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Egypt Closes Gaza Border After Kidnapping of Police

By Reuters

Egyptian police blocked the crossing into the Gaza Strip on Friday in protest against the kidnapping of seven of their colleagues by Islamist gunmen, witnesses said.Read More


IDF Stung by Billion Dollar Budget Cuts, But Bonus Looms on Horizon

By Haaretz

It’s best to take with a grain of salt the complaints that will be voiced in the near future by the General Staff about the implications of the cuts included in the state budget passed this week. True, in the years ahead, the Israel Defense Forces will be required to dismiss 4,000 career soldiers ‏(while at the same time 1,000 new ones will enter the career army‏). The defense establishment will also have to slash NIS 4.5 billion from its budget over the coming 18 months. That, of course, will necessitate adjustments in the IDF’s structure and outlays. However, none of this will generate unprecedented economic pressure on the army.Read More


Alan Gross Settles Suit on 'Risky' Work in Cuba

By Reuters

An American contractor imprisoned in Cuba has settled a lawsuit in which he accused the company he was working for when he was arrested and the U.S. government with failing to warn him about the risks of working on the communist-controlled island.Read More


Russian Arms Shipment to Syria 'Destabilizes' Region, Says Livni

By JTA

Israeli Justice Minister Tzippi Livni warned that “Israel has a right to defend itself” in the wake of reports that Russia provided advanced naval missiles to Syria.Read More


Ukrainian Ultra-Nationalist Party Distances Itself from a Recent Anti-Semitic Letter

By JTA

The Ukrainian ultra-nationalist Svoboda party distanced itself from a recent anti-Semitic letter carrying its logo.Read More


Cigarette Smugglers Tied to Notorious Jewish Murder on Brooklyn Bridge

By Reuters

Fifteen men of Palestinian origin have been arrested on charges of running a multi-million-dollar cigarette smuggling ring in New York, and New York authorities who announced the arrests on Thursday said several of the suspects have ties to Hamas and other Islamist militant groups.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Jews Stage Huge Anti-Draft Protest

By Reuters

Thousands of ultra-Orthodox Jews protested in Jerusalem on Thursday against plans to enlist men from their community into the military, a proposal supported by the secular majority pushing for a more equal share of the burden on Israeli society.Read More


Susan Rice Briefs Jewish Leaders on Mideast

By JTA

Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice discussed the Middle East peace process and other regional issues with Jewish community leaders.Read More


Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan Will Go Ahead With Trip to Palestinian Territories

By Reuters

Turkish Premier Recip Tayyip Erdogan says he plans to visit the Palestinian territories in June, rejecting U.S. request that he delay or scrap the trip.Read More


Irish Quaker Woman Named Nation's First Righteous Gentile for Aiding Jews

By JTA

A non-Jewish woman from Cork who risked her life to save Jewish children from the Nazis has become Ireland’s first Righteous among the Nations.Read More


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