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Ovadia Yosef, Sephardic Leader, Suffers Minor Stroke

By Reuters

The spiritual leader of the ultra-orthodox political party Shas was hospitalized in Jerusalem on Saturday, a development that could shake his party’s fortunes and mute one of Israel’s most influential voices.Read More


Nebraska Jewish Paper Not Taking Sides on Hagel

By Forward Staff

Chuck Hagel’s home state Jewish newspaper isn’t taking sides yet on the controversial Pentagon pick, saying it hasn’t been convinced by either supporters or opponents.Read More


Lautenberg Rival Cory Booker Plans N.J. Senate Run

By Reuters

Cory Booker, the New Jersey mayor who is a rising star in the Democratic party, filed documents on Friday revealing his intention to run for the U.S. Senate in 2014, possibly setting up a primary challenge against 88-year-old Democratic incumbent Frank LautenbergRead More


Belgian Senate Recognizes Country's Role in Holocaust

By JTA

A Belgian Senate committee adopted a resolution acknowledging the country’s complicity in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust.Read More


Hamas: IDF Soldiers Kill Palestinian Along Gaza Border

By Reuters

IIsraeli troops shot dead a Palestinian and seriously wounded another in the northern Gaza Strip near the border with Israel on Friday, the Islamist group Hamas and hospital officials said.Read More


Boehner Sets February 12 as Date for State of the Union

By Reuters

U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Friday formally invited President Barack Obama to deliver the annual state of the union address to Congress on Feb. 12.Read More


Let the Games Begin

By Haaretz/Yossi Verter

The antiquated election-campaign commercials, from which it’s impossible to escape, started airing this week. They ran the gamut from boring, to pretentious and stereotypical - to outright racist. The latter ad came from the new Shas, which Aryeh Deri promised would serve as a bridge between all parts of the nation under his leadership. The clip that offered a stereotyped, if not repulsive, depiction of a Russian bride stirred a furor and was removed. But Shas got what it wanted: People talked about it. Yisrael Beiteinu might also be able to glean a few voters whose honor was impugned by the same ad.Read More


Justin Bieber Sued for ‘Assaulting’ Israeli Bodyguard

By JTA

The Israeli former bodyguard of teen idol Justin Bieber reportedly sued the pop star for assault.Read More


Palestinians Pitch Tents on Land Planned for Settlements

By Reuters

Palestinians from villages in the occupied West Bank near Jerusalem pitched tents on Friday on land Israel has earmarked for a new urban settlement, looking to preserve the area for an independent Palestinian state.Read More


Chuck Hagel Talks About Israel and Iran

By Reuters

Chuck Hagel, President Barack Obama’s pick to become the next U.S. defense secretary, has begun calling critics in the Senate in an attempt to clarify his views about how to deal with Iran, Hezbollah and Hamas before his upcoming nomination hearing.Read More


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