Former president of The Union of Jewish Students says that he loves Israel and is considering living there, but highlights challenges in reconciling fundamental differences between Israel and diaspora Jewry.
Yaniv Pohoryles 23:41 , 22.01.18
The unique, juxtaposing coin, sold in a recent Israeli auction, contains the remarkable story about an unlikely friendship between two Germans—a Jew and a Nazi—and about the forgotten moment in history when it might have still been possible to save the Jews of Europe from extermination.
Itay Ilnai 23:38 , 21.01.18
Confidential documents obtained by Yedioth Ahronoth reveal how Israel’s internal security service operated in the Arab sector for years, in cooperation with the Education Ministry, to remove teachers and principals and thwart the appointments of educators considered hostile to the State of Israel; in many cases, the disqualified teachers were unaware of the real reason for their dismissal.
Guy Lieberman, Lior Eilati 23:41 , 18.01.18
Almost every home in the top row of houses in Netiv Ha'avot includes illegal ‘extensions’ built on disputed land, leading the High Court to order the demolition of 15 of the outpost’s houses by March 2018; while residents say they settled on empty land, Ali Mousa from the nearby village won’t forget the day he saw caravans on a plot he inherited from his grandfather and ended up with a gun pointed at his head.
Oded Shalom, Elisha Ben Kimon 23:49 , 09.01.18
In a new book published in the US, Israeli lawyer Nitsana Darshan-Leitner reveals how she was entangled in operations with members of the Harpoon unit, a covert financial counterterrorism taskforce that has dealt heavy blows to Hezbollah, Ismail Haniyeh, Yasser Arafat and Lebanon’s banks.
Nevo Ziv 23:58 , 07.01.18
With a 'civilian startup's culture,' the IDF Military Intelligence Directorate's Unit 3060 develops apps to make the most classifieds items of intelligence accessible to commanders on the ground in real-time; some of the unit's developments include an app allowing commander to select the safest route of advancement and a system producing video clips from drone. 'They identify problems before the field does,' says officer.
Yoav Zitun 17:13 , 05.01.18
For the past three and a half years, the Shaul family has been fighting for the return of its son, who was pronounced dead in Operation Protective Edge although his body remains in Hamas hands; in an interview following a rocket attack during a ceremony marking Oron’s 24th birthday, his mother and older brother explain why they decided to hold the event on the Gaza border and why they are so disappointed with the government.
Noam Barkan 23:43 , 04.01.18
From the Eichmann abduction through the seduction of Vanunu to the alleged Mabhouh assassination, female agents have been at the forefront of numerous Mossad missions; ‘Women are responsible for some of the organization’s greatest operations,’ former Mossad Director Tamir Pardo says in a rare interview, as he and other senior organization officials reveal everything that can be told about the secret lives of the women of the Mossad.
Amir Shoan, Amira Lam 23:31 , 02.01.18
Behind earthen dams are IDF fighters who are careful not to raise their heads as tire-burning Palestinian rioters are catapulting marbles at them just as dangerous as bullets. When the rioters make a run for the border fence, the IDF's snipers go into action. Hamas fighters in military positions nearby look on but hold their fire, trying to avoid escalation. Ron Ben-Yishai joined Golani and Duvdevan soldiers on their regular Friday activity - a cat and mouse game with the Palestinians.
Ron Ben Yishai 23:27 , 29.12.17
Although it may seem as if the former Palestinian leader is still the unshakable symbol of Fatah, the movement has gone to great lengths since his death to distance itself from his associates and from his legacy of pursuing peace talks with Israel while supporting terrorism.
Elior Levy 23:21 , 25.12.17
Despite Israeli prohibitions, chief executive of umbrella group representing Israeli Jewish pluralist organizations says some 20% of Israelis are getting married outside the rabbinate, compared to 16% in 2010.
Associated Press 11:26 , 24.12.17
She has trouble praying from a Siddur, laments that women in positions of power are still a minority and refuses to accept the fact that matters of state and religion are solely in the hands of men. At the age of 91, upon being awarded the Nefesh B'Nefesh Bonei Zion Prize, Prof. Alice Shalvi paints a grim picture of women’s status in the Israeli society.
Tali Farkash 18:33 , 23.12.17
While most of the Kfir Brigade's battalions were sent to West Bank, northern front during Operations Pillar of Defense, Protective Edge, its role has now been transformed to tackle the threat posed by Hamas, today and in future; 'Let others focus on Lebanon. We will be the best in Gaza. We will fight, win and maintain our humanity,' says the brigade's commander.
Yoav Zitun 13:07 , 23.12.17
His children are practically Israeli, he loves hummus and is amazed by the ‘incredible changes’ Tel Aviv has gone through over the past decade. Returning to Israel on a new mission, Emanuele Giaufret tells Ynet the European Union will wait to see what comes out of Trump’s peace plan, but will remain involved in the peace process. ‘We want to achieve a solution to the conflict that is in the interest of both sides,’ he says, admitting Europe ‘needs to listen to the Israelis.’
Itamar Eichner 17:31 , 16.12.17
In her job as the Civil Administration’s health coordinator, Dalia Bassa wasn’t supposed to save the lives of hundreds of Palestinian children, visit them in hospitals, take them on trips and treat them as the children she never had. But one thing led to another, and the woman known as ‘Angel’ on the Palestinian street receives phone calls at all hours of the day and night—and always picks up.
Yifat Erlich 23:32 , 11.12.17
As UN commemorates landmark vote creating Jewish state, telegrams congratulating Jewish Agency delegate on vote revealed; 'Godspeed, with love,' wrote Ben Gurion; 'Dawn is rising, new light will now shine on Zion,' wrote Chief Rabbi Herzog; children of 1947 recount their experiences on day of vote; 'Joy went for days,' remembered one.
Itamar Eichner and Hadar Gil-Ad 22:57 , 28.11.17
On November 19, 1977, an Egyptian Air Force plane landed at Ben-Gurion Airport, carrying the person who—until that moment—had been Israel’s bitter enemy: Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The people who were there recount the historic occasion and the events that led up to it. ‘It was clear to both sides that we had reached a deadlock in the wars,’ says former Cabinet Secretary Aryeh Naor.
Adi Rosenberg, Amir Bogen 23:34 , 24.11.17
Transcripts of cabinet meetings held immediately after Israel’s great military victory in 1967 focus on the country’s changed borders. Jordan claimed Western Wall belonged to Waqf, Foreign Minister Abba Eban voiced his concern for Jews living in Arab states, and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan offered a correct forecast for 1973 Yom Kippur War, saying ‘I don’t believe the Arabs will accept the current ceasefire lines.’
Itamar Eichner, Amihai Attali, Goel Beno 00:02 , 22.11.17
Speaking in a special interview with Yedioth Ahronoth, Ron Huldai decries Netanyahu's 'sourpuss speech' as 'vulgar, made by a government that thrives on inciting one sector against another, and by a person in distress who can't manage to maintain any stateliness.'
Amira Lam 13:19 , 21.11.17
A piece of jewelry discovered by archaeologists at the former Nazi death camp, similar to a pendant that had belonged to Anne Frank, leads to a worldwide journey in search of relatives of its owner, Karolina Cohn. The journey will come to its end Monday, when family members gather in Frankfurt to commemorate a girl they never even knew existed.
Itay Mashiach 23:43 , 12.11.17
It’s not every day that 18 couples are married at the same time, especially when the average age of the brides and grooms is over 80. Young couples may need a luxurious banquet hall and expensive gifts, but these people, who celebrated their first wedding with only 20 guests and sewed their own outfits, wouldn’t change a thing; ‘As long as we’re together, nothing else matters.’
Gil Korotki 23:47 , 11.11.17
As a young boy in the radical Hasidic Satmar group in Brooklyn, Chaim Meisels dreamed about Israel and about serving in the IDF. In an emotionally moving Facebook post, he explains why he left his wife, child and community and decided to become a combat soldier. ‘Where there’s a will there’s a way,’ he writes.
Ynet 23:41 , 09.11.17
When the BDS movement intensified its efforts to ostracize Israel in all spheres of private and public life, a number of organizations, comprising academics and IDF veterans, made it their mission to tackle the phenomenon head on and deploy new forces, adopt fresh strategies, and exploit untapped advantages to counter the international smear campaign.
Mitel R. Fishman 15:12 , 09.11.17
In addition to locating missing people at sea and dealing with old naval mines and explosive devices, the men and women fighters of the Yaltam unit will soon be facing the deepest mission the Israeli Navy has ever been tasked with—defending the gas drilling rigs, 300 meters below sea level.
Yoav Zitun 23:43 , 02.11.17
With billions of shekels invested and innumerable measures against terror tunnels tested, a simple Israeli-made smart-sensor system proves to be the most effective solution to the threat; despite technological breakthroughs, IDF officials remain aware of the importance of training the foot soldier to improvise.
Yoav Zitun 14:27 , 31.10.17
She grew up with the sounds of muezzins, church bells and synagogue melodies. As a Jew in Paris, she first encountered anti-Semitism during university. She is fiercely protective of her privacy, and her nomination for UNESCO director-general irritated quite a few people. But does Audrey Azoulay have what it takes to appease the US and save the faltering UN agency from collapse?
Tamar Sebok 23:34 , 26.10.17
Peace negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians may have been suspended, but every Tuesday 100-year-old Ruth Dayan sits down for a Skype chat with her best friend, Palestinian poet and activist Raymonda Tawil, mother of Suha Arafat. Fifty years after they first met, both women agree there will be no solution to the conflict without an end to the occupation.
Nechama Duek 23:46 , 22.10.17
As part of a surprising collaboration between the Israel Museum and Artists4Israel organization, people injured in war, military service and terror attacks team up with international tattoo artists, who decorate their bodies as a way to help them recover from their physical and mental scars.
Gil Korotki 23:33 , 21.10.17
After decades of activity on behalf of people with disabilities, Yoav Kraiem is not taking part in their current struggle. His new challenge is to get the public to understand that ‘accessibility is much more than just another ramp.’
Ziv Ardman 11:41 , 20.10.17
After the fifth consecutive day of protests by ultra-Orthodox Jews against army enlistment, Rabbi David Zucker—one of the organizers of the demonstrations—attempts to explain rationale behind their anger; 'We scorn Israel in the strongest possible manner.'
Ynet reporters 11:20 , 20.10.17
After being hunted by the Shin Bet for years, Yahya Sinwar has a new cause for concern. As the person leading the reconciliation process with Fatah, he has gained many enemies—from Iranian intelligence in Beirut to Mohammad Dahlan’s supporters in Gaza. It's no wonder he’s one of the most heavily guarded people by the Egyptians, who see him as their most important investment in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Alex Fishman 23:49 , 18.10.17
Lt. Col. (Res.) Danny Pearl recalls past battles and traumas, friends lost and stories kept, as he, together with some 40 of his comrades, meets the soldiers of today and entrusts them with the long and courageous legacy of protecting the State of Israel.
Dana Peleg 23:05 , 18.10.17
Secret meetings in effort to prevent the suspension of the submarine deal, the changes Israel requested that could indicate capability to launch nuclear missiles from the submarines, and Ya'alon's claims Netanyahu pressed him on the patrol boats deal. Yedioth and DIE ZEIT uncover more details of the affair that complicated Israeli-German ties.
Ronen Bergman, Holger Stark 08:21 , 17.10.17
From his underground office in Tel Aviv’s Kirya Base, Brig.-Gen. Turgeman oversees hundreds of secret military activities a year as head of IDF's Operations Division. In a special interview, he explains why Hamas isn’t interested in a conflict with Israel, says Israel’s biggest threat is in the North and reveals that the IDF helped thwart a terror attack against Russian forces in Syria.
Yossi Yehoshua 23:51 , 14.10.17
The future of combat is now: last month's large-scale military exercise in northern Israel included IDF forces setting up an underground field hospital, remote-controlled trucks, smart parachutes, hovercrafts to evacuate the wounded and robots carrying equipment alongside troops; this is what the next war will look like.
Yoav Zitun 18:48 , 14.10.17
With US President Trump considering decertification of the Iranian nuclear deal, several Israeli security experts are of the opinion keeping it, albeit with some necessary changes and tougher enforcement mechanisms, is the much better option for not only the US but also Israel.
The Associated Press 09:30 , 13.10.17
Mickey Gitzin, who grew up in a national right-wing home, is not quite the natural choice to head the New Israel Fund. Now, after establishing himself in the role, he no longer listens to online commentators and has started instead to focus on the objectives: bring the NIF into the consensus, but also fight back against detractors.
Ziv Nevo 23:48 , 12.10.17
Troops from Egoz, Duvdevan, Maglan, Sayeret Rimon, Sayeret Tzanhanim and the Yahalom Combat Engineering Unit drill urban warfare, preparing for the challenges of both present and future; ‘Seeing the civilian population certainly helps to sharpen soldiers’ sense of commitment to the mission.’
Yehonatan Bnaya 15:50 , 11.10.17
We've asked commanders from different combat units in the IDF to capture in one photo what the commander's spirit means to them.
Shahaf Frenkel, Daniel Dayan 15:37 , 08.10.17
In his first interview since taking office, IDF Chief of Staff Eisenkot tells Ynet about the IDF's covert operations to stop Iranian aid to Hezbollah and Hamas, talks about attempts to get Nasrallah, and discusses both the Azaria case and the submarine affair.
Yoav Zitun, Attila Somfalvi, Gido Ran 12:13 , 06.10.17
IDF Lt. Col. explains how Israel's ability to show a more benign face through humanitarian efforts in treating wounded Syrian children will transform civilians into ambassadors; 'The citizens on the other side realize that Israel saves their children's lives, it’ll will be hard to convince them we want to destroy them.'
Noam Barkan 08:59 , 06.10.17
Massoud Barzani fought for his people’s independence for nearly 50 years. ‘Now I can die,’ he tells French Jewish philosopher Bernard-Henri Lévy the morning after the historic vote. Feeling closer than ever to fulfilling his dream, he is determined to do so despite the warnings issued by Iraq, Iran and Turkey. ‘We’ve been tortured, gunned down, displaced. Nothing could be harsher than what we’ve already endured.’
Bernard-Henri Lévy 23:54 , 02.10.17
The Israeli foreign intelligence service sets precedent with two women appointed to head divisions simultaneously, marking a first in organization's—and country's—history; further appointments to junior managerial positions forthcoming.
Ronen Bergman 10:42 , 02.10.17
He was tortured, ostracized and kicked out of his home, but refused to give up his persistent struggle to convert to Judaism, a crime punishable by death in his Muslim country. In an exclusive interview, Fishel Benkhald talks about the price he paid for his stubbornness and shares his dream of visiting Israel and opening a kosher restaurant in Karachi. ‘After so many years in the dark,’ he declares, ‘I’m coming out and saying: Look at me, I’m a Jew.’
Yaniv Halily 23:46 , 28.09.17
While statistics show that most lone wolf terror attacks are ideologically and religiously motivated, some Palestinians, whether victims of domestic abuse, religious entanglement or simply mental disorders, see the financial benefits of murdering Israelis, or even the escape that Israeli jails can offer.
Associated Press 16:25 , 28.09.17
Former Foreign Ministry Director-General Eytan Bentsur reveals Pyongyang’s repeated attempts to strike a deal with Jerusalem more than 20 years ago and how talks were eventually thwarted by the US. ‘It’s so easy to say there’s no partner,’ he says. ‘There was a window of opportunity, and we missed it. Now, North Korea is threatening world peace.’
Nahum Barnea 23:48 , 26.09.17
As Britain prepares to celebrate 100th anniversary of declaration supporting establishment of Jewish national home in Palestine, Roderick Balfour says his great-great-uncle Arthur James Balfour would have been incredibly proud of what he and his generation set in motion, but would have been disheartened about ‘hopeless situation’ between Palestinians and Israelis.
Yaniv Halily 23:30 , 25.09.17
6,787 Israelis appear on two Chief Rabbinate blacklists—one of people the Rabbinate has found to not be Jewish, and a larger one of people whose Jewish roots are in question; 'We are closing the door and pushing people out and creating a new Judaism,' says former MK Dov Lipman, an Orthodox rabbi himself.
The Media Line 09:43 , 22.09.17
With one accurate gunshot through a closed window, in poor lighting and with perfect composure, Staff Sergeant A. neutralized the 19-year-old Palestinian who murdered three members of the Salomon family in their home last July. In an extensive interview, the Oketz Unit fighter who was awarded a citation for his courage recounts what happened that night and how he saved the life of his former kindergarten teacher.
Yossi Yehoshua, Reuven Weiss 00:52 , 19.09.17
Maj. A. wanted to join the Shayetet 13 frogmen, but ended up in the Air Force Flight Academy, as his fellow Druze take on other senior combat roles; 'The uniforms I wear are a source of great pride for me and for the Druze sector.'
Goel Beno 19:49 , 17.09.17
Yuval had to desert his army post so he could work and help his family ahead of the High Holy Days. Dolly from Bat Yam, a 46-year-old cancer patient and a mother of six, and Bezalel Cohen and his wife, both disabled, are all dependant on aid groups for food. Ahead of Rosh Hashanah, NGOs across Israel are working overtime to distribute as many food packages to needy families as possible.
Amir Alon 23:48 , 16.09.17
One of Eichmann’s assistants survived two letter bombs, gas van's inventor was saved thanks to a woman and a dog, and operation to track down Gestapo chief was a total failure. Israeli secret service’s activity against Nazi war criminals lasted more than 30 years, but produced very poor results. Three new books reveal full list of Nazis targeted by Mossad, most of whom escaped unharmed.
Saar Haas 23:43 , 15.09.17
Israeli consul-general in LA Sam Grundwerg and Hollywoof mogul Adam Berkowitz head up efforts to pitch Israeli television to US markets in a Tel Aviv conference sponsored by Israeli government; 'Israeli shows, with their diverse, real-life problems and not-quite beautiful casts provide them with new ideas,' explains Alon Aranya, a writer whose adaptation of Israeli series 'Hostages' was picked up by CBS. 'They like the grit.'
Reuters 17:43 , 15.09.17
It was one of the most daring military operations the world has ever known. On the 1-year anniversary marking Shimon Peres' death, Def. Min. releases newly uncovered tapes of him and then-PM Rabin speaking with soldiers, passengers and crew of kidnapped plane; 'Welcome back, rest,' Peres tells Sayeret Matkal fighters who managed prisoners' release. 'We are very proud of you.'
Itay Blumenthal 23:48 , 14.09.17
Eli Koren served on INS Tarshish in the Israeli Navy when he was struck by debilitating illness, rendering him paralyzed; his son, Omer, now set to serve on same ship; the pair board it together for Omer's graduation.
Yoav Zitun 17:40 , 13.09.17
The boycott movement has gone on the defensive despite its activities capturing numerous headlines in Israel and abroad. But do its actions really change our lives or are they merely a media campaign which cause noise but fail to achieve any objectives? The experts answer.
Attila Somfalvi 09:56 , 12.09.17
Five years after teaming up to produce ice cream, Adam Ziv from Kibbutz Sasa and Alaa Sweitat of Galilee village of Tarshiha are now proud owners of successful chain with five stores in northern Israel and Tel Aviv, becoming first Israeli business to win prestigious UN prize.
Shirley Golan 10:02 , 11.09.17
A month before passing away, Shimon Peres completed the writing of an autobiography that provides a rare glimpse behind the scenes of some major chapters in Israel's history and his own: from the construction of the Dimona nuclear reactor to Operation Entebbe, his secret meeting with King Hussein in Jordan and his lifelong passion for innovation.
Yoav Keren 23:28 , 10.09.17
Amid an acrimonious debate raging in Israeli society centering on religionization, and religion's supposedly growing presence in our daily lives, there are quite a few restaurants, cafés and other places of leisure deciding to go kosher—not necessarily because of religion.
Ofer Matan and Eli Mendelbaum 23:43 , 09.09.17
Is the BDS movement a flavor of the new anti-Semitism spreading throughout the world? It appears that the modern discourse on the delegitimization of Israel has given rise to vitriolic rhetoric which unquestionably serves as mask for underlying anti-Semitism.
Attila Somfalvi 09:24 , 07.09.17
Convicted terrorist Rasmea Odeh, set to be deported from the US for hiding her past from the authorities, came a long way from being a security prisoner, to becoming a prominent 'freedom fighter' in the struggle against Israel.
Amir Bogen 14:07 , 02.09.17
This summer, 28 cadets embarked on a journey throughout Israel during which they visited the country's most prestigious sites and were briefed by some of the most distinguished experts in Israel's political and military sphere; in an exclusive interview, the cadets shared with Ynetnews some of their conclusions about the country; ‘It put all the media coverage into perspective.’
Ynetnews 23:53 , 29.08.17
A high-powered attorney and former maintenance man, Eldad Yaniv and Meni Naftali seem an unlikely duo to lead the current assault on PM Netanyahu over his numerous alleged corruption cases. Nevertheless, and despite their recent police arrests, so far the two have persevered.
Associated Press 21:57 , 25.08.17
What has Israel, both its people and government, been doing to stave off the threat posed by the BDS movement and what tangible successes can be registered? Ministry of Strategic Affairs official explains that thanks to concerted efforts, Israel is effectively eroding the potency of BDS’s influence, but it can only continue to do so if Israelis and its supporters play their part.
Mital R. Fishman 00:05 , 25.08.17
Analysis: Israeli defense officials are concerned after a high ranked delegation sent to Washington failed to secure a promise from the Americans that any agreement to end the war in Syria includes the evacuation of Iran and Hezbollah forces from the country. Now, Israel turns its hopes to the Kremlin.
Ronen Bergman 23:52 , 20.08.17
Rabbi Dov Halbertal voices objections to High Court's recent decision to permit women to head the Rabbinical Courts administration; 'Read my lips. There will never be a female rabbi.'
Kobi Nachshoni, Attila Somfalvi and Alexandra Lukash 17:44 , 20.08.17
A group of former Israeli soldiers called Caliber 3 runs an 'anti-terrorism' course for tourists, teaching them 'what we do here in Israel to fight terrorism.' Meanwhile, Palestinians accuse the company of profiting from the conflict and exploiting fears over terrorism.
AFP 13:20 , 16.08.17
Dozens of families evacuated from Gush Katif in the summer of 2005 have yet to receive permanent housing instead of the prefabricated mobile homes that were built as a temporary solution. ‘We have encountered almost every possible bureaucratic barrier,’ one of the evacuees says, calling on the state to ‘conduct a serious self-examination.’
Yehonatan Bnaya 19:48 , 10.08.17
Christian convert Sandra Solomon from Ramallah recalls jubilation in Arab society during the intifada 'even when children were killed'; says prevalence of hateful education and vilification of Israel convinces her 'Palestinians don't want peace.'
Elior Levy 13:57 , 10.08.17
Zalman Schwartz, 20, is just one of 153 foreign volunteers in the IDF's July-August conscription class. However, Schwartz stands alone in that he was raised in the most anti-Zionist ultra-Orthodox community.
Kobi Nachshoni, Alexandra Lukash and Attila Somflavi 18:23 , 09.08.17
The two sisters of Zemenech Bililin were not permitted to immigrate to Israel together with the whole family because they were already married. Twelve years have passed since then, and Bililin, now a combat soldier in the IDF, expects the state to help; 'My sisters have to be here, not alone in Ethiopia. They suffer there.'
Ynet 19:04 , 08.08.17
Shuafat, a Palestinian neighborhood in east Jerusalem, suffers from mounting uncollected garbage, rampant crime and a general lack of access to municipality services, as its residents—while officially part of Greater Jerusalem—are stuck between Israel and the PA.
Linda Gradstein/The Media Line 22:43 , 07.08.17
Ten years after leaving Gaza, the former head of the Palestinian Preventive Security Force may return to the strip a leader, as part of a move being devised by Egypt, Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Bahrain, the US and Israel. The plan, an Israeli expert says, is Dahlan’s dress rehearsal, as he strives to conquer the Muqata’a and take Abbas’s seat.
Smadar Perry 17:10 , 07.08.17
In a single week, the Salomon family got tossed from pure happiness to a complete nightmare, from the joy over the birth of a new grandson to a horrible massacre around the Shabbat table. As they celebrate the newborn’s circumcision while mourning their three loved ones who were murdered in Halamish, the family members recall that terrible Friday night and explain why they've decided to choose life.
Yifat Erlich 23:46 , 05.08.17
Since 2003, hundreds of Palestinian and Israeli girls aged 15-17 have visited a summer camp in Santa Fe, New Mexico; for three weeks, the girls create joint experiences and are able to listen to and understand the opposite side.
AFP 11:53 , 05.08.17
Three years after an Israeli theater troupe was thrown out of Edinburgh's high-end theater festival, and with recent pressure and threats from BDS movements looming in the background, the Scottish capital will host the second Shalom Festival, showcasing theater, dance and music performances.
Yaniv Halily 10:23 , 03.08.17
Newly constructed Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design campus hopes to add new cultural life into downtown Jerusalem with a 37,100 square meter building adjacent to Russian Compound; campus to contain library, galleries, workshops, classrooms, studios, auditoriums and gift shop.
TPS/ Andrew Friedman 19:29 , 02.08.17
According to Chief of Staff Eisenkot’s plan, in three years from now the IDF will resemble the US Special Operations Command—a functional command training and operating ‘a different army,’ which doesn’t think and act like a conventional army. The combat system will be comprised of four different armies, and elite units will operate under the Depth Corps’ umbrella as an all-purpose professional army.
Alex Fishman 23:19 , 30.07.17
Six-year-old Angelica was nearly killed from shrapnel in her bed; Victoria and her mother Sofia were trapped in their apartment building after it was hit by five shells; and 18-year-old Nikita convinced his parents to come to Israel with him after a rocket killed an entire family they knew. Jewish families from Ukraine’s conflict zones share their stories as they wait to make aliyah at a ‘transit camp’ near Dnepropetrovsk.
Itamar Eichner 23:48 , 29.07.17
Last month, a ‘Fun Day’ was held for some 6,000 lone soldiers serving in the IDF. In a conversation with Ynet, they talk about their decision to leave everything behind, put on a uniform and even make Aliyah; ‘I wanted to do something meaningful with my life,’ says Oren, who made Aliyah from the US, and who plans on developing his life here ‘like every Israeli.’
Ynet 23:57 , 26.07.17
Ravit Dom, CEO of the Amal educational network, which operates 120 schools across Israel, has succeeded in reducing the network’s deficit, created a program encouraging girls to study science and brushes off criticism of her relationship with former Histadrut leader Ofer Eini.
Ifat Manhardt 15:21 , 19.07.17
With only 3-4 hours of electricity a day, hospitals in the strip have to use generators operating on expensive fuel, while many homes do without; 'I blame all sides,' says mother of six, as she held her youngest at Al-Rantissi Hospital for Children. 'Are these children at fault?'
Reuters 11:30 , 19.07.17
Rotem Bides, whose grandparents survived the Holocaust, says she took several relics from the death camp for her final project at the Beit Berl College’s Faculty of Art, including a sign warning visitors not to remove anything from the camp’s grounds. After learning of the theft, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum says it plans to file an official complaint against her with the Polish public prosecutor general.
Yehuda Shohat, Ariela Sternbach 23:42 , 18.07.17
An aggressive campaign against joint service of men and women in combat units has been taking place in the past year on Israel streets and on social media under the slogans ‘Saving the IDF’ and ‘Stop the Madness.’ Yedioth Ahronoth uncovers people and organizations behind campaign, which was launched by anonymous group called Brothers in Arms, as well as the generous public funds received by some of these organizations.
Guy Lieberman 11:33 , 17.07.17
'We are the flesh and blood of the religious community,' says Helen Albom, during a photo shoot with her son's partner. 'The world will be a better place when parents accept their children as they are.'
Liron Nagler-Cohen 23:00 , 13.07.17
WATCH: With hundreds of lonely soldiers' families living abroad, the Friends of the IDF organization sets out to reunite them with their loved ones as they continue their dream of serving in the Israeli army.
Ynet and the FIDF 20:28 , 13.07.17
One of Israel’s most important and difficult battles is being waged from the 29th floor of a Ramat Gan tower. With a biennial budget of NIS 250 million, Ministry of Strategic Affairs now stands at forefront of the war on delegitimization, adopting methods from the fields of intelligence and technology.
Itamar Eichner 19:14 , 12.07.17
A 57-year-old aerospace engineer from Ramat Gan, a 100-percent disabled man from Nahariya, a midwife from the Soroka hospital in Be’er Sheva and a former Air Force pilot from Yavne are just some of the Israelis who have had enough of bottling up their criticism against governmental corruption and the attorney general’s handling of the Netanyahu investigations. Instead of being discouraged by the arrests and clashes with the police, more and more citizens are leaving their comfort zone and taking their protest to the street.
Oded Shalom 23:40 , 10.07.17
With the quiet surrounding Gaza since Operation Protective Edge always on the verge of ending, communities surrounding the Strip make efforts to implement the lessons learned following the operation, and do their best to prepare themselves for the all-but-certain reoccurrence of war.
Matan Tzuri 21:14 , 08.07.17
In a farewell interview, Dave Sharma, Australia's ambassador to Israel, talks about the security ties between the two countries and the need for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement both sides would benefit from, and announces that 'by the end of 2018, it will be possible to fly from Tel Aviv to Sydney directly.'
Itamar Eichner 21:16 , 06.07.17
Yana Sofovich and Ronen Bergman take James Bond’s flagship car for a wild ride on Israel’s roads, leaving the stunned drivers behind them in the dust. On the way, they look back at the slightly less heroic cars that have starred in the real world of Israeli intelligence. Here’s what they can reveal, for your eyes only.
Yana Sofovich, Ronen Bergman 20:46 , 05.07.17
Amid threats to withdraw donations to Israel following the government’s approval of the Conversion Bill and decision to freeze the plan for an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, visiting leaders of America’s Jewish organizations say Prime Minister Netanyahu must decide ‘if he wants a pluralistic state or a halachic state.’
Nechama Duek 23:26 , 04.07.17
From Israel’s largest organic farm, run by the ‘inventor of outposts,’ to Jericho, where residents are letting go of the dream to become the next Dubai; from the pre-army academy in Eli, to the crowded crossings, where thousands of Palestinian laborers shove their way into Israel; and between Palestinian stone throwers and soldiers who just want to get back to their base.
Oded Shalom 23:40 , 03.07.17
After finding out that her uncle had been an officer aboard a UK destroyers that forced Holocaust survivors sailing to Israel aboard the Exodus to return to Europe, violinist Verity Steele seeks to make amends by accompanying Shuli Natan as she sings Jerusalem of Gold during ceremony commemorating 70 years since freedom in to-be Israel was denied to the Nazis’ victims.
Yaniv Halili & Israel Moskowitz 19:04 , 03.07.17
A study of almost 100 textbooks used in ultra-Orthodox education institutions finds exclusion of women and noticeable absence of Mizrahi Jews, even at Shas schools, while the leftists are to blame for the security situation and Zionists and Reformists are seen as the enemy.
Itay Ilnai, Yehuda Shohat 23:37 , 01.07.17
Israel offers incentives to adopt its curriculum; officials acknowledge gaps between east and west Jerusalem; many east Jerusalem schools badly need funding; 'Palestine, Israel—I don't care. I just want to go to university.'
Reuters 11:11 , 30.06.17
Salim Hudaifah was an officer in the Syrian regime's army and 27 years ago defected to the West. 'Israel can help us more,' he says. 'The treatment of the wounded has improved its image, but it is limited because the Arab media does not report it.' Assad and ISIS, he is sure, are cooperating behind the scenes.
Itamar Eichner 23:23 , 27.06.17
As he marks his 80th birthday, Israel’s former chief rabbi is officially retiring after 56 years of activity, including two terms as the Tel Aviv city rabbi. In a special interview, he talks about the Shabbat wars in his city, the Pride Parade, the religionization of the IDF and his memories from Buchenwald, which follow him wherever he goes.
Amira Lam 23:33 , 24.06.17
20 years later, the IDF finally confirms Hezbollah was able to intercept intelligence while being transmitted from Israeli drone, giving it advance knowledge of naval commando operation deep inside Lebanon. The Shayetet 13 force was ambushed by the terror group, losing 11 soldiers.
Alex Fishman 23:48 , 21.06.17
From a monk’s simple and enchanting illustration, through the French diplomat who omitted all Muslim sites from his ‘accurate’ map, to the Spanish Jesuit scholar who sketched elements that were archaeologically confirmed later on: Dr. Milka Levy-Rubin of the National Library of Israel explores Jerusalem’s different transformations as they were seen by Christian pilgrims, researchers and scholars.
Tali Farkash 18:24 , 19.06.17
Analysis: ISIS and Hamas contended for responsibility for the Friday attack in Jerusalem, but all the signs show that this is a spontaneous local terrorist cell; Israel responds in a measured manner with the main goal being to isolate the terrorists and their families and not to harm the population; Maybe not a full-blown intifada, but Israel is still suffering from a wave of terror.
Ron Ben-Yishai 19:34 , 17.06.17
As children bathe in a natural pool on the Israeli side of the southern Golan Heights, an Islamic State fighter teaches Syrian kids on the other side how to fire an assault rifle. Ynet’s correspondent joins a Givati patrol unit as it crosses the fence in the most dangerous and explosive region, where the IDF is preparing for the possible infiltration of dozens of ISIS terrorists.
Yoav Zitun 23:42 , 15.06.17
After two relatively quiet years, a collaboration between radical Yitzhar settlers and groups of teens living in outposts in the Binyamin region has led to the renewal of violent attacks against Palestinians, left-wing activists and members of the security forces. If the political echelon and settler leadership fail to act soon, Shin Bet officials warn, a second Duma murder is only a matter of time.
Alex Fishman 10:34 , 14.06.17
'The Temple Mount is in our hands!' are the immortal words uttered in the Six-Day War by the then-commander of the Paratroopers Brigade; 50 years on, that unit is more respected than any other infantry brigade; however, despite their training for it, the only time they've actually parachuted into battle was in 1956; commanding officers argue the training has psychological importance for the troops.
The Media Line 10:18 , 10.06.17
She comes from a former Israeli anti-Orthodox family, he grew up in an assimilated family, and together they embarked on a different kind of journey to connect to their Jewish roots. After years of criticizing Israel’s policy in the territories, Michael Chabon and Ayelet Waldman—the supercouple of the American world of literature—are now trying to cope with a new reality in the United States.
Elad Zeret 12:08 , 09.06.17
When the relatives of a Palestinian baby whose mother was seriously injured in a road accident sought nurse Ula Ostrowski-Zak’s help in finding someone to breastfeed him, she didn’t think twice and offered to do it herself. Later on, she used Facebook to enlist dozens of other Jewish women who volunteered to hug the nine-month-old boy and care for his family. ‘It was very natural and felt like the right thing to do,’ she says.
Yael Friedson, Elior Levy 20:04 , 07.06.17
His name was Zalman Shapiro, a member of a family of Holocaust survivors living in America; only now, a year after his death, did his great secret see the light of day: nuclear batteries he invented were used to operate secret listening equipment the IDF planted in enemy territory.
Ronen Bergman 23:30 , 06.06.17
Fifty years after the Six-Day War, the IDF Archive releases pictures taken during and after the battles, as well as segments from the Central Command chief’s journal and aerial shots of the battle zones before the war.
Yaron Druckman 23:29 , 05.06.17
New details emerge about a last-resort contingency plan prepared by Brig. Gen. Yitzhak Yaakov to detonate a nuclear device in the middle of the Sinai desert as a warning to Egyptian President Nasser; 'The goal was to plant a nuclear device on a hilltop in the Abu-Ageila area, and to blow it up when the prime minister gives the order to do so,' Yaakov says in series of interviews that were banned for publication by Israeli Military Censorship, but excerpts of which have been made public by a US think tank.
Ronen Bergman 20:46 , 05.06.17
They emigrated from the Soviet Union to Israel but were frightened by the economic and financial difficulties; some 70,000 Russian-speaking Jews now live in Canada, where they are connecting to Judaism, which had been previously left behind.
Lori Stadtmauer 23:26 , 04.06.17
While the IAF was welcoming new F-35 aircraft, the old tried-and-true F15I was returning from another operation against Hamas and Hezbollah; from carrying out assaults in Gaza without harming a single civilian to flying sorties over the northern skies. Here's a look at the IAF's 69th Squadron.
Yoav Zitun 15:32 , 01.06.17