Middle East

Egypt Court Accuses 5 Israelis of Sinai Espionage, Will Try Them in Absentia February 3, 2014 11:54 am

Egypt Court Accuses 5 Israelis of Sinai Espionage, Will Try Them in Absentia

An Egyptian court on Sunday accused five Israelis, in absentia, and three Egyptians of “espionage...

Report: Iran’s Zarif Says Holocaust was ‘Tragically Cruel,’ Links Comments to Rebuke of Israel February 3, 2014 9:00 am

Report: Iran’s Zarif Says Holocaust was ‘Tragically Cruel,’ Links Comments to Rebuke of Israel

Ynet – After years of denial and insults from previous president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad,...

Report: Israel Offers Turkey $20 Million for Families of Flotilla Casualties February 3, 2014 8:00 am

Report: Israel Offers Turkey $20 Million for Families of Flotilla Casualties

Times of Israel – Israel has reportedly offered Turkey $20 million in compensation to...

Iran News Agency Features Slideshow of Public Hanging (PHOTOS) February 2, 2014 11:53 am

Iran News Agency Features Slideshow of Public Hanging (PHOTOS)

Semi-official Iranian state news agency Mehr featured a slideshow of a public spectacle in...

Senior Iranian Military Official: America’s Regional Bases Are Within Our Strike Capacity February 2, 2014 11:35 am

Senior Iranian Military Official: America’s Regional Bases Are Within Our Strike Capacity

Lieutenant Commander of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Brigadier General...

Kerry, Zarif Meet on Sidelines of Munich Conference February 2, 2014 9:55 am

Kerry, Zarif Meet on Sidelines of Munich Conference

Reuters – The foreign ministers of the United States and Iran held rare private talks...

Iran Receives First Installment of Unfrozen Funds – $500 Million February 2, 2014 9:47 am

Iran Receives First Installment of Unfrozen Funds – $500 Million

Jerusalem Post – Iran has received the first portion of unfrozen funds, $500 million, ...

Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia in Effort to Smooth Tensions Over Iran February 1, 2014 8:02 pm

Obama to Visit Saudi Arabia in Effort to Smooth Tensions Over Iran

Reuters – President Barack Obama plans to travel to Saudi Arabia in March on a mission...

Monitoring Group Says 1,870 People Died in Syria During Peace Negotiations February 1, 2014 9:00 am

Monitoring Group Says 1,870 People Died in Syria During Peace Negotiations

Jerusalem Post – BEIRUT – At least 1,870 people died across Syria during the first...

Former U.S. Ambassador Hof: Iran Fears Saudi Arabia, Not Israel January 31, 2014 11:19 am

Former U.S. Ambassador Hof: Iran Fears Saudi Arabia, Not Israel

Iran believes Saudi Arabia to be its real enemy inside and outside Syria, and not Israel,...

Middle East Quartet to Meet Over Stalled Peace Talks January 31, 2014 10:50 am

Middle East Quartet to Meet Over Stalled Peace Talks

Jerusalem Post – MUNICH, Germany – Top officials from the United Nations, United...

Human Rights Watch: Assad Regime Destroyed Neighborhoods Suspected of Supporting Rebels January 30, 2014 10:49 am

Human Rights Watch: Assad Regime Destroyed Neighborhoods Suspected of Supporting Rebels

TIME – Over the past two years, the Syrian government has embarked on a systematic campaign...

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot in Talks to Star in Ben-Hur Remake

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot is in negotiations to take on the female lead role in the remake of the 1959 classic Ben-Hur, according to The Hollywood Reporter. If the deal is finalized Gadot will play Esther, a slave and Ben-Hur’s love interest. Actor Jack Huston will star as the Jewish prince who is betrayed into slavery by his childhood friend Messala, played by Toby Kebbell. Ben-Hur fights for his freedom and vengeance with the help of Morgan Freeman’s character, who trains Ben-Hur how to win at chariot-racing. [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    Young Israelis Try to Crowd-Fund Their Way to Major League Baseball Playoffs

    JNS.org – Baseball, hot dogs, and apple pie are the American dream. So why do two young men who have built their lives in Israel have a GoFundMe crowd-funding webpage with the urgent message that they need $3,000 to travel to the U.S. to watch the Kansas City Royals and Baltimore Orioles square off for Major League Baseball’s (MLB) American League championship? Brothers Naftali and Yoni Schwartz, 27 and 25, respectively, are Kansas City natives. Even though they made aliyah with their [...]

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  • Blogs Sports Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Race Cars Speed Through Jerusalem in Amazing Exhibition

    Some 3,000 years ago, King David probably never imagined cars racing at 240 kilometers per hour (150 miles per hour) through the ancient capital of the Jewish people. But on Monday and Tuesday, October 6-7, thousands of Israelis lined the streets to watch Porsche, Audi, and Ferrari race cars fly through the capital against the backdrop of the Tower of David, the Old City Walls, and other city landmarks. The second annual non-competitive Jerusalem Formula One Road Show had been [...]

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  • Israel Sports NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    NBA Superstar LeBron James Says He Wants to Visit Israel

    Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James expressed interest in visiting Israel someday, local news site Cleveland.com reported on Sunday. Speaking to Israeli reporters before the Cleveland Cavaliers’ preseason debut against Maccabi Tel Aviv, the NBA star said he had never visited the Jewish state but “I want to look forward to going there if I get an opportunity to.” When asked by an Israeli reporter if there was “any chance that LeBron James and Cleveland comes to Tel Aviv,” the athlete said [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    Florida Rabbi Dominates Former Basketball Star Congressman in Hoops Showdown (VIDEO)

    A Florida-based Chabad rabbi put former basketball star, U.S. Congressman Curt Clawson to shame on the court when the two faced off one-on-one recently. A YouTube video, posted online on Tuesday, shows Rabbi Fishel Zaklos of Chabad of Naples shooting hoops with the Florida politician, who played basketball in high school and at Purdue University in Indiana. The game took place in the parking lot of the Chabad Jewish center run by Zaklos. During the 1-minute clip, Zaklos scores two impressive [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    David Blatt’s Cleveland Cavaliers Rout Maccabi Tel Aviv, 107-80

    JNS.org – Less than five months after leading Maccabi Tel Aviv to its sixth European basketball title, David Blatt, now the head coach of the NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers, routed his former team in an exhibition game on Sunday, with the Cavaliers dominating Maccabi 107-80 at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. The 20,562 fans in attendance witnessed Lebron James’s first appearance in a Cavaliers uniform since he left the club in free agency for the Miami Heat four years ago. [...]

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  • Sports US & Canada Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    Jewish New York Giants Guard Plans to Fast on Yom Kippur

    New York Giants offensive guard Geoff Schwartz said on Wednesday that he will not eat anything between sundown Friday and sundown Saturday in observation of Yom Kippur, ESPN reported. “If I was playing, I wouldn’t fast, because I’ve got to be able to fuel myself to play,” said the Jewish athlete, who is on short-term leave due to a toe injury. “But it’s not that tough, really. I’ll eat dinner at 5:00 Friday, then I’ll go to services and I’ll just [...]

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  • Book Reviews Personalities How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    How a Jewish Leader With 3 Months to Live Created a ‘Seminar’ on Life

    JNS.org – What would you do if you found out that you had only three more months to live? Gordon Zacks was a successful businessman, a leader of Jewish life, and a confidante and adviser to President George H.W. Bush. He knew that he had prostate cancer, but doctors advised him that it was very slow-growing and nothing to worry about. Then came the day when the doctors told him his cancer metastasized to his liver, and that he had [...]

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