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Shimon Peres Receives Medal of Freedom

By Haaretz

At 88, after 65 years in politics, it seems that the veteran statesman Shimon Peres won’t be excited about yet another award bestowed upon him - but Wednesday night at the East room of the White House the Israeli President had a shy smile on his face, looking at the faces of the U.S. and Israeli officials that gathered around the tables decorated with tall white candles, to honor him - as if hardly believing Senya Persky from Wiszniewo shtetl, really got there.Read More


Rock-Throwing Settlers Protest Demolitions

By JTA

Activists threw rocks at contractors inspecting the Ulpana neighbohood in preparation for the evacuation of five apartment buildings there.Read More


Putin To Visit Israel Despite Syria Split

By JTA

Russian President Vladimir Putin has agreed to visit Israel, Israel’s Foreign Ministry announced.Read More


White House: No Change in Stance on Pollard

By Haaretz

Following a meeting with the top Pentagon officials on Monday and a public event with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Tuesday at the Brookings Institute, President Shimon Peres’ visit to Washington will reach its peak on Wednesday with his meeting with President Barack Obama - and an official dinner and reception at the White House, during which Peres will be awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civic award in the US.Read More


Giffords Aide Wins Seat in Special Election

By JTA

Ron Barber, a former aide to U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, won her seat in a special election.Read More


Boteach Invites Pascrell to Shabbat Dinner

By JTA

Rabbi Shumley Boteach invited his opponent in a New Jersey congressional race to Shabbat dinner.Read More


Livni Says Kadima Headed for Extinction

By JTA

Tzipi Livni, former head of the Kadima Party, said that the centrist party will not be in existence by the next Knesset elections.Read More


Parents Must Sign Form for Circumcision Rite: Plan

By JTA

New York health officials have proposed requiring that Jewish parents sign a consent waiver in order to use a controversial circumcision-related rite.Read More


South Sudan Officials To Help Immigrants Return

By Haaretz

The South Sudanese government will send a delegation to Israel this week to coordinate the repatriation of South Sudanese citizens who are illegally in the country.Read More


Bibi Ignored Flotilla Raid Dangers: Report

By Haaretz

The decision-making process was flawed, the discussions were hurried and superficial, the National Security Council was kept in the dark, and scenarios of extreme violence were ignored – these are only some of the harsh criticisms found in the State Comptroller’s report on the government’s handling of the Turkish aid flotilla to Gaza, which took place on May 2010.Read More


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