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In D.C., Parties and Well Wishes as Hanukkah Begins

By Haaretz

In the U.S., Hanukkah starts with storms and blizzards at the Great Plains, followed by concerts and all sorts of creative entertainments, from latkes eating contests to parrot races in communities throughout the country. President Obama, who already threw his Hanukkah party at the White House a week and a half ago, sent his holiday wishes. This time, despite the presidential elections in the air, he did so without mentioning his support for Israel even once (which is not bad at all, considering the controversy the issue seems to provoke each time it is mentioned in this season).Read More


Thousands of Troops Desert Syrian Army

By Haaretz

More than 10,000 soldiers have deserted the Syrian army, sources say, with as many as half the conscripts not reporting in the last three call-ups.Read More


Joint Chiefs: Iran Military Strike 'Executable'

By Haaretz

The United States is capable of carrying out a military strike on Iran, according to U.S. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Martin Dempsey.Read More


Brooklyn Lawmaker Quits Over Bribery Claim

By JTA

A New York lawmaker who had strong Orthodox Jewish backing because he rejected a gay rights initiative quit after pleading guilty to charges that he funneled bribes through his gay lover.Read More


Bibi Brands 'Price Tag' Attacks Stain on Israel

By Haaretz

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak condemned violence by right-wing extremists on Tuesday, vowing to use all means to eradicate the phenomenon.Read More


Obama Sends 'Happy Hanukkah' Message

By JTA

President Obama wished Jews a joyous Chanukah.Read More


Leader of South Sudan Visits Israel

By JTA

The president of the new country of South Sudan arrived in Israel for a short working visit during which the possibility of repatriating Sudanese infiltrators to the country set to be discussed.Read More


Maynard Wishner, Former AJC President, Dies at 88

By JTA

Maynard Wishner, a past national president of the American Jewish Committee who also headed other Jewish groups, has died.Read More


Ron Paul Disavows Namesake Anti-Israel Newsletter

By Forward Staff

With support for Rep. Ron Paul growing in the early caucus state of Iowa, a report is calling new attention Paul’s connection to a newsletter that called Israel an “aggressive, national socialist state,” and suggested that the Mossad was responsible for the 1993 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.Read More


British Lawmaker Fired Over Nazi-Themed Party

By JTA

A British lawmaker was fired from his job working for a senior Conservative Party minister after attending a Nazi-themed party.Read More


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