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U.S. Invites Israel, Palestinians To Relaunch Talks

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The United States has invited Israel and the Palestinians to relaunch direct talks, but the parameters remain vague.Read More


The Saga of America's Swastika-Shaped Naval Building

By Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz)

A couple of years ago, the swastika-shaped building at the Naval Amphibious Base in San-Diego discovered by Google Earth became an Internet hit. The former U.S. resident and now Israeli citizen Avrahaum Segol got word from a friend in 2006 and made getting rid of the offensive symbol his own personal project.Read More


State Department: Direct Talks Between Israelis, Palestinians Are 'Very Close'

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians are “very, very close,” a U.S. State Department spokesman said, and Hillary Rodham Clinton is in constant telephone contact with the leaders.Read More


U.N. Report on Gaza War Does Not Look at Hamas' Role

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

The U.N. Secretary General’s interim report on investigations into the 2009 Gaza War does not include a direct investigation of Hamas’ role.Read More


In Mosque Dispute, Pelosi Calls for Transparency From Both Sides

By Ron Kampeas (JTA)

Nancy Pelosi agreed with an ADL call for transparency in the funding of the mosque and interfaith center near Ground Zero, but said its opponents should also make their funding transparent.Read More


West Bank Settlers Take To Wikipedia

By Nir Hasson (Haaretz)

For years now, Wikipedia has been a fierce battleground between the Israeli right and left. One key battle was over the entry for Bil’in and whether the weekly struggle at that village near the security fence should be described as violent.Read More


Australian Candidates Compete for 'Pro-Israel' Title

By Dan Goldberg (JTA)

As the two major parties in Australia’s federal election vie for the title of Israel’s most ardent backer, most Jewish leaders believe that Australia’s longstanding, strong bilateral support for the Jewish state will not be jeopardized regardless of the outcome.Read More


Following Standoff, Turkish Embassy Hands Over Palestinian Hostage Taker

By Yaniv Kubovich (Haaretz)

Security guards captured a Palestinian who entered the Turkish embassy in Israel on Tuesday trying to take hostages and demanding asylum, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said in a statement.Read More


Prosecution: Former Israeli President Saw Women Staffers as Sexual Objects

By Ofra Edelman (Haaretz)

Former president Moshe Katsav exploited his lofty position to sexually harass female employees, treating the female workforce as a pool out of which he chose sexual objects, the prosecution in Katsav’s sexual harassment and rape trial said in transcripts released on Tuesday.Read More


Palestinian Man Hurt In Shooting at Tel Aviv's Turkish Embassy

By Yaniv Kubovic (Haaretz)

An initial investigation into a shooting incident at the Turkish embassy in Tel Aviv on Tuesday revealed that a Palestinian man who entered the embassy seeking asylum had threatened the embassy staff and had been shot in his leg. The man was lightly hurt.Read More





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