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Google To Acquire a Second Israeli Start-Up

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Google reportedly will acquire a second Israeli start-up company.Read More


Ben Gurion Airport Workers End Strike

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Workers at Ben Gurion Airport in Israel have ended their strike.Read More


Poll: Fewer Than Half of Israelis Identify as Secular

By Moti Bassok (Haaretz)

Eight percent of Jewish Israeli adults define themselves as ultra-Orthodox, 12 percent as religious, 13 percent as traditional-religious, and 25 percent as traditional but “not very religious,” according to a survey by the Central Bureau of Statistics conducted last year and published yesterday.Read More


Bibi Signals Settlement Freeze Will Continue

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled he would heed, in part, an appeal from President Obama to continue the settlement freeze.Read More


Castro Criticizes Ahmadinejad's Holocaust Denial

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Cuban leader Fidel Castro criticized Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for denying the Holocaust and promoting anti-Semitism.Read More


PA Arrests Two in Connection With W. Bank Attack

By Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz)

The Palestinian Authority said on Tuesday night that they have arrested two Hamas operatives in connection with the recent West Bank shooting attack that injured two Israelis.Read More


Abbas Says He Will Not Compromise on Borders and Status of Jerusalem

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Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.Read More


Obama Rosh Hashanah Message: Seize Opportunity for Middle East Peace

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz Service)

U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday night issued his annual Rosh Hashanah greeting, urging Israelis and Palestinians to seize the opportunity for peace as Jews across the world prepare to mark the new year.Read More


Netanyahu's New Year's Greeting: Peace Talks May Not Succeed

By Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the nation Tuesday in a New Year’s greeting that there was no guarantee negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians would succeed, but vowed to aim for a peace agreement by the end of the year.Read More


Conversions Performed by IDF Called Invalid

By JTA

Possibly thousands of conversions to Judaism of Israeli soldiers performed by the military rabbinate are not valid, a state attorney said.Read More





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