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Israel demands apology after Russia says Hitler had Jewish roots

Russia Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov 27 April

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel lambasted Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday for claiming that Adolf Hitler had Jewish origins, saying it was an “unforgivable” falsehood that debased the horrors of the Nazi Holocaust. In a signal of sharply deteriorating relations with Moscow, the Israeli foreign ministry summoned the Russian ambassador and demanded an apology. “Such […]

Jerusalem violence puts strain on Israel’s coalition government

Israel Jerusalem Old City security personnel

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Clashes in Jerusalem that have stoked tensions during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan spread into Sunday, triggering 18 arrests and putting further strain on Israel’s coalition government. Israeli riot police faced off with fireworks-hurling Palestinians in the alleyways of the walled Old City after a visit by Jews to a disputed holy […]

Future of prayer site in doubt under Israel’s fragile government

Jerusalem Western Wall Women of the Wal

Jerusalem, IsraelAP When Israel’s new government took office last June, it indicated it would press ahead on an egalitarian prayer site at Jerusalem’s Western Wall – a sensitive holy site that has emerged as a point of friction between Jews over how prayer is conducted there. But the plan is coming up against the limits […]

Israel condemns Poland restitution law, recalls top diplomat

Poland Warsaw Prozna Street

Warsaw, PolandAP Israel condemned Poland’s approval of a law that restricts the rights of Holocaust survivors or their descendants to reclaim property seized by the country’s former communist regime and announced it was recalling its top diplomat in protest. The move on Saturday ignited a diplomatic crisis between Israel’s new government and the nationalist conservative […]

Israel’s new government dealt blow in controversial citizenship vote

Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and cabinet

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel’s new government faced its first big defeat in parliament on Tuesday, failing to renew a controversial law that prevents Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who marry Israeli citizens from gaining citizenship themselves. It was the first major political test for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who for nearly a […]

Israeli cabinet orders inquiry on deadly festival stampede

Israel Mount Meron stampede

Jerusalem, IsraelReuters Israel’s new government approved on Sunday an official inquiry into a stampede in April in which killed 45 people at a Jewish pilgrimage site long deemed dangerously crowded by authorities. Though it was the country’s worst civilian disaster, a full-scale investigation into the Mount Meron deaths and dozens of injuries had lagged under […]