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George H.W. Bush in Intensive Care

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Former President George H.W. Bush, who led a coalition that ejected Iraqi forces from Kuwait in 1991, is in intensive care at a Houston hospital in “guarded condition,” family spokesman Jim McGrath said Wednesday.Read More


Brian Schatz, Hawaii’s Jewish Lt. Gov., Named to U.S. Senate

By JTA

Hawaii’s governor named his Jewish lieutenant governor, Brian Schatz, to replace the late Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate.Read More


'PM: Livni Won’t Be Involved in Peace Talks in My Next Government'

By Haaretz

Not only will Tzipi Livni not get the foreign affairs portfolio in the next Likud-led government, she won’t be allowed anywhere near the diplomatic realm or be involved in talks with the Palestinians, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Likud ministers on Wednesday.Read More


Bibi and Jordan's King Meet To Discuss Syria's Chemical Arms

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has secretly met Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman to discuss the risk of Syria’s chemical weapons falling into the hands of Islamist militants, Israeli media reports said on Wednesday.Read More


Israel Eases Gaza Blockade

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Israel is easing its blockade on Gaza, the Defense Ministry confirmed to local media.Read More


Natalie Portman Offers Most Bang for Buck

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Actresses Natalie Portman and Kristen Stewart are Hollywood’s most bankable stars and provide studios with the highest average returns for their films, according to Forbes.com.Read More


Perelman Beats Rennert in Billionaires' Battle

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Ronald Perelman has notched a legal victory against fellow billionaire Ira Rennert, who has been ordered by a Delaware court to direct his business to turn over $48.7 million in a dispute over a jointly owned truck maker.Read More


Hamas Forbids Local Journalists From Working with Israeli Media

By JTA

The Hamas government in Gaza has forbidden local journalists from working with Israeli media outlets.Read More


Arab League Chief To Visit Ramallah To Discuss Aid

By Reuters

A delegation of Arab ministers and high-ranking officials led by Arab League Chief Nabil Elaraby will visit Ramallah on Saturday to offer moral support and discuss financial aid for the Palestinian Authority, an Arab League source said on Wednesday.Read More


3,000-Year-Old Temple and Sacred Vessels Unearthed Near Jerusalem

By JTA

A temple and sacred vessels from the First Temple period were discovered near Jerusalem.Read More





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  • Undeterred by the conflict, 24 Jews participated in the first ever Jewish National Fund— JDate singles trip to Israel. Translation: Jews age 30 to 45 travelled to Israel to get it on in the sun, with a side of hummus.
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