Israeli airstrike kills Islamic Jihad commander in Gaza home

Asia & Pacific 11/12/19, 06:12

A pair of Israeli airstrikes targeted senior Islamic Jihad commanders in Gaza and in Syria early on Tuesday, escalating Israel's confrontation with Iran across the region and threatening to unleash another devastating round of cross-border violence with Palestinian militants. In eastern Gaza, the Israeli strike killed Bahaa Abu el-Atta and his ...

Tough act to follow: Young maestro leads Israel Philharmonic

Entertainment 05/22/19, 00:50

When Zubin Mehta joined the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra in 1969, Lahav Shani wasn't even born yet. Now, at the age of 30, the Israeli wunderkind is poised to succeed his mentor at the helm of the acclaimed symphony.Stepping into the shoes of a beloved living legend would seem to be ...

Germany hands Israel thousands of Kafka confidant’s papers

Europe 05/21/19, 11:37

German authorities on Tuesday handed over to Israel some 5,000 documents kept by a confidant of Franz Kafka, a trove whose plight could have been plucked from one of the author's surreal stories.The papers returned include a postcard from Kafka from 1910 and personal documents kept by Max Brod, which ...

Update: Israeli PM wishes Eurovision contestant luck

Europe 05/18/19, 15:23

The Latest on the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest (all times local):23:20Israel's prime minister has called the country's Eurovision representative to wish him luck in the contest.Tamta of Cyprus performs the song "Replay" during the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest grand final in Tel Aviv, Israel, Saturday, May 18, ...

Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final kicks off in Tel Aviv

Asia & Pacific 05/18/19, 15:03

Israel hosted the Grand Final of the 64th Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday, with Madonna set to showcase Europe's annual music extravaganza. Some 200 million people around the world were expected to be watching as 26 countries competed to be crowned Europe's top pop act and follow in the footsteps of ...

Eurovision Song Contest decides this year’s final lineup

Europe 05/16/19, 16:20

The Eurovision Song Contest has decided the final 10 contestants who will battle to be crowned Europe's best pop act, following the event's second semifinal Thursday.The countries advancing to the cumulative show, held Saturday in Tel Aviv, are Netherlands, Sweden, North Macedonia, Albania, Russia, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Norway, Switzerland and Malta.The ...

Poland demands reaction over assault of ambassador to Israel

World 05/15/19, 12:02

Poland's prime minister on Wednesday condemned what he described as a "xenophobic act of aggression" on the country's ambassador to Israel, who was spat at and verbally abused on a Tel Aviv street at a time of rising tensions between the two nations.Israeli officials expressed shock at the assault on ...

First 10 nations advance to this year’s Eurovision final

Entertainment 05/14/19, 16:42

The first semifinal of the Eurovision Song Contest has sent 10 countries' acts to the Grand Final and seven others home.Contestants from Australia, Iceland, Greece, Belarus, Serbia, Cyprus, Estonia, Czech Republic, San Marino and Slovenia moved ahead after all participating nations announced their selections, which are divided between a professional ...

Madonna rebuffs Israel Eurovision boycott calls

Entertainment 05/14/19, 07:35

Pop star Madonna has rejected calls for her to boycott this year's Eurovision song contest in Israel, saying she will "never stop playing music to suit someone's political agenda." Madonna issued a statement on Tuesday, ahead of her expected arrival in Tel Aviv for a performance at the Eurovision event. Madonna said ...

Israel-Gaza fighting ebbs, Gaza rockets reportedly a misfire

Asia & Pacific 03/15/19, 06:08

Cross-border fighting between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas group appeared to be winding down Friday, amid reports of an Egyptian-brokered truce and Israeli media saying a misfire was believed to be responsible for the rare Gaza rocket attack on Tel Aviv that triggered the exchange. The two rockets had struck late ...

Israel strikes Gaza targets following Tel Aviv rocket attack

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 20:31

Israeli warplanes attacked militant targets in the southern Gaza Strip early Friday in response to a rare rocket attack on the Israeli city of Tel Aviv, as the sides appeared to be hurtling toward a new round of violence.The rocket attack Thursday night caught the Israeli military off guard and ...

Update: Israeli military accuses Hamas of firing rockets

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 20:21

The Latest on Israel-Gaza (all times local):2:50 a.m.The Israeli military has concluded that the militant Hamas group of Gaza fired two rockets toward the Israeli coastal city of Tel Aviv.In a statement early Friday, the army said "we can confirm" that Hamas carried out the rocket attack.The attack Thursday night ...

Tel Aviv deploys ‘zombie lights’ for mobile-obsessed walkers

Asia & Pacific 03/14/19, 07:29

Tel Aviv has taken a small step toward protecting the lives of "smartphone zombies."The municipality has installed special LED sidewalk lights at a busy crosswalk to alert distracted pedestrians staring at their phones when they can walk and when they should stop.Tomer Dror, head of the traffic management division at ...

Israeli ex-army chief launches campaign to replace Netanyahu

World 01/29/19, 15:16

Retired Israeli military chief Benny Gantz on Tuesday launched his campaign to be prime minister, presenting himself as a moderate alternative to Benjamin Netanyahu with a message of unity at home, a search for peace and a tough line against the country's many enemies.Gantz, a tall, telegenic ex-general with salty ...

Israel bids farewell to author and peace advocate Amos Oz

World 12/31/18, 11:51

Israel's embattled peace movement bid a final farewell Monday to one of its most prominent figures, the renowned author Amos Oz, at a memorial service that tried to restore hope in a political climate that is rapidly shifting rightward.Oz was revered by Israel's dovish left as an eloquent and outspoken ...

Australia recognizes west Jerusalem as Israel’s capital

World 12/15/18, 04:08

Australia has decided to formally recognize west Jerusalem as Israel's capital, but won't move its embassy until there's a peace settlement is reached between Israel and the Palestinians, Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced Saturday.Morrison said in a speech that Australia would recognize east Jerusalem as Palestine's capital only after a ...

Diamond smuggling scandal spotlights shadowy Israeli tycoon

Business 12/04/18, 01:34

A shadowy Israeli billionaire who made his fortune in the insular world of diamonds has suddenly found his empire in jeopardy after close associates were busted in a massive smuggling ring and an employee mysteriously plummeted to her death from his high-rise Tel Aviv office building.Lev Leviev, known in Israel ...

PHOTOS: Israeli bodybuilders compete in annual flex-off

Sports 10/22/18, 02:29

Dozens of glistening competitors took the stage for an annual body building and fitness competition in Tel Aviv last week. But behind the scenes, machismo made way for cooperation.In this Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018 photo, contestants get ready backstage during the National Amateur Body Builders' Association competition in Tel Aviv, ...

Australia considers moving embassy to Jerusalem

World 10/15/18, 17:11

Australia has raised the prospect of following the United States by relocating its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a policy shift that critics described Tuesday as a desperate grab for domestic political gain to win a crucial by-election.Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the idea was suggested ...

Israeli court hears US student’s appeal against detention

World 10/11/18, 05:30

An American graduate student is appealing her detention at Israel's international airport over allegations she promotes a boycott of the Jewish state.American Lara Alqasem sits in a courtroom prior to a hearing at the district court in Tel Aviv, Israel, Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018. A senior Israeli cabinet minister on ...

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