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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


IDF Chief: Ultra-Orthodox Should Do Army Service

By Haaretz

Head of the Israel Defense Forces’ personnel directorate Major-General Orna Barbibai said on Monday that the IDF should enlist every Israeli “into meaningful service.”Read More


Giffords Takes Curtain Call in Congress

By Forward Staff

Gabrielle Giffords made an emotional curtain call on Capitol Hill to formally resign her congressional seat as she continues her recovery from an assassination attempt.Read More


Mideast Peace Talks Facing Collapse

By Haaretz

The time frame that the Palestinians have allowed for talks with Israel in Amman under Jordanian auspices expires on Thursday. According to diplomatic sources associated with the Middle East Quartet - the United States, United Nations, European Union and Russia - last-minute efforts are underway to head off the talks’ collapse, but the prospects seem slim.Read More


Conservative Minyan Held at Knesset

By JTA

A Conservative minyan was held reportedly for the first time at the Knesset synagogue.Read More


Israel Drops to 92nd on Press Freedom Index

By Nate Lavey

In an annual ranking of press freedom, the advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has dropped Israel from 86th to 92nd place.Read More


Cleveland Population Stable at 80,000 Jews

By JTA

A population study of the greater Cleveland area found that the Jewish population has remained relatively stable over the last 15 years.Read More





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