Longtime Israeli sportscaster Meir Einstein died on Thursday night at the age of 65. Einstein suffered in recent months from muscular dystrophy but continued broadcasting as long as he was able to.
Einstein began his career as a news anchor on Kol Yisrael radio and later became a sportscaster at the station. He called games for Channel One for many years, and in recent years hosted a show on a sports network on cable TV, as well as a radio show on 103FM in central Israel.
A terrorist from the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) who had not told U.S. immigration authorities that she had been imprisoned in Israel for two terror attacks on Thursday accepted a plea bargain that forces her to leave the country, JTA reports.
Under the plea bargain, Rasmea Odeh, 69, would not spend time in U.S. prison or detention but would lose her America citizenship.
(JTA) Italian archaeologists have discovered part of the so-called Campus Iudeorum, the long-lost cemetery used by Rome’s medieval Jewish community. The discovery of 38 graves, with skeletal remains intact, was announced at a news conference this week at The National Roman Museum.
The site, whose graves date from the 14th century to the early 17th century, was uncovered during excavations carried out during the restructuring of the Palazzo Leonori as the new headquarters of an insurance company in the Trastevere district. In addition to the cemetery, the excavations also uncovered remains of an ancient Roman tannery. When work is complete, parts of the two sites will comprise a small museum.
The police are investigating suspicions that the stun grenade thrown at the Tel Aviv building where Chef Yisrael Aharoni lives on Wednesday evening was aimed at his son, who apparently got into trouble with criminals.
The Islamic State terror movement said, Thursday, that it was behind Wednesday's attack in London, which killed four people and wounded scores more.
A source told the IS-associated Amak news agency, "It was a soldier of the Islamic State who responded to the call to harm the citizens of the countries that are members of the international coalition."
The police have announced the arrested Thursday morning in the south of Israel of a 19-year-old suspect as part of ongoing international investigations into security related threats and publishing false reports causing fear and panic in Jewish communities in countries around the world.
The Yesh Gvul movement and another 90 people have petitioned the Supreme Court, claiming the defense minister discriminates with regard to exemption from military service, according to Kol Yisrael government radio.
The petitioners say that those who seek exemption for reasons of conscience encounter more difficulties than girls who request an exemption on religious grounds. They claim that due to coalition agreements with religious parties, the girls are required to present only a brief affidavit on a religious way of life, while conscientious objectors are required to undergo an advisory committee and most of them are imprisoned.
Former Israel Defense Forces chief of staff Moshe Yaalon told a Thursday conference by the Katif Center and the Institute for National Security Studies on the question of Jewish settlement in Gaza and its unilateral removal by the government in 2005, "When leadership becomes a survivalist policy, people get applauded for a while but do not think about strategy."
Currently a senior research associate at the INSS, Ya'alon added as an example the proposal promoted by Minister Yisrael Katz to build a seaport for Gaza, "We have given up on a security envelope in Philadelphi [along the Gaza-Sinai border -ed] and now offer a port and I ask ... How much nonsense are you saying? When they tell me there will be an Israeli security check ... I say it will happen when hair grows on the palm of my hand."
Yaalon left politics after his portfolio was given to Avigdor Liberman for joining the government and he recently announced departure from the Likuk to form a party to compete in the next elections. He said the Disengagement of 2005 created a very big hole in what Likud forerunner Ze'ev Jabotinsky called "Israel's iron wall".