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Israel Gives 200-Year-Old Olive Tree to Pope

By JTA

An olive tree more than 200 years old grown near Nazareth was sent as a gift from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Pope Benedict XVI.Read More


Israeli Foreign Minister Says Abbas Should Quit

By Haaretz

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the “greatest obstacle” to regional order, telling reporters in Jerusalem it would be a “blessing” if the Palestinian leader were to resign.Read More


Bloomberg Dedicates Magen David Adom Center

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the landmark Magen David Adom station in Jerusalem in memory of his father.Read More


Army Wants Fatah Prisoners Freed

By Haaretz

Next month, the IDF will give the government a list of the gestures it recommends, including releasing additional Palestinian prisoners and perhaps transferring additional parts of the West Bank to Palestinian security control.Read More


Gilad Shalit Says He Is 'Happy to be Home'

By Haaretz

President Shimon Peres visited Gilad Shalit and his family at their home in Mitzpe Hila on Monday, less than a week after the Israel Defense Forces soldier was released from the Hamas captors who abducted him and held him for more than five years. Peres was the first Israeli official to visit Shalit at his home.Read More


Israel Offers Aid to Quake-Ravaged Turkey

By Haaretz

Israeli President Shimon Peres called Turkish President Abdullah Gul and offered his condolences following the 7.3 magnitude quake that struck southeastern Turkey earlier Sunday, that may have claimed the lives of up to 1,000 people.Read More


New Security Council May Be Cooler to Palestinians

By Haaretz

The new composition of the UN Security Council after the election Friday of temporary members to the body will be friendlier to the United States and less inclined to vote for Palestinian inclusion in the council, diplomatic officials and news analysts in New York have said.Read More


Australian Lawmaker Wins Jerusalem Prize

A prominent Australian Jewish lawmaker will receive the Jerusalem Prize from the World Zionist Organization and the Zionist Federation of Australia for his staunch support of Israel.Read More


Netanyahu Trumpets Shalit Release Deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday thanked the ministers of his cabinet for approving the prisoner swap with Hamas that secured the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, adding that the government was ready to tackle other issues at hand.Read More


Ariel Sharon Moves Fingers, Knows Family, Son Says

By Haaretz

Former Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, who suffered a massive stroke six years ago and is in a coma, responds to some requests and has but on some weight, despite being fed intravenously, his son, Gilad Sharon, told the New York Times.Read More


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