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ACLU Sues N.J. Town Over Lord’s Prayer

By JTA

The American Civil Liberties Union has filed a lawsuit against a New Jersey town on behalf of a former Jewish employee.Read More


Peres at U.N.: Israel Ready To Enter Peace Negotiations With Syria

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Israel is ready to enter peace negotiations with Syria “right away,” Shimon Peres told the United Nations General Assembly.Read More


Netanyahu Hints That a Settlement Freeze is Unlikely

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a top aide suggested that a compromise with the Palestinians on a settlement freeze is not in the offing.Read More


Abbas: If Settlement Freeze Ends, So Too Will Peace Talks

By Haaretz Service

Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas said Monday that he would not continue “a single day” of direct peace negotiations with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu if Israel refused to extend its construction freeze in West Bank settlements after it expires next week, AFP reported.Read More


Venezuelan Jews Meet With Chavez About Anti-Semitism in Media

By JTA

Venezuelan Jewish leaders met with President Hugo Chavez to discuss the increase in anti-Semitic attacks in the state-run media.Read More


Olmert: Bush Offered To Absorb 100,000 Palestinian Refugees

By Jonathan Lis and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Former prime minister Ehud Olmert said Sunday that the Bush administration had assured him that the United States would be willing to absorb some 100,000 Palestinian refugees immediately as American citizens, should Israel reach a permanent settlement with the Palestinian Authority.Read More


Poll: Most Americans Would Oppose Joining Israel in Iran Strike

By JTA

A majority of Americans would oppose joining Israel in a war should it strike Iran, a poll showed.Read More


U.S. Urges Israel To Extend Settlement Freeze

By Natasha Mozgovaya and Haaretz Service

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Israel on Thursday to extend its freeze of construction in West Bank settlements, telling Channel 10 in an interview that such a move would be “extremely useful” in advancing peace negotiations with the Palestinians.Read More


NIF: Grantees Must Not Oppose Israel's Jewish Character

By JTA

Groups that work to “deny the right of the Jewish people to sovereign self-determination within Israel” will not be eligible for New Israel Fund moneys.Read More


U.S. Reportedly Pushes Israel for Settlement Freeze Extension

By JTA

The Obama administration reportedly suggested that Israel extend its current settlement freeze for three months, which Israel appears to have rejected.Read More





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