July 5, 2017 RSS feed / Mideast

Controversial conversion bill delayed for 6 months

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform conversions in Israel. More...

Former refusenik addresses the Russian parliament

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein addressed the Russian parliament more than three decades after his release from a Soviet prison.  A Ukraine-born Soviet prisoner of conscience, Edelstein was imprisoned in 1984 on trumped-up drug charges because he More...

Adelson to give $20-million for Ariel expansion

American billionaire Sheldon Adelson will provide about $20-million for the major expansion of a West Bank university.  Ariel University, located in the settlement of that name, plans to double in size within the next five years, according to a More...

US and Israel agree to fight ‘bad actors’

Israel and the United States signed a new bilateral cybersecurity partnership agreement.  More...