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Iran Leader Hassan Rowhani's Moderate Stance Poses Dilemma to Israel Backers

By Nathan Guttman

Iran’s new President Hassan Rowhani calls himself a moderate. For Israel and its supporters, that could spell trouble for their hard-line approach toward its nuclear program.Read More

Jersey Special Senate Vote Gets Court Green Light

By Reuters

New Jersey’s special election to fill the U.S. Senate seat left vacant by the death of Frank Lautenberg will go ahead this year as scheduled, after the state Supreme Court declined on Thursday to hear a legal challenge.Read More

Melissa Etheridge Stands by Her Comments on Angelina Jolie's Surgery

By Anne Cohen

Melissa Etheridge’s comments that Angelina Jolie’s preventive mastectomy was “fearful” have caused the singer-songwriter some bad press. Nevertheless, Etheridge stands by her words.Read More

Rand Paul Has 'Pleasant' Meeting With GOP Jews


Sen. Rand Paul had a reconciliatory meeting with the Republican Jewish Coalition in his latest bid to forge ties with the pro-Israel community.Read More

Israel's Chief Rabbi Interrogated for Pocketing Donations


Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger is being interrogated on suspicion that he took hundreds of thousands of shekels meant for nongovernmental organizations.Read More

Modigliani Painting Expected To Fetch $8 Million in Israel — But the Piece Won't Be Present

By Haaretz

A masterpiece by Italian Jewish artist Amadeo Modigliani, estimated to be worth NIS 30 million, will be offered at public auction in Israel in the coming weeks. It is the most expensive painting ever to be auctioned in Israel. But the painting itself won’t be making an appearance.Read More

Palestinian Prime Minister Offers Resignation Two Weeks After Taking Post

By Reuters

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has offered his resignation to President Mahmoud Abbas just two weeks after taking office, an official in his press office told Reuters on Thursday.Read More

Anti-Semitic Vandals Mar Warsaw Ghetto Memorial


Unknown vandals painted “Jude Raus” at the entrance of a memorial to the leader of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising. The words, which mean “Jews Out,” were discovered Wednesday at the Anielewicz Mound in Warsaw.Read More

U.N. Accuses Israel of Torturing Children and Using Palestinian Human Shields

By Reuters

A United Nations human rights body accused Israeli forces on Thursday of mistreating Palestinian children, including by torturing those in custody and using others as human shields.Read More

The Jewish Side of James Gandolfini

By Nathan Abrams (Haaretz)

James Gandolfini, who died at 51, wasn’t Jewish. But ‘The Sopranos’ actor knew he was portraying a business with deep roots in the Tribe.Read More

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