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SMILES: President Trump (center) was applauded at the White House Aug. 13 after announcing agreements to normalize diplomatic relations  between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, with (from left), Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, Special Representative for International Negotiations Avi Berkowitz, US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, Senior Adviser Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

UAE and Bahrain treaties could signal new era, Israel Consul-General says

October 5, 2020

New treaties with the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain -- only the third and fourth Arab countries to normalize diplomatic relations with Israel in...

PARTNERSHIP: UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson, right, met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at 10 Downing Street, the residence of the British prime minister, earlier this year. The two countries signed a trade agreement in February in case Brexit occurs.

Brexit fears? Israel has a separate trade deal with the UK, just in case

October 16, 2019

Leaving the European Union will mean that the United Kingdom — whose full moniker is the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland — will l...

Live coverage of Israeli election results

September 17, 2019

LIVE BLOG: Boiling Point Outside News Editor Sam Rubanowitz, Staff Writer Sivan Karz and History Teacher Mr. Jeremy Shine are giving updates and analysis...

COALITION: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with his security team March 26. Religious and defense-oriented parties  have held his government together in the past, and may again.

Israeli election chooses same old same old — but not exactly

May 20, 2019

After a tight race in Israel, it is almost definite that Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu will continue as Prime Minister, forming a coalition with r...

LABELS: Left means more government involvement and right means less - but sometimes they're reversed, as in the debate over abortion rights.

Right or left? In politics, it can be hard to tell

May 20, 2019

“Right” and “left” are used as political terms all the time today, but what do they mean? The political terms left and right date from 1789...

GOVERNING:   Israel’s parliament meeting in the Knesset in December before it was adjourned until after new elections. At center is Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party

Instability in Israeli government leads Netanyahu to call early elections

February 21, 2019

Elections in Israel are now set to take place seven months early, as instability within Knesset coalitions and corruption charges against Prime Minister...

MICHIGAN:  The University of Michigan’s Haven Hall, where the American Culture Department has its offices. The department adopted a BDS statement but does not require professors to follow its recommendations.

Michigan professors open new front in academic boycott of Israel

December 4, 2018

Unlike most acts of Israel boycotting on college campuses, which are led by student groups, two students at University of Michigan were denied letter of...

Pepsico buys Israel-based SodaStream for $3.2 billion

Pepsico buys Israel-based SodaStream for $3.2 billion

September 23, 2018

On Aug. 20, another Israeli company came off the shelves, as SodaStream sold to U.S. based PepsiCo in a deal valued at $3.2 billion. Following the sale, PepsiCo stated that it would allow the home soda-making compa...

BERETS:   IDF Private Rachel Lester, Shalhevet class of 2012, posed with her camera at sunrise at the end of the Nahal Beret March last summer. The recruits later received their green berets.  Photo by Samantha Sharpe.

From fact-checks to Facebook, Shalhevet alum helps IDF tell its story

September 7, 2018

Imagine you’re watching gruesome raw footage of people running with weapons, setting fire to wide swathes of land and threatening harm.  Now imagin...

Hamas leaders called on the crowds to cross into Israel. IDF sniper fire killed more than 100, most but not all fighters.

Was IDF Gaza action justified? Students struggle but most say yes

June 5, 2018

Shalhevet students were mostly supportive of the actions of Israeli soldiers who shot into crowds of Palestinian protesters gathered at the Israel-Gaza bor...

TABLE TALK: Netanyahu may face charges; new U.S. tax plan takes effect

TABLE TALK: Netanyahu may face charges; new U.S. tax plan takes effect

May 16, 2018

Netanyahu accused of corruption Investigations into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara have led to three suggested charges ...

CROWD: 18,000 people filled the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington DC on March 5 to hear from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

At AIPAC conference, Netanyahu was ‘like a friend’

March 29, 2018

For Shalhevet’s delegates to this year’s AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington, D.C., an appearance by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was...

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