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Sharansky Makes Far More Than Netanyahu

By Haaretz

For decades, the unofficial arrangement was that the head of the Jewish Agency would make as much the prime minister of Israel, but chairman Natan Sharansky’s pay in 2010 totaled $214,000 - 30 percent more than Benjamin Netanyahu, the man who appointed him and made $164,000 pre-tax in 2010.Read More


U.S. Intelligence: Iran Not Looking To Provoke

By Haaretz

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency said Thursday that Iran is not close to abandoning its nuclear program, but is also unlikely to intentionally provoke conflict.Read More


Bangkok Bomb Plot Targeted Israeli Staffers

By JTA

Thailand’s police chief said bombs that exploded in the capital earlier in the week were meant to target Israelis.Read More


Palestinian Children Killed in West Bank Crash

By JTA

At least eight Palestinian schoolchildren on a field trip were killed when a truck collided with their bus on a rain-soaked road in the West Bank.Read More


Israel Summer Camps Program Gets $3.6 Million

A new Israel education initiative for camps is launching with grants of $3.6 million.Read More


Ex-National Security Chief Calls for Pollard Clemency

By JTA

Robert McFarlane, who served as National Security Advisor under President Ronald Reagan, has called on President Obama to grant clemency to Jonathan Pollard.Read More


Report: Mossad Chief in New Delhi Days Before Attack

By Haaretz

Mossad chief Tamir Pardo visited New Delhi just days before an attack on Israeli officials in the Indian capital this week, Indian media reported on Thursday, highlighting the extent to which Israeli intelligence was in the dark regarding possibility of a terror attack taking place in the country.Read More


Wiesel to Romney: Intervene on Baptisms

By JTA

Holocaust survivor and author Elie Wiesel said Mitt Romney should speak up about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ practice of posthumous baptisms.Read More


Israeli Leaders Clash Over Syria Response

By Haaretz

The country’s leaders are clashing over what constitutes a proper Israeli response to the events in Syria - where around 6,000 civilians have been killed — in the revolt against President Bashar Assad.Read More


Poland Has New Cohort of Kosher Supervisors

By JTA

Following an increasing demand for kosher food in Poland, 17 Polish Jews graduated from a seminar certifying them as kashrut supervisors.Read More





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