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Netanyahu: Jews Should Invest in Palestinian Economy

By JTA

Diaspora Jews should join Arabs in investing in the Palestinian economy, Benjamin Netanyahu told U.S. Jewish leaders.Read More


Jewish Groups Seek Out Obama as Speaker

By Eric Fingerhut (JTA)

Now that President Obama has held his first meeting with Jewish leaders, the speculation can begin: Which Jewish organization will be the first to land the president as a speaker?Read More


Greek Telethon for Gaza Hospital Was a Hoax

By Jean Cohen (JTA)

A campaign in Greece to raise money to rebuild a Chrisian Palestinian hospital in Gaza allegedly destroyed by Israel appears to be a scam, JTA has learned.Read More


Agriprocessors Sold to Canadian Company, Will Remain Kosher

By JTA

The Agriprocessors plant in Postville, Iowa, was sold to a Canadian company.Read More


U.S. Looks To Reopen Israel's Negotiations With Syria, Palestinians

By Leslie Susser (JTA)

Despite the latest clash between Israel and the Obama administration over building – this time in eastern Jerusalem – the United States is pressing ahead with plans to reopen negotiations on both the Israeli-Palestinian and Israeli-Syrian tracks.Read More


Psychiatric Tests Ordered for Haredi Woman Suspected of Starving Son

By Jonathan Lis (Haaretz)

The Haredi woman who is suspected of starving her son and whose arrest sparked riots in Jerusalem will undergo psychiatric testing within the next 24 hours, the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court ruled on Monday.Read More


Israel: U.S. Did Not 'Summon' Oren

By JTA

The U.S. State Department did not summon Israel’s ambassador for a special meeting on building in Jerusalem, Israeli officials said. The officials told JTA that Michael Oren’s meeting last week was a routine “getting to know you” meeting for the new ambassador. They also said that the U.S. officials did raise U.S. objections to a project now under way in eastern Jerusalem.Read More


Bibi: Israelis Free To Buy Property Anywhere in Jerusalem

By JTA

Israelis may purchase property in all parts of Jerusalem, Benjamin Netanyahu said. The Israeli prime minister’s comments Sunday to his Cabinet at its weekly meeting came after the U.S. State Department told Israel’s ambassador to the United States over the weekend that the Jewish state must halt a construction project in eastern JerusalemRead More


Barenboim Cancels Ramallah Visit, Amid Controversy Over His Foundation

By Amira Hass (Haaretz)

Unlike the cancellation of Leonard Cohen’s concert in Ramallah, which got a lot of press, the cancellation of conductor and pianist Daniel Barenboim’s visit to the West Bank city has been kept almost secret.Read More


Former Mossad Chief Meir Amit Dies at 88

By Yossi Melman (Haaretz)

General (res.) Meir Amit, the former head of the Mossad who is credited with modernizing Israel’s feared intelligence agency, died on Friday due to a serious illness. He was 88 years old.Read More





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