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

ARTICLES BY: Benjamin Kerstein

December 3, 2017 7:16 pm

Israeli Chef Hawks Hanukkah Sufganiyot Covered in 24-Karat Gold

A noted Israeli pastry chef is hawking what may be the most expensive doughnut in the world. The hole-less, cream or jam-filled doughnuts known as sufganiyot are...

December 3, 2017 3:04 pm

‘What a Cruel World That Would Take You From Us’: Israeli Soldier Killed in Stabbing Attack Laid to Rest

Ron Kokia, an Israeli soldier stabbed to death in the southern city of Arad last Thursday, was laid to rest at the military cemetery in...

December 3, 2017 2:57 pm

International Criminal Court Ends Probe Into 2010 Gaza Flotilla Raid, Citing ‘Insufficient’ Evidence

The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is closing the books on the Mavi Marmara case. The Mavi Marmara was a Turkish vessel in...

December 3, 2017 2:43 pm

Report: US Quietly Taking Major Steps Toward Moving Israeli Embassy

With the world poised for President Donald Trump’s expected statement on Wednesday that the US recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, American officials are quietly taking major...

December 1, 2017 4:20 pm

Report: Trump Will Recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital Next Week

US President Donald Trump is planning to give a speech next week recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a source has confirmed. A “senior US official” told Reuters...

December 1, 2017 12:55 pm

‘You Will Always Be in My Heart’: Friends Remember IDF Soldier Killed in Stabbing Attack

Friends of IDF soldier Ron Kokia, 19, who was killed on Thursday night in an apparent terrorist attack, expressed their pain and mourning in a...

December 1, 2017 12:22 am

Netanyahu in Kenya: ‘We Believe in Africa’

“We believe in Africa. We believe in Kenya. We believe in our friendship,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday in a keynote speech to dignitaries...

November 30, 2017 8:05 pm

Major Jewish Group ‘Appalled’ by Russian Bishop’s Blood Libel Accusation

A leading Jewish group registered its disgust on Thursday after a Russian bishop claimed that the Romanov family was killed by Jews in an act...

November 30, 2017 10:29 am

IDF Responds With Tank Fire After Gaza Mortars Strike Israel’s South

Tensions flared in Israel’s south on Thursday as mortars were fired at an IDF position near the Gaza Strip. According to the Hebrew-language website Walla, no...

November 29, 2017 7:33 pm

Ethiopian-Israeli MK Slams Nelson Mandela’s Grandson Over ‘Apartheid’ Accusations

In a remarkable open letter, Ethiopian-Jewish Knesset Member Dr. Avraham Neguise eloquently refuted anti-Israel claims made by Nelson Mandela’s grandson Mandla during his recent visit...

November 29, 2017 2:25 pm

European Jewish Organizations Back Legal Action Against Belgian Ban on Kosher Slaughter

European Jewish groups are expressing solidarity with Belgian Jews after the local community commenced legal action following bans on kosher slaughter from the country's two...

November 29, 2017 10:03 am

Arab Countries Pressure Abbas to Resume Peace Talks in Order to Form United Front Against Iran

Egypt and a group of moderate Arab states are putting significant pressure on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace negotiations with Israel as...

November 28, 2017 1:46 pm

Columnist for PA’s Official Daily Claims US, Israel Behind Sinai Mosque Massacre

A columnist for the Palestinian Authority’s official newspaper has claimed that Israel and the US committed the Nov. 24 attack on the al-Rawda mosque in...

October 4, 2017 3:04 pm

Defying ISIS Threats, Hundreds Attend Heavily-Secured Museum of Jewish Heritage Screening of Film on Kurdish Fighters

Five hundred people defied ISIS threats on Monday to attend a heavily-secured screening of a film about Kurdish fighters at the Museum of Jewish Heritage...


BBC Follows Blind British Backpacker as He Visits Israel’s Western Wall

Cameras from a BBC travel series followed a blind British backpacker who is on...

‘Bachelor’ Star Has Jewish Wedding at Synagogue in Texas

A "Bachelor" alum had a traditional Jewish wedding in Houston, Texas on Sunday. Reality television star...

France’s Greatest Composer — Georges Bizet — Was Jewish

Few operas are performed more than Georges Bizet’s Carmen; none are better loved. It...


Trump, Often Polarizing, Draws Broad Jewish and Christian Support on Jerusalem - It’s not often that the American Jewish community is united on issues...

Trump Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital, Bringing US Policy ‘Back to Reality’ - President Donald Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on...

Israel’s Iron Dome System Goes Naval - The Israeli Navy has a new tool at its disposal to defend the country’s offshore gas rigs in the...


Swedish PM Condemns Attempted Arson Attack at Synagogue as Three Arrested

Three people were arrested early on Sunday after an attempted arson attack at a synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg, prosecutors said. There were no reports of injuries and the...


Israel Destroys ‘Significant’ Cross-Border Terror Tunnel From G...

Israeli forces on Sunday destroyed a "significant" cross-border attack tunnel from the Gaza Strip, which the military said was being...

Middle East

Iraq Holds Military Parade Celebrating Final Victory Over Islamic State

An Iraqi military parade celebrating final victory over Islamic State is underway in Baghdad's heavily fortified Green Zone, an Iraqi military spokesman told Reuters on Sunday. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi declared...