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Israel and Turkey Reportedly Nearing Deal to Normalize Relations

(JNS.org) Former Middle East allies Israel and Turkey are reportedly nearing a deal to normalize relations.

Delegations from both sides, headed by Turkish Foreign Ministry Undersecretary Feridun Sinirlioğlu and a special envoy representing the Israeli prime...

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German Bank Closes Anti-Israel BDS Account

(JNS.org) Germany’s second-largest bank, Commerzbank, has reportedly closed an account affiliated with the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.

The Jerusalem Post, citing a “highly reliable source,” reported that the bank notified the account holder of the closure more than a month ago. This is the first known instance of a German bank censuring a pro-BDS account.

Commerzbank spokesman Michael Machauer said the bank could not identify the account holder nor discuss the closure “because of data protection and bank secrecy laws.” But the Jerusalem Post’s report raised the possibility that the account belongs...

In Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, an Outpouring of Solidarity for Orlando Terror Victims

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended his condolences over a mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Florida that left 50 people dead and more than 50 others injured on Sunday. The Islamic State has since claimed responsibility for the massacre, which is being investigated as an act of terror by the FBI.

“On behalf of the people and government of Israel, I extend our deepest condolences to the American people following last night’s horrific attack on the LGBT community in Orlando,” Netanyahu said in a statement. “Israel stands shoulder to shoulder with the United States at this moment of tragic loss. We send our heartfelt sympathies to the families of the victims and...

What Does the U.K.’s Vote on EU Membership Mean for Jews and Israel?

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Once controlling an empire spanning every continent, the United Kingdom has been undergoing an identity crisis in recent years. In 2014, Scotland, which has been part of the United Kingdom for over 300 years, held a referendum on whether to remain part of the country. Now, in 2016, after years of discontent with the European Union (EU), the British people will decide on whether or not to leave the 28-country bloc in a June 23 referendum.

For the British-Jewish community, which has faced growing anti-Semitism and anti-Zionism both within the U.K. and the EU, the decision holds a wide range of implications. Standing at roughly a quarter million people, the British-Jewish community is the...

Tel Aviv Terror Attack Shatters Five Myths

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The June 8 terrorist massacre in Tel Aviv exposed all five of the major myths that cloud discussions of Israel and the Palestinians.

Myth #1: “The problem is the settlements.”

This was not a massacre of “settlers.” The attack did not take place in some disputed territory. Nobody can claim that the victims “provoked” the violence by living in some predominantly Arab area. These were people drinking coffee in the heart of Tel Aviv.

Myth #2: “It was a reaction to the occupation.”

The attackers are residents of the village of Yatta. The Israeli occupation of Yatta ended when Israeli troops withdrew from the territories where 98 percent of the Palestinians reside in late...

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