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White House Senior Official: Hamas Won’t Be in Government without Recognizing Israel

'For too long, Hamas has exploited the people of Gaza as hostages and shields, bullying them into submission.'

Watch: Arab Dentists Sent by Israel to Conference in Colombia Sing Palestinian Rather than...

Palestine is my home, and the path of my triumphal / Palestine is my home, Palestine is my fire,

Report: Orthodox Justice Defied Supreme Court’s Directive, Participated in Gush Etzion Liberation Ceremony

Recently retired Justice Elyakim Rubinstein, also an Orthodox Jew, told Army Radio he saw no problem in his former colleague's attending the ceremony as a private person.

Israel to Share ‘Confidential and Secure’ Biometric Database with US

For the first time, Israel is willing to reach understandings with the United States over its fingerprint database, an agreement it rejected in the past.

IDF Steps Up Bedouin Recruitment Efforts

The number of Bedouins volunteering for IDF service currently stands at around 450 per year.

North Korean Ship Caught Delivering Weapons to Egypt

The UN labeled the incident the “largest seizure of ammunition in the history of sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.”

Teen Volunteers Build Succot For Elderly

This year, volunteers will erect and dismantle some 250 Sukkot around the country.

Mossad: Iran Still Tops Agency’s Agenda

Prime Minister Netanyahu saluted the Mossad operatives for their “bravery, professionalism, planning and execution.”

Israel Silent on Palestinian Authority Unity as Hamdallah Visits Gaza

“There is no such thing as a moderate Hamas," he said. "They are not abandoning the notion of violence against Israel."

Israel Innovation Authority: Israeli Economy Losing Momentum with Slow Hi-Tech Hiring

'If we do not act to leapfrog [non-hi-tech] industries forward – the gap between the hi-tech industry and traditional economy will only increase.'

Israeli Olympic Winner Yarden Gerbi Retiring from Judo

One year after winning a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics, the Israeli judoka says, 'The fire inside me has gone out.'

5 Arrested for Smuggling Phones to Security Prisoners in Soft Drink Packages

Police say the smugglers were paid handsomely: from a few thousand shekels for a miniature cellphone, to the equivalent of $2,255 for a normal-size cellphone, and $4,230 for a smuggled smartphone.

11-Day Sukkot Curfew on Gaza Strip, PA

If anyone asks, this is why Israel closes off the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian Authority for the duration of Jewish holidays: to commemorate the Park Hotel massacre.

Netanyahu Apologizes for ‘Regrettable Mistake’ at Yom Kippur War Memorial Ceremony

“The government that sent our sons to this war should be expected to send a minister to the ceremony,” said Eli Ben-Shalom, chairman of Yad L’Banim.

Hezbollah’s Nasrallah Urges ‘Non-Zionist Jews’ to Flee Israel

“Netanyahu and his government do not know how the war will end if they start one."

Deri, Bennett Lead Drive for Approval of Construction of Hezkiyahu Quarter in Hebron

The plan includes 31 housing units, as well as offices for social services, kindergarten and nursery facilities, and more.

Trump Advises Tillerson: Don’t Waste Time Talking to North Korea

"I told Rex Tillerson, our wonderful Secretary of State, that he is wasting his time trying to negotiate with Little Rocket Man."

Revolutionary Ruling Permits Genetic Testing of Halachic Jewish Status

Some 40% of European Ashkenazi Jews carry a genetic mark that suggests they are the offspring of four mothers who immigrated to Europe from the Middle East a millennia ago.

Lena Dunham Embracing Judaism through Israel’s Trailblazing Poet Amichai

"While I've learned a lot, I haven't started going to temple," Dunham notes – which we applaud, because we'd much rather see her give the ol' Orthodox shul a try.

Afirmative Action: New Habayit Hayehudi Bill Gives Reservists Preference in Civil Service Hiring

'A person who serves the state and sacrifices his comfort for her sake must be awarded a significant advantage.'

United Hatzolah Treats 2,000 Medical Emergencies in Israel on Yom Kippur

The majority of the cases dealt with people who fainted, were dehydrated, or felt severely ill due to the fast.

US State Dept ‘Clarifies’ Ambassador Friedman’s Remarks on Settlements

“His comments. . . should not be read as a way to prejudge the outcome of any negotiations that the U.S. would have with the Israelis and the Palestinians."

Survey: Most Arab Citizens Have Positive Attitude to Israel

Israeli Arabs feel generally good in Israel, but “attitudes toward the institutions of the State of Israel are very critical.”

Terror Cell Planting Bomb Captured Near Kibbutz Migdal Oz

It is suspected that the terror cell also blew up a bomb in Gush Etzion while the Prime Minister was visiting this week.

Australia, New Zealand Premiers to Visit Israel in Late October

Jerusalem recalled its ambassador to Wellington after New Zealand sponsored Security Resolution 2334; full ties were resumed in June.

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