Once one of the Middle East's most vibrant, ancient communities, Iraq's Jewish population now numbers in the single digits, as most of its members came to Israel; 'We kept our tradition, but it's not the joy you feel in Israel,' says one Iraq Jew; Iraqis nevertheless nostalgic for a time country was 'mosaic' of minorities, says another.
Reuters 22:27 , 21.04.18
After losing 36 of his comrades in a single battle, Yossi Sidkoni says he had difficulties revisiting the battleground for months; now, he accompanies his granddaughter in the trenches of Ammunition Hill, recounting the fight that almost cost him his life.
Hadar Gil-Ad 23:36 , 17.04.18
A collection of letters donated by the family of a Jewish-American officer who took part in the liberation of several Nazi concentration camps during World War II depicts shock at witnessing full scale of Holocaust atrocities, as well as survivors' need for retribution.
Amir Alon 17:33 , 12.04.18
85-year-old Mireille Knoll was stabbed to death in her Paris apartment by her Muslin neighbor, who she had known since he was a child. Despite the tragedy, her granddaughter Keren—an intelligence officer in the IDF—continues believing in a world in which people won't lose their lives just because they were born Jewish.
Keren Brosh 20:27 , 11.04.18
The Israeli army scored a significant achievement in the last two Fridays' clashes: It stopped Palestinian protestors from breaking through the fence, it prevented the situation from deteriorating to a comprehensive conflict and it didn’t violate Israeli communities' holiday routine with Code Red alarms. This achievement also proves that Hamas can gain full control on the ground when it wants to.
Nahum Barnea 23:50 , 08.04.18
Observers in operation rooms along the border are tasked with monitoring the security fence and alerting the troops on the ground to any suspicious movement; it's their job to distinguish between armed terrorists, main instigators of rioting, uninvolved protesters, shepherds, and Palestinian workers trying to cross illegally.
Yoav Zitun 23:51 , 07.04.18
Ahead of another week of mass protests near the Gaza border Friday, locals speak about conditions pushing them to risk their lives protesting; 'If I was wounded or became a martyr, my family would be proud,' says high school student; other residents speak of a sense of purpose protests afford them, as they congregate in encampment to await Friday's clashes.
Associated Press 23:54 , 05.04.18
Among Polish nationalists, Jan Gross, a retired Princeton professor who has researched and documented Polish abuses during and after WWII of Jews, is not welcome, but he is determined to continue his research, however uncomfortable.
Associated Press 14:42 , 04.04.18
After suppressing traumatic memories for years, soldiers who greeted asylum seekers in Israel after their long journey in the deserts of Africa have decided to share their experiences; ‘While I was on guard duty, I saw the Egyptians placing them in a row and executing them,’ Staff Sgt. Nir Leibler recalls; ‘One woman was full of scars on her body from melted plastic and cigarettes,’ First Lt. Eliana Bastiaans says.
Amir Alon 23:50 , 27.03.18
Ynet and Yedioth Ahronoth investigation reveals that what was supposed to serve as an interim solution for an equal share of the burden has turned into a lawless system: Instead of doing what they have been assigned to do, most Haredi civilian service volunteers get hundreds to thousands of shekels a month and go on with their daily life.
Yehuda Shohat, Ariela Sternbach 18:08 , 24.03.18
In late 2007, less than a month after the Israeli attack, Ynet correspondent Ron Ben-Yishai traveled to Syria and reached mere hundreds of meters away from the destroyed nuclear reactor. A decade later, he recounts the cover story he used, the tour of the hostile country and his conversations with the Syrian citizens.
Ron Ben-Yishai 05:00 , 21.03.18
They came to Israel from African countries after a long and exhausting journey, filed a request for asylum and now they may find themselves deported. In the meantime, they have to support themselves with grunt work that often exposes them to exploitation.
Meital R. Fishman 22:29 , 20.03.18
While many Palestinian university students interviewed for this story were not in favor of clashing with the IDF, saying their leadership is using them as tools in a political game, others wore their time in Israeli prison as a badge of honor and one even asserted the only answer is to 'stab, shoot or kill Israelis.'
The Media Line 14:27 , 17.03.18
Despite commitments by Moscow in the 1980s that it would dispose of its chemical weapons and refrain from developing them, Israel attempted to inform the Kremlin that its chief scientist was secretly selling development know-how to the Syrians. When the warnings were ignored, the scientist mysteriously died on a plane.
Ronen Bergman 23:31 , 16.03.18
As a young navigator with Alaska Airlines, Elgen Long volunteered to airlift 1,800 endangered Jews from Yemen to Israel in 1949, taking part in 12 separate airlifts; now, at 91, he came to visit the descendants of those he saved in Israel for the first time and reminisced about the clandestine mission; 'We flew nonstop, and did not file any flight plan, it was all secret,' he recounted.
Ahiya Raved 19:39 , 10.03.18
Ryan Ali Yazdi is an Iranian Shiite Muslim, and a prominent member of the pro-Israeli Students Supporting Israel group, combating BDS across campuses; 'Each generation has a new form of anti-Semitism. In the past it was Nazi death camps, and today, it's Iran and the ayatollahs,' he declares, recalling his marvel at visiting Israel and seeing IDF soldiers helping wounded in Syrian civil war; Israel's rebirth 'one of the more important milestones in humanity's history,' he states.
Itamar Eichner 19:13 , 10.03.18
As some 8,000 Ethiopian Jews wait in Gondar and Addis Ababa to reunite with family members who already made Aliyah to Israel, government expected to vote on issue next week, but no funds have been allocated for it in 2019 state budget.
Associated Press 09:52 , 10.03.18
After a three-day crisis that rocked the Christian world and led to the unprecedented closure of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, church leaders offer a rare peek into their headquarters; ‘We have been here since the Byzantine era,’ they say. ‘The demand to pay municipal taxes now is inconceivable.’ Meanwhile, despite criticism from senior state officials, Mayor Nir Barkat stands to gain politically from the international scandal he created.
Ynet reporters 23:50 , 09.03.18
While number of qualified, educated women in Gaza Strip has grown considerably, security realities make chances for finding work slim; unemployment has dire effects, leading to depression, drug abuse, suicide; Israel must recognize legitimate needs of women, allow them greater freedom of movement, says report for International Women's Day.
Elior Levy 11:45 , 07.03.18
Released minutes of General Staff Forum meeting from November 22, 1977 reveal optimism following Egyptian president's historic visit, yet criticism against Begin and Sadat’s Knesset speeches; ‘Neither side showed any flexibility,’ says Northern Command chief Avigdor Ben-Gal, while IDF Chief of Staff Mordechai Gur talks about a notion to ‘prepare the war reserve stores unit for war.’
Yaron Druckman 23:47 , 03.03.18
In third part of special series of interviews, Palestinian terrorists released from Israeli prisons in 2013 talk about the Fatah-Hamas rivalry after the Gaza takeover, the internal politics that shaped the list of prisoners released in the Shalit deal, and their admiration for the families of kidnapped IDF soldiers.
Elior Levy 23:42 , 23.02.18
In second part of special series of interviews, Palestinian terrorists released from Israeli prisons in 2013 talk about the brutal internal punishment system against prisoners accused of violence against fellow inmates or of tipping off wardens—from denying a prisoner’s right to buy at the canteen to killing collaborators.
Elior Levy 23:46 , 22.02.18
After losing their husbands Raziel and Itamar to terror one after the other, Yael Shevah and Miriam Ben Gal talk about the pain that brought them together. ‘During Raziel’s shiva, I really wanted to hug Yael but didn’t feel close enough,’ Miriam says. ‘Now you’re close,’ Yael replies, ‘and I feel I don’t want us to be apart.’
Yifat Erlich 23:48 , 16.02.18
In a special series of interviews, terrorists who were released in 2013 as part of an Israeli gesture to PA President Abbas tell Ynet about the murders they committed before the Oslo Agreements were signed, the ‘Israelization’ process they went through in jail and the impact of the second intifada; ‘When I heard about the Sbarro attack, I cried,’ one of them says.
Elior Levy 17:20 , 15.02.18
After a long-standing debate and objections from senior General Staff members, Defense Minister Lieberman has decided—in full agreement with Chief of Staff Eisenkot—to build a surface-to-surface missile arsenal in the Ground Forces; within two years, Israel Military Industries will supply missiles with a range of 150 kilometers and the ability to destroy any target within five minutes, which will later be joined by missiles covering all of Lebanon and reaching deep into Syria as well.
Alex Fishman 23:33 , 09.02.18
Huge donations, aiding organizations with a distinct agenda, an attempt to change the public discourse in Israel with foreign money: The Tikvah Fund, which promotes a US Republican worldview through research institutions, seminars and media outlets with a clear right-wing ideology, is being accused by Religious Zionism circles of turning a cold shoulder to the disadvantaged, underrepresenting women and deepening the rift among the Jewish people.
Guy Lieberman 18:12 , 05.02.18
Amid the rugged Mt. Carmel forests, troops learn to make use of food, fuel, medical supplies from Lebanese population, fix weapons mid-battle; Fact that Hezbollah is now a more professional, conventional, highly trained army, not militia, seen as advantage for IDF.
Yoav Zitun 17:58 , 04.02.18
American businessman Joey Low has invested millions of dollars in Israel PR efforts over the years, but the Israeli decision to deport some 40,000 Africans has gotten him very upset and disappointed. ‘The government is doing things which are so against the traditional Jewish values of welcoming the stranger and taking in those who are in need,’ he says.
Attila Somfalvi 23:44 , 03.02.18
Amid the threat of Hamas or Hezbollah kidnapping Israeli citizens or soldiers to be used as bargaining chips to release security prisoners, elite IDF units train at Counter Terror School, where they work to improve cooperation between snipers and the 'monkeys' who storm into buildings to rescue hostages.
Yoav Zitun 14:32 , 02.02.18
After losing thousands of its fighters in Iraq and Syria, the Shiite organization is boosting its presence in Lebanese villages along the Israel border, undeterred by the high walls being built by Israeli engineering forces. 'In a spur-of-the-moment decision, they could hurl an explosive device at us or fire from a passing vehicle,' battalion commander says.
Yoav Zitun 12:06 , 01.02.18
As a child who had lost his entire family before and during World War Two, Pesach Anderman hid in forests and barns in Ukraine in the freezing cold. After immigrating to Israel, he fought in the battle for Gush Etzion and was held captive in Jordan for nearly a year. Now, at the age of 88 and becoming a leading Israeli industrialist, he is finally sharing the story of his life and the horrors of the Holocaust with both Germans and IDF soldiers.
Assaf Kamar 16:35 , 31.01.18
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