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Erekat: No Contradiction Between Statehood Declaration and Peace Process

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat attended a meeting with U.S. officials at the U.S. State Department Wednesday, at which U.S. officials were expected to push the PA negotiator to accept American terms for an Israeli-Palestinian peace agreement.Read More


Romney Garners Support Among Jewish Republicans

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

For all the talk among pundits of Mitt Romney’s charisma problem, Romney’s Jewish supporters say what’s most inspiring about the Republican presidential candidate is that he actually does rather than just talk.Read More


Second Flotilla Boat Leaves Greece For Gaza

By JTA

The Swedish-flagged ship Juliano left Greece Wednesday on its way to the Gaza Strip a day after it was turned back by the Greek coast guard.Read More


Israel Gears Up To Repel Fly-In Protesters

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ordered the country’s security services to prevent pro-Palestinian fly-in activists from entering the country.Read More


UN Criticizes Israel for Its 'Nakba Day' Actions

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

A new report of United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is highly critical of Israel for its handling of incidents on the border with Lebanon on May 15 — Nakba Day. It concludes that the Israeli soldiers used disproportionate force against Lebanese demonstrators, which resulted in seven deaths.Read More


Arrests of Two Prominent Rabbis Prompt Demonstrations

By JTA

Hundreds of protesters demonstrated in front of the Supreme Court in Jerusalem against the arrest of two prominent rabbis.Read More


Poll: Jewish Approval of Obama Is Steady, Despite Israel Tensions

By JTA

President Obama’s status among American Jews remains unaffected despite recent tensions with Israel’s government, according to a Gallup Poll.Read More


Gaza Flotilla Boat Eludes Greek Coast Guard

By JTA

A small ship bound for Gaza eluded the Greek Coast Guard, while a second was intercepted and returned to port.Read More


UN Slams Israel for Lack for Gender Equity

By Gili Cohen (Haaretz)

There is no meaningful equality in Israel between men and women when it comes to matters relating to marriage and family relationships, according to a new UN report.Read More


Weeks After Violence, Jewish Worshippers Flock to Joseph's Tomb

By Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz)

Some 1,300 Jewish worshippers visited Joseph’s Tomb in the West Bank city of Nablus this week to mark the traditional death date of the biblical figure, more than two months after the nephew of a Likud minister was killed at the holy site and six weeks after dozens of Bratslav Hasidim ran into the streets of Nablus and refused to come out.Read More





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