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Clinton: U.S. Will Push for Direct Talks

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

The United States will continue to push towards direct peace talks, as a Palestinian state achieved through negotiation is inevitable, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday.Read More


Before Speech on Mideast Talks, Sec. Clinton Meets With Livni

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton met with Kadima chairwoman and opposition leader Tzipi Livni at the State Department in Washington on Friday, only a few days after the U.S. and Israel announced that talks between Jerusalem and Washington over a new freeze on West Bank settlement construction in exchange for a set of U.S. guarantees had hit a dead end.Read More


Poll: 51% of Jewish Israelis Unfavorable to Obama

By JTA

A slight majority of Jewish Israelis has negative views of President Obama, but his supporters are more numerous than previously reported, according to a poll.Read More


Hadassah Will Pay Back $45 Mil in Madoff 'Profits'

By Jacob Berkman (JTA)

Hadassah: The Women’s Zionist Organization of America will pay back $45 million of the money it made in the Bernard Madoff scam.Read More


Amid Uproar, Two Rabbis Reverse Course on Renting to Non-Jews

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

Two municipal chief rabbis decided on Thursday to remove their signatures from a religious ruling forbidding Israeli Jews from renting homes to gentiles.Read More


Police: Chasen Murder Was a ‘Robbery Gone Bad’

By Rex Weiner

Hollywood publicist Ronni Chasen was shot to death in her new Mercedes sedan on a quiet Beverly Hills street by a bicycle-riding transient in what police said they suspect was a bungled robbery attempt in a random act of violence.Read More


Debate Over Newly ‘Caught’ Nazi Who Was Himmler’s Aide

By JTA

American self-styled Nazi hunter Mark Gould has filed a lawsuit against ex-SS officer Bernhard Frank for his role in the murder of Jews during World War II.Read More


Report: Fire Services Are Israel's Weak Link

By JTA

The Fire and Rescue Services organization is the weak link in Israel’s emergency readiness, a report said.Read More


Princeton Defeats Attempt To Impose Alternative to Israeli Hummus

A Princeton student referendum on whether to ask the university’s dining services to provide an alternative brand of hummus to Sabra was defeated.Read More


Renewed Settlement Freeze Talks Reach Dead End

By Barak Ravid and Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Negotiations between Israel and the U.S. government regarding Israel’s renewal of a moratorium on West Bank settlement construction in exchange for an American letter of guarantees have failed, according to a senior Israeli official.Read More





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