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Obama and Bibi Meet for White House Tête-à-Tête

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and President Obama sat down to a meeting at the White House.Read More


N.Y. Times: Tax-Exempt Gifts Bolster Settlements

By JTA

Tax-exempt donations from the United States have helped Jews to strengthen West Bank settlements, preventing the creation of a Palestinian state, The New York Times reported.Read More


Netanyahu Arrives in DC To Meet Obama

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrived in Washington for his fifth meeting with President Obama.Read More


Report: Abbas Would Support Deal That Keeps Kotel Under Israel's Control

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Mahmoud Abbas offered the Western Wall and Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter to remain under Israel’s control as part of a peace settlement, an Arabic newspaper reported.Read More


Turkey Threatens To Cut Ties If Israel Doesn't Apologize

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Turkey’s foreign minister has threatened to cut ties with Israel unless it apologizes for its deadly interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, a Turkish newspaper reported.Read More


Obama Will Press Bibi on Direct Talks, Says Ambassador Oren

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

Moving from proximity talks to direct peace talks will be the main issue that U.S. President Barack Obama is expected to discuss in his upcoming meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s ambassador to the U.S. told Haaretz on Friday.Read More


German Parliament Demands an End to Gaza Blockade

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Germany’s Parliament has passed a cross-party motion demanding that Israel end its blockade of the Gaza Strip.Read More


J Street PAC Doles Out Money to Midterm Candidates

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J Street’s political action committee has raised $650,000 so far for this year’s elections and is backing a slate of 61 candidates, including 10 Jewish lawmakers.Read More


J Street PACS Doles Out Money to Midterm Candidates

By JTA

J Street’s political action committee has raised $650,000 so far for this year’s elections and is backing a slate of 61 candidates, including 10 Jewish lawmakers.Read More


Obama Signs Into Law Enhanced Iran Sanctions

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President Obama signed enhanced Iran sanctions into law.Read More





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