French prosecutors drop investigation into Yasser Arafat’s death

(JNS.org) French prosecutors have announced that they have decided to drop the investigation into the death of former Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Iranian leader vows to increase military capability to defeat Israel

(JNS.org) Hours after U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced that she would back President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, ensuring enough supporting votes to prevent an override of a presidential veto of any Congressional rejection of the pact, a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander said that the Islamic Republic will continue strengthening its military capabilities until it has defeated Israel.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Film on Rabin assassination competes for major prize at Venice Film Festival

(JNS.org) A film by Israeli director Amos Gitai about the 1995 assassination of former Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin is competing for the Golden Lion award at the 72nd Venice Film Festival, held Sept. 2-12.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Netanyahu: ‘zero tolerance’ policy for stone and firebomb throwers

(JNS.org) Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened top security officials on Wednesday to discuss the ongoing security situation in Jerusalem and on a major highway leading to Israel's capital following a spate of recent Palestinian terror attacks.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Maryland senator’s backing of Iran nuclear deal blocks veto override

(JNS.org) U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.) announced on Wednesday that she would back President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, becoming the 34th senator to support the deal and ensuring enough supporting votes to prevent an override of a presidential veto of any Congressional rejection of the pact.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Anti-Semitic cartoon printed on credit card from Norwegian bank

(JNS.org) A credit card issued by a Norwegian bank sparked a controversy by featuring an anti-Semitic cartoon that resembles a throwback to the Nazi era.

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Reserve soldiers show increased faith in IDF, survey says

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) A newly released survey shows significant improvement in reserve soldiers’ faith in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

Posted on September 2, 2015 .

Police: tunnel to Jerusalem archaeology museum could be built by thieves

(JNS.org) Jerusalem police are investigating a suspicious 30-meter (98-foot) tunnel leading from a Palestinian woman’s home in eastern Jerusalem to the city’s Rockefeller Archaeological Museum. 

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Convicted killer at Kansas Jewish sites faces death penalty

(JNS.org) Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr., who on Monday was convicted of capital murder and five additional charges for the August 2014 shootings near the Jewish Community Center and the Village Shalom retirement facility in Overland Park, Kan., is facing a possible death sentence.

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Iran hopes U.S. Congress isn’t swayed by ‘warmongers’ in nuclear deal review

(JNS.org) Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Tuesday that he hopes the U.S. Congress won’t be swayed by “warmongers’ propaganda” during its upcoming vote on the Iran nuclear deal.

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Turkey helps return Israeli man who planned to join Islamic State

(JNS.org) Turkey has helped return a young Israeli man who planned to join the Islamic State terrorist group to Israel, despite the strained Israeli-Turkish relationship. 

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Conflicting reports emerge over Mahmoud Abbas’s future as head of PLO

(JNS.org) Conflicting reports have arisen over whether or not Mahmoud Abbas, who serves as both the president of the Palestinian Authority (PA) and chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO), will be a candidate in the upcoming elections for the PLO Executive Committee. 

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

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Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Two Israelis make MIT’s prestigious ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ list

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Two Israelis made the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT) prestigious “35 Innovators Under 35” list for 2015, which was published Monday.

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Israeli government gives Arab sector $230 million in aid

(JNS.org) Israel’s Arab municipal councils will receive a one-time budgetary supplement of $230 million from the Israeli government before the end of the year.

Posted on September 1, 2015 .

Obama admits Iran sanctions relief danger in first interview with Jewish paper

(JNS.org) In the first one-on-one interview U.S. President Barack Obama has granted to a Jewish news outlet since he took office in 2008, the president acknowledged that some of the estimated financial relief Iran will gain from the removal of international sanctions as part of an implementation of the nuclear deal would likely "go into building up their military capability.”

Posted on August 31, 2015 .

Second Temple-era stairs discovered in Jerusalem

(JNS.org) Archaeologists discovered a flight of stairs in the shape of a pyramid that is 2,000 years old in Jerusalem's City of David National Park. The stairs were likely used by Jewish pilgrims on the way to the Second Temple.

Posted on August 31, 2015 .

Report: Hezbollah enlisting Palestinian operatives to carry out attacks

(JNS.org) Hezbollah is working to enlist Palestinian operatives from Fatah’s Al Aksa Brigades to carry out attacks against Israeli targets in Judea and Samaria as well as elsewhere in Israel, a Palestinian security source said.

Posted on August 31, 2015 .

‘Supergiant’ gas field found near the coast of Egypt

(JNS.org) An Italian energy company has announced the discovery of a ‘supergiant’ natural gas field near the coast of Egypt.

Posted on August 31, 2015 .

Israeli driver lightly hurt in drive-by shooting in Samaria

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) An Israeli man was lightly wounded on Sunday afternoon in a Palestinian drive-by terrorist shooting attack in Samaria.

Posted on August 31, 2015 .