Ben Sales


Israel Left Resurgent as Campaign Kicks Into Gear

By Ben Sales

Israel Left Resurgent as Campaign Kicks Into Gear
Stav Shaffir was angry. The 29-year-old firebrand is known for her outbursts, which have gotten her kicked out of multiple Knesset hearings in the past year. But when she rose in the Knesset on Jan. 21 to answer Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett’s charge that she is post-Zionist, her impassioned rebuttal went viral.Read More


Bibi's Challengers Spoof Cartoonish Election Ad

By Ben Sales

Bibi's Challengers Spoof Cartoonish Election Ad
(JTA) — Remember that Hillary Clinton ad from 2008, the one where it’s 3 a.m. and the White House phone is ringing? The spot, an attempt to highlight Clinton’s superior experience compared to then Sen. Obama’s ostensible naivete, didn’t do much to save the Clinton campaign, which lost the Democratic primary that year.Read More


Arab Woman Makes Israel History by Running for Far Right Jewish Home Party

By Ben Sales

Arab Woman Makes Israel History by Running for Far Right Jewish Home Party
Outside the Moriah Synagogue in this central Israeli city, boys in ritual fringes and girls in long skirts handed out fliers for the dozens of candidates running in the Jan. 14 primary for the Jewish Home party, a right-wing, modern Orthodox faction. Religious voters trickled in and out of polls in the synagogue lobby.Read More


Shimon Peres Says Immigration to Israel Shouldn't Be Response to Hate

By Ben Sales

Shimon Peres Says Immigration to Israel Shouldn't Be Response to Hate
Former Israeli President Shimon Peres said he is confident in France’s ability to fight anti-Semitism on its own soil. Immigration to Israel, he said, should be encouraged for positive reasons, not only as a response to persecution abroad.Read More


Aspiring to Most Orthodox Career — as Chefs

By Ben Sales

Aspiring to Most Orthodox Career — as Chefs
(JTA) — Five haredi Orthodox men are standing around a large wooden table crowded with bowls of chopped tomato, garlic, carrots and greens, their ritual fringes poking out from under their aprons. Each is wielding a large chef’s knife.Read More



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