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Conservative Groups Reject Call To Keep Israel Out of Election Debate

By JTA

Two conservative groups have rejected the joint appeal from two national Jewish organizations to sign a “unity pledge” on treating Israel in political debate.Read More


'Seinfeld' Star Meets Knesset Committee

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Former “Seinfeld” star Jason Alexander met with a Knesset caucus to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.Read More


Palestinians Demand Release of Barghouti

By Haaretz

The Palestinian Authority is set to demand that the Quartet pressure Israel to release prisoners in fulfillment of a pledge made by former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, senior Palestinian sources told Haaretz on Monday.Read More


Netanyahu Scraps Visit to Federations Meeting

By JTA

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to address the Jewish federations’ annual General Assembly.Read More


Bibi Offers Quake Condolences to Turkish Leader

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday, offering his condolences for the many casualties of a massive earthquake that struck Turkey’s east a day before.Read More


Online Petition for Rubashkin Gets 50,000 Signatures

By JTA

An online petition in support of jailed kosher meat executive Sholom Rubashkin garnered 10 times its anticipated goal of 5,000 signatures.Read More


Egypt Agrees To Free Ilan Grapel

By JTA

Egypt has agreed to release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptians being held in Israeli prisons.Read More


Israel Gives 200-Year-Old Olive Tree to Pope

By JTA

An olive tree more than 200 years old grown near Nazareth was sent as a gift from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Pope Benedict XVI.Read More


Israeli Foreign Minister Says Abbas Should Quit

By Haaretz

Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Monday called Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas the “greatest obstacle” to regional order, telling reporters in Jerusalem it would be a “blessing” if the Palestinian leader were to resign.Read More


Bloomberg Dedicates Magen David Adom Center

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg dedicated the landmark Magen David Adom station in Jerusalem in memory of his father.Read More





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