said. A man entered Advanced Granite Solutions and opened fire with a handgun, hitting five employees. "Currently we have lost three" and the other two hit were seriously wounded, Gahler told reporters.   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture | 
Places: Israel |  Edgewood | 
A marriage of inconvenience
The Hamas-Fatah reconciliation is a marriage of inconvenience that is unlikely to be consummated.There may have been a lot of dancing and hugging and kissing with last week’s betrothal announcement, but the two parties are a long way from agreeing on a pre-nup. It’s something they’ve repeatedly tried and consistently failed to do in the past. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Encountering peace: Gabbay on the road to defeat
With each passing day it seems that Labor Party chairman Avi Gabbay is expressing more and more positions right out of the prime minister’s daily message sheet that he and coalition chairman David Biton prepare for Likud MKs. Gabbay won’t include the Joint Arab List in a government that he heads. Gabbay won’t remove settlements in a peace deal that he will negotiate with the Palestinians   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
France: Extreme Right and Left leaders distort Holocaust history
The French admissions of Holocaust guilt, which came many decades too late, are currently being contested by important French politicians. This year the truth of contemporary France as the legal successor of the Vichy regime was denied by two extremist candidates in the presidential elections, Marine Le Pen and Jean-Luc Melenchon. During the campaign, right-wing Le Pen gained 21.3% of the votes in the first round and 33% in the second   Read More ...
Places: Israel |  France | 
1917 and the Battle of Beersheba
The prime ministers of Israel, Australia and New Zealand will lead much of the Israeli-based diplomatic corps at commemoration events on October 31 to mark the 100th anniversary of the conquest of Beersheba.Why is this event so special? The Battle of Beersheba was the first major victory for Britain in World War One. Consider this: going into this battle, Britain had been defeated four times by the Turkish army   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
בצעד חסר תקדים, מדינות אירופיות ידרשו מישראל פיצויים על הרס מבנים בשטח סי
שמונה מדינות ידרשו כי ישראל תשלם להן 30 אלף אירו בגין החרמה והריסה של מבנים בשטח סי בגדה. מי שמובילה את המהלך היא בלגיה, שהצליחה לאחרונה לשכנע את יתר המדינות להצטרף אליה.   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Manhunt underway after 3 killed in Maryland shooting
EDGEWOOD, Maryland (AP) — A gunman opened fire at a Maryland office park on Wednesday morning, killing three co-workers and wounding two others, authorities and the business owner said. A manhunt was underway for 37-year-old Radee Labeeb Prince, who was considered armed and dangerous. Harford County Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler said Prince shot his victims with a handgun and fled the Emmorton Business Park in Edgewood, which is about 25 miles (40 kilometers) northeast of Baltimore   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture | 
Places: Israel |  Edgewood | 
Bon Jovi may be looking to return to Israel
It’s not even winter yet and Bon Jovi is already making plans for next summer. The New Jersey rockers may return in May 2018 to reprise their successful October 2015 concert, when they drew a crowd of 54,000 to Tel Aviv’s Yarkon Park, according to a report this week. Bon Jovi’s 2015 concert was their first-ever performance in Israel, and lead singer Jon Bon Jovi made his support for Israel clear during the concert   Read More ...
Places: Israel | 
Kill ’em all, France bluntly declares in fight against IS jihadists
PARIS, France (AFP) — France’s attitude to the killing of its citizens in Syria fighting for the Islamic State group has rarely been as frankly stated as it was in the lead up to the fall of Raqqa. “We are committed along with our allies to the destruction of Daesh (Islamic State) and we’re doing everything to that end,” Defense Minister Florence Parly told reporters at the weekend   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Wars |  Jihadists |  ISIS | 
Places: Israel |  Europe |  S. Europe |  Iberia |  France |  Paris | 
Scaramucci pledges $25K to Wiesenthal Center after Twitter Holocaust poll
WASHINGTON — Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly helmed President Donald Trump’s communications department, pledged $25,000 to the Simon Wiesenthal Center after an account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust. “On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hopefully I spelled that right,” Scaramucci said Tuesday afternoon on his personal Twitter account, ending with a grinning emoji   Read More ...
Places: Israel |