Israel’s Landmark Conversion Ruling Won’t Do Much for Actual Converts

March 4 2021

Earlier this week, the Israeli Supreme Court issued a ruling that conversions performed by Conservative and Reform rabbis inside Israel are to be considered valid for naturalization purposes. (Previously, this was only true of non-Orthodox conversions performed in the Diaspora.) Bethany Mandel observes:

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More about: Conversion, Israeli politics, Judaism

Israel’s Naval Shadow War with Iran Comes Out into the Open

April 9 2021

Wednesday night, Israeli planes struck a weapons depot outside Damascus, reportedly killing three pro-Iran fighters. While such attacks have become both routine and widely known, the IDF has also been fighting the Islamic Republic at sea, a fact only recently brought to public attention because of an explosion on an Iranian military vessel on Tuesday. Ron Ben Yishai explains:

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More about: Iran, Israeli Security, Naval strategy, US-Israel relations