Israel Approves New Jewish Settlements After Freeing 26 Palestinian Prisoners

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday as part of U.S.-brokered peace efforts, but said it was pressing on with plans to build more homes for Jewish settlers, in an apparent move to appease hardliners.

    Brash Ukraine Oligarch Vadim Rabinovich Challenges Europe's Jewish Leaders

    Vadim Rabinovich has battled Ukrainian authorities, business rivals and Jewish community leaders, some of whom have expressed resentment about his ongoing efforts to challenge the old guard of European Jewish institutional life.

    Free at Last: Relatives of freed Palestinian prisoners gather to welcome them home in the West Bank.

    Israel Releases 26 Palestinian Prisoners

    Israel freed 26 Palestinian prisoners on Wednesday, the second stage of a limited amnesty designed to help U.S.-sponsored peace talks that have been dogged by divisions on both sides.

    Dallas Mavericks Rookie Gal Mekel Is Latest Israeli Pro Basketball Star

    Omri Casspi was the first Israeli to play in the National Basketball Association. And with the new season tipping off this week, Gal Mekel will become the second.

    We Do: Israeli bride Yulia Tagil and her groom, Stas Granin, hold an alternative wedding ceremony at a public square in Tel Aviv to protest Orthodox control over marriage. Proposed reforms would allow a more flexible approach.

    Bill to Legalize Civil Marriage in Israel Submitted to Knesset

    A bill that would legalize civil marriages in Israel was submitted to the Knesset.