Month: August 2018

Israel Commits to Gaza Reconstruction in Hamas Cease-fire Deal

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel has committed to the reconstruction of Gaza and discussing the possibility of airports and seaports in the Hamas-controlled coastal territory.

Details have begun to emerge regarding these and other terms of the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire deal between Israel and Hamas, Haaretz reported  Thursday. Its implementation began Wednesday following months of escalating tensions between the two sides.

According to senior Israeli officials who spoke to Haaretz, the deal includes six main clauses, including “a comprehensive cease-fire; the reopening of Gaza’s border crossings and expansion of the permitted fishing zone; medical and humanitarian assistance;…

Israel Sees a Dwindling Number of Startups

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel is known as the “Startup Nation,” but the number of companies launched there has dwindled in the past few years.

The Globes financial news website reported that the number of startups has decreased to 700 in 2017 from 1,000 in 2014, according to data from Startup Nation Central, an Israeli NGO. Meanwhile, the number of startup closures rose to 468 in 2016 from 221 in 2014. Last year, 408 startups were shut down.

Meir Valman, an analyst for Startup Nation Central, told Globes that he believed that many entrepreneurs were unable to obtain the necessary capital…

Cannabis Flavored Ice Cream? This Israeli is Helping Pioneer the Product.

The cannabis ice cream sold in Israel is making waves. (pxhere)

(JTA) — The Vaniglia ice cream chain is popular in Israel for offering over 60 flavors. It recently added a notable new one to its roster: cannabis.

The Israeli chain, which has over a dozen locations, has sold the flavor in stores since March.

Sadly for stoners, the ice cream doesn’t contain any THC, the active psychoactive ingredient found in marijuana. The…

Ilhan Omar, Who Once Called Israel an ‘Apartheid Regime,’ Wins Congressional Primary in Minnesota

Ilhan Omar, a candidate for U.S. Congress, speaking at a Hillary for Minnesota event at the University of Minnesota, October 2016. (Lorie Shaull/Flickr)

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Ilhan Omar, who once called Israel an “apartheid regime,” but who more recently came out against the boycott Israel movement, handily won the Democratic nomination in a Minneapolis-area congressional district.

Omar, a Somalia-born community activist and representative in the State House, is favored to win…

Michigan Congressional Candidate Rashida Tlaib Endorses One-state Solution, Pledges to Slash Israeli Military Aid

(JTA) — A Michigan Democrat who is all but certain to become a congresswoman said she would “absolutely” vote against military aid to Israel, sparking criticism from a Jewish Democratic group.

The candidate, Rashida Tlaib, also said in an interview that she favors a one-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as opposed to a two-state solution that would establish a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

Tlaib, the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, recently won the Democratic nomination in Michigan’s 13th Congressional District. The Republicans are not running a candidate in the Detroit-area district.

She is one of two Muslim women likely…