Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv

Netanyahu tests Israeli fast train from Jerusalem to Tel AvivPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tested Israel’s new high-speed train from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv on Thursday, but much work remains before it is fully operational. Netanyahu joined Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz on the ride from a newly built train station in Jerusalem’s city centre to Ben Gurion International Airport near Tel Aviv. Travelling at speeds up to 160 kilometres (100 miles) per hour, the ride from central Jerusalem to the airport will take 21 minutes — half the time it takes to drive there in normal traffic, though congestion often makes the trip much longer.


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Monica Lewinsky walks off the stage at a Jerusalem conference when asked about Bill Clinton

  1. Monica Lewinsky walks off the stage at a Jerusalem conference when asked about Bill Clinton  Washington Post
  2. Monica Lewinsky shuts down J’lem interview  The Jerusalem Post
  3. “This Is Unfortunate”: The Starr Report, Celebrating Its 20th Anniversary, Was the Prologue to the Trump Age  Vanity Fair
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Israeli troops kill two on Gaza border, Jerusalem stabber shot dead

Israeli troops kill two on Gaza border, Jerusalem stabber shot deadIn Jerusalem’s Old City, another area that Palestinians want for a future state, Israeli police said they shot dead an Arab who attacked them with a knife after leaving a mosque complex. After a more than four-month surge in confrontations over the Gaza Strip border, Israel this week eased its clampdown on the enclave’s commercial traffic and fishing. Cairo said it was finalizing details of a longer-term accommodation between Israel and the dominant Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.


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Western Wall stone crashes down in Jerusalem

Western Wall stone crashes down in JerusalemJerusalem authorities restricted access to one of Judaism’s holiest sites on Monday after a massive stone block from the Western Wall fell to the ground below, narrowly missing a worshipper. “The stone, weighing 100 kilogrammes (220 pounds), fell close to a woman who was praying… without hitting her,” Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement. Barkat visited the scene with Jerusalem’s city engineer and safety officials, who declared the spot dangerous and closed it to the public pending further inspection.


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Huge stone block falls from Jerusalem's Western Wall, narrowly missing worshipper

Huge stone block falls from Jerusalem's Western Wall, narrowly missing worshipperJerusalem authorities restricted access to one of Judaism’s holiest sites on Monday after a massive stone block from the Western Wall fell to the ground below, narrowly missing a worshipper. Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement “the stone, weighing 100 kilograms (220 pounds), fell close to a woman who was praying… without hitting her”. He described the fact that nobody was harmed in the incident as “a great miracle”. The statement said that Barkat visited the scene with the city engineer and safety officials, who declared the spot dangerous and closed it to the public pending further inspection. On Sunday, tens of thousands of Jewish worshippers thronged the main, gender-segregated Western Wall esplanade for annual prayers mourning the razing of the biblical-era temples. A stone that fell off the Western Wall in Jerusalem can be seen near the wall in Jerusalem’s Old City Credit: NIR ELIAS/REUTERS Monday’s incident occurred at a less-visited part of the wall, where men and women are permitted to pray together contrary to Orthodox Jewish practice. The Western Wall, in Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, is the holiest place at which Jews are allowed to pray. They believe it is what remains of a supporting wall of their biblical second temple, destroyed by the Romans in 70 AD. Immediately above it is the flashpoint shrine known to Jews as the Temple Mount, the holiest in Judaism, revered as the spot where the two biblical Jewish temples once stood. To Muslims it is the Haram al-Sharif compound, the third-holiest in Islam after Mecca and Medina, and home to the Al-Aqsa mosque and the Dome of the Rock


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Prince William visits Jerusalem's holy sites, concluding historic visit

  1. Prince William visits Jerusalem’s holy sites, concluding historic visit  Washington Post
  2. Prince William visits Jerusalem’s Old City sites to end 1st official royal visit  ABC News
  3. UK’s Prince William visits Jerusalem holy sites, great-grandmother’s tomb  Reuters
  4. A Prince in the Holy City: William wears yarmulke for prayers at the Western Wall then lights a candle at site of …  Daily Mail
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