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New Turkish Prime Minister Tries to Mend Relations With Israel, Other Nations June 17, 2016 3:40 pm

New Turkish Prime Minister Tries to Mend Relations With Israel, Other Nations

JNS.org – New Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım has conveyed a reconciliatory...

UN: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis in Iraq, Syria June 17, 2016 2:55 pm

UN: ISIS Committing Genocide Against Yazidis in Iraq, Syria

The United Nations said that Islamic State is committing genocide against the Yazidi religious...

Second Black Box Found From Downed EgyptAir Flight June 17, 2016 1:48 pm

Second Black Box Found From Downed EgyptAir Flight

Searchers have recovered the flight data recorder from EgyptAir Flight 804, Egypt’s...

Egyptian, Jordanian Ambassadors Urge Israel to Adopt Arab Peace Initiative June 16, 2016 2:34 pm

Egyptian, Jordanian Ambassadors Urge Israel to Adopt Arab Peace Initiative

JNS.org – The Egyptian and Jordanian ambassadors to Israel, in a rare joint public...

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis June 16, 2016 1:49 pm

Iranian Economy on the Rise Since Signing of Nuclear Deal, Say Authors of New Analysis

Due to sanctions relief granted to Iran by the nuclear agreement reached last year between...

Lebanon May Not Recover From Another War With Israel, Intelligence Chief Says June 16, 2016 9:49 am

Lebanon May Not Recover From Another War With Israel, Intelligence Chief Says

JNS.org – Israel’s military intelligence chief on Wednesday said that another war...

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Threatens to ‘Set Fire’ to Nuclear Deal If Violated June 15, 2016 10:31 am

Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei Threatens to ‘Set Fire’ to Nuclear Deal If Violated

JNS.org – Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has threatened to “set...

Iran Spends $1.7 Billion of US Taxpayer Funds to Expand Military June 13, 2016 11:24 am

Iran Spends $1.7 Billion of US Taxpayer Funds to Expand Military

The State Department is staying silent after Iranian officials disclosed that the Islamic...

Palestinians on Social Media Celebrate Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack; Call Carnage ‘Sweeter Than Ramadan Prayer’ June 9, 2016 1:29 pm

Palestinians on Social Media Celebrate Tel Aviv Terrorist Attack; Call Carnage ‘Sweeter Than Ramadan Prayer’

Palestinian supporters of the terrorist attack in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night have lit up...

PA Condemns Terror Attacks Against Civilians Without Mentioning Tel Aviv Shooting June 9, 2016 9:56 am

PA Condemns Terror Attacks Against Civilians Without Mentioning Tel Aviv Shooting

The Palestinian Authority issued a carefully worded statement on Thursday condemning terror...

Hamas Claims Responsibility for Tel Aviv Terror Shooting June 9, 2016 9:52 am

Hamas Claims Responsibility for Tel Aviv Terror Shooting

The Hamas terror group said in a statement early Thursday that the two gunmen who shot up...

Iran Denies Visas to Congressmen Who Opposed Nuclear Deal June 8, 2016 9:49 am

Iran Denies Visas to Congressmen Who Opposed Nuclear Deal

Iran said Tuesday it would not grant visas to three US congressmen opposed to the nuclear...

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  • Arts and Culture First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    First English-Language Trailer Debuts for Natalie Portman’s Hebrew Film ‘A Tale of Love and Darkness,’ Based on Amos Oz’s Memoir (VIDEO)

    The first English-language trailer for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut — A Tale of Love and Darkness — based on Israeli author Amos Oz’s memoir, was released on Thursday. The movie, originally filmed in Hebrew, tells the story of Oz’s childhood in Jerusalem at the end of the British Mandate and the early years of Israel’s independence. Portman, who was born in Israel and speaks fluent Hebrew, plays the lead role of Fania, the author’s mother. She struggles to raise her son as she deals with inner demons, a […]

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  • Features As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    As Berlin Prices Rise, Israelis Turn East for German Real-Estate Bargains

    JNS.org – Sonnenallee, a street in Berlin’s Neukölln district, looks like it comes straight out of an Arab city — so much so that it goes by the nickname “Gaza Strip.” Kebab and bakery shops are advertised in Arabic; men sit in men-only coffee shops; and bridal shop windows showcase glittery, not-so-stylish gowns. But take a random turn, and you’ll find a swath of bars, burger joints, and Indian restaurants where hip Berliners announce that they have arrived to urban coolness. […]

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  • Arts and Culture Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli Actress Gal Gadot Slays in ‘Wonder Woman’ Trailer (VIDEO)

    Israeli actress Gal Gadot engages in fierce action sequences in the new Wonder Woman trailer, which Warner Bros. premiered during the San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. The nearly 3-minute trailer, the first to debut for the superhero film, shows scenes of Diana, princess of the Amazons, fighting alongside men in the battle against the world’s toughest enemies. The first shot of the video shows Wonder Woman discovering a man, Steve Trevor (played by actor Chris Pine), washed ashore. The clip then takes viewers to the all-female island where Wonder Woman was born. […]

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  • Arts and Culture A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    A Theatrical Look at Diplomacy and the Oslo Accords (REVIEW)

    Is diplomacy worthwhile, even if the end result isn’t what we hoped for? That is the question, among many others, posed by the new play Oslo, by J.T. Rogers. Making its New York debut at Lincoln Center, the play examines the secret diplomatic process that led to the historic 1993 peace accords. The character of Shimon Peres makes an appearance onstage — and he, along with Yitzhak Rabin and Yasser Arafat, tower over the proceedings. But they mainly do so in absentia. Instead, […]

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  • Spirituality/Tradition Sports Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    Israeli Trailblazer Dean Kremer Brings Jewish Values to Nascent Pro Baseball Career

    JNS.org – Other than being part of the Los Angeles Dodgers organization, Sandy Koufax and Dean Kremer have something else in common: a respect for Jewish tradition. Koufax — who was recently ranked by ESPN as the best left-handed pitcher in Major League Baseball (MLB) history — decided not to pitch Game 1 of the 1965 World Series because the game fell on Yom Kippur. “I would do the same,” Kremer said in an interview. Last month, the 20-year-old Kremer became […]

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  • Arts and Culture Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    Lead Guitarist of British Rock Band Queen Asks Adam Lambert to Sing in Hebrew During Upcoming Israel Concert

    The famed lead guitarist of British rock band Queen, Brian May, encouraged Jewish singer-songwriter Adam Lambert to perform in Hebrew during their upcoming joint concert in Israel, an entertainment industry advocacy organization reported on Tuesday. During a recent interview with Israeli television personality Assi Azar, May was played a 2005 video of Lambert singing the popular song Shir L’Shalom, (Song for Peace). May was so impressed by Lambert’s singing of the Hebrew track that he told the American singer, “We have to do that. Let’s […]

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  • Sports Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    Kenyan Marathoner to Compete for Israel in Rio Olympics

    JNS.org – Kenyan-born marathoner Lonah Chemtai is expected to compete for Israel at the Olympics Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil next month after gaining a last minute approval. “I am very proud [to represent Israel] and I hope to achieve a new personal best time,” Chemtai told Reuters. Chemtai, who grew up a rural village in western Kenya, first came to Israel in 2009 to care of the children of her country’s ambassador to Israel. The 27-year-old runner recently gained […]

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  • Arts and Culture Jewish Identity Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    Will Laughs Lead to Love on Show About Orthodox Dating?

    To date or not to date? That is not the question for most Modern Orthodox singles in New York. The question is when will they find their future spouses, and when will their families stop nagging them about having babies? Inspired by the success of the Israeli show “Srugim,” Leah Gottfried, 25, decided she would create and star in her own show, “Soon By You.” “Dating is so serious already,” Gottfried said. “We wanted to take a lighter approach and laugh at the […]

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