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Bibi to Congress: Israel Ready for Compromise, But Jerusalem Will Not Be Divided

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened his speech at the United States Congress on Tuesday by reiterating Israel’s strong ties with the U.S., saying “Israel has no better friend than the U.S. and the U.S. has no better friend than Israel.”

Israeli Director Wins Big at Cannes

Israeli director Joseph Cedar won the best screenplay award at the Cannes Film Festival on Sunday for his film “Footnote.”

Coen Brothers: Boycotting Israel Is a Mistake

While on a visit to Israel to collect a million-dollar award from Tel Aviv University, American filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen said that they did not believe that boycotting Israel would solve political problems.

Israel Independence Day: Jewish State Marks Its 63rd Birthday

President Shimon Peres congratulated Israel on its 63rd birthday during Tuesday’s Independence Day celebration at the President’s Residence in Jerusalem, stressing that Israel has come a long way since its establishment.

Report: In Final Tape, Bin Laden Warned U.S. About Security of Palestine

An Islamist website said that Osama bin Laden warned the United States they would not be secure until Palestine is secure, AFP news agency reported on Sunday.

Following Pipeline Blast, Israeli Officials Urge Energy Independence

Israel needs to prepare itself for a future without Egyptian natural gas supplies, an senior Israeli official said on Wednesday, following an earlier explosion at the Sinai pipeline carrying gas from Egypt into Israel.

Report: U.S. Plans Sanctions on Syria, Amid Brutal Crackdowns

The Obama administration may level sanctions against Syria as punishment for President Bashar Assad’s government’s violent crackdown on protesters, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday.

Report: N.Y. Times Turned Down Different Version of Goldstone Op-Ed

The New York Times has denied rumors that it refused to print an opinion piece authored by jurist Richard Goldstone in which he retracted some of the statements made in his UN Human Rights Council report on the war between Israel and Gaza in 2008-2009, political columnist Ben Smith reports in Politico.

Facebook Takes Down Page Calling for Third Intifada

The Facebook page calling for a third Palestinian intifada was taken down on Tuesday, after widespread calls for it to be removed.

Bibi Appoints Yoram Cohen as Israel's Next Shin Bet Chief

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Monday that he has appointed Yoram Cohen as the next chief of Israel’s general security services, the Shin Bet.