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UK reportedly considering moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Prime Minister Lapid to announce Israel's commitment to a two-state solution at UN General Assembly, Israel bracing for wave of immigrants from RussiaSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Terrorist who murdered 84-year-old Israeli woman in Holon found dead, in apparent suicide. Prime Minister Lapid meets Jordan's King Abdullah in New York. Israel completes successful test of advanced anti-ship missile system.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On the eve of the new year, the unexpected ringing of the phone pierces the silence of art dealer Yitzhak Niemand's home. The faint voice heard over the line belongs to a mysterious art collector, who insists on meeting him urgently to discuss a stolen painting. Thus begins the debut novel of author Joseph Sissman, An Art Dealer Named Niemand. Drawing on his own familiarity with the international art world as an art dealer and former gallery owner, Sissman spins a mysterious and thrilling tale that delves into one of the darkest periods of human history. He spoke to KAN reporter Naomi Segal about the book. (Photo credit: Bar Gordon) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shots fired at IDF post in northern Samaria; Palestinian security forces arrest Hamas operative in Nablus. Prime Minister Lapid arrives in New York ahead of UN General Assembly. Ahead of Rosh Hashanah. Israel's population approaches 9.6 millionSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chile has apologized to Israel over the recent diplomatic incident when the country's president, Gabriel Boric, refused to accept the credentials of incoming Israeli Ambassador Gil Artzyeli, against the backdrop of the death of a Palestinian youth during an IDF operation. The acting Chilean foreign minister, in a phone call with the director-general of Israel's foreign ministry. stressed that ties with Israel are important for Chile. The acceptance of credentials ceremony has been rescheduled for September 30th. The current president of Chile is a known critic of Israel. Prof. Michael Ehrlich, of the Department of Middle Eastern Studies at Bar-Ilan University, spoke with KAN reporter Naomi Segal about the incident and Israel-Chile relations. (Photo: Associated Press) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Expert says water leakage source of huge sinkhole in Tel Aviv highway. Prime Minister Lapid to meet Turkey's Erdogan along sidelines of UN General Assembly. 3,300-year-old Ramses II-era burial cave found under Israeli beachSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Will the security situation in Judea and Samaria escalate further? Brig. Gen. (res) Yossi Kuperwasser, a senior fellow at the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs and former head of the research division of the IDF intelligence branch spoke to KAN reporter Naomi Segal about the developments. (Photo: IDF Spokesperson's Unit) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This year's Israel Festival opens today and runs until next Thursday, 22nd September. This year's festival includes fifteen works made of water and spirit – 15 works from Israel and around the world that have been meticulously hand-picked and developed. A mixture of spectacular, large-scale cultural happenings and personal, intimate performances. Almost all the works occur in one place – the Jerusalem Theater: on its stages, beside them, above them, underneath them. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with the festival's artistic director Itay Mautner about what we can expect. (Photo: Courtesy)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
It has been exactly two years since the Abraham Accords have been signed, ushering in full and flourishing diplomatic and economic ties between Israel and the United Arab Emirates. These paved the way for diplomatic relations with three other Arab countries: Bahrain, Morocco and Sudan. Dan Feferman, Global Affairs Director at Sharaka and founding member of the UAE-Israel Business Council, said that if the enthusiastic and positive momentum of the Abraham Accords can be sustained then more Arab countries will want to join in the coming years. (photo: flash90) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Marvel Studios has announced that it was introducing the comic book heroine Sabra in its upcoming film “Captain America: New World Order.” The comic book superhero is to be played by Israeli actress Shira Haas. Calev Ben David is the anchor for the nightly news program “The Rundown” at I-24 News, and is also a long-time comic book fan. Ben-David said he suspects the character in the upcoming Captain America film will likely focus on conspiracy theories, neo-Nazis and anti-Semitism. He told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that having already introduced a Muslim superhero, Ms. Marvel, they figured they could also have an Israeli superhero. (photo: Marvel) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
IDF kill 2 Arab gunmen on frontier in northern Samaria in a firefight that also killed an IDF major. Clandestine meeting reportedly held between top Israeli and Palestinian Authority security officials over growing lawlessness in northern West Bank.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Palestinian gunmen fire on defense ministry engineering equipment by seam line near Gilboa crossing. Medical residents pull resignation letters after PM intervenes. United States returns to Israel rare, ancient silver coin minted during Jewish revolt. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
IDF Chief of Staff Lt. Gen. Aviv Kochavi has warned Hizbullah against acting on its threat to attack either the Karish drilling platform or any other Israeli target. An unnamed Israeli political official said that Israel intended to “operate Karish the moment the work is completed, and any attack on the platform will be met with our response,” adding, “The Lebanese government needs to make a decision.” US Special Envoy Amos Hochstein, after talks last week with Israeli and Lebanese officials, spoke optimistically about the Israeli-Lebanese negotiations and said that very good progress had been made. Senior Lebanese officials also said that most of the issues have been resolved. The right-wing Jerusalem-based policy forum Kohelet says a referendum must be held to approve any agreement with Lebanon on a maritime border. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with lawyer Avraham Shalev from the Kohelet Forum legal department. (Photo:AP)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Prime Minister Yair Lapid is in Germany Monday for talks with President Steinmeier, Chancellor Scholz, Foreign Minister Baerbock and other senior officials. They will discuss, among other things, the issue of the Iranian nuclear program. The prime minister is accompanied by five Holocaust survivors. Jeremy Issacharoff served as Israel's ambassador to Germany between 2017-2022. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke to him about Prime Minister Lapid's trip, asking him first about the state of bilateral relations. (Photo:GPO)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Today marks the 21st anniversary of the 9/11 al Qaeda terrorist attacks in the United States that killed 3,000 people and set off America's War on Terror. On the outskirts of Jerusalem is the only memorial outside of the United States that commemorates that event. This evening a ceremony was held there, attended by the US ambassador to Israel, dignitaries and top officials from Keren Kayemet L'Israel, the JNF which set up the memorial. Representing the JNF was David Borowich Yaari, director of the board of KKL. He told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that commemorating 9/11 was also a message that when people make threats against Israel and Jews they have to be taken seriously and confronted. (photo: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Prime Minister Lapid says campaign against Iran nuclear deal working. Security forces detain Palestinian woman with knife at road block. Yisrael Beiteinu's Liberman ramps up rhetoric against Netanyahu. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Israeli security forces arrest four Palestinians suspected of aiding terrorists who carried out Jordan Valley bus shooting attack earlier this week. IDF soldier shoots and kills Palestinian who attacked him with a hammer. Israel pressing UN nuclear watchdog member states to act against IranSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A very rare parchment from the time of the First Temple, over 2,600 years ago, that had been given to an American woman and hanged on a wall in the western state of Montana in the United States for the past 55 years, has been recovered by antiquity agents and returned to Israel. The fragment, which contains four lines of paleo-Hebrew script and addressed to a man called Ishamel, is to be presented to the public at a conference next week in Jerusalem. Reporter Arieh O'Sullivan spoke with Dr. Joe Uziel, head of the Dead Sea Scrolls Unit at the Israel Antiquities Authority, about the parchment and its unique story. (photo: Yonatan Sindel/flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The uptick in violence in the West Bank has been blamed on the weakening of the Palestinian Authority. It also comes as the Iranian regime is funneling funds to extremist Arab fundamentalist terrorist organizations such as the Islamic Jihad and Hamas who are filling the vacuum in the West Bank with a growing support of armed resistance to Israel. Dr. Kobi Michael, editor of Strategic Assessment at the INSS, said that a third intifada was not on the horizon but more violence definitely was, mainly because the Palestinian Authority and its leaders were so weak. (photo: Nasser Ishtayeh/flash90) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
IDF troops kill Arab bomb thrower during arrest raid in West Bank, army prepares to deploy armed drones in territories, Syria says the Allepo airport was knocked out by Israeli air force strike overnightSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In the north, the IDF is on alert, Iron Dome batteries are deployed and the navy has reinforced its presence around the Karish natural gas fields in the eastern Mediterranean. This as Hizbullah Has reportedly carried out the largest mobilization of its forces since the 2066 Second Lebanon War. Lt.-Col. (reserves) Sarit Zehavi, CEO and founder of Alma research and education center, said Hizbullah has been steadily beefing up its forces along the Israeli frontier. She told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that Nasrallah wants to raise tensions in order to prevent any signs of normalization to be created in the US-mediated talks between the two countries. (photo: alma) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
IDF forces demolish home of terrorist who carried out Tel Aviv bar shooting. President Herzog says world must act against Iranian efforts to develop nuclear weapons. Israel's head of mission in Morocco summoned to Jerusalem amid allegations of improprieties at mission.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
The Jerusalem municipality has spent about 100 million shekels over the last 5 years on building and maintaining religious buildings, but all of the money has been allocated for orthodox synagogues. The Hiddush NGO for religious freedom and equality claims no funds have been allocated for Christian and Muslim communities or liberal strands of Judaism. The municipality claims they didn't receive funding requests from these religious bodies during this period. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Uri Regev , the head of Hiddush. (Photo: David Cohen/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Yaakov Katz, editor in chief of the Jerusalem Post and a veteran defense correspondent, said that the appointment of the next IDF chief of general staff at this time of security necessity and political uncertainty was the most prudent step to take. He told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that Maj.-Gen. Herzi Halevi was likely the best man for the post and brought with him a hefty record of combat experience. (photo: Miriam Alster/flash90) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
At least 5 Israelis wounded in Jordan Valley shooting attack; 2 terrorists apprehended, searches continue. President Herzog travels to Germany for 50th anniversary commemorations of 1972 Munich Olympics massacre. Prime Minister Lapid says Israel is pressuring US on Iran deal without a crisis in tiesSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As the 125th Anniversary of the First Zionist Congress in Basel was being marked this week another pioneering body also came to Switzerland to address a more contemporary challenge for the Jewish people and the globe. The Keren Kayemet L'israel, known in English as the Jewish National Fund, got its start at the 5th Zionist Congress 120 years ago. Now it opened the main Anniversary highlighting the fight against the Climate Crisis and global warming. Judith (Yu ‘dith) Perl-Strasser, Emissary KKL-JNF Israel in Switzerland and Austria, spoke to reporter Arieh O'Sullivan about the panel and the challenges of the climate crisis. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
For the first time Beit Shemesh is holding a race just for women. The event will take place on Thursday 15th September. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Beit Shemesh Deputy Mayor Rena Hollander. (Photo:Courtesy)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A former and the last leader of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev has passed away at the age of 91 after a long illness. It was during his rule that the gates of the Iron Curtain began to open and large numbers of Soviet Jews immigrated to Israel. Galia Golan, a professor emeritus from Hebrew University of Jerusalem, said Gorbachev's legacy unleashed forces that led to the collapse of the Soviet empire, was widely despised at home but his moves led to the end of the Cold War. (photo: Steve Linde) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Schools to open as schedule tomorrow after strike averted, President Isaac Herzog eulogizes former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev who passed away at 91. Settler leader accuses Palestinian Authority destroying Jewish and Christian heritage sites in West Bank with European Union fundsSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Palestinians wanted for terror attack surrender after gunfight with Israeli security forces. Two Jewish worshipers wounded, one seriously, in shooting attack at Joseph's Tomb. Families of 11 Israelis murdered at 1972 Munich Games reportedly accept new German government compensation offer See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As we mark 125 years of the birth of the Zionist movement, Israel has become a vital and dynamic homeland for the Jewish people. Prof. Yossi Shain, a Knesset member from the Israel Beitenu Party, says that the Zionist revolution changed history and has made Israel the center of the Jewish people but that Zionism is a never ending process. A former head of the school of government and international affairs at Tel Aviv University and professor emeritus of international affairs at Georgetown University, Shain says that a schism has opened between Israel and liberal Jews, mainly in the United States. He told reporter Arieh O'Sullivan that Herzl's vision for a shelter for all Jews was still valid and efforts needed to be made not to let it be governed by extreme religious groups. (photo: WZO) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Iran's Raisi says no point in discussing new nuclear deal if UN watchdog agency does not close probes into uranium traces at undeclared sites. Israeli security forces, Palestinian gunmen exchange fire during arrest operation near Jenin. Manufacturers Association asks labor court to bar teachers from strikingSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Against the backdrop of the teachers' threat to strike the new school year unless the government improves their wages and work conditions, a new report by the Shoresh Institution for Socioeconomic Research has found that Israeli teachers earn more, comparatively, than counterparts in OECD countries. While the average monthly salary of Israeli teachers is low compared to the average OECD teacher's monthly salary, when adjusted for teaching hours and national living standards, Israeli teachers receive up to 23 percent higher wages than the OECD average. According to the report, these findings underscore a need to rethink more broadly how Israel chooses, trains and compensates its teachers. Prof. Dan Ben-David, President of the Shoresh Institution and an economist at Tel Aviv University, spoke to KAN reporter Naomi Segal about the study. (Photo: First day of school, 2017. Hadas Parush/Flash90)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A new report from IMPACT-se , analyzing textbooks in the Iranian curriculum, indicates a greater degree of radicalization than in previous reports.Findings show that the Islamic Republic's curriculum provides educational content that continues to teach students about the prospect of a global war to spread the Islamist-Khomeinist revolution from as early as the first grade. The world is divided between followers of Iran's global revolution and those who oppose it. Students are taught that Arab proxy militias are part of the Iranian regime and core to its goals. IMPACT-se CEO Marcus Sheff spoke about the report with KAN's Mark Weiss. (Photo:AP)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Lapid, Biden in talks for meeting next month as Washington nearer to signing new nuclear agreement with Iran. Israeli security forces thwart weapons smuggling attempt. Treasury, teacher's union blame each other for impasse in wage negotiations. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Our weekly wrap on culture and lifestyle stories in Israel. On this program: Eight women's intimate and extensive reflections on their lives results in a new dance work, "Mamo"; archaeologists uncover a 1,200 year old vast rural estate in the Negev; a tribute to Elvis at a Jerusalem foothills' gas station diner; engaging the younger generation on Israel. (Photo: Arieh O'Sullivan)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Highway 16, a multi-billion shekel new road that cuts through four tunnels, seven bridges and three interchanges to bring a new entrance to the city of Jerusalem opens next week. While built ahead of schedule - one benefit of the COVID pandemic - the new road is expected to ease congestion into the capital. But critics say it will exacerbate leaving town and did not adequately address public transportation. Reporter Arieh O'Sullivan spoke with Prof. Eran Feitelson, of the department of geography at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, about the new road. (photo: Tzachi Kraus) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Danny Danon, chairman of World Likud and a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations, says the current Israeli government was too slow in mounting opposition to the emerging Iran nuclear deal. Danon, who won a realistic spot in the Likud party primaries and hopes to return to the Knesset in the November 1 election, told KAN reporter Naomi Segal that Israel and moderate Arab nations of the region must stand united in the face of the threat posed by Iran. (Photo: Iranian offensive missiles display. Shutterstock)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Defense Minister Gantz heading to Washington amid expectations new Iran nuclear deal imminent. Zehava Gal-On returns to lead Meretz. Israeli kidnapped by criminals in Brazil, released several hours later for ransomSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
"Were I to sum up the Basel Congress in a word it would be this: At Basel I founded the Jewish State..." – so said the founder of modern Zionism Theodor Herzl. The World Zionist Organization is marking the 125th anniversary of the Basel Congress with a series of events in Israel and the world. The main event will be held in Basel, the site of the First Zionist Congress in 1897, in the hall where about 200 participants gathered at the invitation of Herzl, adopted the Basel Plan to establish a national home for the Jewish people in the land of Israel. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Yedidia Stern, president of the Jewish People Policy Institute, who will be one of the main speakers at next week's Basel anniversary gathering. (Photo:Courtesy)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
A few days ago marked the 45 anniversary of the death of Elvis Presley, well it turns out Elvis is alive and well and can be found at a truck stop in the Jerusalem foothills. I went there this past weekend and here's what I found. (photo: Arieh O'Sullivan)See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Marathon talks underway at treasury to try to avoid teacher's strike on September 1. Meretz, Religious Zionism parties holding primaries ahead of upcoming Knesset election. Israel's national security advisor due to meet with American counterpart amid Israeli opposition to new Iran nuclear deal.See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Shas spiritual leader, Rabbi Shalom Cohen, died Sunday night at the age of 91 at Hadassah Hospital Ein Kerem in Jerusalem, where he had been hospitalized this past week. Rabbi Cohen, a native of Jerusalem, served for many years as the principal of the Porat Yosef Yeshiva, which is considered to be the flagship yeshiva in the Sephardic-Haredi community. Rabbi Cohen was appointed president of Shas's Council of Torah Sages after Rabbi Ovadia Yosef's death eight years ago. Cohen was in and out of the hospital over the past year, and had been hospitalized in recent weeks for a leg infection. His condition deteriorated in recent days. Massive crowds of mourners from all over the country attended the funeral on Monday afternoon in Jerusalem. Rabbi Yehoshua Pfeffer is the head of the Haredi Israel division at the Tikvah Fund. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with him about the legacy of Rabbi Shalom Cohen. (Photo: Aharon Krohn/Flash90) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Hizbullah Secretary General Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah has warned that if his demands in the negotiations over the maritime border with Israel were not met, the terror organization would escalate tensions. “The issues of the maritime border, the Karish gas field and the issues of oil and gas—are unrelated to the nuclear agreement,” Nasrallah said with respect to the recent exchange of proposals between the world powers and Iran. “If Lebanon gets what it wants, there will be quiet. If not, we will escalate.” The dispute between Israel and Lebanon centers over demarcation of the maritime border in the Mediterranean sea. KAN's Mark Weiss spoke with Middle East strategic intelligence analyst Avi Melamed and asked him how seriously we should take the Hizbullah threats. (Photo:Flash90) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.