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Peres Offers New Year's Message to World

By JTA

Israeli President Shimon Peres in a Rosh Hashanah message called Diaspora Jews “full partners” with Israel.Read More


El Al Ends Flights to Cairo

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El Al said it is discontinuing its weekly flights to Cairo.Read More


Gabe Kapler Leads Israel in Baseball Classic

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Team Israel has announced its 28-man roster for the World Baseball Classic Qualifier, which begins this week.Read More


French Jews Get Warning of New Threats

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The security service of France’s Jewish communities has alerted French Jews to “individuals pretending to be Jewish to gain access to community facilities.”Read More


Mitt Romney Offers Rosh Hashanah Greetings

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A strong America will always stand with a strong Israel, Mitt Romney said in his Rosh Hashanah message.Read More


Simone Veil Wins France's Highest Honor

By JTA

French President Francois Hollande has awarded France’s highest honor to Simone Veil, a French politician and Holocaust survivor.Read More


Netanyahu Sharpens Demand for Iran Action

By Reuters

Benjamin Netanyahu took to American airwaves to insist Iran be given ‘red lines’ on its nuclear weapons program, an idea Barack Obama has rejected.Read More


Joseph Goebbels Archives Go on Block

By Haaretz

The pre-war archives of Joseph Goebbels, Nazi Minister of Propaganda, who was with Hitler from the earliest days, will be put on auction in the United States this week.Read More


Maker of Anti-Islam Film Quizzed by Police

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A California man linked to an anti-Islam film on YouTube that triggered violent Muslim protests was taken on Saturday to be questioned about possible probation violations.Read More


West Bank Protests Mark New Palestinian Era

By Haaretz

In many ways, the Palestinian protest movement that swept the West Bank for nearly seven days before fading out late this week symbolizes the end of an era, the era of the Palestinian Authority.Read More





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