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The unravelling of US policy on Syria is continuing almost two weeks after President Trump decided to withdraw US troops from the border with Turkey.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:32 am

Kirchner led Argentina from 2007 to 2015, but was defeated in the wake of a wave of corruption charges.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:31 am

Fearful of having their heads crushed, or being dragged to death, more than 200,000 people have fled the war made possible by the US decision to withdraw.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 2:02 am

“Ethnically heterogeneous societies exhibit less political and civic engagement, less effective governing institutions, and fewer public goods.”
Posted: October 20, 2019, 1:41 am

Maj.-Gen. Kamil Abu Rukun, the head of COGAT, explained that Israel could not allow unilateral boycotts that damage the economies of both sides.
Posted: October 20, 2019, 1:01 am

The settlement is often associated with right-wing extremism.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 11:18 pm

The leader of the terrorist group threatened that his supporters would go out into the protests if necessary.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 11:13 pm

Alejandro Amenábar’s While at War, a film about the Spanish Civil War, won the Carmel International Competition.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 8:34 pm

Israel has participated in a number of international conferences in the Persian Gulf for various reasons
Posted: October 19, 2019, 8:07 pm

The title comes from a quote from Victor Hugo that says that the best years of a life are those still to be lived, which opens the film.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 8:01 pm

Issachar was arrested in April with 9.5 grams of cannabis in her checked luggage in Russia and was sentenced to a whopping seven and a half years in prison.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:44 pm

Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook that if the embargo is not renewed, there would be dire consequences for the Middle East
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:25 pm

The truce also aimed to ease a crisis triggered by President Donald Trump's abrupt decision earlier this month to withdraw all 1,000 U.S. troops from northern Syria
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:23 pm

Gantz spoke at a small ceremony in Naharyim, in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Israeli-Jordanian peace deal
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:15 pm

After the election on September 17, Netanyahu recognized that with Likud one seat shy of Blue and White there was a greater chance that Benny Gantz would be tasked with forming the next coalition.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 7:09 pm

Sharma claims that the amount of time it is taking the Israeli justice system to decide on Leifer's extradition is causing friction between the two countries
Posted: October 19, 2019, 6:13 pm

While originally Greenblatt planned to stay until after the peace plan was published, its numerous delays have caused him to decide to announce his official resignation date
Posted: October 19, 2019, 5:59 pm

The move by parliament increases the chances that Brexit will be delayed.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 5:38 pm

Zohar Tsizner, on her flight back from Thailand with her family, suffered from respiratory distress in Russian skies.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 5:14 pm

Secretary of State defends ceasefire deal with Turkey. Says it will save lives. US will work to stop Iranian arm transfers.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 5:09 pm

Hamas: Elections for presidency and parliament must be held simultaneously
Posted: October 19, 2019, 4:44 pm

The seafood company Thai Union Group, the world's largest producer of canned tuna products, has committed an initial $30 million to the venture fund.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 4:28 pm

“I want to send a message that we cannot as African-Americans progress without coalitions, and our greatest coalition partner has been the Jewish people in America,” cummings told WBALTV 11 in May.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 4:21 pm

Matthias Haghnejad, leader of the Iranian church, and eight other members have been sentenced to five years in prison after a short trial alongside eight more
Posted: October 19, 2019, 3:57 pm

Companies must have at least one female founder and must have raised no more than $5 million in "combined equity funding and/or debt loans upon date of application" in order to be eligible to apply.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 3:03 pm

“When the government takes measures that restore people's trust, the Lebanese people will accept,” Hezbollah-run news website Al-Ahed tweeted him as saying.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 2:49 pm

The son of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took to social media on Friday to call Channel 12 and 13 “anti-Israeli propaganda.”
Posted: October 19, 2019, 8:15 am

In a tweet thread, Cohen wrote that Zuckerberg allowing offensive speech on Facebook is like a restaurant welcoming antisemites who shout antisemitic insults.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 4:13 am

Jessica Meir, the Israeli-Swedish NASA astronaut on an all-female spacewalk told him it wasn't.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 1:53 am

Members of Congress are demanding answers as to why the State Department mentions Islamic State but not white supremacy groups.
Posted: October 19, 2019, 1:16 am

The 30-year old man, was arrested by officers at the station and attempted to attack them with a knife.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 9:45 pm

Last week, the three Democratic-led U.S. House of Representatives committees leading the impeachment probe issued a subpoena for Perry.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 3:42 pm

The film is written and directed by Taika Waititi, a Maori Jew most recognized for writing and directing the recent “Thor: Ragnarok” movie — he also stars as Hitler.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 3:10 pm

The vaccine is already being used under emergency guidelines to try to protect people against the spread of a deadly Ebola outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 1:33 pm

The return of Iraq’s Jews – and why it matters today.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 10:36 am

Changing Israel’s mind-set
Posted: October 18, 2019, 10:15 am

Islamic State, that most malignant expression of the Sunni Islamist trend, was the natural enemy of this emergent Kurdish autonomy.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 10:06 am

32-year-old Michal Sela's killing is a perfect example of pundits and the public trying to make sense of it by adopting a socio-political stance before the ink of the printing presses are dry.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 10:35 pm

Neither side – Likud or Blue and White – have shown flexibility or interest in budging from their current positions.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 10:30 pm

By detailing the lives and achievements of five Jewish activists, Loeffler provides a deeply researched account of the struggle for Jewish minority rights, and what that struggle morphed into.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:59 pm

‘Someone close to Trump knows the story, but has not responded,’ mother of imprisoned Israeli-American tells ‘Post’
Posted: October 17, 2019, 9:14 pm

Last week, Karen told a Women for Trump group, “Don’t be afraid to get on your knees” to pray for Trump.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 8:00 pm

We are reminded of the Talmud’s teaching that the Sukkah represents the ananei hakavod, the miraculous “Clouds of Glory” that protected the Jewish people for 40 years in the desert.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:42 pm

Improved security control in face of terrorism shifts focus to country’s beauty, diversity
Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:17 pm

L1ght is an anti-toxicity start-up that declares child safety its first priority.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 7:09 pm

Investors around the world "are looking at Israeli stocks, but they really want to get into Israeli start-ups," OurCrowd CEO and founder Jon Medved told The Jerusalem Post.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 6:12 pm

“As soon as they knew I could speak German, they wanted me to work for military intelligence,” she said.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 5:31 pm

Starting at 10:00 a.m. there will be a family-friendly festival including a performance by singer Nasrin Kadri, an African circus, a dance company, drum circles, performances for children and clowns.
Posted: October 17, 2019, 11:29 am

“Nothing’s off the table and nothing’s too high or low brow for me. I mean – look at my face – I’m literally all brow.”
Posted: October 16, 2019, 12:24 am

Turkish media, all supporting the invasion, would call the murder of Khalaf a “neutralization” of a “terrorist."
Posted: October 14, 2019, 10:01 pm

Issachar, a 25-year-old Israeli-American, was arrested in April during a connection flight in Russia with nine grams of marijuana on her person.
Posted: October 13, 2019, 7:41 am

The company announced its new target on Monday and will use no more than 386,000 tons of new plastic per year, down from 772,000 tons in 2018.
Posted: October 12, 2019, 2:49 pm

Netanyahu said that the IDF is prepared – offensively and defensively – to deal with any threat, and has “overwhelming power” to do so.
Posted: October 10, 2019, 6:23 pm

Caused by burning of landfill waste, according to the report. However, emissions from the industrial Haifa Bay area – traditionally a major source of pollution – continued to decrease.
Posted: October 7, 2019, 10:21 am

A close-knit English-speaking community in Ashkelon is stunned to discover a murky secret.
They were right under our collective noses and had been since June 2017. Hannah and Mark Schwartz, a lovely California couple. He, 74, a retired medical researcher, and Hannah, 67, a successful PR marketer. They were members of the (mostly) Anglo synagogue near the Ashkelon beach across the street from the small apartment where they lived. They went to services every Shabbat and holiday in a synagogue where members from every English-speaking country in the world were represented and they fit in just fine.

They were very active in the congregation, went to shiurim (classes) and synagogue functions, and had lots of friends – all Anglos. They went out to dinner often, socialized, were very well liked and well-respected members of the Ashkelon Anglo community.

While everyone would talk about their kids and show off their grandkids, Hannah and Mark never went into any detail other than to casually mention that they had four kids and several grandkids, but never a photo was seen in their home, except for one of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, Menachem Schneerson. They were ambiguous about their lives in California, but very interested in their friends’ and their families. They had no driver’s license or a car, nor were they members of any of the country’s health funds. They were inseparable, always did things together. There was no reason to suspect anything out of the ordinary – just another retired American couple, enjoying their life in the country that they said they loved and the lovely city of Ashkelon that they had truly embraced. Mark, a former surfer, told me this city of 138,000 with its beautiful beaches and comfortable climate was pretty close to home.

Not being a member of this particular synagogue, I only met them for the first and last time in June when I was invited for lunch at a mutual friend’s house. I sat across from them and instantly liked Hannah: huge smile, chatty, smart, easy and interesting to talk to, (with almost every second sentence ending with “Baruch Hashem” (Blessed be God) accompanied with “high-fives” to the woman sitting next to me). She told me she had owned a successful PR business back in California, but didn’t mention which city, and was, in fact, helping someone here in the community get her nonprofit organization up and running.

Hannah was dressed in “toned-down chic” (you could tell there was money) wearing a huge hat to cover her face during the 15-minute afternoon walk to lunch to protect it from the early afternoon sun. “You have to take care of your skin,” she told me. Actually, no one I spoke to knew what her real hair looked like since she either covered it with a baseball cap, or a large sun hat in the summer or winter hat during the cold, or wore a wig. I was also sure she had some work done on her face but then, why not?

Mark was tall, handsome, wearing a Hawaiian shirt and reminding me of the California surfer he said he had been. He was very sure of himself to the point of being smug and borderline obnoxious, and showed a huge knowledge of Jewish history and law. The Schwartzes told me that they had been living in Guatemala before making aliyah. I thought this rather odd since they were both very religious and I didn’t think there were many Jews there, especially religious ones. They explained that land there was cheap but they ultimately decided to “come home” to Israel and came here in June 2017. Their very simple lifestyle revolved around the local temple and they were always together.

A few months before the yearly lease on their apartment was up, Hannah and Mark decided to move into another one nearby. They wanted something a little bigger “as long as it was still near the synagogue.” They called a mutual friend, Sharon, and made arrangements to check out her apartment on the following Thursday night. And that was the last anyone had heard from Hannah and Mark Schwartz.

Always reliable, it was unusual for them not to show for a meeting or a get together without phoning. When they didn’t come over or answer her many phone calls, Sharon was a bit surprised. She thought that perhaps they had suddenly moved up their planned trip back to Los Angeles, where Mark said he needed some medical work done because he had health insurance there. But neither answered their phones and no one had seen them around. They weren’t in shul for Friday night or Saturday services and didn’t answer their door when friends went looking for them. Everyone who knew them was perplexed, they had literally disappeared into thin air. Poof! Disappeared.

AND THEN, a few days later, news came that spread like wildfire and absolute shock throughout the community: the FBI had swooped into the city in the dark of night and had arrested them, Hannah and Mark Schwartz. But oops, those weren’t their real names... They were, in fact, Dr. David Morrow and his wife, Linda, dubbed “The Jewish Bonnie and Clyde” by a US paper.

According to newspaper reports garnered from all over the Internet, Dr. David Morrow was a very successful plastic surgeon from Beverly Hills who had founded the Morrow Institute. His wife was the executive director and in charge of billing. They were active and highly respected members of the Orthodox Jewish communities in Beverly Hills, Los Angeles and Palm Springs and very generous contributors to Jewish causes. So far, so good, until they were arrested in California on charges of cheating health insurance companies of more than “tens of millions of dollars for cosmetic procedures that were not medically necessary,” according to the US Attorney’s Central District of California office of the Department of Justice. Add to that a guilty plea of conspiring to commit mail fraud and filing a false tax return, Dr. Morrow was in huge trouble. He was sentenced in absentia to 20 years in federal prison and had his medical license revoked. In her ruling, Judge Josephine L. Staton noted that Morrow’s “greed knew no bounds,” and that he showed an “utter disregard for patients’ well-being and safety.”

“This defendant was a successful doctor who owned a medical clinic and multiple valuable residences, yet he engaged in a scheme designed to steal tens of millions of dollars from insurance companies by tricking them into paying for cosmetic surgery,” said Acting United States Attorney Sandra R. Brown. “After admitting guilt, he went on the lam in the hopes of avoiding the punishment that was sure to come. When he is taken into custody – and he will definitely be captured – he will serve the lengthy sentence he deserves as a result of his greed and fraud.”

According to CBS TV News Local 3 (Palm Springs, California), the case against the Morrows is so massive that it has “kept federal investigators busy for the last 10 years.” When asked how they managed to get away, Thom Mrozek, spokesman for the US Attorney’s Office, said that they had no idea. In the months leading up to David Morrow’s sentencing, authorities realized the couple was missing, along with nearly $2 million in cash, (Guatemala?). Some of it may have been from the sale of the Morrows’ Beverly Hills mansion and several cars for more than $9 million.

Morrow, aka “Mark Schwartz,” and his wife, Linda, known to us all as “Hannah,” were found right under our noses here in Ashkelon. We have no idea how they got here and how they got caught. We’ll probably will never know unless, perhaps, someone makes their story into a movie.

Upon finding the Morrows, the FBI immediately extradited Linda/Hannah to the US on charges of passport forgery, fraud and identity theft. She entered Israel with a fake Mexican passport. She faces a potential sentence of 500 plus years if convicted, including charges of conspiracy, 23 counts of mail fraud, six identify theft charges and failing to report a health care scheme to authorities. As for David, as of this report, he is in an Israeli prison, still fighting extradition.

Linda and David Morrow, in the role of Hannah and Mark Schwartz played their parts well; no one remembers ever seeing them in a bad mood. Their friends describe them as always relaxed, smiling and laughing, active in the synagogue and praying there regularly. Yet they had to be looking over their shoulders almost every minute of every day, unless they were so smug and sure of themselves that they could outwit the FBI and other police agencies just like they fooled all of us.

The Morrows, who worked together as a team, were inseparable after retirement, and were always together, will most likely never see each other again, except perhaps for a fleeting few minutes in court. Somehow, I can’t see her in prison garb, but I suspect she’s doing just fine. (People here call them “chameleons” because they apparently can fit in wherever they are.) We also wonder how David is managing to successfully fight extradition and remain, at least for the time being, in Israel. It is agreed that he must have one hell of a law team.

The Schwartzs/Morrows left this community, which welcomes new people into the fold with open arms, somewhat wary and mistrustful to greet the next newcomers to Ashkelon and that in itself, is a crime. Many of their friends said it was like being in a bad play.
 The Morrow Institute was located in Rancho Mirage, California, a very fitting name for them, since their lives were indeed a mirage. Ashkelon became their Act II.
Posted: September 24, 2019, 4:56 pm

"The man in the bunker in Beirut knows exactly why he is in the bunker," he said, referring to Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah.
Posted: September 2, 2019, 3:09 pm

The IDF had prepared ahead of time for the Hezbollah assault, ever since last Saturday when Israel struck an Iranian cell in Syria planning to launch explosive-laden drones into Israel.
Posted: September 2, 2019, 2:17 pm

Upsets galore as favored blue-and-white men and women fall short of podium at home, six different countries claim medals.
Posted: September 2, 2019, 2:07 am