Israeli Society

Israel’s Christian population grows to 177,000 citizens

Friday, December 27, 2019

The Christian population of Israel currently stands at approximately 177,000 citizens, or 2% of the overall population, according to data published by the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) ahead of Christmas. Last year, the population grew by 1.5%, compared to 2.2% in 2017. Over three-quarters (77.5%) of Christians living in Israel are Arabs, the CBS … Read More

Jewish Agency: 250,000 immigrants in past decade

Friday, December 27, 2019

In 2019 alone, 34,000 immigrants have come to Israel, up 18% from last year and one of the best years over the past decade. More than 250,000 immigrants reached Israel from 150 countries in the past decade, the Jewish Agency reports. Russia, the Ukraine, France the US and Ethiopia were the leading countries in terms … Read More

Israel, Greece, Cyprus to sign major pipeline deal in January

Thursday, December 26, 2019

(December 23, 2019 / JNS) The governments of Cyprus, Greece and Israel plan to sign an agreement next month for a pipeline project to ship gas from the Mediterranean to Europe, the Greek prime minister’s office announced on Sunday, the AP reported. The proposed pipeline system will take Israeli natural gas to the Greek island … Read More

Saudi journalist claims citizenship was revoked because of support for Israel

Monday, December 23, 2019

(December 22, 2019 / JNS) A Saudi journalist claims that his support for normalized ties between Saudi Arabia and Israel is the reason why the Saudi government has revoked his and his family’s citizenship. Abdul Hameed al-Ghabin told The Media Line that he was not officially told why their citizenship was revoked, and the Saudi … Read More

UAE foreign minister tweets article about Israel, Arab alliance

Monday, December 23, 2019

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation for the United Arab Emirates, tweeted an article supporting an emerging alliance of Arab states with Israel. He tweeted from his personal account to his 4.6 million followers. The tweet repeated the headline of the article: “Islam’s reformation, an Arab-Israeli alliance is … Read More

Netanyahu, Friedman light first Hanukkah candle at Western Wall

Monday, December 23, 2019

(December 23, 2019 / JNS) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman lit a menorah at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on Sunday night to commemorate the first night of Hanukkah. At the lighting ceremony, the prime minister said, “2,200 years ago, the Maccabees fought the war of liberation for … Read More

Rivlin hosts bar and bat mitzvah children traumatized by terror attacks

Friday, December 20, 2019

‘The people of Israel are with you,’ President Reuven Rivlin tells the children in a moving ceremony. As a society, we try to prevent children from witnessing tragedy, which is why it is so heartbreaking to see children who have experienced the horrors of terrorism. Recognizing this, President Reuven Rivlin on Thursday evening hosted his … Read More

Two-meter high menorah lands at the Western Wall ahead of Hanukkah

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

The preparations for Hanukkah at the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem kicked off on Tuesday with the installation of the traditional massive menorah, which will be lit every night during the holiday. The menorah is made of bronze, reaches over two meters high and is about two meters wide, according to a … Read More

Immigration to Israel on way to passing last year’s numbers

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The number of immigrants to Israel this year is on the way to topping the 2018 figures, according to the government. Some 27,300 people have made aliyah through October, according to figures released by the Central Bureau of Statistics, The Times of Israel reported Monday. In all of 2018, more than 28,000 … Read More

First Israeli cycling team in Tour de France will promote ‘Start-Up Nation’

Friday, December 13, 2019

(December 12, 2019 / JNS) Israel Cycling Academy (ICA) just announced a partnership with Start-Up Nation Central (SNC), a Tel Aviv-based nonprofit that connects international companies with Israeli innovation. Under the name “Israel Start-Up Nation,” the team will compete on cycling’s biggest stage as a new entrant in the World Tour. As a result, it … Read More