Israeli President Isaac Herzog warns of a looming, bloody ‘real civil war’ amid battle over court reform

Israeli President Isaac Herzog warned of the possibility of civil war if the governing coalition won’t agree to a compromise on its judicial reform legislation. The statement is one of the most dire pronouncements by a senior Israeli official about the tumultuous fallout from the judicial proposal, which has sparked fierce debate, months of street protests and civil disobedience. And […]

Once-isolated Israeli border village is now a tourist hotspot

GHAJAR, Israel—A group of 40 tourists filed into Khateb Sweets on a recent Sunday afternoon, bringing chatter— and their cash and credit cards—to what had been a quiet cafe in this equally sedate village in the Golan Heights. They left after consuming pastries and hot tea spiced with ginger, anise, and cinnamon, whereupon an Israeli Jewish couple came in, then […]

In Turkey, a festival revives a jewel of the Sephardic world

IZMIR, Turkey—Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Prague has been a popular tourist destination for both Jewish travelers and others interested in Jewish history. The Nazis left many of city’s synagogues and Jewish sites relatively intact, intending to showcase them as the remnants of an extinct culture—and that allows the Czech capital to provide an uncommon look into the […]

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