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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.

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

ARMENIA ANNOUNCES IT WILL OPEN EMBASSY IN ISRAEL

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

International Space Station makes rare visit to Holy Land’s skies

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

The International Space Station has been spotted over Israeli skies and will reappear for another 10 days. The flyby took place overnight on Friday and Saturday, where a bright dot that astronomers confirmed was the ISS streaked across the Jerusalem night sky. It was seen over the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. Follow Israel … Read More

From green to black: Incendiary balloons leave Israeli farmers with heavy hearts

Friday, September 13, 2019

The hot summer days are especially tense for farmers living in the Israeli towns around the Gaza Strip. The cause of their troubles: incendiary balloons. These devices, launched from Gaza, have been drifting over the border since the situation escalated almost two years ago. These airborne incendiary devices often land on farmers’ fields, which catch … Read More

Israeli, Jewish organizations provide disaster relief to storm-stricken Bahamas

Thursday, September 5, 2019

(September 4, 2019 / JNS) Several Jewish and Israeli humanitarian aid groups are providing aid or relief teams to the Bahamas following the catastrophic devastation unleashed by Hurricane Dorian. The storm struck the Bahamas as a powerful Category 5 storm on Sunday with wind gusts up to 220 mile per hour and a 23-foot storm … Read More

Israel sends group to help Brazil battle Amazon fires

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Eleven-member team of firefighters and rescuers to assist local authorities with search-and-rescue operations as Bolsonaro feuds with Europe on environmental issues. Israel announced Tuesday it was sending a delegation of experts on natural disasters to help Brazil combat the fires ravaging its Amazon basin. “An Israeli delegation of firefighters and rescue experts is leaving for … Read More

Netanyahu offers Brazil help in fighting devastating Amazon fires

Monday, August 26, 2019

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke late Sunday with Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, offering Israeli assistance in battling the devastating fires burning across the Amazon region that have caused global alarm. Netanyahu’s office said Israel would send a shipment of flame-retarding chemicals and noted that the prime minister had praised Bolsonaro for his decision to send … Read More

Amazon tests waters in Israel with website to attract local sellers

Thursday, August 22, 2019

E-commerce giant Amazon on Wednesday launched a Hebrew-language website to recruit local Israeli companies to sell their products via Amazon.com, the latest step toward launching a local business in the country. Sites such as Amazon have become increasingly popular in Israel where the cost of living is high, but locals currently have to order from … Read More