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Barack Obama Meets With Mideast Peace Negotiators

By Reuters

President Barack Obama met privately on Tuesday with lead Israeli and Palestinian negotiators the day after they restarted long-stalled peace negotiations in Washington, a White House official said.Read More


'Pink Panther' Heist of Jewish Diamond King Lev Leviev in Cannes Soars to $136M

By JTA

The theft of diamonds and jewels owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev could be the largest jewelry heist in years after the worth of the stolen jewels was estimated at $136 million.Read More


Saudi Editor Gets 600 Lashes for Starting Liberal Website

By Reuters

The editor of a Saudi Arabian social website has been sentenced to seven years in prison and 600 lashes for founding an Internet forum that violates Islamic values and propagates liberal thought, Saudi media reported on Tuesday.Read More


Double Dynasty Win in Israel Chief Rabbinate Vote a Letdown for Critics

By Ben Sales

The imperative to circumvent the rabbinic bureaucracy has grown especially strong in the wake of last week’s Chief Rabbinate election, which saw the defeat of a popular reformist candidate and the victory of two sons of former chief rabbis, both haredi Orthodox.Read More


Peace Talks Kick Off After Ramadan Dinner

By Reuters

Israeli and Palestinian negotiators held their first peace talks in nearly three years on Monday in a U.S.-brokered effort that Secretary of State John Kerry hopes will end their conflict despite deep divisions.Read More


Peace Negotiations Get Underway Over Iftar Dinner at State Department

By Haaretz

The Israeli and Palestinian negotiating teams arrived at the State Department building in Washington Monday night after U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry set the wheels into motion for the first direct peace talks in almost three years.Read More


'Not One Israeli' in Future Palestine, Mahmoud Abbas Vows

By Reuters

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas laid out his vision on Monday for the final status of Israeli-Palestinian relations ahead of peace talks due to resume in Washington for the first time in nearly three years.Read More


Eric Burdon from Band The Animals To Play in Israel

By JTA

Eric Burdon, lead singer of the popular ’60s band The Animals, said he will perform in Israel days after canceling a concert due to threatening emails.Read More


Jacob Frenkel Drops Bank of Israel Governor Candidacy

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for the next Bank of Israel governor has withdrawn his candidacy for the post, after an investigation was opened into an alleged 2006 shoplifting affair at the Hong Kong airport.Read More


Obama Welcomes Peace Talks But Warns 'Hard Choices Remain Ahead'

By Reuters

President Barack Obama welcomed Israeli-Palestinian talks starting in Washington later on Monday but cautioned that a tough path lies ahead.Read More


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