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Hungary Jewish Program Even Lures Non-Jews

By Judy Maltz (Haaretz)

A small but growing English-language Jewish studies program here is attracting students, Jews and non-Jews alike, from around Europe and places as remote as Mongolia.Read More

Western Wall's Many Planned Jewish Makeovers — And Why They Died

By Haaretz

Fantasies of reviving the Western Wall, the sole remnant of the wall that supported the platform on which stood the ancient Temple, began to flourish with the conquest of East Jerusalem in the Six-Day War.Read More

Google Earth for the 16th Century Mapmaking Set

By Reuters

As online titans compete to deliver instant maps to smartphones, the Library of Congress in Washington is focusing attention on an antique “cosmology” printed in 1507 that serves as America’s birth certificate.Read More

Kerry To Visit Israel and Palestinian Territories Next Week


U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will be in Israel the Palestinian territories next week in his bid to revive the peace process.Read More

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


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


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

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