Israel’s president meets the pope and boasts of freedom of worship in his country

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has an audience with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Nov. 15, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/Israel Government Press Office)

(JTA) – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin at a private audience Thursday with Pope Francis emphasized that his country has “full freedom of worship for all religions in all holy places.”

At their Vatican meeting, the pope and Rivlin also discussed the need to build “greater mutual trust” between Israelis and Palestinians as a basis to resume negotiations and reach a just accord. A Vatican statement said they spoke about “the importance of building greater mutual trust in view of the resumption of negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians so as to reach an accord respecting the legitimate aspirations of both peoples.” [Read more…]

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More than 400 rockets hit southern Israel in less than 24 hours, one killed

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)
A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

A home in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon hit by a rocket fired from Gaza on Nov. 13, 2018. (Nati Shohat/Flash90)

(JTA) – One person was killed and two seriously injured after a rocket fired from Gaza landed on an apartment building, as southern Israel remained under rocket siege for a second day.

The rocket hit the upper floors of a four-story apartment in Ashkelon shortly before midnight on Monday night. The body and one of the injured women were discovered early on Tuesday morning under the debris of a fallen wall. [Read more…]

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‘Our hearts are broken’: The Jewish world reacts to the Pittsburgh synagogue attack

Police respond to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
Police respond to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

Police respond to a mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighbourhood of Pittsburgh, Oct. 27, 2018. (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue that has left 11 people dead has been described as “horrific,” “heinous” and “devastating” by Jewish leaders, politicians and Israeli leaders.

“Our hearts are broken,” the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh posted on Facebook, saying it was making an exception and using social media on Shabbat. [Read more…]

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Rivlin, at memorial for Yitzhak Rabin, says new generation does not understand danger of polarization

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin remembers the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a ceremony marking hte 23rd anniversary of his assassination (Mark Neiman/GPO)
Israeli president Reuven Rivlin remembers the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a ceremony marking hte 23rd anniversary of his assassination (Mark Neiman/GPO)

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin remembers the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin at a ceremony marking hte 23rd anniversary of his assassination (Mark Neiman/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – “Day by day, the generation that did not know Yitzhak grows,” Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin said at a ceremony marking the 23rd anniversary of the assassination of prime minister Yitzhak Rabin.

He expressed concern that the new generation does not understand the seriousness of the polarization and incitement that led to Rabin’s murder. [Read more…]

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