Cliff Savren reports for the Cleveland Jewish News on Israel and the Middle East from Ra’aana, Israel.

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On Nov. 21, Israel Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit announced the filing of criminal charges against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for fraud, breach of trust and bribery in three government corruption cases. Never has a sitting Israeli prime minister been indicted. If he is convicted …

From my first visit to Israel as a teenager, one of the things that amazed me most was that a Jewish state had been created in which Hebrew was revived as a spoken language after more than 2,000 years. Even though I have now lived in Israel for more than 20 years, the revival of Hebrew is st…

It’s going to be awhile before Israel has a new government, but in the meantime, there is a lot of political drama on the Israeli political scene. Last month’s election produced a parliament with 10 party factions. It reflects the full diversity of the country, including seven seats held by …

September’s Israeli Knesset election left me with mixed feelings, but overall I think it is a sign, thankfully, that the era of Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister is nearing an end. In April, Israel held an election that was inconclusive, with neither Likud – led by Netanyahu nor his main …

Last week, Cleveland Jewish News Columnist Marcy Oster wrote eloquently about the natural springs in her area of the West Bank and about the terrorist attack at a spring elsewhere in the West Bank in late August that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl, Rina Shnerb. Oster concluded with the ho…

What attracted me in part to moving to Israel as a secular Jew was the secular Jewish aspect of the country’s character. Zionism in many respects was a secular response to the religious idea that the Jewish people would be redeemed from persecution when the Messiah comes. Zionism as a moveme…