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Two-State Solution Hangs in Balance, Obama Waits

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President Barack Obama may have believed he had at least until his inauguration next month to renew efforts to forge a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but events since he won re-election have put fresh demands on the president.Read More


F-16 Engines Appear Stolen From IDF Base

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Several engines of F-16 fighter jets appear to have been stolen from an Israel Air Force base, the Israel Defense Forces said.Read More


Yankees Offer Youkilis $12 Million

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NY, NJ Lawmakers in Bolivia To Press for Ostreicher’s Release

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A Republican congressman from New Jersey and a Democratic congresswoman from New York are in Bolivia to press for the release of a businessman who has been jailed without charges of 18 months.Read More


Jewish Groups Praise Senate for Jackson Vanik Action

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Jewish groups praised the U.S. Senate for graduating Russia and Moldova out of Jackson-Vanik provisions that restricted trade.Read More


Meshaal Returns To Gaza With Wider Ambitions

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal arrived in the Gaza Strip on Friday, ending 45 years of exile from Palestinian land with a visit that underscored the Islamist group’s growing confidence following a recent conflict with Israel.Read More


Dutch Jewish Broadcast Network Faces Closure

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The Dutch government said it would stop funding the country’s Jewish broadcasting network in 2016, possibly leading to its closure.Read More


HRW Demands Israel Justify Strike That Killed 12

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Human Rights Watch urged Israel on Friday to provide a full account of its air strike on a house in the Gaza Strip that killed 12 civilians last month, saying the action appeared to have been illegal.Read More


Austrian Jewish Group Bans Lauder in Election Spat

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Austria’s official Jewish organisation has banned billionaire Ron Lauder, head of the World Jewish Congress and a former U.S. ambassador, from its property over complaints he meddled with its elections.Read More


1 Million Join Virtual March Honoring Soviet Jewry

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More than 1 million people have signed on to join a “virtual march” commemorating the Washington rally 25 years for the Soviet Jewry movement, according to a coalition marking the 1987 event.Read More





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