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Banking on ‘Bros’: Netflix’s first original Hebrew-language series is finally arriving

With its original release date delayed by the events of October 7 – and its rescheduled premiere party canceled due to the Iranian attack...

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‘No consensus’ in Security Council on full UN membership for Palestinians, says chair

Matter now likely to be voted on by all council members, two-thirds of which back recognizing Palestinian state, according to Maltese envoy, though US...

12.04.2024 30

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Argentina court blames Iran for 1990s terror attacks on Israeli embassy, AMIA center

Branding Islamic Republic a ‘terrorist state,’ ruling says Hezbollah carried out deadly bombings on Tehran’s orders, calls 1994...

12.04.2024 60

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Luxembourg banking on polyglot singer with Israeli roots for its Eurovision return

Tali Golergant is the first singer to represent the tiny nation since 1993. But with family ties to the Jewish state – including a brother who...

12.04.2024 50

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Eurovision organizer slams ‘online abuse’ aimed at artists over Israeli inclusion

Deputy head of European Broadcasting Union says some performers facing ‘targeted social media campaigns’ linked to ongoing war in Gaza

10.04.2024 20

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Business leader says Israel needs Palestinian workers

Dan Catarivas thinks majority of employers are ‘generally in favor’ of return of Palestinian workers to Israel following Oct. 7 attack

22.03.2024 40

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Comedian-turned-unlikely advocate for Israel is heading back to the Jewish state

Daniel-Ryan Spaulding, a non-Jewish gay stand-up comic, will be performing shows in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem following months of using his platform to...

22.03.2024 30

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Capping weeks of uncertainty, Israel unveils its 2024 Eurovision song: ‘Hurricane’

Tune retains some of the lyrics of disqualified ‘October Rain’; singer Eden Golan says ‘we can speak through the song to the...

11.03.2024 60

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After rewriting disqualified song, Israel gets final approval to appear at Eurovision

Kan public broadcaster to reveal ‘Hurricane’ next week, which received nod from EBU after it barred the original submission,...

07.03.2024 10

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UN finds evidence of rape on Oct. 7 and after; Israel: They tried to downplay issue

Sex crimes official says there’s ‘clear evidence’ hostages faced and continue to face sexual assault in Gaza, says Oct. 7 victims...

05.03.2024 40

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Israel says it will edit song lyrics to avoid being disqualified from Eurovision

Reworked song slated to be revealed next week, will still need approval of European Broadcasting Union; Iceland decides against sending Palestinian...

03.03.2024 20

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UK Parliament speaker under fire as shambolic ceasefire debate exposes threats to MPs

Lindsay Hoyle admits mistakes in push for separate motions so lawmakers could be free to vote without fear of attack over stances; MP says his...

22.02.2024 20

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Discord with Eurovision over song choice could risk Israel’s spot in contest

Kan public broadcaster says it will refuse to switch songs if EBU disqualifes ‘October Rain’ from submission amid charges that its...

22.02.2024 30

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Helen Mirren, Liev Schreiber among stars condemning calls for Israel Eurovision ban

Signatories to letter organized by Creative Community for Peace say they’re shocked by efforts to ban Israel ‘for responding to the...

15.02.2024 8

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Israel sending Eden Golan, 20, to represent country at Eurovision 2024 in Sweden

Surrounded by empty chairs, singer performs ‘I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing’ as tribute to hostages, capturing win, as many around...

07.02.2024 30

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More than skin deep: Israelis who inked October 7 on their bodies as a living memorial

As they mourn loved ones and grieve the worst terror attack in the country’s history, many turn to tattoos to keep close the memories of those...

31.01.2024 20

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Saudi envoy says kingdom ‘absolutely’ still open to normalization deal with Israel

But Prince Khalid bin Bandar, Riyadh’s ambassador to UK, tells BBC ties can only be formed if a Palestinian state is established, after Blinken...

09.01.2024 10

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Freed hostage Mia Schem: ‘I experienced hell. No innocent civilians in Gaza’

French-Israeli says she was instructed on what to say in videos, held by a family that played mind games, withheld food, taunted her that she would...

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Mother of hostage killed by troops: ‘I wasn’t angry at the IDF for even a minute’

Iris Haim, whose son Yotam was accidentally slain by soldiers as he tried to escape captivity, says when she heard brigade morale was low, she sent a...

26.12.2023 30

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BBC criticized for selecting Eurovision contestant who accused Israel of ‘genocide’

Olly Alexander signed on to letter in October blaming ‘unthinking philosemitism’ for those hesitating to criticize war against Hamas;...

22.12.2023 40

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Family mourns hostage Alon Shamriz killed by IDF in error, blames government for death

After Friday tragedy in Gaza, brother Ido slams failures at funeral in Kibbutz Shefayim: ‘The one who abandoned you also murdered you’;...

17.12.2023 20

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After 7 weeks of silence, UN chief calls to investigate Hamas sex crimes on Oct 7

Envoy Erdan slams lengthy delay, casting of doubt by Guterres on such incidents during terror onslaught in Israel, despite testimony from survivors,...

30.11.2023 20

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In 6th release, 12 Israelis and 4 Thais freed from Gaza following 54 days of captivity

Among those freed are Raaya Rotem, mother of Hila released days ago; 13-year-old Gali Tarshansky; Yarden Roman-Gat, who handed daughter to husband to...

30.11.2023 20

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Freed hostage Yocheved Lifshitz: I asked Sinwar how he wasn’t ashamed. He didn’t reply

Released captive Rimon Kirsht Buchshtav lauded for defiant head gesture at Hamas terrorist, while Adena Moshe praised for bravery in asking older...

29.11.2023 20

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Netanyahu set to convene cabinets to vote on Gaza hostage deal

PM to gather war cabinet, security cabinet and full cabinet in succession as Hamas and Qatar say deal — including pause in fighting and...

21.11.2023 10

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Israel marks one month since Hamas massacre with vigils, memorials, protests

Marking one month since the worst attack in the history of the Jewish state, Israelis across the country took part in vigils, memorial gatherings,...

08.11.2023 30

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A month after loved ones taken captive, families of hostages howl on global stage

Marking a month since at least 245 people in Israel were taken captive into Gaza, family, friends and allies of the hostages held rallies and prayer...

07.11.2023 9

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Ministers vote to transfer tax funds to PA, subtracting money designated for Gaza

The security cabinet voted late Thursday evening to transfer frozen tax funds to the Palestinian Authority but hold back those monies designated for...

03.11.2023 20

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IDF chief says fuel could be allowed to enter Gaza; PM denies okaying move

The head of the IDF said Thursday that Israel could allow fuel to enter the Gaza Strip in the near future, appearing to reverse Israel’s...

02.11.2023 10

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Two Israeli hostages, Nurit Cooper, 79, and Yocheved Lifshitz, 85, released from Gaza

Hamas released two elderly Israeli hostages Monday evening, after 17 days in captivity, the third and fourth captives freed by the terror group in...

24.10.2023 40

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Netanyahu to visiting Greek, Dutch leaders: Civilizations must ‘unite against Hamas’

Both Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte visited Israel on Monday, the latest in a procession of foreign...

23.10.2023 40

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Families of hostages slam government decision to allow aid to Gaza via Egypt

Some family members of Israelis being held captive by Hamas in Gaza Strip fumed on Wednesday after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would...

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Police chief to Arab Israelis: ‘You want to support Gaza, I’ll put you on a bus there’

Kobi Shabtai says there will be ‘zero tolerance’ for pro-Hamas demonstrations, as police break up unauthorized rally in Haifa in support...

18.10.2023 20

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Gantz says war in south – and possibly in north – could take ‘months’ to complete

Minister Benny Gantz said during a funeral on Wednesday that the ongoing Israel-Hamas war is likely to take months, and could potentially including a...

18.10.2023 10

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Ex-Mossad chief: Israel should not bow to global pressure to end Gaza siege

Former Mossad chief Yossi Cohen said Monday that Israel should not lift its siege on the Gaza Strip even as it faces a wave of international pressure...

16.10.2023 20

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Israel says it is restarting water supply to southern Gaza Strip

Israel said on Sunday it was restarting the supply of water to parts of the Gaza Strip after shutting it off following Hamas’s deadly terrorist...

15.10.2023 10

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Netanyahu holds first meeting with families of Israelis kidnapped to Gaza

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was meeting Sunday evening for the first time with the families of missing and captive Israelis from Hamas’s...

15.10.2023 20

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Pentagon chief Austin says Hamas atrocities are ‘worse than what I saw with ISIS’

Visiting US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin said in Tel Aviv on Friday that he believes the Hamas terror group’s activities are worse than what he...

13.10.2023 60

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Public diplomacy minister quits post amid war, citing ‘waste of public funds’

In the midst of a brutal and deadly war, Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan announced on Thursday evening that she was quitting her post,...

13.10.2023 40

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US Defense Secretary Austin to visit Israel on Friday to discuss military aid

Visit comes a day after US Secretary of State Blinken arrived, vowed America’s unflinching support for Israel in meeting with Netanyahu

12.10.2023 9

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Netanyahu’s office releases horrifying images of infants murdered by Hamas

Spokesman for prime minister says the decision to share shocking photos was made ‘so that the world will see just a fraction of the horrors that...

12.10.2023 10

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Herzog blasts media for not calling Hamas ‘terrorists’ and downplaying terror threat

In a briefing to foreign reporters on Thursday, President Isaac Herzog lamented the international media’s inability over the years to see Hamas as a...

12.10.2023 20

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King Charles calls Herzog to express condolences over ‘barbaric’ Hamas attack

The UK’s King Charles III called President Isaac Herzog on Wednesday to express his support for Israel following Hamas’s murderous assault on...

11.10.2023 10

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Twins helped organize a rave in southern Israel. Neither has been seen alive since

Twin brothers Osher and Michael Vaknin loved to organize rave parties across Israel, gathering like-minded Israelis and visitors to dance all day and...

11.10.2023 10

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Hadar French, 21

Hadar French, 21 of Rehovot, was murdered by Hamas terrorists at the Supernova music festival on Saturday. In the initial hours of the massacre by...

11.10.2023 20

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Across Israel, mourners bury the dead as nation reels from still-climbing toll

As the fierce battle between Israel and Hamas raged on Tuesday, funeral after funeral was held across Israel, as soldiers and civilians alike were...

11.10.2023 40

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As death toll from Hamas onslaught continues to climb, Israel begins to bury its dead

As the country still reels from the shocking and devastating Hamas attack on Saturday, Israel has slowly begun to bury its dead in funerals across the...

09.10.2023 20

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US tourist arrested for smashing Roman-era statues at Israel Museum

An American tourist was arrested on Thursday for allegedly destroying statues inside the Israel Museum in Jerusalem that offended his religious...

05.10.2023 10

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Pop superstar Bruno Mars declares his love for Tel Aviv in first-ever Israel show

Pop superstar Bruno Mars showed off his “24K Magic” in Tel Aviv on Wednesday night in his first of two sold-out shows in Israel. “Tel Aviv!”...

05.10.2023 60

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Hebrew-language comedy ‘Bros’ slated to hit Netflix next month

Streaming giant Netflix announced on Tuesday the upcoming premiere of “Bros,” a Hebrew-language comedy created by and starring Israelis Guy Amir...

03.10.2023 20

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