Once a possible threat to Netanyahu, Israeli tech mogul Erel Margalit quits politics

After losing out in the race for Zionist Union party chairman to Avi Gabbay, venture capitalist-turned-MK Erel Margalit announces resignation ...
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‘It’s the first time I’ve killed, and I don’t regret it’

Har Adar security officer wounded in attack released from hospital: 'I wanted to speak to my wife because I wasn't ...
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Little known facts for Sukkot 2017

A sukkah is a temporary structure but also a shelter, the basis for Thanksgiving Day and the time to read ...
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Maxim restaurant suicide bombing anniversary today

On October 4, 2003, a Muslim murdered 21 people including 4 children, wounding 51.

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Rabbi Riskin to step down from Ohr Torah network he founded

Rabbi Riskin is to be succeeded by Rabbi Kenneth Brander, Yeshiva University administrator.

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For many Israelis, Peres’s death leaves behind few peacemakers

Members of the Israeli Knesset guard stand around the coffin of former Israeli president and prime minister Shimon Peres during his funeral at the Mount Herzl national cemetery in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016The death of Nobel laureate Shimon Peres led to a surge of nostalgia in Israel over his peace efforts, but his ideals have become increasingly absent from the country's political scene. The former president and prime minister won the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize for his role in negotiating the Oslo accords with the Palestinians and spent the latter years of his life defending his pursuit of the goals they represented. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government is seen as the most right-wing in Israel's history, and key members of his coalition say openly that they oppose a Palestinian state.


World leaders bid farewell to 20th-century ‘giant’ Peres

US President Barack Obama touches the coffin of former Israeli president Shimon Peres after speaking during his funeral in Jerusalem on September 30, 2016World leaders bid farewell to Israeli elder statesman and Nobel Peace laureate Shimon Peres at his funeral in Jerusalem Friday, with US President Barack Obama hailing him as a giant of the 20th century. Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas was among the mourners at Mount Herzl national cemetery and sat in the front row, reportedly at the request of Peres's family. Abbas knew Peres well and negotiated with him.


In ex-Soviet Georgia, pope issues veiled criticism of Russia

Pope Francis looks on during a welcome ceremony at the Presidential palace in TbilisiBy Philip Pullella and Margarita Antidze TBILISI (Reuters) – Pope Francis called for respect for international law and the sovereign rights of nations as he arrived in Georgia on Friday, an implicit criticism of Russia, which keeps troops in two breakaway areas of the ex-Soviet state. Russia, which fought a short war with Georgia in 2008, is one of the few countries that recognize the contested areas of Abkhazia and South Ossetia as independent states. Speaking at the welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace, Francis, in a clear reference to the Georgian situation, said relations between states in the region "can never lay aside respect for the sovereign rights of every country within the framework of international law".


Philippines’ Duterte draws Hitler parallels in war on drugs

Police said Canadian Jeremy Eaton's prosecution for selling ectasy, done in just three months, was part of an aggressive campaign by President Duterte (pictured) against illegal drugsPhilippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday likened his deadly crime war to Hitler's efforts to exterminate Jews, as he declared he was "happy to slaughter" millions of drug addicts. Duterte also railed against Western critics of his unprecedented law-and-order crackdown, which has left more than 3,000 people dead in three months and raised concerns about a breakdown in the rule of law in one of Asia's most chaotic democracies. "Hitler massacred three million Jews.