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Vice PM Silvan Shalom: PA Preconditions Threaten Direct Talks

By Barak Ravid and Haaretz Service

Preconditions will cause the failure of direct Middle East peace talks, even before negotiations commence, Vice Prime Minister Silvan Shalom told Quartet peace envoy Tony Blair on Monday.Read More


Hip-Hop Artist Turned Orthodox Jew Gunned Down in Brooklyn

A former hip-hop record executive who became an Orthodox Jew was gunned down in Brooklyn on Thursday night.Read More


Bibi: Peace Talks Can Succeed If Both Sides Make Concessions

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said direct peace talks with the Palestinians can end in success if Israel is not the only side making concessions.Read More


U.S. to Israel: Iran Won't Have Nukes for at Least a Year

By JTA

U.S. officials reportedly have persuaded Israel that Iran is at least a year away from a nuclear weapon.Read More


U.S. Invites Israel, Palestinians To Relaunch Talks

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct talks, but the parameters remain vague.Read More


The Saga of America's Swastika-Shaped Naval Building

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

A couple of years ago, the swastika-shaped building at the Naval Amphibious Base in San-Diego discovered by Google Earth became an Internet hit. The former U.S. resident and now Israeli citizen Avrahaum Segol got word from a friend in 2006 and made getting rid of the offensive symbol his own personal project.Read More


State Department: Direct Talks Between Israelis, Palestinians Are 'Very Close'

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are “very, very close,” a U.S. State Department spokesman said, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is in constant telephone contact with the leaders.Read More


U.N. Report on Gaza War Does Not Look at Hamas' Role

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The U.N. Secretary General’s interim report on investigations into the 2009 Gaza War does not include a direct investigation of Hamas’ role.Read More


In Mosque Dispute, Pelosi Calls for Transparency From Both Sides

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Nancy Pelosi agreed with an ADL call for transparency in the funding of the mosque and interfaith center near Ground Zero, but said its opponents should also make their funding transparent.Read More


West Bank Settlers Take To Wikipedia

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz)

For years now, Wikipedia has been a fierce battleground between the Israeli right and left. One key battle was over the entry for Bil’in and whether the weekly struggle at that village near the security fence should be described as violent.Read More





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