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Past articles by Aron:

Israeli model Bar Refaeli signs plea bargain for tax evasion

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli top model Bar Refaeli signed a plea bargain agreement with authorities on Tuesday to settle a long-standing tax evasion case against her and her family. The deal will require Refaeli to serve nine months of community service while her mother, Zipi, will be sent to prison for 16 months. The two are also ordered to pay a $1. 5 million fine on top of millions of back taxes… → Read More

Settler leader: Netanyahu moving ahead with annexation plans

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has assured Jewish settlers that he is going ahead with plans to begin annexing parts of the occupied West Bank next month, a settler representative said Monday. Netanyahu told a group of settler leaders late Sunday that President Donald Trump's Mideast plan allowing the annexation has not been finalized, Oded Revivi, mayor of the Efrat… → Read More

Israel's Netanyahu attacks justice system as trial begins

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's corruption trial has begun → Read More

Prime Minister Netanyahu Attacks Israel's Justice System as His Corruption Trial Begins

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Sunday launched a tirade against the nation's justice system as his corruption trial got underway. → Read More

Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shoc… → Read More

Jewish extremist convicted in arson that killed Arab toddler

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli district court on Monday convicted a Jewish extremist of murder in a 2015 arson attack that killed a Palestinian toddler and his parents, a case that had sent shock waves through Israel and helped fuel months of Israeli-Palestinian violence. The court ruled that the Jewish settler Amiram Ben-Uliel hurled firebombs late one night into a West Bank home in July 2015 as a… → Read More

After 3 Divisive Elections, Israel Finally Swears in a New Government

Over the weekend, both Prime Minister Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner Benny Gantz announced appointments for the new government. → Read More

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor reclaimed Nazi-looted artwork

He escaped Germany on the eve of World War II before his family perished, served in the Israeli pre-state militia and then built a successful law practice in New York City, narrowly escaping the 9/11 attacks → Read More

Swearing-in of new Israeli government delayed by infighting

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-partner, Benny Gantz, on Thursday postponed the swearing-in of their controversial new government as the Israeli leader rushed to quell infighting within his Likud party. → Read More

Israeli army: Soldier killed by rock during West Bank raid

The Israeli military says a soldier was killed during a West Bank arrest raid when a rock struck him in the head → Read More

Netanyahu secures backing to form new Israeli government

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally received the support of a majority of lawmakers to lead a new government, paving the way for a controversial power-sharing deal with his rival-turned-partner → Read More

Israeli survivors remember Holocaust amid virus quarantine

Israel’s aging population of Holocaust survivors finds itself on the country’s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day this year much like they were during World War II, alone and in fear of the unknown → Read More

Experts: Coronvirus brings spike in anti-Semitic sentiments

Israeli researchers say the global coronavirus outbreak has sparked a rise in anti-Semitic expression blaming Jews for the spread of the disease and the economic recession it has caused → Read More

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor was Israel’s 1st virus victim

Arie Even survived the Holocaust in Hungary, and some other close calls since, but he couldn’t escape the wrath of the global pandemic ravaging the elderly → Read More

Lives Lost: Holocaust survivor was Israel’s 1st virus victim

JERUSALEM (AP) — As a child in Hungary, Arie Even survived the Holocaust by taking shelter along with his mother and brother after his father was shipped to a notorious concentration... → Read More

Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival met Tuesday in an effort to finalize an agreement on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent another costly and divisive election. → Read More

Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival are trying to agree on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent yet another costly and divisive election → Read More

Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival are trying to agree on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent yet another costly and divisive election → Read More

Israeli PM and rival look to finalize emergency unity deal

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival met Tuesday in an effort to finalize an agreement on an emergency government that would tackle the coronavirus threat and prevent another costly and divisive election. The meeting between Netanyahu and former military chief Benny Gantz followed an overnight session in which the two asked for, and received, a deadline… → Read More

Prisoners riot in Iran; Netanyahu goes into self-quarantine

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Prisoners in southern Iran broke cameras and caused other damage during a riot, state media reported Monday, the latest in a series of violent prison disturbances in the country, which is battling the most severe coronavirus outbreak in the Middle East. Israel meanwhile announced that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will enter self-quarantine after an aide tested positive… → Read More