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The president's itinerary
Iron Dome, Yad Vashem, Maccabiah, Bethlehem: Biden’s 2 days in Israel and West Bank
Biden to tour Israeli security installations, including new laser defense system; is set to become 1st US president to visit a site in Palestinian East Jerusalem outside Old City
Biden staff touch down in Israel as country gears up for US presidential visit
Herzog to honor Biden with Presidential Medal of Honor next week
Paying the penalties: The stranger-than-fiction rise and fall of Beitar Jerusalem
The fate of the sharply controversial soccer team hangs in the balance once again after yet another owner becomes embroiled in scandal and legal imbroglios
First call for five years between PA chief and an Israeli PM
Rare dialogue: Ahead of Biden visit, Lapid, Herzog hold phone calls with PA’s Abbas
Israeli leaders wish Palestinian Authority president a happy Eid al-Adha, stressing need for cooperation and calm; calls come day after Abbas hosts Gantz in Ramallah
Gantz meets PA’s Abbas to discuss security coordination ahead of Biden visit
IDF says shots fired at military posts near Nablus; no injuries
Former Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe assassinated
Abe gunned down while giving a campaign speech in western Japan, dies soon after, sparking an outpouring of shock from world leaders
Israeli leaders express shock at assassination of ex-Japanese PM Shinzo Abe
From the blogs
Liberal Jews in the Rebbe’s Christian America
As the vision of neutrality in the public sphere is defeated, all Jews – not just Chabad – will need a strategy to compete in the marketplace of religion
Western Wall rabbi denounces violence at prayers, urges ‘all sides’ to respect site
Judah Ari Gross
The rabbi of the Western Wall spoke out on Thursday against violence at the holy site but appeared to blame "all sides" for the issue, a week after ultra-Orthodox extremists overran the egalitarian plaza of the site, disrupting services. In his statement, which was issued in English, Rabbi...
Orthodox leader pledges to teach pluralism after zealots overrun egalitarian prayers
Judah Ari Gross
Rioting by Haredi extremists causes damage to construction of Jerusalem light rail
Lapid to IDF officers: Our mission is to restore trust in democracy, IDF, each other
In his first speech as prime minister at an official ceremony, Yair Lapid said on Thursday that Israel is “stronger, more sophisticated, and tougher” than its enemies, but that it must work to "restore trust" in state institutions. “Israel is stronger than all its enemies, and we will not hesitate to use force...
Poll shows Netanyahu-led bloc winning 61 seats, enabling government formation
Bennett torpedoes Zandberg’s bid to appoint ex-Meretz leader Beilin as parks chief
‘Annexation is the end of the Jewish state’
Gunning to lead Meretz, Yair Golan looks to refocus the left around a single flag
With progressive causes spread too thin, MK and ex-IDF deputy chief aims to rally around separating from Palestinians, while rehabbing perception of left and its electoral standing
What Biden and Lapid have in common
They share political temperament and policy priorities – but will their chemistry lead to progress on the two vexing issues, Iran and the Palestinians?
The mysterious ‘passage of Balaam’
How much has been lost because written works of value never made it from the ancient world to the modern day? (Balak)
Israel asks Saudi Arabia to allow direct flights for Muslim pilgrims on way to Mecca
Kingdom currently allows pilgrims from Israel but requires them to travel through a third country; direct flights from Tel Aviv would cut costs by half, says Minister Esawi Frej
US aims to close island transfer, Saudi normalization steps before Biden trip
Coalition collapse could impede concessions for Palestinians ahead of Biden trip
Verdict - heavy-hitting action, but light on substance
Not even Hebrew hammer Natalie Portman can save Marvel’s ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
Now in theaters, the latest soon-to-be blockbuster is entertaining – but with repetitive jokes and a juvenile tone, it’s not bad that it’s the franchise’s shortest feature in years
Times Will Tell
Podcast: Author Faye Kellerman talks books, crime and characters
The bestselling crime writer discusses ‘The Hunt,’ the last in her Decker/Lazarus series
US court rejects Roy Moore’s $95 million lawsuit against Sacha Baron Cohen
Judges say Jewish comedian’s use of ‘pedophile detecting device’ on Alabama judge accused of misconduct was ‘clearly comedy’
Belfast, a broken menorah, listening to survivors: Johnson’s notable Jewish moments
The outgoing PM proved warmly disposed to UK Jews and a friend of Israel, changing Britain’s voting pattern at the UN
UK’s Johnson digs in for final weeks as potential successors jostle for position
Who could replace Boris Johnson as UK’s next prime minister?
Ukraine warns Israelis against Uman pilgrimage this fall amid Russian invasion
Israel’s Foreign Ministry says it is ‘premature’ to make any final decisions, while ultra-Orthodox figures defiant that traditional Rosh Hashanah gathering will go ahead
‘I could not remain silent’: Moscow’s chief rabbi says he left over war in Ukraine
Blinken shuns Lavrov at G20 summit, demanding Russia ‘let the grain out’ of Ukraine
'I'm Jewish, not Italian; was denied in a country club once'
James Caan, ‘Godfather’ and ‘Misery’ star, son of German Jews, dies at 82
Oscar-nominated actor toured Etzion Bloc in 2016, urged Israel not to withdraw to 1967 lines; in 2019’s ‘Holy Lands,’ played retired cardiologist who moves to Israel to raise pigs
Diphtheria in Australia, like polio in Israel, is collateral cost of pandemic
Polio. Diphtheria. After two-plus years of the COVID pandemic, childhood vaccines are taking a hit and diseases long gone from the West are once again rearing their heads. In chilling news from New South Wales, Australia, reports emerged in recent days that two children have been hospitalized with diphtheria. The disease had been absent in...
Health Ministry touts 99% polio vaccination rate among babies
Without budging on Iran or Palestinians, Macron offers Lapid an important gift
At first blush, Yair Lapid should have had an easy time coming out of his initial trip abroad as prime minister with tangible accomplishments. It was a one-day trip to Paris to meet with his close friend, French President Emmanuel Macron -- the diplomatic equivalent of a layup. Lapid and Macron have a warm personal relationship stretching back before either of...
EU envoy calls for ‘international pressure’ to halt evictions of Palestinians
Israel grants residency visa to US rabbi convicted of sexually assaulting students
Herzog calls Erdogan with holiday blessings, lauds warming ties between nations
UK grants $600,000 lifeline to turn old Welsh synagogue into Jewish cultural hub
Father of Bedouin charged with espionage: ‘If he did it, he should be punished’
Man shot to death in northern town amid unrelenting deadly crime wave
IDF, police bust gun-running operation on Jordanian border, seize 12 handguns
Key witness at Netanyahu trial files police complaint against journalist for doxxing
Planning committee approves two new Jewish villages on Golan Heights
PA premier Shtayyeh claims Israel conducting ‘lab experiments’ on Palestinian bodies
UAE court hands Israeli woman life imprisonment after death sentence struck down
Polish officials found to be targeted with Israeli NSO group’s spyware
Hold your hummus: Global chickpea supply could drop 20% this year
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