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Benjamin Netayahu Tells American Jewish Leaders Iran Is Nearing Nuclear 'Red Line'

By JTA

Addressing a delegation from the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations in Jerusalem, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke about the Iranian nuclear threat and said he looked forward to President Obama’s upcoming Israel trip.Read More


4 Jewish Things to Watch in State of the Union

By Nathan Guttman

President Obama makes the first State of the Union of his second term tonight. Jews should watch carefully for what he says about Israel, Iran, guns and Chuck Hagel.Read More


U.S. Envoy Smooths Path for Obama Israel Trip

By Reuters

A U.S. official sought to reassure Israel this week on President Barack Obama’s determination to curb Iran’s disputed nuclear programme, as the clock ticks on a threatened Israeli pre-emptive strike.Read More


Sarah Silverman's Sister Says Western Wall 'Hijacked' by Orthodox Jews

By Yair Ettinger (Haaretz)

The sister of American comedian Sarah Silverman, Reform Rabbi Susan Silverman, one of ten women detained on Monday for participating in prayers at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, has told Haaretz that the group prayer at the site was not a provocation, and that she is opposed to Haredi “hijacking” of the sacred site on “theological and democratic” grounds.Read More


Doctor's Daughter Pleads Innocent in Bomb Plot

By Reuters

A New York City woman arrested after police found bomb-making manuals, weapons and a highly explosive compound in her apartment last year pleaded not guilty to weapons possession charges on Monday, a spokesman for Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said.Read More


Holocaust Survivors Protest Boca Raton Golf Tourney Backed by Allianz

By JTA

Holocaust survivors for a third straight year protested outside a golf tournament in Florida sponsored by Allianz because of what they deem the insurance firm’s restitution failures.Read More


Anti-Arab Fans Arrested at Jeruasalem Soccer Match

By JTA

Some 75 Israeli soccer fans were removed from a game between Beitar Jerusalem and the Israeli-Arab Bnei Sakhnin team for anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim taunting.Read More


Gun Victims Will Attend State of Union Speech

By Reuters

President Barack Obama’s fellow Democrats in Congress are bringing victims of gun violence to his State of the Union address on Tuesday night, providing faces and voices to the carnage that he wants to curb with new firearms restrictions.Read More


New York Doctor Hit With Pill Peddling Charge

By Anne Cohen

A Manhattan psychiatrist was indicted Monday on 55 counts on charges that he sold prescriptions for oxycodone and other pain killers to drug dealers from his Rockland County and Midtown Manhattan offices.Read More


Chuck Hagel Confirmation Vote Set for Tuesday

By Reuters

Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, plans to seek a vote on Chuck Hagel’s nomination as President Barack Obama’s new secretary of defense during a meeting on Tuesday afternoon, the committee said on Monday.Read More





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