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Palin Among GOP Prospects Criticizing Obama on Israel

By Eric Fingerhut (JTA)

As Sarah Palin embarked on a tour for her just published book “Going Rogue,” she became the latest prospective Republican presidential candidate to criticize the Obama administration’s policy on Israel.Read More


Bibi Seeks To Lower Hopes for Shalit Swap

By Haaretz Service

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought to lower hopes on Monday that a deal for the release of abducted Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit was imminent, warning that a number of media reports on the matter were intentionally misleading.Read More


Hamas Spokesman: Deal for Shalit Could Come by Friday

By Amos Harel and Anshel Pfeffer (Haaretz)

A deal for the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit could be sealed by Friday, Hamas spokesman Ayman Taha told Haaretz on Sunday.Read More


South African Jewish Leader Mendel Kaplan Dies at 73

By JTA

Prominent South African Jewish leader and philanthropist Mendel Kaplan has died at the age of 73.Read More


Obama: New Sanctions on Iran Are Forthcoming

By Eric Fingerhut (JTA)

President Obama said that within the next few weeks, the United States and other world powers would be formulating new sanctions on Iran.Read More


Responding to Rocket Fire, Israel Hits Gaza Targets

By JTA

Israeli airstrikes hit targets in Gaza in response to a Kassam rocket fired into the Negev.Read More


Woman Wearing a Tallit Arrested at Western Wall

By JTA

Jerusalem police arrested a woman praying at the Western Wall for wearing a tallit.Read More


E. Jerusalem Housing Approved; White House 'Dismayed'

By JTA

The White House expressed dismay over the approval of the construction of 900 housing units in an eastern Jerusalem neighborhood.Read More


Pressure Builds Against Unilateral Declaration of Statehood

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

The Palestinian Authority is coming under increasing pressure ­ from Israel and the international community ­to back down from its threat to unilaterally declare a state without first concluding a peace agreement with Israel.Read More


Citing Insecurity and Politics, Jews Leave Venezuela in Droves

By Jasmina Kelemen (JTA)

Esther Benchimol de Roffe arrived in Venezuela as a young bride, leaving northern Morocco more than 50 years ago to meet her groom in a prosperous foreign land.Read More





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