Tag: Israel

Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox Parties Embrace Technology and Emerge Stronger

MODIIN ILLIT, West Bank — The business center in the ultra-Orthodox settlement of Modiin Illit employs scores of strictly observant women in financial services and technology firms. It has long been touted as a sign of modernization and “Israelization” in insular communities. Before this month’s parliamentary election in Israel, opinion polls and analysts suggested that […]

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Airline Warns of Measles After Flight Attendant Falls Into Coma

A flight attendant for El Al, the Israeli national airline, is comatose after becoming ill with the measles on a flight from New York City to Tel Aviv, according to the Israeli Ministry of Health. The woman, 43, is suffering from the measles-related complication of encephalitis, or swelling of the brain, according to Eyal Basson, […]

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Ilhan Omar, Harbinger of Democratic Decline?

Spot the problem with the quoted remarks: (1) The Oklahoma City bombing in 1995 was “something some people did.” (2) Last month’s attack on two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, was “something someone did.” (3) The 2015 massacre at a black church in Charleston, S.C., was “something someone did.” Now imagine that a public figure […]

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Benjamin Netanyahu and the Death of the Zionist Dream

From the 1920s onward, the Zionist movement was split into two groups that put forward rival ideas of the Jewish state, one liberal, the other right wing. David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s founding father and its longest serving prime minister, was the leader of Labor Zionism, the liberal vision; Zeev Jabotinsky was the founder of Revisionist Zionism […]

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Israeli Scientists Just Created the World’s First 3D-Printed Heart

The world’s first 3-D printed heart being demonstrated at the Tel Aviv University in Israel. Photo: Amir Cohen/Reuters  This article originally appeared on VICE India. In a development that has got hearts racing, the world just got its first 3D-printed heart, created using human biological cells. A research team at the Tel Aviv University (TAU) […]

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Anti-Zionists Deserve Free Speech

The Palestinian activist Omar Barghouti, one of the founders of the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, was supposed to be on a speaking tour of the United States this week, with stops at N.Y.U.’s Washington campus and at Harvard. He was going to attend his daughter’s wedding in Texas. I had plans to interview him […]

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Moon Landing Beckons for Israel’s Beresheet Spacecraft

On Thursday, a small Israeli nonprofit, SpaceIL, will attempt to make history and become the first private organization to land a spacecraft on the moon. This is a feat that has only been accomplished by three nations — the United States, the former Soviet Union and China. The SpaceIL lander is named Beresheet, which means […]

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In Netanyahu’s Win, Arabs See Another Nail in the Coffin of a Palestinian State

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Wednesday to be on his way to a fifth term as prime minister of Israel, solidifying the sense across the Arab world that the dream of a Palestinian state is more remote than ever — as is the chance that the United States will help create it. Throughout […]

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Mr. Netanyahu’s Next Test

With the election of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to a fourth consecutive term, Israel reached a fateful moment. Mr. Netanyahu has set a course that could end Palestinian chances for statehood, threaten Israel’s democratic character and deepen the alienation between its right-wing coalition government and a majority of American Jews. Mr. Netanyahu can still choose […]

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Israel’s Lesson for the Democrats in 2020

TEL AVIV — It was a referendum on him and he nailed it. Nobody can take that away from Benjamin Netanyahu. This summer, in his fifth term, he will surpass David Ben-Gurion as the longest-serving Israeli prime minister. Enough said. His victory contains a warning for any Democrat still imagining that the 2020 election will […]

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Bibi Trump and Donald Netanyahu

There are two countries that I’ve been professionally, emotionally and intellectually involved with my entire journalism career — the United States and Israel. I’ve never been more worried about both, because President Trump and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are essentially the same person, and they pose the same threat to their respective nations. They are […]

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News Analysis: It’s Bibi’s Israel Now

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu’s apparent re-election as prime minister of Israel attests to a starkly conservative vision of the Jewish state and its people about where they are and where they are headed. They prize stability, as well as the military and economic security that Mr. Netanyahu has delivered. Though they have never been safer, […]

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Why Israel Still Loves Netanyahu

JERUSALEM — There are more than a few reasons to dislike Benjamin Netanyahu. He can be smug and vindictive. He can be ruthless when going up against political enemies. He is likely to be indicted on corruption charges related to three separate cases, which, if they are accurate, indicate that he is greedy, vain and […]

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Israel Elections Live Updates: Netanyahu Poised for Victory

• Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s polarizing, right-wing prime minister, was in position to win a fourth consecutive term as leader on Wednesday, with 94 percent of the votes counted. But the race was extremely tight, and his main rival, Benny Gantz, had also claimed victory, though he later tempered expectations. • When the ballots are fully […]

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Airbnb Reverses Policy Banning Listings in Israeli Settlements in West Bank

Airbnb said Tuesday that it had reversed its decision to remove listings of properties located in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. In November, the company provoked an uproar in Israel and a flood of litigation when it said that it would eliminate about 200 listings in West Bank settlements that are “at the core […]

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Exit Polls Suggest No Clear Winner in Israeli Election

JERUSALEM — Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s conservative prime minister for the past decade, and his chief rival, Benny Gantz, a centrist former military chief, emerged in a dead heat in Tuesday’s parliamentary election, according to early returns and surveys of voters leaving the polls. Regardless of who becomes the next prime minister, the election appeared to […]

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Live Briefing: Israel Elections 2019: Live Updates

• Israelis are voting Tuesday in parliamentary elections that could keep Benjamin Netanyahu, the polarizing, right-wing prime minister, in power, or turn control over to his main rival, Benny Gantz, a newcomer to electoral politics who is seen as a centrist. At stake is the future of both Israel and the Palestinian territories. [Who is […]

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News Analysis: In Trump, Netanyahu Sees an Ally Who Helps Him Push the Envelope

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s vow for Israel to annex parts of the West Bank would flout four decades of American policy, under both Republican and Democratic presidents. But nothing emboldened Mr. Netanyahu to take such a risk more than the support of his ally President Trump. From recognizing Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan […]

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How Israel Chooses a Leader and What’s at Stake

Israel is holding a parliamentary election on Tuesday, bringing an end to a neck-and-neck campaign in which Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the veteran politician of the Israeli right and one of the country’s longest-serving leaders, faced the strongest challenge in years. Mr. Netanyahu’s tenure has been marked by a collapse of peace talks with the […]

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