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Meshaal Vows To Never Recognize Israel

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, making his first ever visit to the Gaza Strip, vowed on Saturday never to recognise Israel and said his Islamist group would never abandon its claim to all Israeli territory.Read More


Iran's Missiles Lag Behind U.S. Fears

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An internal report for the U.S. Congress has concluded that Iran probably is no longer on track, if it ever was, to having an ocean-crossing missile as soon as 2015.Read More


UK Rabbi Declared 'Not Fit' After Harassment Accusation

Five London rabbis have declared Rabbi Chaim Halpern from Golders Green “not fit” to act as rabbi because of accusations that he had behaved “inappropriately” with women.Read More


Two-State Solution Hangs in Balance, Obama Waits

By Reuters

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

By JTA

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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Yankees Offer Youkilis $12 MillionRead More


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

By JTA

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

By JTA

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

By Reuters

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

By JTA

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





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