Arab Israeli who glided into Syria to join Islamic State flies home, is arrested

An Arab Israeli man from the central Israeli town of Jaljulia who crossed into Syria on a hang glider in order to join the Islamic State terror group in 2015 returned to Israel last month and was immediately placed under…

After two-year purge, Turkey to end state of emergency

ISTANBUL, Turkey (AFP) — Turkey’s state of emergency which was imposed after the failed 2016 coup is to end Wednesday but the opposition fears it will be replaced by even more repressive legislative measures. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan declared the…

Pence, Pompeo urged Trump to ‘make clarifications’ on Russia meddling – report

US Vice President Mike Pence and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo together urged US President Donald Trump to make clear his position on Russian interference in the 2016 elections after Trump drew a storm of criticism for apparently clearing…

China’s Soybean Tariffs Won’t Succeed With Their Political Purpose

China retaliated to Trump’s tariffs by imposing its own against the US, one of which concerns soy exports that’s being interpreted as an attack against the President’s base. Practically all observers agree that China’s decision to target the US’ soy…

Deal reached to evacuate pro-regime Syria towns, watchdog says

BEIRUT, Lebanon (AFP) — A deal was reached on Tuesday for the evacuation of two pro-regime towns in Syria, allowing thousands to leave after three years of encirclement by hardline rebels. Fu’ah and Kafriya are the last remaining towns under…

Hungary’s controversial Orban to begin two-day Israel visit Wednesday

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban is set to arrive in Israel Wednesday for a two-day visit in the country, marking his first time in the Jewish state, in a follow-up to last year’s visit to Budapest by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The trip…

The Daily Stormer forced to take down Pepe the Frog images

When cartoonist Matt Furie drew Pepe the Frog for a comic series, all he meant to do was create an amphibian pothead. But the cartoon frog, with a chubby face and half-closed eyes, was appropriated by the “alt-right,” whose members turned him into a mascot…

Israeli Jew and Yemenite Muslim a musical match that could only be made in NY

NEW YORK — Even in a place like New York City, Ravid Kahalani’s distinct look doesn’t go unnoticed. Strutting down the streets of the Big Apple, the Israeli-born Yemen Blues project founder wears a gold blouse, pointed leather shoes, an African-inspired…

Jewish professor beaten by police says he’ll keep coming back to Germany

(JTA) — Yitzhak Melamed was accosted by an anti-Semite and then beaten by German police while in the city of Bonn for a lecture last week. The attacks left the Jewish professor’s face bleeding, his glasses broken — and his…

Driving ambition

Image copyright Getty ImagesImage caption Jenson Button wants to reverse an international shortage of recruits into engineering Jenson Button may be a Formula One world champion, but a lack of engineering skills nearly ended his career in its infancy. The…

Rose gold rising

Image copyright Stella Lunardy CoutureImage caption Why are shoppers so obsessed with rose gold? Walk along a fashionable street, from London to Jakarta, and you’re likely to see passers-by wearing at least one item of rose gold clothing, or carrying…

Why we need a definition of ‘genocide’

What constitutes “genocide,” and why does it matter? The question hovers over the conflict in Syria, which has raged for seven years and counting. While most observers describe it as a civil war, the debate on using the phrase “genocide”…

Midnight ‘false alarm’ sends Golan residents running to shelters

Incoming rocket sirens blared across the Israeli Golan Heights in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning, sending residents of the area scrambling to bomb shelters in what was later determined to have been a false alarm, the army said. The…

An all-female Orthodox ambulance corps gets a film of their own

JTA — Like many heavily Orthodox sections of Brooklyn, Borough Park has been served for decades by an all-male volunteer ambulance corps called Hatzalah. The corps caters to a religious Jewish community with particular needs and customs — including one…

Iran ‘preparing’ to enrich uranium if nuclear deal fails, official says

TEHRAN, Iran — Iran is ready to boost its uranium enrichment to higher levels if talks with Europe on salvaging the nuclear deal fail, a top official said Tuesday. “We have of course adopted some measures in order to prepare the…

Trump backtracks after uproar, says he misspoke on Russian meddling

WASHINGTON (AP) — Blistered by bipartisan condemnation of his embrace of a longtime US enemy, President Donald Trump sought Tuesday to “clarify” his public undermining of American intelligence agencies, saying he had misspoken when he said he saw no reason…

Amid comeback talk, Ehud Barak sees ‘historic possibility’ to replace Netanyahu

In cryptic comments possibly signaling plans for a political comeback, former prime minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday there existed a “real, historic possibility” to replace the “dark, nationalist government” of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with one that promises hope and…

In recording, Netanyahu boasts Israel convinced Trump to quit Iran nuclear deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu boasted that Israel was responsible for US President Donald Trump’s decision to quit the Iran nuclear deal in a video clip aired Tuesday by Israeli television. In the video, which the Kan public broadcaster said was…