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Man Charged With Vandalizing Jewish Stores

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A New Brunswick, N.J., man has been charged in the vandalism of several Jewish-owned shops in nearby Highland Park.Read More


Gilad Shalit Recovering Well, Grandmother Says

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Gilad Shalit has recovered from the physical ordeal of his Gaza captivity, his grandfather said.Read More


Obama: I've Done Most for Israel

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President Obama said his administration had done more than any other to help Israel.Read More


Many Israelis Think New Laws Undemocratic

By Haaretz

Nearly half of the Israeli public believes that a recent series of bills raised in Knesset are endangering democracy in Israel, a recent Haaretz-Dialog poll found.Read More


Bibi Chides Livni Over Abbas Talks

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The only Israeli body fit to negotiate with the Palestinian Authority is the elected government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni on Thursday, a day after the Kadima chairman met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.Read More


Germans Probe Iran Plot Against Americans

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German prosecutors have opened an inquiry into allegations of an Iranian plot to attack U.S. bases on German soil, prosecutor-general Harald Range confirmed in Karlsruhe on Thursday.Read More


Jewish-Owned Shops Vandalized in New Jersey

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Several Jewish-owned shops in Highland Park, N.J., were vandalized.Read More


Right Wing Takes Another Shot at Israeli NGO's

By Haaretz

A new bill aimed at limiting foreign funding of Israeli non-governmental organizations was proposed by Likud and Yisrael Beiteinu on Wednesday, replacing two previous bills that have been proposed and subsequently frozen by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.Read More


AIPAC-Style Group Launched in South Africa

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A pro-Israel lobbying group modeled after AIPAC was launched in South Africa.Read More


Livni to Abbas: Don't Get Swept Away by Hamas

By Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority must return to Mideast peace talks with Israel, Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni told Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, adding that Palestinians should not allow themselves to be swept up by extreme Islamic forces.Read More





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