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Israel’s Foreign Currency Reserves Reach Record $86 Billion at End-April May 7, 2014 1:47 pm

Israel’s Foreign Currency Reserves Reach Record $86 Billion at End-April

Israel’s foreign currency reserves climbed to a record $86.5 billion at the end of April,...

Noble Energy to Sell Israel Gas to Egypt for Export May 6, 2014 9:33 am

Noble Energy to Sell Israel Gas to Egypt for Export

Bloomberg – Noble Energy Inc. (NBL) plans to sell gas from Israel’s Tamar field...

Israeli Tech Companies Raise $643 Million in First Quarter 2014, Up 53% From 2013 April 30, 2014 12:56 pm

Israeli Tech Companies Raise $643 Million in First Quarter 2014, Up 53% From 2013

Israeli technology companies raised $643 million in new capital in the first quarter, up...

Starbucks in Talks to Buy Stake in Israel’s SodaStream April 23, 2014 1:33 pm

Starbucks in Talks to Buy Stake in Israel’s SodaStream

JNS.org – American global coffee giant Starbucks is reportedly in talks with the Israel-based...

Survey: In 2013, 1,000 Start-Ups Founded in Israel; For Each Start-Up That Closes, Two More Launch April 11, 2014 11:34 am

Survey: In 2013, 1,000 Start-Ups Founded in Israel; For Each Start-Up That Closes, Two More Launch

A survey of Israel’s start-up eco-system revealed on Friday that 1,000 nascent ventures...

Israel Chief Scientist to Host Innovation Conference for Arab, Bedouin, Circassian Communities April 6, 2014 9:33 am

Israel Chief Scientist to Host Innovation Conference for Arab, Bedouin, Circassian Communities

Hundreds of entrepreneurs and technology executives from Israel’s Arab, Bedouin and...

Israeli Mutual Funds Raise $2 Billion in March, Highest Inflow Since January 2002 April 3, 2014 7:59 am

Israeli Mutual Funds Raise $2 Billion in March, Highest Inflow Since January 2002

The stock market rally in Israel has encouraged more investment in Tel Aviv’s mutual...

Egyptian Entrepreneur Laments Lack of Open Business With Israel April 3, 2014 6:47 am

Egyptian Entrepreneur Laments Lack of Open Business With Israel

An Egyptian entrepreneur said he resents his country’s hostility to Israel which prevents...

Australian Company Delays Signing Landmark Israeli Gas Field Agreement March 28, 2014 9:23 am

Australian Company Delays Signing Landmark Israeli Gas Field Agreement

Reuters – Australia’s Woodside Petroleum Ltd has delayed signing a landmark agreement...

Israel Aerospace Industries Order Book at $10 Billion March 27, 2014 4:02 pm

Israel Aerospace Industries Order Book at $10 Billion

Israel’s primary aerospace and aviation manufacturer, Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.,...

10 Groups Bid to Export Israel’s Leviathan Gas to Turkey; Deal Worth $22-$31 Billion March 24, 2014 12:55 pm

10 Groups Bid to Export Israel’s Leviathan Gas to Turkey; Deal Worth $22-$31 Billion

At least 10 bids have been received in a tender by the partners in Israel’s Leviathan...

Blackstone Eyeing Deals in Israel; May Consider Opening Local Office March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

Blackstone Eyeing Deals in Israel; May Consider Opening Local Office

The Blackstone Group LP private equity investor is studying several large deals in Israel...

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  • Book Reviews Opinion The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin (REVIEW)

    The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love. CreateSpace, 2015. The Syrian Virgin, by Zack Love, is a very interesting novel. Equally a political and romantic thriller, at times a real page-turner, it gets you intimately involved in the dire situation in today’s Syria, as well as in the romantic entanglements of its mostly New York-based characters — whose entanglements just might determine the fate of that dire situation in Syria. Along the way it introduces a really important idea that somehow […]

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  • Features Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    Unpacking the Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict and Its Ripple Effect on Israel’s Region

    JNS.org – Aside from Israel itself, those with a vested interest in the Jewish state are accustomed to tracking developments related to Middle East players such as Iran, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. But much global attention has recently focused on the Caucasus region at the Europe-Asia border, specifically on the suddenly intensified violence between Azerbaijan and Armenia in the mountainous Nagorno-Karabakh area of western Azerbaijan. The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, while not taking place in Israel’s immediate neighborhood, does have what one scholar called […]

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  • Blogs Features Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    Earth Day 2016: Israel Shines in Water Technology, Recycling, Renewable Energy

    JNS.org – On Friday, April 22, 196 nations across the world mark Earth Day, the annual day dedicated to environmental protection that was enacted in 1970. Not to be forgotten on this day is Israel, which is known as the “start-up nation” for its disproportionate amount of technological innovation, including in the area of protecting the environment. For Earth Day 2016, JNS.org presents a sampling of the Jewish state’s internal achievements and global contributions in the environmental realm. Water conservation Israeli […]

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  • Arts and Culture World New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    New Documentary Explores Holocaust Humor, Role That Laughter Played in Death Camps

    Holocaust humor and the role that laughter played in the lives of Jews during World War II are the focus of a documentary that made its world premiere on Monday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. In The Last Laugh, first- and second-generation survivors, as well as famous Jewish and non-Jewish comedians, discuss their thoughts on when joking about the death camps is appropriate or taboo. “Nazi humor, that’s OK. Holocaust humor, no,” Jewish comedic giant, actor and filmmaker Mel Brooks says in the film. “Anything I […]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    Tragedy Culminates in ‘Celebration,’ Says Israeli Author Who Lost Son to Terror

    JNS.org – Sherri Mandell’s life was devastated on May 8, 2001, when her 13-year-old son Koby was murdered by terrorists on the outskirts of the Israeli Jewish community of Tekoa. Yet Mandell not only shares the story of her loss, but also celebrates the lessons she has learned from tragedy. Indeed, “celebrate” is this Israeli-American author’s word choice. Her second book, The Road to Resilience: From Chaos to Celebration (Toby Press), came out earlier this year. The lesson: in every celebration, there is […]

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  • Features Opinion For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    For Alan Gross, Cuban Prison Didn’t Harden His Heart or Weaken His Ambition

    JNS.org – Alan Gross used to be nothing more to me than a tragic headline. When I started my position at this news service in July 2011, Gross had been imprisoned in Cuba since December 2009 for what that country called “crimes against the state.” Gross, a subcontractor for the United States Agency for International Development, went to Cuba to help the Jewish community there access the Internet. After his arrest, he received a trial he describes as a “B movie,” […]

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  • Arts and Culture Features New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    New Movie Shows How Global Economic Instability Grew From Very Local Greed

    JNS.org – When I saw the recent Academy Award-winning film “The Big Short,” I was struck by the sheer genius of the financiers who devised the schemes and packaged the loans for resale, but it left me with unanswered questions about how the properties these loans represented were moved. “The Big Short” was largely about paper transactions, big money, and wealthy investors, and it mildly touched on the way the actual end-users — the home buyers and brokers — played into this […]

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  • Blogs Book Reviews Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Psychiatry and the Spirit

    Why do we think so negatively about psychiatrists that we still insult them by calling them shrinks? Some medics might be quacks, but we don’t generally refer to them as witches! Shrinks; The Untold Story of Psychiatry, by Dr. Jeffrey Lieberman, is a sobering account of how psychiatry has swung from a marginal, unscientific mixture of weird theories into one of the most common and pervasive forms of treatment of what are commonly called “disorders of the mind.” Is it […]

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