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Shalit Supporters Prepared for Release

By Haaretz

With the preparations for Gilad Shalit’s return to the family home at Mitzpeh Hila nearly completed, attention has now turned to other logistical arrangements in the Galilee community for his homecoming, including accommodating the needs of a large media contingent.Read More


Jewish Aging Group Sued by Madoff Trustee

By JTA

The trustee charged with recovering assets lost in Bernard Madoff’s Ponzi scheme is suing the Jewish Association for Services for the Aged for $5.2 million.Read More


Israeli High Court Hears Appeal Against Shalit Deal

By Haaretz

Israelis opposed to a prisoner exchange deal with Hamas sought High Court intervention on Monday to block the release of hundreds of jailed Palestinians in return for captive Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad ShalitRead More


Iran Might Sabotage Shalit Deal, Mediator Warns

By Haaretz

Iran could still try and sabotage a prisoner exchange deal between Israel and Hamas that would set Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit free, top German intelligence officials said on Friday, adding that the situation will continue to remain “fragile” until Shalit’s arrival in Israel.Read More


Fake Toronto Rabbi Faces Immigration Rap

By JTA

A former lawyer who calls himself a rabbi was arrested in Toronto and faces extradition to the United States where authorities allege he ran a massive immigration fraud scheme.Read More


Baskin Played Big Role in Shalit Talks

By Haaretz

A great many diplomats and intelligence officials from Egypt, Germany, France, Turkey and other countries tried for more than five years to broker an agreement between Israel and Hamas for Gilad Shalit’s release. Yet the breakthrough in July that led to the deal came from Gershon Baskin, the Israeli co-director of the Israel Palestine Center for Research and Information. He became the intermediary between senior Hamas officials and Israeli envoy David Meidan.Read More


Terror Victim Vandalizes Rabin Memorial To Protest Shalit Deal

By Haaretz

The memorial for slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin near Tel Aviv City Hall was desecrated late Thursday night by a man whose family was killed in the 2001 terror attack at the Jerusalem “Sbarro” restaurant.Read More


Shalit's Abductor Will Be Freed in Swap

By Haaretz

Hamas has begun releasing the names of Palestinian prisoners due to be released as part of the Gilad Shalit swap deal on Thursday, a list which includes some top Hamas officials.Read More


Ministers Demand Release of Jewish Terrorists Too

By Haaretz

Aside from debating whether or not to vote for a prisoner exchange deal that would set Gilad Shalit free, several members of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet offered several lines of action Israel could take following the deal’s execution.Read More


General Says No to U.S. Palestinian Aid Cut-Off

By JTA

The Israeli general in charge of the West Bank is on the record opposing cuts in U.S. funding to the Palestinian Authority.Read More





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