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This Is One of the Priciest Books Ever Sold

1.1K-year-old Hebrew Bible fetches $38.1M

(Newser) - A 1,100-year-old Hebrew Bible, among the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, is now also among the world's most expensive books. The handwritten manuscript on 792 leather-bound pages of sheepskin, dubbed Codex Sassoon after a previous owner, sold for $38.1 million at a Sotheby's auction in New...

Islamic Jihad, Israel Agree to Cease-Fire

Egypt brokered the deal

(Newser) - Israel and the Islamic Jihad militant group in the Gaza Strip agreed to an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire late Saturday, ending five days of intense fighting that left 33 Palestinians, including at least 13 civilians dead. Two people in Israel were killed by rocket fire. The cease-fire took effect just after 10pm,...

Israel Kills 3 Islamic Jihad Commanders in Gaza Strikes

Palestinian health officials say 12 people were killed in total

(Newser) - Israel killed three senior commanders of the militant Islamic Jihad group in targeted airstrikes early Tuesday, the military said. Palestinian health officials said 12 people were killed in all, including the commanders, their wives, several of their children and others nearby, the AP reports. The strikes hit the top floor...

One Nation Still Spying on Civilians With Potent Tool

Israeli military spies on civilians with Pegasus despite promises to stop, reports 'New York Times'

(Newser) - It is, write Natalie Kitroeff and Ronen Bergman in the New York Times , the "world's most infamous spyware." The pair do a deep dive into Pegasus , a surveillance tool that can compromise every piece of data on a target's phone—even encrypted phones—including the camera....

Thousands Protest Before Israel's Anniversary

Demonstrators link Netanyahu's judicial plan to future of democracy

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of protesters flocked to Tel Aviv and cities across Israel on Saturday to vent their opposition to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's far-right government and its divisive plan to overhaul the country's judicial system. The mass protest—which has raged weekly since the start of the...

Israeli Mother Dies Days After Attack Killed Daughters

Lucy Dee had been in a coma since gunmen shot their car on Friday

(Newser) - An Israeli mother who survived an assault in the West Bank that killed her two daughters died of her own injuries on Monday, reports the BBC . Lucy Dee, 45, had been in a coma since Friday. The three had been riding in the same car that day on their way...

Netanyahu Drops Firing of Defense Minister

'We continue together with full strength,' prime minister says of Gallant

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday reversed his decision to fire his defense minister over criticism of the government's contentious plan to overhaul the judiciary. In a live press conference, Netanyahu said that Yoav Gallant is staying at his post. "I decided to put the differences we...

Israel Strikes Lebanon, Gaza
Israel Strikes Lebanon, Gaza

Israel Strikes Lebanon, Gaza

Rare strikes on Lebanon follow clashes at Jerusalem mosque

(Newser) - Israel launched rare strikes in southern Lebanon early Friday and pressed on with bombing targets in the Gaza Strip, marking a widening escalation in the region following violence this week at Jerusalem’s most sensitive holy site, Al-Aqsa Mosque compound. The cross-border fighting erupted during a time of heightened religious...

Netanyahu May Have Failed in Bid to Fire Defense Chief

Days later, Yoav Gallant is still on the job amid national unrest

(Newser) - As a sign of how chaotic things are in Israel , this is a pretty good one. On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu announced he'd fired his defense minister. On Tuesday, the official, Yoav Gallant, was still on the job. The reason for that is unclear, with one theory that Gallant is...

Amid Chaos, Netanyahu Is Reportedly Backing Down
Amid Turmoil in Israel,
Netanyahu Backs Down

Amid Turmoil in Israel, Netanyahu Backs Down

Prime minister delays controversial plan to overhaul the judiciary

(Newser) - This story has been updated with new developments. After unprecedented protests and strikes that paralyzed Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu has postponed his controversial plan to overhaul the nation's judicial system, reports Reuters . “I will give a genuine opportunity for genuine dialogue,” said Netanyahu. “One way or another,...

Israel's Prez to Netanyahu: 'Wake Up Now!'

Tens of thousands take to the streets as opposition to PM's judiciary overhaul mounts

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's plan to overhaul the judiciary was facing mounting opposition on Monday, with the country's ceremonial president urging for an immediate halt to the legal changes, the AP reports. Universities countrywide shut their doors in protest and trade unions were expected to call for a...

Netanyahu Fires Defense Chief Who Urged Halt to Judicial Plan

Civil opposition threatens national security, Yoav Gallant says

(Newser) - With hundreds of thousands of people on the streets regularly protesting his plan to overhaul Israel's judiciary, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear Sunday night that he won't brook dissent from within. One day after his defense minister urged holding up on the change in a televised speech,...

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

This Is the
Nation on Earth

This Is the Happiest Nation on Earth

The honors go to Finland, per annual World Happiness Report; US comes in 15th

(Newser) - It may be cold in the Nordic countries, but residents' hearts are warm. At least, that's what the 10th annual World Happiness Report found during this year's ranking of 137 nations. Per the Verge , the report—which uses study data and self-assessed life evaluations—found that we've...

Netanyahu Rejects President's Compromise on Judiciary

Jewish American leaders go to Israel to urge a deal

(Newser) - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday swiftly rejected a compromise proposal aimed at resolving a standoff over his plans to overhaul the country's legal system, deepening the crisis over a program that has roiled the country and drawn international criticism. The country's figurehead president, Isaac Herzog, had...

Fiddler on the Roof 's Tevye Bows Out
Fiddler on the Roof's
Tevye Bows Out

Fiddler on the Roof's Tevye Bows Out

Israeli actor and icon Chaim Topol dies at 87

(Newser) - Chaim Topol, a leading Israeli actor who charmed generations of theatergoers and movie-watchers with his portrayal of Tevye, the long-suffering and charismatic milkman in Fiddler on the Roof, has died in Tel Aviv, Israeli leaders said Thursday, per the AP. He was 87. The cause wasn't immediately released. Israeli...

US: Israeli Official's Words 'Repugnant' and 'Disgusting'

Finance chief Bezalel Smotrich said Palestinian town of Hawara should be 'erased'

(Newser) - A far-right government official in Israel has drawn the condemnation of the US for his inflammatory comments about a Palestinian town now at the center of tensions. "I think the village of Hawara needs to be erased," said Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich during an on-stage interview Wednesday. He...

Israeli Raid on West Bank Kills 11 Palestinians

Rockets were fired from Gaza after deadly raid

(Newser) - Palestinian militants in Gaza launched rockets at southern Israel and Israeli aircraft struck targets in the coastal enclave early Thursday after a gun battle with Israeli troops in the occupied West Bank killed 10 Palestinians. An 11th person died from tear gas inhalation. Among those killed in Wednesday's raid...

Protests Fail to Stop Netanyahu's Legal Changes

Israeli opposition promises to not give up

(Newser) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government on Tuesday for the first time advanced a plan to overhaul the country's legal system, defying a mass uproar among Israelis and calls for restraint from the US. The vote marked only preliminary approval for the plan, the AP reports. But it raised...

Israel's President Addresses Nation on Netanyahu's Plan

Herzog appeals for delaying judiciary changes to allow for negotiations

(Newser) - Israel's president on Sunday appealed to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to delay a contentious plan to overhaul the country's judicial system and instead seek a compromise with his political opponents. President Isaac Herzog issued the appeal in a prime-time nationwide address a day before Netanyahu's coalition is...

Baby Didn't Have Ticket for Flight. His Parents Left Him Behind

Tel Aviv police alerted to possible child abandonment Tuesday

(Newser) - Airport staff see a lot of weird stuff . But staff at Israel's main airport in Tel Aviv say "we didn't believe what we were seeing" Tuesday as a couple—who'd purchased two tickets for a flight out of the country—ran off to catch their flight,...

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