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Oren: Obama Did Not Snub Bibi

By JTA

President Obama never snubbed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s U.S. ambassador said.Read More


Arson Suspected in West Bank Mosque Fire

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Israeli firefighters said that a fire in a West Bank mosque appears to be arson; extremist Jews are suspected.Read More


Report: Dershowitz Turned Down Job as Israel's U.N. Ambassador

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Alan Dershowitz reportedly turned down an offer to serve as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations.Read More


Following Lunch With Obama, Wiesel Says Tensions Are 'Gone'

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

President Obama capped an intensive two weeks of administration make-nice with Israeli officials and the American Jewish community by hosting Elie Wiesel, the Nobel peace laureate and Holocaust memoirist, for lunch at the White House.Read More


Young Israelis Turn To Yiddish

By Sue Fishkoff (JTA)

Nufal Levanon, a 25-year-old student at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, says she rarely heard Yiddish growing up, although her Romanian-born parents both were native speakers of the language.Read More


Robert Elman Named AJCommittee's New President

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Robert Elman was elected president of the American Jewish Committee at the organization’s annual meeting.Read More


Ahmadinejad’s U.N. Speech Attacks U.S. and Israel, Sends Delegates Out

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Delegates to a United Nations conference on nuclear proliferation walked out as Mahmoud Ahmadinejad began his speech, which attacked the United States and Israel.Read More


Indian Court Finds Mumbai Gunman Guilty

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An Indian court found a Pakistani man guilty of murder and other offenses for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.Read More


Avigdor Arikha, Israeli Painter and Holocaust Survivor, Dies

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Israeli painter Avigdor Arikha, a major figure in modern art, died at his home in Paris.Read More


Israel Will Open Indirect Talks With P.A.

By Avi Issacharoff and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to open the indirect talks with the Palestinian Authority this week with a discussion of the security arrangements in the West Bank and of water resources. A senior official told Haaretz that Netanyahu had recently asked the defense establishment and the National Security Council to elaborate on the so-called eight-points brief, which lists Israel’s security demands in terms of a permanent status agreement, as framed by Ehud Olmert’sRead More





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