Despite enduring decades of overwhelming challenges and tragedies, Israeli society is remarkably hopeful, resilient and compassionate. This tiny nation, founded by Holocaust survivors and refugees from around the world, never hesitates to extend its help and knowledge to other people and countries in need. The Jewish principle of tikkun olam, repairing the world, through personal and national acts of generosity, love and moral leadership is why Israel will always serve as a light unto the nations.

Golda Meir’s Yom Kippur letter to bereaved families has been discovered

Wednesday, October 9, 2019

JERUSALEM — A letter of condolence to bereaved Israeli families written by then-Prime Minister Golda Meir on the eve of the Yom Kippur War has been discovered. In the years following the establishment of the Jewish state, it was customary for the prime minister to have contact with the families of killed soldiers, including sending … Read More

Israeli hospital donates equipment and knowhow to Nepal

Friday, October 4, 2019

Five physicians from Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center recently brought medical equipment to Kathmandu and shared their expertise on women’s and children’s health with the medical staffs of two local hospitals. Sponsored by the Embassy of Israel in Nepal, the Israeli team led a week of workshops and continuing medical education courses in neonatology, pediatrics, … Read More

With Kurz victory, Israel keeps good friend in Europe – analysis

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

While Jerusalem has not formally reacted to the decisive victory of Sebastian Kurz in Austria’s parliamentary election – likely because the results were announced Sunday, on Rosh Hashanah – there are certainly smiles in the Prime Minister’s Office and the Foreign Ministry since Kurz is one of Israel’s strongest supporters in Europe. Kurz, who was … Read More

Israel lets Gaza workers enter in bid to reduce tension

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Israel is quietly allowing thousands of Palestinians to enter from the Gaza Strip to conduct business and work menial jobs, apparently as part of understandings with the ruling Hamas militant group aimed at preventing a fourth war in the blockaded territory. Israel effectively revoked thousands of work-permits when it joined Egypt in imposing a crippling … Read More

Danon: Improving Gaza connected to needs of Israeli prisoners’ families

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon told the Ad Hoc Liaison Committee (AHLC) on Thursday that improving the humanitarian situation in Gaza should relate to the humanitarian needs of the families of Israelis held prisoner by Hamas. “The humanitarian deterioration in the Gaza Strip is a clear result of the Hamas regime’s control over … Read More

Year 5780: World leaders wish Jews a happy new year

Monday, September 30, 2019

An Indian Jew blows a ‘Shofar’, a musical instrument used in Jewish religious ceremonies made from the horn of a Ram during the ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony during Rosh Hashanah, the two-day Jewish New Year that began Wednesday at sunset, at a dockyard in Mumbai, India, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2007. The ‘Tashlikh’ ceremony is a long-standing Jewish … Read More

Jewish population worldwide hits 14.8 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah

Friday, September 27, 2019

(September 26, 2019 / JNS) The global Jewish population hovers around 14.8 million ahead of Rosh Hashanah, which marks the start of the Jewish new year 5780, according to estimates published by Professor Sergio Della Pergola of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the American Jewish Year Book 2019. Of this year’s nearly 15 million … Read More

Israeli baseball team qualifies for 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Monday, September 23, 2019

(September 23, 2019 / JNS) For the first time, Israel’s national baseball team will vie for gold at the Olympic Games, having qualified in a match against South Africa on Sunday, just days after Israeli gymnast Linoy Ashram secured a place in the Olympics rhythmic gymnastics contest. Former major-leaguer Danny Valencia hit a three-run home … Read More

Israel congratulates Saudi Arabia on its 89th national day

Monday, September 23, 2019

The State of Israel this week congratulated Saudi Arabia on its national day, showering the Gulf kingdom with warm wishes for peace and security, despite the absence of formal diplomatic relations between the two countries. Arabic-language Twitter accounts run by the Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem on Sunday and Monday issued at least three messages on … Read More


Friday, September 20, 2019

Armenia announced on Thursday that it intends to open an embassy in Tel Aviv, a move expected to bring the once cool ties between the two countries to a different level. “Israel is an important player in the Middle East,” Foreign Minister Zohrab Mnatsakanyan was quoted as saying in a cabinet meeting. “The opening of … Read More