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Report: Rep. Harman on Wiretap Agreeing To Intervene in AIPAC Case

By JTA

A former CIA director asked for a wiretap on a Jewish congresswoman after she allegedly agreed to intervene on behalf of two indicted former AIPAC staffers.Read More


At Durban II, Ahmadinejad Accuses Israel of Genocide

By Michael J. Jordan (JTA)

European diplomats walked out of a session of the Durban II conference when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad called on the world to unite against Israel. In a speech at the U.N.-sponsored anti-racism conference in Geneva, the Iranian president first blamed the West for injustice, then went on the offensive against Israel, calling it the “racist perpetrators of genocideRead More


Netanyahu Expected To Appoint New Shalit Negotiator

By Barak Ravid and Jack Khoury and Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is re-examining the handling of the Gilad Shalit case and will soon remove Ofer Dekel as special negotiator for bringing the abducted soldier back. A source in Netanyahu’s bureau said that “everything related to the Shalit affair is under reconsideration and everything is open.”Read More


Details Emerge About Nazi Murders of Soviet Jews

By Ofri Ilani (Haaretz)

In August 1941, German sailor Reinhard Wiener saw something he was unlikely to forget. Stationed in Latvia, Wiener was walking with a fellow serviceman toward the beach, when a soldier came running toward them. “He said we shouldn’t go on because a horrible thing was happening on the beach,” Wiener recalled. “We asked what was going on, and he said yes, they’re shooting Jews down there.” Wiener recounted the story in an interview in 1981, published on a new Yad Vashem Holocaust museum Web site documenting the annihilation of the Jews in the Nazi-occupied areas of the Soviet Union. Trained as a cameraman, Wiener carried a Kodak 8mm camera that day.Read More


Lieberman Recruits Diplomat in Franklin Leak Case

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Avigdor Lieberman asked an Israeli diplomat involved in a Pentagon classified leaks case to be his chief of staff. Lieberman, the foreign minister in the new Benjamin Netanyahu government, has asked Naor Gilon to take the top career slot at the Israeli Foreign Ministry, JTA has learned, effectively making Gilon his right hand man.Read More


BBC Editor Breached Station's Bias Guidelines

By Cnaan Liphshiz (Haaretz)

In reporting about Israel, BBC’s Middle East Editor has breached the corporation’s guideline on accuracy and impartiality, an internal BBC complaints panel on Wednesday stated.Read More


Egypt's FM: Lieberman 'Will Not Step Foot on Egyptian Soil'

By Yoav Stern (Haaretz)

Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit said Wednesday that his Israeli counterpart, Avigdor Lieberman, is not welcome in Egypt.Read More


How Netanyahu Beat Livni: The Branding Behind Israel's New PM

By Aluf Benn (Haaretz)

Two months after the election, the political strategists who advised Netanyahu and Kadima leader Tzipi Livni met for a joint interview with Haaretz.Read More


Hezbollah Plot Exposes Egypt's Shared Interests With Israel

By Leslie Susser (JTA)

The discovery of a Hezbollah terrorist network in Egypt and reports of an Iranian plot to assassinate President Hosni Mubarak have left already strained relations between Egypt and Iran in tatters. The developments highlight the divide between the pro-Western moderates in the Middle East, led by Egypt, and the Iranian-led radicals.Read More


British Zionists Defend Supermarket's Anti-Israel Hotline

By Cnaan Liphshiz (Haaretz)

The supermarket chain Tesco shouldn’t be blamed for introducing a special U.K. helpline for complaints about it stocking Israeli products, a leading member of Britain’s Zionist lobby told Haaretz. In yet another series of articles about this controversial topic, British media reported last week that pro-Israel groups attacked Tesco for the decision to set up the helpline, which coincided with government talks on labeling Israeli products.Read More





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