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In Widely Condemned Remarks, Shas Rabbi Says Abbas 'Should Perish'


On the eve of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party wished for the demise of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.Read More

Obama's Approval Rating Is Higher Among Jews


Jews gave President Obama an above-average job approval rating compared to other religious groups in the U.S.Read More

Bibi Proposes Biweekly Meetings With Abbas

By Jonathan Lis and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu proposed to the U.S. administration on Thursday that he hold a face-to-face meeting with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas every two weeks to try to forge covert understandings and set principles to solve every issue.Read More

Jewish Republican Leader Mehlman Says He Is Gay


The first Jewish chief of the Republican Party came out as gay.Read More

Israel Begins Forming Team for Direct Peace Talks

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday evening began forming Israel’s negotiating team for the direct peace negotiations set to commence next week in Washington, the Prime Minister’s Office announced.Read More

Barak: Deporting Children of Migrant Workers Would Cause 'Irreversible Damage'

By Jonathan Lis and Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Wednesday he would call for a renewed discussion during the weekly cabinet meeting on Sunday of the decision to deport 400 children of migrant workers, as the deportation would create “irreversible damage.”Read More

F.M. Lieberman: Settlement Building Should Restart Next Month

By Haaretz Service

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Wednesday that there was no reason why building should not restart in the major West bank settlement after a 10-month freeze expires next month.Read More

For the First Time, Israelis Will Serve With U.N. Multinational Force


An Israeli police delegation will leave for Haiti to serve as part of a U.N. multinational force, marking the first time Israelis will serve on a U.N. force.Read More

Danny Ayalon: Israel Has 'Deep Respect' for Iranian People


Israel’s deputy foreign minister, Danny Ayalon, said Israel has “deep respect” for the people of Iran.Read More

From American Jewish Groups, Cautious Optimism on Forthcoming Talks

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Two weeks before their launch, the promised renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has already engendered a first: a joint statement of welcome by mainstream U.S. Jewish and Palestinian groups.Read More

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