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Yair Lapid Backs Curbs on Settlements To Save Peace

By Ben Sales

Yair Lapid Backs Curbs on Settlements To Save Peace
Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jump-start peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process.Read More


Vladimir Putin's 93-Year-Old Jewish German Teacher Remembers When

By Ben Sales

Vladimir Putin's 93-Year-Old Jewish German Teacher Remembers When
Mina Yuditskaya remembers her former pupil, Vladimir Putin, as a good boy. And the 93-year-old ex-German teacher is still grateful to the Russian strongman.Read More


Benjamin Netanyahu Hangs On as King of Coalition of Rivals

By Ben Sales

Benjamin Netanyahu Hangs On as King of Coalition of Rivals
In the lead-up to last year’s Knesset elections, the pro-settlement Jewish Home party released a controversial ad showing party chairman Naftali Bennett smiling alongside Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Read More


Uganda's Century-Old Jewish Community Riven by Sectarian Divide

By Ben Sales

Uganda's Century-Old Jewish Community Riven by Sectarian Divide
A 2,000-member group of Ugandans has practiced Judaism for about a century. But now the communities are split along sectarian lines and barely speak to each other.Read More


Stymied by Israeli Bureaucracy, Ukrainian Has Been Making Aliyah for Years

By Ben Sales

Stymied by Israeli Bureaucracy, Ukrainian Has Been Making Aliyah for Years
Does Israel’s bureaucracy make it unduly hard for Ukrainian Jews to immigrate? The case of Yuriy Yukhatskov, who has been attempting aliyah for years, suggests the answer may be yes.Read More






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