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Barak Splits from Labor Party To form New Movement

By JTA

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has split from the Labor party, which he serves as chairman, to form a new party.Read More


'Quartet' To Meet in February in Attempt To Restart Israeli-Palestinian Talks

By JTA

The “Quartet” guiding the Middle East process will meet next month and the top U.S. envoy is in the region attempting to restart Israeli-Palestinian talks.Read More


Rabbinic Group Rejects Proposal To Admit Women

By JTA

A liberal Orthodox rabbinic group in the United States voted down a proposal to admit women members.Read More


Palin Draws Anger Over ‘Blood Libel’ Comment

By JTA

Sarah Palin’s use of the term “blood libel” to decry blaming conservatives for the Arizona shooting has raised the ire of the Jewish community.Read More


Striking Israeli Diplomats Refuse To Assist Citizens Abroad

By Barak Ravid

The Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday that it would not be able to provide assistance to Israelis traveling abroad for the time being, an unprecedented move sparked by the growing sanctions imposed by the ministry’s union of employees.Read More


Memo Looking at Motives of Gifford's Alleged Attacker Cites Congresswoman's Faith

By JTA

A U.S. Department of Homeland Security memo reportedly notes that Gabriel Giffords is Jewish in describing the motives of the Arizona congresswoman’s alleged assailant.Read More


Protester Death Shows IDF May Be Using Dangerous Type of Tear Gas

By Avi Issacharoff and Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz)

Questions are surfacing about Israel’s use of tear-gas grenades, as security officials investigate the recent death of a protester at the weekly demonstration near the separation fence at the West Bank village of Bil’in. A 36-year-old woman, Jawaher Abu Rahmah, died on Saturday morning.Read More


Israel Will More Than Double Investment in Birthright

Israel’s government will more than double its investment in the popular Birthright Israel program.Read More


Outgoing Mossad Chief: Iran Won't Have Nukes Before 2015

By Yossi Melman (Haaretz)

Meir Dagan, who retired from his post as Mossad chief on Thursday after eight years, does not believe Iran will have nuclear capability before 2015.Read More


Singer Debbie Friedman Is Hospitalized

By Ben Harris (JTA)

Songwriter Debbie Friedman has been hospitalized in Orange County, Calif.Read More





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