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US Ambassador: Golan will be ‘part of Israel forever’

Mon, 09/17/2018 - 12:00am
BY: ARIEL KAHANA, ISRAEL HAYOM/JNS.ORG


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman tells Israel Hayom there is “certainly” a possibility that the United States will officially recognize Israeli sovereignty in the Golan Heights.


U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman believes that the Golan Heights will remain under Israeli sovereignty, and certainly won’t be placed back in the hands of Syria’s current leader, President Bashar Assad.

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Hoping to save his own life, man designs new surgical tool

Mon, 09/10/2018 - 12:00am
By Brian Blum for Israel21c


Israeli entrepreneur with life-threatening brain tumor invents novel visualization solution for brain surgeons. His company was sold for $75 million.


If you’re an Israeli entrepreneur and you’re facing a life-threatening disease with no cure, what do you do? For Avi Yaron, the choice was clear: he’d invent one.


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Nazi-confiscated pen helps ToI track down survivor’s son, rewrite family history

Mon, 09/03/2018 - 12:00am
By RENEE GHERT-ZAND for The Times of Israel


International Tracing Service and Times of Israel journalist jointly find descendants of Istvan Rokza, to restitute his stripped possessions and unearth buried heritage


When Hungarian-Jewish teenager Istvan Rokza arrived at the Neuengamme concentration camp in northern Germany in late 1944, he had very little on him — only 20 pengo (then the Hungarian currency) and a “Tintenkuli,” a black stylograph-type pen. The Nazis confiscated these from Rokza, placing them in an envelope and listing the contents on the outside.

 


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VR Tech is Playing a Key Role in Holocaust Education and Awareness

Mon, 08/27/2018 - 12:00am
By Simona Shemer, NoCamels


There are currently less than 200,000 Holocaust survivors living in Israel today. In two years, that number will drop to 142,000 survivors and by 2025, it will further decrease to 92,600. In less than 20 years – by 2035 – just 26,200 Holocaust survivors will remain among us, according to a Central Bureau of Statistics report released ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day in January.

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Large Desalination Plant Approved to Bring Gazans Clean Water

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 12:00am
From VirtualJerusalem, Courtesy of DEBKA


The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.  


Israel’s defense ministry has approved the delivery of equipment to the Gaza Strip for completing a large desalination plant and eight large water reservoirs.

The project, with international funding, will ease the acute shortage of water for the Gazan population of 1.8 million.

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Liberman warns Assad planning to rebuild large Syrian army after civil war

Mon, 08/13/2018 - 12:00am
By JACOB MAGID for The Times of Israel


Defense minister also praises Trump's reimposition of Iran sanctions, saying Tehran was using relief provided by nuke deal not to support its economy but rather to fund terror


Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman said Tuesday that Syrian dictator Bashar Assad “is not satisfied” with regaining control of southern Syria and plans to rebuild the Syrian military into an even larger force than it was on the eve of the civil war.


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How Israel Became a Television Powerhouse

Mon, 08/06/2018 - 12:00am
By HANNAH BROWN for Commentary


The unlikely rise of a pop-culture leader


You don’t often see perfectly chilled martinis served at conferences in Israel, but the TLV Formats Conference was an event that was out of the ordinary. It was held for the second time in September 2017, and hundreds of buyers from television networks around the world came to Tel Aviv to snatch up new Israeli shows—scrambling to get ahead of the huge international TV convention called MIPCOM the following month in Cannes. Over the past decade, Israel has become one of the world’s most prolific exporters of “formats”—industry jargon for concepts and programs. 

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Soul-Searching After a Rabbi Was Detained in Israel

Mon, 07/30/2018 - 12:00am
By Daniel Gordis for Bloomberg.com


Is this the sort of nation Israelis want?


Almost a decade ago, shortly before their wedding, my daughter and her fiancé decided that the ceremony would not be performed by a rabbi associated with Israel’s Chief Rabbinate. Both religiously observant, they found the Chief Rabbinate’s attitude to women and to non-Orthodox streams of Judaism reprehensible; they were determined to use the occasion of their wedding, at which numerous politically and socially prominent Israelis would be present, to make that point.

They asked me to perform the wedding. As a Conservative rabbi ordained in the U.S. (and thus not recognized by the Israeli Rabbinate), I technically violated Israel’s 1953 Marriage and Divorce Law. This can be punished with a two-year prison sentence. We made the occasional quip about my getting arrested for performing my own daughter’s wedding, but we were never worried. Many rabbis had done this before, and none had ever been arrested.

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