Forbes magazine has ranked Tel Aviv among the 20 best destinations around the world to travel next year. The business magazine follows the Wall Street Journal ranking of no. 3 for sites to visit in 2019. Of course, as a resident of the city that never sleeps, I could have told them!

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In a bombshell move that was condemned by Israel, the International Criminal Court decided to investigate alleged war crimes committed by both Israelis and Palestinians in East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza.

Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced last week that she was satisfied there was enough evidence to begin an investigation.

Though Israel does not recognize the ICC, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after the announcement it was “a dark day for truth and justice.” One possible outcome could be that Netanyahu himself is charged with war crimes.

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Israelis have a popular expression for when something happens twice or if they run into an acquaintance two times in a short period of time: “Pa’am shlishit, glida,” which literally translates to, “Third time, ice cream!”

In other words, “Next time, you owe me ice cream.” Well, ice cream giant Ben & Jerry’s is capitalizing on this expression inviting Israelis to help create a new flavor of ice cream in honor of the country’s third round of elections in one year.

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A synagogue in Beverly Hills was ransacked and its Torah scrolls desecrated last week capping off a year fraught with anti-Semitic attacks in the United States.

The Nessah Synagogue is the largest Persian-Jewish congregation in the United States. Nearly 20 percent of LA’s residents are believed to be of Iranian background.

Police are still searching for a suspect.

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Israeli leaders welcomed the news of conservative Boris Johnson’s victory in the UK general election last week and, perhaps more so, the stunning electoral defeat of the Labor party, plagued by accusations of anti-Semitism.

“This is not just a political victory, it is first and foremost a victory of values,” Israel’s Foreign Minister Israel Katz said. “The specter of anti-Semitism loomed large over this campaign, and the British public overwhelmingly voted against it, in what is, in our opinion, a testament to British history and values. It serves as an important milestone in the fight against hatred.”

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