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Whitney Houston's Strange Trip to Israel Recalled

As news of Whitney Houston’s untimely death at the age of 48 sent powerful ripples around globe, Israelis could look back at a brief often eccentric 2003 tour of the Holy Land by the six-time Grammy winner, which, sadly, proved to be her first and last visit to Israel.Read More


Iran Helps Syrian Regime Survive: Documents

Iran has been helping Syria bypass the international sanctions imposed on it for massacring civilians, according to documents from the Syrian president’s office obtained by Haaretz.Read More


Hamas Official Slams Unity Deal With Fatah

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A top Hamas official harshly criticized the organization’s recent reconciliation agreement with Fatah on Saturday, saying the agreement was signed without consulting the Hamas leadership in Gaza or abroad.Read More


U.S. Against Trading Killers of Americans for Shalit

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An Obama administration official said the United States urged Israel not to free Palestinian terrorists in the Gilad Shalit exchange deal who killed Americans.Read More


Jewish Groups Praise Birth Control Compromise

By JTA

Three Jewish groups that favor insurance coverage of contraceptives praised President Obama’s comrpromise allowing religious institutions to direct staff to alternative health care plans funding such services.Read More


Jewish Groups Split Over Marines' 'S.S.' Photo

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The publication of a 2010 photograph showing U.S. soldiers with a logo resembling a Nazi symbol was greeted with condemnations by Jewish groups.Read More


Sarkozy Opposes War With Iran

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French President Nicolas Sarkozy said that the solution to the Iran crisis is “never military.”Read More


Too Few Women Head Federations

By Haaretz

A special Knesset subcommittee is eliciting candid assessments about the role of women in Jewish community life, while posing searing questions about the relative lack of women in Jewish leadership roles.Read More


Israeli Soldier Scrawls Anti-Muslim Graffiti

By Haaretz

An Israel Defense Forces soldier is suspected of perpetrating a so-called “price tag” attack in a Palestinian West Bank village, Haaretz learned on Friday, following recently intercepted security camera footage.Read More


Rabbi Gunther Plaut Dies at 99

By JTA

Rabbi Gunther Plaut, a major figure in Reform Judaism, died in Toronto.Read More





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