Tag: Israel

Netflix’s ‘Shtisel’ Is Binge-Worthy TV on a Strict Form of Judaism

The stories are the standard stuff of television dramas, sitcoms and soap operas. A young man yearns for an older woman but must contend with the meddling of a domineering father. The father, a widower, is on the prowl himself, though he seems as captivated by the tasty dishes eligible women cook as he is […]

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How Israel’s Moon Lander Got to the Launchpad

It started in 2010 with a Facebook post. “Who wants to go to the moon?” wrote Yariv Bash, a computer engineer. A couple of friends, Kfir Damari and Yonatan Winetraub responded, and the three met at a bar in Holon, a city south of Tel Aviv. At 30, Mr. Bash was the oldest. “As the […]

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Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, Israeli Centrists, Join Forces Against Netanyahu

CAIRO — Israel’s two leading centrist candidates for prime minister, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid, have joined forces to try to defeat Benjamin Netanyahu, the right-wing leader who has led the country for a decade, in a move that instantly makes the April 9 elections far more competitive. Mr. Gantz, a retired military chief of […]

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The Disappeared Children of Israel

ROSH HAAYIN, Israel — Ofra Mazor, 62, had been looking for her sister, Varda, for 30 years when she submitted her DNA samples to the Israeli genealogy company MyHeritage in 2017. Her mother, Yochevet, who is now deceased, said that she got to breast-feed her sister only once after giving birth to her in an […]

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Poland and Israel Try to Improve Ties, but History Intrudes

JERUSALEM — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel, in the middle of a re-election campaign, seemed set to score back-to-back diplomatic triumphs in a span of just a few days, with Poland, of all countries, playing an important role in both. This past week, Mr. Netanyahu attended a meeting in Warsaw, convened by the Trump […]

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This Is What the Beginning of a Real Israel Debate Looks Like

With all the shouting it was easy to miss, but something new happened in Washington this week. If you can’t see it yet, put yourself back in 2006, when everything about a Somali-American, Muslim congresswoman tweeting a line from a Puff Daddy song—as Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar did Sunday evening—would have been unthinkable. In March […]

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Israel’s DriveNets raises $110 million to simplify telco service deployments

Networking software startup DriveNets emerged out of stealth mode today when it announced the company had raised $110 million in venture capital. Based in Israel, DriveNets’ cloud-based service, dubbed Network Cloud, simplifies the deployment of new services for carriers at a time when many telcos are facing declining profit margins. Bessemer Venture Partners and Pitango Growth are the […]

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Trump Officials Gather in Warsaw for an Anti-Iran Meeting

WARSAW — Before top officials from 65 nations began meeting in Warsaw at an American-led conference on Middle East security, an unmistakable voice rang out at a rally outside the city’s main stadium, calling for regime change in Iran: the former mayor Rudy Giuliani. Mr. Giuliani contended he was there representing an Iranian opposition group, […]

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This Is Not How You Stabilize the Middle East

This week, the United States and Poland will be co-hosting a summit in Warsaw to “Promote a Future of Peace and Security in the Middle East.” More than 70 countries have been invited, a departure from the Trump administration’s usual unilateralism. Unfortunately, history suggests the conference won’t amount to much. Nearly 30 years ago, the […]

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Ilhan Omar’s Very Bad Tweets

Last October, after a crude mail bomb was found in George Soros’s mailbox, Representative Kevin McCarthy, the California Republican who is now the House minority leader, tweeted, “We cannot allow Soros, Steyer and Bloomberg to buy this election!” The tweet, since deleted, was referring to Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg, both of them, like Soros, […]

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A Battle Cry Seldom Heard These Days: The Palestinian Cause

DAKAR, Senegal — When terrorists in Africa delivered two devastating attacks last month, they invoked a battle cry seldom heard in recent militant activity on the continent: the Palestinian cause. The gunmen in a hotel complex in Kenya and a military installation in Mali were lauded by Al Qaeda’s central leadership, which praised its branches […]

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The Progressive Assault on Israel

It happened again last month in Detroit. Pro-Palestinian demonstrators seized the stage of the National L.G.B.T.Q. Task Force’s marquee conference, “Creating Change” and demanded a boycott of Israel. “From the river to the sea, Palestine will be free,” they chanted — the tediously malign, thinly veiled call to end Israel as a Jewish state. They […]

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Ultra-Orthodox Israeli Woman Defies Rabbis and Runs Left

TEL AVIV — It is primary season in Israel, and the creaky Labor Party, hemorrhaging support and desperate to project energy and vitality, has invited its 44 candidates for Parliament to a college campus for a night billed as speed dating with hundreds of voters. At the front of a classroom sit an array of […]

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As West Bank Violence Surges, Israeli Government Is Silent

AL MUGHAYIR, West Bank — A gang of a dozen or so armed Jewish settlers descended from a hilltop outpost to the Palestinian village below and opened fire, witnesses said. Israeli soldiers arrived, and instead of stopping the settlers, the witnesses said, they either stood by or clashed with the villagers. In the melee, Hamdy […]

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Prominent Democrats Form Pro-Israel Group to Counter Skepticism on the Left

WASHINGTON — Several prominent veteran Democrats, alarmed by the party’s drift from its longstanding alignment with Israel, are starting a new political group that will try to counter the rising skepticism on the left toward the Jewish state by supporting lawmakers and candidates in 2020 who stand unwaveringly with the country. With polls showing that […]

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Senate Advances Pro-Israel Bill as G.O.P. Searches for Democratic Divisions

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Monday to advance legislation affirming the right of local and state governments to break ties with companies that boycott or divest from Israel, as Republicans try to drive a wedge between the Democratic Party and its traditional allies in the American Jewish community. The bipartisan legislation reauthorizes assistance to Israel […]

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The Argument: Have Republicans Betrayed the Working Class?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | RadioPublic | Stitcher | Spotify | Google Play This week on “The Argument,” is anti-Zionism a form of anti-Semitism? Special guest Bret Stephens, one of The Times’s conservative Op-Ed columnists, thinks American liberals often recycle anti-Semitic tropes to unfairly single out Israel […]

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Benny Gantz, Israel’s Reluctant Warrior, Takes Aim at Netanyahu’s Post

JERUSALEM — He kept quiet for months, his poll numbers creeping up against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But Benny Gantz, a former chief of staff of the Israel Defense Forces who is offering himself up as a savior to the opposition, is finally making some noise. In three hypermacho new campaign videos, Mr. Gantz, a […]

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