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Likud MK Ayoub Kara is expected to be named minister without portfolio on Sunday, an appointment that would make him the first lawmaker from Israel’s Druze community to serve as a full minister. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to make the appointment as part of a cabinet reshuffle ahead...

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Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman recommended on Wednesday that the IDF Chief of Staff should have his term extended by an extra year. In a statement announcing the decision, Liberman called Lt. Gen. Gadi Eisenkot “a valued chief of staff who has led the army to success and with great professionalism. The...

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The Israeli Air Force on Wednesday received its first Arrow 3 ballistic missile interceptors, the latest in the military’s multi-layered missile defense system, the Defense Ministry said. Arrow 3, which has been under development for years and passed several tests involving launching interceptors into space, will be integrated into the military’s existing rocket...

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The software giant Oracle is opening a startup accelerator program in Tel Aviv to fuel local cloud-enabled Israeli innovation. Run by the Oracle research and development team, the program will provide six months of mentoring from technical and business experts, state-of-the-art technology, a co-working space, and access not only to...

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The strike last Friday on a military airport near Damascus was likely the latest salvo in Israel’s attempt to prevent Hezbollah from obtaining highly-accurate Iranian surface-to-surface missiles, Ynet military analyst Ron Ben Yishai wrote Tuesday. The targeted airport is a known drop-off point for missiles delivered from Iran by cargo planes,...

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A Columbia University professor who has campaigned for boycotts of Israel said in a radio interview on Tuesday that supporters of Israel are going to “infest” the United States government after Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration. Rashid Khalidi, a professor of Arab studies at Columbia University, was interviewed on the Chicago...

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A group of Israeli restaurateurs have begun a two-week campaign to serve Syrian foods and use the proceeds to help Syrian refugees, Haaretz reported (Hebrew link) Tuesday. During the Kitchen Without Borders program, which started Monday and lasts through the end of January, more than thirty participating restaurants, cafes, and...

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Israeli zookeepers at the Ramat Gan Safari nursed a baby mandrill back to life and his mother was only too pleased to snuggle him in her arms. The latest member of the mandrill group at the Israeli zoo was born on January 9 and found by zookeepers in an overnight...

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Israel and the Palestinian Authority signed a water cooperation agreement on Sunday, the fourth major infrastructure deal agreed to in the past year and a half. The agreement, which will restart the Israeli–Palestinian Joint Water Committee, was signed by Gen. Yoav Mordechai, head of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories...

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Ahmed and Tamam, a couple from the Arab village of Kfar Kassam, 12 miles east of Tel Aviv, named their baby girl Ibtihaj (meaning “joy”), and it’s not hard to understand why. Ibtihaj was born with a rare defect, omphalocele, in which the intestines and sometimes other organs develop outside...

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