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Dennis Ross Still Talks to Obama and Bibi

By Haaretz

Despite the fact that he resigned from his post in the Obama administration, longtime American diplomat Dennis Ross just cannot quit. Haaretz has learned that Ross still advises President Barak Obama on a regular basis, and maintains an open channel with Prime Minister Benjamin NetanyahuRead More


Is Iran Bluffing on Retaliation Threat?

Israeli officials and academic experts think that Iran’s threats of retaliation to a possible strike against it are a bluff, the New York Times reported on Friday.Read More


Rising Number of Jews Believe in God

By Haaretz

Fully 80 percent of Israeli Jews believe that God exists - the highest figure found by the Guttman-Avi Chai survey since this review of Israeli-Jewish beliefs began two decades ago.Read More


Romney and Gingrich Talk Tough on Israel

By Haaretz

Governor Mitt Romney and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich both talked tough on Israel in their final debate before the make-or-break Florida primary on January 31.Read More


Israel Army: We Can't Stop Iran Nukes

By Haaretz

A senior Israel Defense Forces commander has reportedly said that Israel is unable to attack Iran’s nuclear program in a meaningful way.Read More


Susan Rice: 'No Shortcuts' to Mideast Peace

By JTA

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, told a Jewish group that there is “no shortcut” to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.Read More


Former Fatah Leader Barghouti Calls for Peace Deal Based on 1967 Lines

By Haaretz

Former Fatah leader Marwan Barghouti appeared in Jerusalem’s Magistrate Court on Wednesday to testify in the lawsuit filed by the family of Esther Kleiman, a resident of Neveh Tsuf who was killed in a gunfire attack in 2002 northwest of Ramallah.Read More


Knesset Caucus Eyes Closer Ties to American Jews

By JTA

The Knesset inaugurated a caucus to strengthen Israeli lawmakers’ knowledge and sensitivity to the American Jewish community.Read More


Israel Puts Off Debate on Ultra-Orthodox Army Service

The Tal Law - which allows full-time yeshiva students to defer military service – will not be voted on by the cabinet next Sunday, Prime Ministers Benjamin’s Netanyahu’s office announced on Thursday.Read More


Plans To Republish 'Mein Kampf' Postponed

By JTA

A British publisher has postponed plans to publish segments of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” after threats of legal action.Read More





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