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Israel's Military Chiefs Full of 'Loathing': Report

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Israel’s government watchdog criticised outgoing Defence Minister Ehud Barak and former armed forces chief Gabi Ashkenazi on Sunday over a relationship full of “loathing and mistrust” that had hurt the military’s hallowed national image.Read More


Tweet About the Emir? 2 Years in Prison For You.

By Reuters

A Kuwaiti court sentenced a man to two years in prison for insulting the country’s ruler on Twitter, a lawyer following the case said, as the Gulf Arab state cracks down on criticism of the authorities on social media.Read More


Looming Chuck Hagel Pick Sparks Fierce Rancor

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President Barack Obama will nominate former Republican Senator Chuck Hagel to be his defense secretary, and an announcement could come on Monday, a congressional Democratic aide said on Sunday.Read More


Historic Spanish Synagogue Plans to Host Weddings

By Reuters

A Spanish political party reportedly has asked the regional government of Andalucia to authorize and encourage holding Jewish weddings in Cordoba’s historic synagogue.Read More


Jewish Groups Split on Sandy Aid to Synagogues

By JTA

Jewish organizations are split on whether federal emergency funds should be used to fund repairs to synagogues, scores of which suffered severe damage in superstorm Sandy.Read More


Israel Far Right Rise Poses Test for Netanyahu

By Reuters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu scrambled on Sunday to hold back an opinion-poll surge by a far-right party, appealing in rare radio interviews for his supporters to stand by him in the Jan. 22 election.Read More


Beleaguered Assad Defiant in Rare Speech

By Reuters

A defiant President Bashar al-Assad called on Sunday for national mobilisation in a “war to defend the nation”, describing rebels fighting him as terrorists and agents of foreign powers with whom it was impossible to negotiate.Read More


Phony 'Jewish Indiana Jones' Rabbi Goes to Jail

By Forward Staff

A Baltimore rabbi dubbed the ‘Jewish Indiana Jones’ for his supposed efforts hunting down torahs lost in the Holocaust, has begun a four-year federal prison sentence for fraud.Read More


Al Jazeera Deal Sparks Concern for Jews

By Chemi Shalev (Haaretz)

Jewish leaders have expressed “concern” about the impending entry of the Qatari-owned Al Jazeera network to the U..S television market, citing its record of anti-Israeli coverage and support for extremist Muslim regimes.Read More


Jewish Lawmaker's Debt Plan? $1T Platinum Coin

By Reuters

If you had to flip a coin over whether Congress will raise the debt ceiling, here’s the ultimate one - a freshly minted trillion-dollar platinum coin.Read More





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