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Google's Eric Schmidt: Israel a Tech 'Miracle'

By Haaretz

Google chairman Eric Schmidt said on Monday that the company’s development centers in Israel are among the company’s most efficient and that Google is constantly expanding them.Read More


Palestinian Soccer Star To Be Freed From Detention

By Simi Lampert

Palestinian soccer star Mahmoud Sarsak, who was been jailed by Israel for nearly three years, is reportedly going to be released next month after agreeing to end a three-month hunger strike that attracted worldwide attention.Read More


Africans' Efforts To Convert Rejected by Israel

By Haaretz

All requests from refugees and illegal migrants from Africa to convert to Judaism have been rejected over the past year, according to a source in the Prime Minister’s Office.Read More


Neo-Nazis Grab 7% in Crucial Greek Vote

The neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party defied predictions and won nearly 7 percent of the vote in the Greek national elections.Read More


Israel Moves Tanks to Sinai Border, Breaching Treaty

By Haaretz

In an unusual move, the Israel Defense Forces deployed two tanks to a site near the Egyptian border on Monday morning, following a cross-border attack in which one Israeli was killed.Read More


French Ex-Pats Elect Israeli Woman Lawmaker

By JTA

French expats from eight Mediterranean countries elected a Tel Aviv woman to represent them in the French parliament.Read More


Israeli Killed in Army Clash With Terrorists

By Haaretz

An Israeli citizen and two terrorists were killed Monday morning during clashes between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and gunmen who infiltrated the southern border with Egypt.Read More


Top Powers Maintain Tough Stance on Iran

By Haaretz

The six powers holding nuclear talks with Iran have no intention of softening their position presented in Baghdad last month, even if this approach scuppers the negotiations, a senior Israeli official said.Read More


Reform and Conservative 'Wreak' Damage: Rabbi

By Haaretz

Sephardic Chief Rabbi Shlomo Amar wants to scuttle the state’s plan to recognize some Reform and Conservative rabbis and pay them with public funds.Read More


Alan Gross in 'Normal' Health: Cuba

By JTA

Jailed Jewish American contractor Alan Gross is in “normal” health and is being treated for his chronic conditions, the Cuban government said in a statement.Read More





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