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Benjamin Kerstein is a Tel Aviv-based writer and editor.

ARTICLES BY: Benjamin Kerstein

February 22, 2018 4:31 pm

In Unusual Move, Tunisian Islamist Party Runs Jewish Candidate for Office

A Tunisian Islamist party has made the unusual move of running a Jewish candidate for local office. According to the Hebrew news site Walla, Simon Salama...

February 22, 2018 1:02 pm

Lawmaker Who Proposed Controversial Iceland Circumcision Ban Claims It Does Not Violate Religious Freedom

The Icelandic lawmaker who proposed a controversial ban on circumcision told The Algemeiner in an interview this week that her bill does not violate religious freedom. Silja Dögg...

February 22, 2018 9:52 am

HaBayit HaYehudi Leader: I May Leave Coalition if Netanyahu Is Indicted

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the leader of the HaBayit HaYehudi, hinted on Thursday that he might take his party out of the governing coalition...

February 21, 2018 3:04 pm

Expert: Russia’s Condemnation of Iran’s Anti-Israel Threats Shows Kremlin Sees Jewish State as the ‘Main Actor’ in Region

A former Israeli ambassador to Russia has declared that Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov's recent condemnation of a top Iranian official’s threat to destroy Tel Aviv is proof...

February 21, 2018 12:23 pm

US National Security Adviser Warns Companies: Don’t Do Business With Iran

Companies should avoid doing business with Iran for fear of inadvertently subsidizing terrorism, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster said this past weekend. In his speech at the...

February 21, 2018 11:38 am

Lieberman Promises IDF Soldiers Wounded in Gaza Border Explosion: ‘We Will Settle Scores’

“We will settle scores with those who set the explosive and those who sent them,” Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Wednesday to a...

February 20, 2018 4:17 pm

After 30 Years of Limbo, Traditional Ethiopian-Jewish Religious Leaders Recognized by Israel

Israel has officially recognized the traditional Ethiopian religious leaders referred to as kesim, ending a 30-year controversy over their official status. Kesim have constituted the leadership...

February 20, 2018 2:47 pm

Lieberman: Hamas Using Gaza Demonstrators as ‘Live Ammunition’

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman issued a strong statement against the Hamas government in Gaza on Tuesday, saying the terror group uses its citizens as...

February 20, 2018 1:54 pm

At Security Council, Haley Tells Abbas: I Will Not Shut Up, US Recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Will Not Change

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley upbraided Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas at the UN Security Council on Tuesday, saying, “I will not shut...

February 20, 2018 12:27 pm

Palestinian Leader Abbas at UN Security Council: ‘Israel Occupied Our Territories in 1948’

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas appeared to endorse the idea that all of Israel is illegally-occupied territory in a speech he delivered at a UN...

February 19, 2018 4:51 pm

Israeli Political Leader Lapid on Polish Holocaust Law: ‘On the Verge, If Not Beyond, Holocaust Denial’

Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid continued his war of words with the Polish government on Monday, comparing a new Polish law to Holocaust denial. Referring to...

February 19, 2018 4:35 pm

British Labour Activist Who Called Jews ‘Zios’ Expelled From Party; Jewish Groups Call for Further Action

Jewish groups in Britain are hailing the Labour Party’s expulsion on Sunday of a virulent anti-Israel activist, but warned that further steps needed to be...

February 19, 2018 12:02 pm

Israeli Expert on Arrow 3 Missile Defense Test: ‘What Can I Say? Another Success’

An Israeli expert on missile defense hailed Monday’s successful test of the Arrow 3 system, saying “What can I say? Another success." Arrow 3 is designed...

February 19, 2018 9:54 am

Report: Some Cabinet Members Criticize Israeli ‘Restraint’ in Syria

Some Israeli cabinet members have objected to what they viewed as Israel’s “restraint” in its response to the recent downing of an F-16 by Syrian...


A ‘Wonder Woman’ Purim as Israel Gets Ready to Party - Queen Esther and Uncle Mordechai, King Ahasuerus and that rogue Haman. All of them (and even poor old deposed...

Israeli Basketball Player Omri Casspi Educates NBA Teammate About Keeping Kosher

Israeli NBA player Omri Casspi taught one of his teammates about the Jewish dietary...


First Aid Under Fire: Israeli Officer Details Medical Challenges at Gaza Border - In emergency care during combat, every minute can make the difference between life...

Jewish Groups Call for Gun Control After Florida Shooting - Major American Jewish organizations are calling for stricter gun-control laws in the wake of the February 14 mass school...

Iran Tests Aggressive Strategy Against Israel - On February 10, Iran launched a drone into Israeli airspace, shocking Israel -- and sending the Jewish state into...


UC-Irvine Investigation Clears Pro-Israel Students of Misbehavior Accusatio...

The University of California, Irvine has dismissed charges that a pro-Israel group on campus behaved improperly toward members of Students...


Israel’s United Hatzalah Receives Award in Panama - United Hatzalah received an award from the Panama Homefront Command on Feb. 5, honoring the organization for providing lifesaving first-response assistance in the Central American country. Jose Donderis, president of...

Middle East

Qatar Says Gaza Aid Spares Israel War, Shows Doha Does Not Back Hamas

Qatar is helping Israel avoid another Gaza war by funneling relief money to impoverished Palestinians with Washington's blessing, a Qatari diplomat said on Thursday, describing the cooperation as evidence of Doha's distance...