Family and friends mourning at the funeral ceremony of Ido Ben Ari.
Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90/JTA.

Tel Aviv traumatised but refuses to cower

A traumatised Tel Aviv sent a defiant message to terrorists this week, insisting that it’s business as usual across the city – even in the cafe where four people were murdered last Wednesday (June 8).

Lighting candles in Zion Square in memory of the Orlando victims.

Israel stands with Orlando

With shtreimels and pride flags, they absorbed the tragedy together, members of Jerusalem’s LGBTI community and members of its Charedi community.


Terror in Tel Aviv

Four people were killed and three were seriously injured in a shooting at an outdoor shopping center in Tel Aviv. Two gunmen carried out the apparent terror attack and were shot and disarmed,

Prosecutor Matan Akiva argues with Leifer's defence lawyers Yehuda Fried and Adi Niv in court. Photo: Nathan Jeffay.

Leifer wins appeal, remains free

JERUSALEM - Former Adass Israel head teacher Malka Leifer has been enjoying a taste of freedom this week, as her alleged victims come to terms with the knowledge that she’s unlikely to face extradition proceedings any time soon.

Former Adass Israel head teacher Malka Leifer.

Leifer ruling devastating

Alleged sex offender Malka Leifer will live in Israel as a free woman, a Jerusalem court has ruled, bringing the long-running case for her extradition to stand trial in Australia […]

Reuven Rivlin (left) with Jordanian ambassador Walid Obeidat. Photo: Mark Neiman/GPO.

Celebrating Jordan’s 70th anniversary

Israel’s neighbour marked its 70th birthday last week, and as Jordan celebrated, Israel’s president joined the party.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel's new Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman arriving at a joint press conference in the Knesset on Monday, May 30. Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90/JTA.

Bibi, Lieberman back Arab peace plan

The Israeli government is ready to consider a 14-year-old Saudi Arabian plan for the end of the Israeli-Arab conflict, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an unexpected announcement on Monday.

Avigdor Lieberman with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Concern over Lieberman’s return to power

There were mixed reactions from the Australian Jewish community this week to the news that Yisrael Beitenu leader Avigdor Lieberman was set to join the Israeli government as Defence Minister. The hawkish politician is poised to replace Moshe Ya’alon, who quit last week after clashing with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Leader of the Israel Beyteinu political party Avigdor Liberman leads a press conference in the Israeli parliament on May 18, 2016. Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

US will work with Lieberman

The United States said it would work with the successor to Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon, following his resignation. “We appreciate Mr. Yaalon’s leadership and partnership as defense minister and […]

From left: Jillian Segal, Lucy Turnbull, Dave Sharma and Rachel Lord.

PM’s wife tours Israel

JERUSALEM – The Prime Minister’s wife headed a group of top businesswomen on a mission to Israel this week, leading them on a hectic itinerary of high-tech innovators, universities and local politicians.