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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Tuesday, June 27, 2017


During the 20th Maccabiah Games next month, about 7,000 Jewish athletes from 80 countries will descend upon the Holy Land to join 2,500 Israeli athletes in the Olympic-style competition.

Held every four years, the Jewish multi-sport competition is the world’s third-largest sporting event. From July 4-18, the Maccabiah Games will have the added significance of coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the reunification of this year’s host city, Jerusalem.

“Fifty years after unification, we have finally returned the Maccabiah to its rightful place, Jerusalem—the capital of Israel,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat told reporters Tuesday.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is considering shutting down the local offices of Arab satellite broadcaster Al Jazeera, an official said Tuesday, following a crackdown against Qatar by Sunni countries across the region.

Saudi Arabia has been leading an effort to isolate Qatar, accusing the energy-rich Gulf state, and the Qatari-backed channel, of supporting violent Islamic groups across the Middle East.

Jordan and Saudi Arabia have closed Al Jazeera's local offices, while the channel and

The Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court ordered Yedioth Ahronoth journalist Yigal Sarna Sunday to pay Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara NIS 100,000 ($28,271) in damages and a further NIS 15,000 in legal costs.

The ruling stemmed from a post on Sarna’s Facebook page alleging that following a vocal argument between the couple, Sara Netanyahu had thrown her husband out of their car on the main Tel Aviv-Jerusalem highway, forcing the prime minister’s convoy to a halt until the marital

Some 7,000 foreign athletes 80 countries will arrive in Israel on July 4 for the 20th Maccabiah Games, where they will join around 2,500 Israeli athletes in the quadrennial Olympic-style competition for the Jewish world. 

The games, which this time around are themed 80 Countries, One Heart, include 40 different sports, with competition taking place in four categories: Youth, Open, Masters and Paralympics. In addition to the athletes, more than 20,000 family members and sports fans will attend

Israeli residents of Judea and Samaria said Sunday that there is “no situation” they would be willing to accept a political agreement that Jewish settlements in place under Palestinian sovereignty.

“Are you kidding me,” said Avi Roeh, the head of the Binyamin Regional Council, referring to a report in the Haaretz newspaper that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu asked the Obama administration in 2014 to provide assurances that Israeli settlers would be allowed to remain in their homes under the