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Bibi on Bill Funding Yeshiva Allowances: Every Israeli Should Work

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday that the government would encourage every Israeli citizen to enter the work force, responding to a controversial bill calling for resumption in allowances to full-time yeshiva students.Read More


Reporter at Center of Anat Kamm Affair Returns To Israel

By Haaretz Service

Haaretz reporter Uri Blau returned to Israel on Sunday for the first time since a former Israel Defense Forces soldier was indicted for passing on to him classified documents allegedly taken from the army.Read More


Cantor: Take Israel Out of Foreign Aid Budget

By JTA

A Republican Congress would seek to remove funding for Israel from the foreign operations budget, a GOP leader said.Read More


Carter: Sheikh Jarrah Evictions Are Illegal

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Former United States President Jimmy Carter said on Friday that the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah is against international law.Read More


Bibi: Palestinians Must Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying that only then they will be ready to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Army Radio reported Friday.Read More


US Notified Congress of Plans To Sell Arms to Saudi Arabia

By JTA

The U.S. Defense Department has notified Congress that it is planning to sell $60 billion in advanced military equipment to Saudi Arabia.Read More


Carter: Hamas Eager To Renew Talks for Shalit's Release

By Haaretz Service

Former American President Jimmy Carter said Thursday that Hamas was interested in renewing negotiations for a prisoner swap deal in exchange for captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.Read More


Justice Minister Threatens To Quit Israeli Cabinet If His Version of Loyalty Oath Defeated

By Haaretz

Isareli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman has reportedly said he will leave the Cabinet if a bill requiring naturalized citizens to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state fails to pass.Read More


No Knesset Majority for Loyalty Oath

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman has reportedly said he will not remain in the cabinet if a bill requiring naturalized citizens to pledge allegiance to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state does not pass.Read More


Rabin Remembered Upon Anniversary of His Death

By JTA

The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin “must not be forgiven or forgotten,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a candlelighting ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.Read More





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