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The Times of Israel is an Israel-based, primarily English-language online newspaper launched in 2012. It was co-founded by journalist David Horovitz, who is also the founding editor, and American hedge fund manager Seth Klarman. It covers "developments in Israel, the Middle East and around the Jewish world.”Source
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NJ teen confesses to spearheading plot to vandalize Midwestern synagogues

NJ teen confesses to spearheading plot to vandalize Midwestern synagogues

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US ‘disappointed,’ but still open to Iran nuclear talks after Tehran’s rejection

US ‘disappointed,’ but still open to Iran nuclear talks after Tehran’s rejection

home pagePresident Joe Biden speaks on the economy in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Saturday, Feb. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration said Sunday it remains open to talks with Iran over the 2015 nuclear deal despite Tehran’s rejection of an EU invitation to join a meeting with the US and the other original participants in the agreement.A senior administration official said the US was “disappointed” in the rejection but was flexible as to the timing and format of the talks and saw Iran’s decision to snub the...

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Israel said to hit Iranian targets in Syria after Tehran blamed for ship blast

Israel said to hit Iranian targets in Syria after Tehran blamed for ship blast

home pageFootage from Syrian state media said to show air defense missiles being fired near Damascus in response to Israeli strikes, February 28, 2021. (Screen capture: Twitter)Syrian state media reported Sunday that air defense systems were activated around Damascus due to an Israeli attack. A report carried on the official SANA news agency claimed the Syrian military intercepted several Israeli missiles.There was no comment on the reported strikes from the Israel Defense Forces, which rarely acknowledges specific attacks.Israel’s Kan News, Channel 13 News and Ma’ariv newspaper all...

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Israel authorizes plan to vaccinate over 120,000 Palestinian workers

Israel authorizes plan to vaccinate over 120,000 Palestinian workers

home pagePalestinian workers enter Israel through the Mitar checkpoint in the West Bank city of Hebron, on May 5, 2020. (Wisam Hashlamoun/Flash90)The Israeli government on Sunday approved a plan to vaccinate over 120,000 Palestinians who are legally employed in Israeli communities, Israel’s military liaison to the Palestinians said in a statement.The Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories, which administers Palestinian civilian affairs, announced that it would roll out an immunization campaign at border crossings and industrial zones across the West Bank in the next few...

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Massachusetts school board member calls Jew a ‘kike’ on live TV

Massachusetts school board member calls Jew a ‘kike’ on live TV

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Iran rejects offer for informal nuclear talks with US, demands sanctions relief

Iran rejects offer for informal nuclear talks with US, demands sanctions relief

home pageUS President Joe Biden (left) and Iran Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei. (Collage, AP)Iran on Sunday rebuffed an offer from the European Union to hold informal direct talks with the EU and US on Tehran’s nuclear program. US President Joe Biden’s administration had accepted in principle.“Considering the recent positions and actions of the United States and the three European countries, [Iran] does not consider the time suitable to hold the informal meeting proposed by the European coordinator,” foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said in a statement.Khatibzadeh said the first...

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Israel said to believe Iran behind blast on Israeli-owned cargo ship

Israel said to believe Iran behind blast on Israeli-owned cargo ship

home pageDamage is seen in the Israeli-owned ship that hit by an explosion in the Gulf of Oman on February 26, 2021. (Screen capture/Channel 13)Israeli officials believe Iran was behind a blast on an Israeli-owned cargo ship in the Gulf of Oman, according to Friday reports.Hebrew media quoted unnamed Israeli officials as saying they believe Iran was responsible for the Friday explosion, which did not disable the ship or injure its crew, but forced it ashore for repairs.The area of the blast, off Iran’s coast at the entrance to the Persian Gulf, saw a series of explosions in 2019 that the US...

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Iran’s supreme leader says women in cartoons must wear hijabs

Iran’s supreme leader says women in cartoons must wear hijabs

home pageIran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei addresses the nation in a televised speech marking the birthday of Islam's Prophet Muhammad, in Tehran, Iran, November 3, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has declared that women depicted in cartoons or animated films must wear the hijab head covering.According to the country’s Tasnim news agency, when asked on Saturday whether it is necessary for animated female characters to be portrayed with their hair covered, Khamenei answered that “observing hijab in animation is...

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US strikes Iran-backed fighters in Syria, in 1st military action under Biden

US strikes Iran-backed fighters in Syria, in 1st military action under Biden

home pageIllustrative: Explosions are seen in the Syrian town of Salamiyah on June 24 after an airstrike (video screenshot)WASHINGTON — The United States launched airstrikes in Syria on Thursday, targeting facilities near the Iraqi border used by Iranian-backed militia groups. The Pentagon said the strikes were retaliation for a rocket attack in Iraq earlier this month that killed one civilian contractor and wounded a US service member and other coalition troops.The airstrikes were the first military action undertaken by the Biden administration, which in its first weeks has emphasized its...

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KKL-JNF board advances controversial $11.5 million purchase of West Bank land

KKL-JNF board advances controversial $11.5 million purchase of West Bank land

home pageA sign attests that the small promenade was built by the Jewish National Fund, known by its Hebrew acronym KKL, near the Israeli West Bank settlement of Alon Shvut on Feb. 22, 2021. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)In a contentious vote that passed Thursday by the slimmest of margins, the Jewish National Fund’s board of directors advanced the controversial allocation of NIS 38 million ($11.58 million) in order to purchase lands in the West Bank.The board of Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael Jewish National Fund (KKL-JNF) will meet once again after the March 23 election to determine its policies...

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Abbas said to veto Israeli vaccination station on Temple Mount

Abbas said to veto Israeli vaccination station on Temple Mount

home pageMuslim worshipers take part in Friday prayers at the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque complex in the Old City of Jerusalem, February 12, 2021. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)Israeli officials reportedly sent a request last week to the Palestinian Authority and the Jerusalem Muslim Waqf asking that the Israeli government be allowed to open a coronavirus vaccination station in the Temple Mount area, but the request was rejected.The station was meant to vaccinate mainly Palestinian worshipers visiting the area. The Waqf is a Jordan-affiliated religious authority that...

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Israel said to trade coronavirus vaccines for diplomatic support

Israel said to trade coronavirus vaccines for diplomatic support

home pagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the first batch of Pfizer vaccines to arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, December 9, 2020. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool)Israel is offering coronavirus vaccines to various countries in return for their diplomatic backing, the Kan public broadcaster reported Tuesday, citing a source familiar with the development. It is also sending thousands of doses for medical staff in the Palestinian Authority.A plane from Honduras was to take delivery of a shipment later in the day, the report said, and the Czech Republic and Guatemala are...

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Iran announces official start of new restrictions on UN nuclear inspections

Iran announces official start of new restrictions on UN nuclear inspections

home pageThis October 26, 2010, photo shows the reactor building of the Bushehr nuclear power plant just outside the southern city of Bushehr, Iran. (AP Photo/Mehr News Agency, Majid Asgaripour)Iran has officially begun restricting international inspections of its nuclear facilities, Iranian state TV reported Tuesday.The state TV report gave little detail beyond confirming that Iran had made good on its threat to reduce cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency inspectors in a bid to pressure European countries and US President Joe Biden’s administration to lift economic sanctions...

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Government expresses ‘regret,’ will compensate for disappeared Yemenite children

Government expresses ‘regret,’ will compensate for disappeared Yemenite children

home pageJews of Aden, Yemen, awaiting evacuation to Israel on November 1, 1949. (GPO/Public domain)The government on Monday approved a NIS 162 million (almost $50 million) compensation plan for the families of immigrants to Israel during the state’s formative years who say their children and siblings were taken from them by the authorities when they arrived in the country in the 1950s and then disappeared.Known as the Yemenite children affair, the issue involves over 1,000 families — mostly immigrants from Yemen, but also dozens from the Balkans, North Africa, and other Middle Eastern...

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Israel starts vaccinating its East Jerusalem residents beyond security barrier

Israel starts vaccinating its East Jerusalem residents beyond security barrier

home pagePalestinian men walk by Israel's security barrier separating Abu Dis (background) and East Jerusalem (foreground), on February 16, 2021. (AHMAD GHARABLI / AFP)Israel on Tuesday began vaccinating Palestinians in East Jerusalem who have Israeli residency cards but live beyond the security barrier that runs through the eastern half of the city.The vaccinations were carried out by Magen David Adom paramedics at the key Qalandiya crossing.Tens of thousands live beyond the barrier that snakes through the capital, which some health experts have suggested could make it more challenging for...

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Israel to send vaccines to PA, other unspecified countries

Israel to send vaccines to PA, other unspecified countries

home pageThe Prime Minister’s Office announces that it will send a shipment of thousands of vaccines to the Palestinian Authority.According to a statement, Israel has been contacted by numerous countries with requests for vaccines.“Israel doesn’t manufacture the vaccines itself and has informed the countries that the quantities ordered by Israel are designated for the vaccination of its population and there is no expectation that it can significantly help until the vaccination drive in Israel ends,” the statement says.But it adds that the stocks of vaccines in the country allow it to...

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Evidence stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

Evidence stage of Netanyahu’s corruption trial postponed until after elections

home pagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives a hearing in his corruption case at the Jerusalem District Court, February 8, 2021. (Reuven Kastro/POOL)The Times of Israel liveblogged Monday’s developments as they unfolded.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Health Minister Yuli Edelstein, and Transportation Minister Miri Regev have decided during a meeting to restrict the number of Israelis allowed to enter the country daily to 200, from next week, according to Hebrew media reports.Ben-Gurion Airport has been mostly closed since late January, to avoid the import of coronavirus strains....

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Likud said in touch with PA, asking help to get Arab Israeli votes for Netanyahu

Likud said in touch with PA, asking help to get Arab Israeli votes for Netanyahu

home pageLikud lawmaker Fateen Mulla in the Knesset on April 29, 2019. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)A deputy minister from the Likud party held contacts with members of the Palestine Liberation Organization about the possibility of encouraging Arab Israelis to back Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in elections next month, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported Monday.Knesset member Fateen Mulla, a deputy minister in the Prime Minister’s Office, confirmed to the paper that he held talks with the PLO’s Committee for Interaction with Israeli Society, but did not give any details on what was...

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Israel’s health minister condemns SNL for ‘anti-Semitic lie’

Israel’s health minister condemns SNL for ‘anti-Semitic lie’

home pageHealth Minister Yuli Edelstein condemns “Saturday Night Live” after one of its actors suggests only Jews are being vaccinated in Israel, calling the allegation an “anti-Semitic lie.”“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and I’m gonna guess it’s the Jewish half,” cracked Weekend Update co-host Michael Che to a chuckling audience.Saturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host Michael Che on February 20, 2021. (Screen capture/YouTube)US Jewish groups have demanded he apologize.“I’m updating you that anti-Semitism isn’t funny, it’s dangerous and false,”...

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SNL under fire after actor jokes that Israel only vaccinating Jews

SNL under fire after actor jokes that Israel only vaccinating Jews

home pageSaturday Night Live Weekend Update co-host Michael Che on February 20, 2021. (Screen capture/YouTube)Israeli officials and several major US Jewish groups on Sunday accused Saturday Night Live of spreading anti-Semitic tropes after one of its actors joked in a news segment that Israel has only been vaccinating its Jewish citizens.“Israel is reporting that they’ve vaccinated half of their population, and I’m gonna guess it’s the Jewish half,” cracked Weekend Update co-host Michael Che to a chuckling audience.As of Sunday, over 4.3 million Israelis have received their first vaccine...

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Syria set to be elected to top post in UN human rights forum

Syria set to be elected to top post in UN human rights forum

home pageA man passes a poster of Syrian President Bashar Assad with Arabic that reads, 'Congratulations victory,' on September 30, 2019, while crossing the border into Syria at the newly opened crossing between the Iraqi town of Qaim and Syria's Boukamal, Syria. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)The United Nations announced on Thursday that Syria is set to be elected to a senior post on a UN “decolonization” committee charged with upholding human rights including the “subjugation, domination and exploitation” of people.The Syrian regime headed by dictator Bashar Assad has waged a bloody civil...

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Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopia city claimed to be home to Ark of Covenant

Witnesses recall massacre in Ethiopia city claimed to be home to Ark of Covenant

home pageAn elderly woman who fled to the city of Axum in the Tigray region of Ethiopia to seek safety sits with her head bandaged after being wounded during an attack on the city, November 30, 2020. (AP Photo)NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Bodies with gunshot wounds lay in the streets for days in Ethiopia’s holiest city. At night, residents listened in horror as hyenas fed on the corpses of people they knew. But they were forbidden from burying their dead by the invading Eritrean soldiers.Those memories haunt a deacon at the country’s most sacred Ethiopian Orthodox church in Axum, where local...

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Diplomatic immunity: Netanyahu said to raise trading vaccines for normalization

Diplomatic immunity: Netanyahu said to raise trading vaccines for normalization

home pagePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu touches the first batch of Pfizer vaccines to arrive in Israel at Ben Gurion Airport near Tel Aviv, December 9, 2020. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool)Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly looking into the possibility of trading coronavirus vaccines for diplomatic relations with countries that currently have no ties with Israel, Army Radio reported Sunday morning.In conversations with a number of government sources, Netanyahu has reportedly raised the possibility of giving vaccine doses to certain unnamed countries in a bid to improve Israel’s...

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Vaccine prevents 98.9% of COVID deaths, Israel’s Health Ministry data shows

Vaccine prevents 98.9% of COVID deaths, Israel’s Health Ministry data shows

home pageA health worker of the Maccabi Healthcare Services administers a dose of Pfizer-BioNtech vaccine to a woman inside a van in Tel Aviv-Jaffa, on February 16, 2021. (JACK GUEZ / AFP)Israel’s Health Ministry said Saturday that coronavirus vaccines were “dramatically” effective and the latest data shows the shots were 98.9% effective at preventing death caused by COVID-19.“The vaccine dramatically reduces serious illness and death and you can see this influence in our morbidity statistics,” said Health Ministry Director-General Chezy Levy.According to the data released by the ministry,...

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Zarif accuses West of hypocrisy over report Israel expands Dimona nuclear center

Zarif accuses West of hypocrisy over report Israel expands Dimona nuclear center

home pageA partial view of the Dimona nuclear power plant in the southern Israeli Negev desert, on September 8, 2002. (AFP/Thomas Coex)Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Saturday accused Western leaders and the International Atomic Energy Agency of hypocrisy in targeting Iran’s nuclear program, while ignoring Israel’s.Zarif tweeted a link to a recent report in the UK’s newspaper claiming that Israel’s top-secret nuclear research facility near the southern city of Dimona is undergoing a major expansion.“Israel is expanding Dimona, the region’s only nuclear bomb factory,” Zarif...

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