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 2023-01-31 08:00 

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One-third of Amazon rainforest damaged by human activity and drought, study finds...

Researchers say the damage done to the forest, which spans nine countries, is significantly greater than previously known and spiraling out of controlResearchers say the damage done to the forest, which spans nine countries, is significantly greater than ...

 2023-01-31 07:45 

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6 Israeli restaurants ranked among 50 best in the region...

The highest Israeli representative on the list is George & John at 6; 'It's a great honor to represent Israel, especially in days like these,' says chef Tomer TalThe highest Israeli representative on the list is George & John at 6; 'It'...

 2023-01-31 06:58 

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Holocaust survivor story, fantasy novels win prestigious Jewish books for kids prize...

Sydney Taylor Book Awards go to illustrated book about genocide survivor who collected remembrances of Jewish families from her hometown, stories of dybbuks and demonsSydney Taylor Book Awards go to illustrated book about genocide survivor who collected r...

 2023-01-31 06:34 

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Two construction vehicles crash to the ground in Rishon Lezion bridge collapse...

2 workers moderately, lightly injured; incident occurred during work to demolish structure; site foreman detained for questioning by police2 workers moderately, lightly injured; incident occurred during work to demolish structure; site foreman detained fo...

 2023-01-31 06:19 

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Netanyahu to meet Macron in Paris in 2nd trip abroad since returning to office...

In a phone call between the two leaders Monday Macron expressed condolences over Friday's deadly Jerusalem terror attack and urged both sides not to 'feed the spiral of violence'In a phone call between the two leaders Monday Macron expressed c...

 2023-01-31 05:47 

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Bennett vows return to politics, urges US Jews 'don't give up on Israel'...

Former prime minister at event in New York says new government continuing his Iran policies, describes compromises Ukraine and Russia agreed to during early war negotiationsFormer prime minister at event in New York says new government continuing his Iran...

 2023-01-31 04:50 

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Death toll in Pakistan mosque blast climbs above 80...

Rescuers find more bodies buried beneath rubble, but no more survivors expected following bombing targeting police near restive Afghan border; other provinces go on high alertRescuers find more bodies buried beneath rubble, but no more survivors expected ...

 2023-01-31 04:07 

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Shedding image as bystanders to history, Ethiopian Jews reclaim their exodus saga...

Activists are highlighting the roles community leaders and others played in bringing the Beta Israel to Israel, seeking to combat racist attitudes and empower Ethiopian youthActivists are highlighting the roles community leaders and others played in bring...

 2023-01-31 04:00 

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Ben Gvir to push for death penalty bill in wake of Jerusalem attack...

Minister says anyone who harms civilians 'should be sent to the electric chair,' making case for controversial legislation that others have repeatedly failed to passMinister says anyone who harms civilians 'should be sent to the electric chair...

 2023-01-31 02:39 

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Germany returns 16th-century statuette sold off by Nazis to Jewish banker's heirs...

Sculpture of Mary and infant Jesus had belonged to Jakob Goldschmidt, a prominent businessman persecuted by the Nazis and forced to flee Germany in 1933Sculpture of Mary and infant Jesus had belonged to Jakob Goldschmidt, a prominent businessman persecute...

 2023-01-31 01:12 

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This young American couple had Scotland's first-ever queer Jewish wedding...

After meeting as teens in the spring of 2015, Han Smith and Jennifer Andreacchi eventually fell in love -- with each other and Judaism -- and converted together ahead of the huppahAfter meeting as teens in the spring of 2015, Han Smith and Jennifer Andrea...

 2023-01-31 00:42 

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Researchers unmask Ohio-based neo-Nazi homeschooling network...

State investigating antisemitic 'Dissident Homeschool Network,' which gives some 2,500 parents hate-filled resources to rear children into 'wonderful Nazis'State investigating antisemitic 'Dissident Homeschool Network,' which gives...

 2023-01-30 23:26 

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Abbas assures US security ties with Israel only partially cut, can be restored...

PA president tells CIA chief announced freeze aimed at pushing Netanyahu to moderate settlement expansion, said to fear condemning Jerusalem attack would be 'political suicide'PA president tells CIA chief announced freeze aimed at pushing Netanyah...

 2023-01-30 22:37 

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Senior officer beaten during brawl with soldiers from rival company...

Incident apparently sparked by Golani officer ordering troops to bar regional brigade's chief signal operator over insult, leading to deputy commander being stomped on inside baseIncident apparently sparked by Golani officer ordering troops to bar reg...

 2023-01-30 21:52 

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No longer mothballed, Israel's 'Air Force One' completes further test flight...

NIS 750 million 'Wing of Zion,' which took years to complete, has been the subject of intense public and government criticismNIS 750 million 'Wing of Zion,' which took years to complete, has been the subject of intense public and governmen...

 2023-01-30 21:45 

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Bill to strip Israeli citizenship from terror convicts paid by PA passes 1st reading...

Lawmakers vote 89-8 in favor of legislation that would apply measure to those convicted of terror offenses who receive payments from the Palestinian Authority for their crimesLawmakers vote 89-8 in favor of legislation that would apply measure to those co...

 2023-01-30 21:31 

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Israel said readying for Iranian retaliatory attacks that could target civilians...

Security establishment meeting to try and predict when Tehran's response to recent alleged Israeli strikes will come, preparing for possibility it will pursue targets abroadSecurity establishment meeting to try and predict when Tehran's response t...

 2023-01-30 21:13 

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'Hate will not win': Rabbi says firebombed New Jersey synagogue back to routine...

Temple Ner Tamid's students return to class day after Molotov cocktail hurled at door, as law enforcement searches for suspectTemple Ner Tamid's students return to class day after Molotov cocktail hurled at door, as law enforcement searches for su...

 2023-01-30 20:36 

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Haredi man suspected in serious injury of woman at protest 'proud' to be in jail...

In letter displayed on posters around capital's Mea Shearim neighborhood, Meir Kazav asks to be moved to a cell without a television to avoid being drawn into sinIn letter displayed on posters around capital's Mea Shearim neighborhood, Meir Kazav ...

 2023-01-30 20:36 

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Nabbed antiquities robbers cause 'heart-breaking damage' to ancient wine press...

Israel Antiquities Authority says two suspects arrested at Soger site caught 'red-handed' as they dug beneath and destroyed a 2,000-year-old mosaic floorIsrael Antiquities Authority says two suspects arrested at Soger site caught 'red-handed&#...

 2023-01-30 20:00 

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As Netanyahu talks Iran, Blinken makes US concerns over judicial reform clear...

US secretary of state speaks at length about democratic values, building consensus; PM pledges that Israel will remain strong democracy, but shifts focus to TehranUS secretary of state speaks at length about democratic values, building consensus; PM pledg...

 2023-01-30 19:47 

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Central bank calls on gov't to raise residential property tax to help housing crisis...

Bank of Israel says to increase tax on housing and cut it on land zoned for business and commerce to help encourage residential constructionBank of Israel says to increase tax on housing and cut it on land zoned for business and commerce to help encourage...

 2023-01-30 19:12 

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Israel delivers 3 more armored ambulances to Ukraine amid requests for military aid...

Bullet-proof Mercedes Sprinters join another such vehicle that arrived in Ukraine several weeks ago, equipped with monitor, defibrillator, oxygen system and other emergency gearBullet-proof Mercedes Sprinters join another such vehicle that arrived in Ukra...

 2023-01-30 18:53 

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Smotrich say Lapid's criticism of legal reforms amounts to support for BDS...

Lapid hits back: 'I was fighting BDS when Smotrich was still a hilltop youth activist,' says there is widespread agreement legal plan will take serious economic tollLapid hits back: 'I was fighting BDS when Smotrich was still a hilltop youth a...

 2023-01-30 18:18 

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70-plus US law professors warn against 'speed and scale' of planned legal overhaul...

Legal scholars say weakening judiciary's independence would pose 'dire risk' to freedom of expression, human and civil rights and efforts to reduce corruptionLegal scholars say weakening judiciary's independence would pose 'dire risk&#...

 2023-01-30 18:08 

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Diplomatically but firmly, Blinken advises Netanyahu not to harm Israeli democracy...

In shadow of PM's judicial overhaul plan, secretary reminds his host US-Israel ties have always been rooted in shared values, including protecting minority rights, justice for allIn shadow of PM's judicial overhaul plan, secretary reminds his host...

 2023-01-30 17:33 

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Knesset law committee chair rejects his own legal adviser as 'biased'...

In stormy debate on controversial plans to overhaul judiciary, MK Simcha Rothman calls on Gur Bligh to retract opinion, sparking outcry from opposition lawmakersIn stormy debate on controversial plans to overhaul judiciary, MK Simcha Rothman calls on Gur ...

 2023-01-30 17:04 

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Disposable plastics trigger culture war, testing government cohesion...

A tax on single-use tableware that took a bite out of pollution is seen by ultra-Orthodox as an assault on their community; repealing it became a priority for Haredi partiesA tax on single-use tableware that took a bite out of pollution is seen by ultra-O...

 2023-01-30 16:42 

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'Get him for Kanye': Man wearing Star of David necklace beaten at DC-area grocery...

Victim taken to hospital with concussion and broken nose; police holding 19-year-old suspect on assault and robbery, may add hate crime chargesVictim taken to hospital with concussion and broken nose; police holding 19-year-old suspect on assault and robb...

 2023-01-30 16:36 

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Despite delays, far-right Maoz pledges to take over external educational programming...

For now, education minister Kisch confirms unit still under his control; Noam leader says move has not yet happened only because government's been distracted by other mattersFor now, education minister Kisch confirms unit still under his control; Noam...

 2023-01-30 16:16 

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Bahrain envoy hopes Netanyahu will stick to accords, despite coalition 'challenges'...

Ambassador in DC says Manama can't advance ties with Israel while appearing to 'neglect' Palestinians, insists maintaining Temple Mount status quo crucial in wake of Ben Gvir visitAmbassador in DC says Manama can't advance ties with Israel...

 2023-01-30 15:57 

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Bill said aiming to restore Deri as minister by foiling High Court power to nix him...

Coalition reportedly working on Basic Law change that would, in the name of upholding democracy and voters' will, deny courts the power to disqualify a ministerial appointmentCoalition reportedly working on Basic Law change that would, in the name of ...

 2023-01-30 15:35 

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Richard Joel on life after YU and antisemitism on campus - Sponsored Content...

The former president of Yeshiva University in discussion with Steve SavitskyThe former president of Yeshiva University in discussion with Steve Savitsky...

 2023-01-30 15:24 

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Less than a third of Jewish Israelis trust the Rabbinate; does it care?...

Annual study of public faith in national institutions finds diminishing trust in the Chief Rabbinate over the years, and that holds true regardless of respondents' religiosityAnnual study of public faith in national institutions finds diminishing trus...

 2023-01-30 14:51 

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With his bogus attack on the attorney general, Ben Gvir is off to a furious start...

The new national security minister is carrying on as he did in his rabble-rousing activist days, screaming and hurling insults instead of taking real steps to defeat terrorismThe new national security minister is carrying on as he did in his rabble-rousin...

 2023-01-30 14:40 

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Landing in Israel to begin two-day visit, Blinken warns against continued violence...

US secretary of state condemns synagogue attack, focuses on Israeli-Palestinian tensions, but Israel shows desire to shift conversation to IranUS secretary of state condemns synagogue attack, focuses on Israeli-Palestinian tensions, but Israel shows desir...

 2023-01-30 14:36 

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Amos Yadlin on leadership in the Jewish state - Sponsored Content...

Join Steve and Major Gen Amos Yadlin in a discussion on being a fighter pilot in the Yom Kippur War, Iran, and the Israel/ US relationship.Join Steve and Major Gen Amos Yadlin in a discussion on being a fighter pilot in the Yom Kippur War, Iran, and the I...

 2023-01-30 14:27 

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In 3rd attack in hours, aircraft said to strike Iranian truck on Syria-Iraq border...

Unverified reports claim target was loaded with weapons and ammunition, after similar attack overnight and another strike in the morningUnverified reports claim target was loaded with weapons and ammunition, after similar attack overnight and another stri...

 2023-01-30 14:15 

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Iran warns Israel not to 'play with fire' after drone attack on defense facility...

Official threatens revenge as 'first indications' suggest Jerusalem carried out attack, claims Israelis using propaganda to cover up operation's failureOfficial threatens revenge as 'first indications' suggest Jerusalem carried out att...

 2023-01-30 14:14 

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Israeli civilian arrested after crossing into Lebanon...

IDF says it is holding talks via intermediaries for his release; Lebanese media says he climbed over fence near village of AramshaIDF says it is holding talks via intermediaries for his release; Lebanese media says he climbed over fence near village of Ar...

 2023-01-30 14:06 

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Security guards foil attempt to smuggle 'Islamic State drug' from West Bank to Gaza...

Defense Ministry says Captagon amphetamine pills were hidden in doors of office refrigeratorsDefense Ministry says Captagon amphetamine pills were hidden in doors of office refrigerators...

 2023-01-30 13:15 

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Sale of Nazi-themed Valentine's Day merchandise halted in Australia after outrage...

Store owner says he thought items would be seen as cheeky fun 'between couples'; Australia's Anti-Defamation Commission rejects 'non-apology';Store owner says he thought items would be seen as cheeky fun 'between couples'; Austr...

 2023-01-30 13:09 

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Women still only about a third of tech employees in Israel...

New report by Power in Diversity shows Arab and ultra-Orthodox populations' participation rate in the tech workforce remain lowNew report by Power in Diversity shows Arab and ultra-Orthodox populations' participation rate in the tech workforce rem...

 2023-01-30 12:29 

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Former top security official: If Abbas's PA won't fight terror, why should it exist?...

Meir Ben-Shabbat, once Netanyahu's national security adviser, says PA chief playing 'dangerous game'; but insists Iran, not terror, should dominate agenda on Blinken's Israel tripMeir Ben-Shabbat, once Netanyahu's national security adv...

 2023-01-30 12:22 

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At least 28 killed, 150 wounded in suicide bombing targeting Pakistan police mosque...

Most casualties are law enforcement personnel; unclear how bomber managed to penetrate high-security zone; PM Sharif vows 'stern action' against perpetratorsMost casualties are law enforcement personnel; unclear how bomber managed to penetrate hig...

 2023-01-30 11:43 

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In Cairo, Blinken urges Israel and Palestinians 'to calm things down'...

US secretary of state due to land in Tel Aviv later today ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, Herzog, before trip to Ramallah to see AbbasUS secretary of state due to land in Tel Aviv later today ahead of meeting with Netanyahu, Herzog, before trip to Ramall...

 2023-01-30 11:30 

Times of Israel

Daily Briefing Jan. 30: Defense minister issues threats while seeking calm...

Military reporter Emanuel Fabian reviews army reaction to Friday night terror attack, as political correspondent Tal Schneider discusses latest developments in judicial reformMilitary reporter Emanuel Fabian reviews army reaction to Friday night terror at...

 2023-01-30 11:18 

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50 ex-ministry heads, treasury chiefs join financial warnings over judicial overhaul...

Former senior officials, many of whom worked under Netanyahu for years, say reforms could cause 'long-term' damage to economyFormer senior officials, many of whom worked under Netanyahu for years, say reforms could cause 'long-term' damage...

 2023-01-30 11:17 

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In implied rebuke to Trump, GOP slams Kanye West and Nick Fuentes for antisemitism...

Republican Party resolution names rapper and white supremacist as it opposes 'all forms of antisemitism,' but doesn't explicitly mention US ex-president who invited them to dinnerRepublican Party resolution names rapper and white supremacist a...

 2023-01-30 10:57 

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Antisemitic book that spurred Israeli complaint is taken off shelves at Cairo fair...

Book on history of Zionism features caricatures of Jewish men plotting against Egypt, other antisemitic tropes; author says security forces 'confiscated'; text on 1st day of eventBook on history of Zionism features caricatures of Jewish men plottin...

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