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Minister of Defense wishes Israel's friends a Merry Christmas

On Christmas Eve, Minister of Defense Benny Gantz wishes Israel’s friends around the world a Merry Christmas.

Minister of Defense wishes Israel's friends a Merry Christmasplayer

Why are some secular Israelis starting to celebrate Christmas?

Growing number of secular Israeli Jews are celebrating non-Jewish holidays like Halloween and Christmas, with tech sector fueling the trend.

Why are some secular Israelis starting to celebrate Christmas?

Jewish school in central Israel holds Christmas celebration

Parents protest after Herzliya teacher holds Christmas celebration with students.

Jewish school in central Israel holds Christmas celebration

Kosher stall closing on Shabbat would be 'detrimental' to market

A kosher food stall was denied a spot at a Christmas market in England because it would not open on Shabbat.

Kosher stall closing on Shabbat would be 'detrimental' to market

Man takes 6 flights to be with flight attendant daughter

Man books 6 consecutive flights to be able to spend Christmas with his daughter, who worked as attendant on the flights.

Man takes 6 flights to be with flight attendant daughter

Israelis barely celebrate secular New Year, Christmas

A new study by the Jewish People Policy Institute finds only a small minority of Israelis mark the secular New Year, Chrismas.

Israelis barely celebrate secular New Year, Christmas

Thousands at Christmas celebrations in Nazareth

Israeli Arab Christians celebrate Christmas in parade that took place in northern city of Nazareth.

Thousands at Christmas celebrations in Nazareth player

'Get a load of this'

PM Netanyahu slams Iran for saying 'Merry Christmas' while jailing Christians, asks world to pray for Christians suffering under Iran rule.

'Get a load of this'

Ukraine: Christmas play turns anti-Semitic

Christmas play at Polish consulate in Ukraine includes anti-Semitic message.

Ukraine: Christmas play turns anti-Semitic

PLO Washington office cancels Christmas reception

Office of PLO says 'difficult decision' to cancel event about Christmas in Bethlehem on same day as Trump's Jerusalem announcement.

 PLO Washington office cancels Christmas reception

Jerusalem Hanukkah event to feature Santa Claus and Mohammed?

Residents fuming after a Jerusalem community center's annual Hanukkah party will also honor Mohammed and Santa Claus.

Jerusalem Hanukkah event to feature Santa Claus and Mohammed?

No investigation against Technion rabbi

State Prosecutor refuses to open investigation against Technion rabbi who told religious students to avoid building with Christmas tree.

No investigation against Technion rabbi

How Islamists are celebrating Christmas this year

​​​​​​​The slow-but-steady int'l Muslim advance on Christians, especially this past week, gives Islamists reason to celebrate Christmas.

How Islamists are celebrating Christmas this year

Christmas tree causes uproar at Technion

Rabbi of Technion forbids students from entering building with Christmas tree, calls tree a pagan symbol and worse than a Christian symbol.

Christmas tree causes uproar at Technion

Christian-Arab Israeli soldiers celebrate Xmas

Jerusalem celebrations highlight rise in Christian IDF recruits, with Father Naddaf hoping they can become viewed as patriotic Israelis.

Christian-Arab Israeli soldiers celebrate Christmas

Netanyahu sends Christians Christmas greetings

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu sends Christmas greetings to Christians in Israel and across the world.

Video: PM Netanyahu wishes Christians a merry Christmasplayer

Ben Gurion to shut down tomorrow as strike begins

Nationwide public sector strike could spoil travel plans for thousands of Christian pilgrims heading to the Holy Land for Christmas.

Ben Gurion to shut down tomorrow as nationwide strike begins

Christmas the day that Diaspora Jews feel Jewish

Whether it is the 'Matzoball' or eating Chinese food, Jews have created a counterculture to celebrate their own 'otherness' in the U.S.

Is Christmas the day Diaspora Jews feel most Jewish?

Bentzi Gopshtain calls missionaries 'vampires'

Left-wing activists claim Lehava leader Bentzi Gopshtain called all Christians 'vampires' in article calling to ban Christmas.

Calls to arrest campaigner who branded missionaries 'vampires'

Lehava protests Jerusalem Christmas fair

Anti-assimilation activists denounce YMCA fair as attempt to steal Jewish souls.

Lehava protests Jerusalem Christmas fair

Police Shot Outside Church on Coptic Christmas Eve

Three policemen killed in Egypt as Islamist violence continues; authorities ramp up security in anticipation of more attacks.

Egypt: Police Shot Dead Outside Church on Coptic Christmas Eve

J'lem Municipality Hands Out Free Christmas Trees

Jewish capital? Councilman King notes 'no free hanukkiyot,' and wishes rabbis who supported Mayor Barkat 'merry Christmas.'

Jerusalem Municipality Hands Out Free Christmas Trees

PA Co-opts Jesus the 'Palestinian Messiah, Martyr'

PA Christmas tradition of rewriting history continues as Jesus claimed as 'first Palestinian' by senior officials and Abbas.

PA Co-opts Jesus the 'Palestinian Messiah and Martyr'

Israel a Safe Haven for Middle East Christians

Netanyahu uses Christmas address to highlight plight of Middle East's Christians; calls on Jews, Christians to unite against common threat.

PM: Israel the Only Safe Place for Christians in the Middle Eastplayer

NGOs Use Christian Anti-Semitism to Urge BDS

NGO Monitor annual report shows how the 'holiday spirit' has NGOs worldwide pushing religious demonization of Israel.

NGOs Use Christian Anti-Semitism to Urge Israel Boycott

Edelstein: Christmas Trees Reind Jews of Suffering

The reason he did not sanction one in front of the Knesset had nothing to do with Christians, but with Jews, says MK Yuli Edelstein.

Edelstein: Christmas Trees Bring Back 'Bad Memories' for Jews

Christmas Bombing Targets Iraqi Christians

Terrorist attack targeting worshippers leaving service, as Iraq's Christians face a bleak future.

Baghdad: Christmas Bombing Targets Iraqi Christians

Abbas to Christians: Visit PA During Papal Visit

PA Chairman, ever the opportunist, uses reports of Papal visit to encourage PA tourism, rally for more international support.

Abbas to Christians Worldwide: Visit PA During Papal Visit

PLO Video Claims Jesus was 'Palestinian'

Video uses Christmas 'magic' to push demonization of Israel; claims Jesus 'was of its own.'

PLO Video Claims Jesus was 'Palestinian'player

Edelstein Nixes Knesset Christmas Tree

Edelstein nixes Christian Arab MK’s request for an official Christmas tree in Knesset entrance.

Edelstein Nixes Knesset Christmas Tree

IDF, PA Coordinate Christmas Merriment

IDF agrees to relax security so Christians living under PA can celebrate with family in Israel.

IDF, PA Coordinate Christmas Merriment

Romania Broadcasts Anti-Semitic Christmas Carol

State-operated station broadcasts carol with anti-Semitic slurs on station to rural communities; officials shirk responsibility.

Romanian Television Station Airs Anti-Semitic Christmas Carolplayer

Video: PM Pledges to Ensure Religious Freedom

Netanyahu: "Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and will continue to protect freedom of religion for all."

Video: Netanyahu Pledges to Ensure Religious Freedomplayer

Catholic Leader: Christmas is 'Birth of Palestine'

The Patriarch of Jerusalem's Roman Catholic Church declared Christmas is also a celebration of … the birth of the state of Palestine.”

Catholic Patriarch: Christmas Marks 'Birth of Palestine State'

The Last Christmas in Muslim Middle East?

Militant Islam is wiping out Christianity in the Muslim Middle East, according to a new study by the British think tank Civitas.

The Last Christmas in Muslim Middle East?

Christmas Tree Gone from Jaffa Gate

Report: Jerusalem municipality claimed the tree was "a three-day event."

Christmas Tree Gone from Jaffa Gate

Syrian Christian Nightmare of a Black Christmas

Dreams of a white Christmas have turned to nightmares of a black one for those in Syria observing the December 25th holiday.

Syrian Christian Nightmare of a Black Christmas

Foreign Ministry Probe over 'Jesus' Post

Israel on defensive after embassy in Ireland posted: if Jesus and Mary were alive, they would probably be lynched in Bethlehem.

Foreign Ministry Rushes to Apologize over 'Jesus' Postplayer

‘O Boycott All ye Faithful’: Anti-Israel Christmas

Several PA-based Christian organizations are getting in the holiday spirit with attacks on Israel, including ‘Jews killed Jesus’ libel.

‘O Boycott All ye Faithful’: Christmas Exploited to Bash Israel

PA Plays Jesus Card

The PA booted most Christian residents out of Bethlehem, but claims Jesus was a Shaheed, defying history and the New Testament.

PA Claims Jesus was First Shaheed, Mary a Palestinianplayer