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Dead Sea Falls Short in 7 Wonders Vote

By Forward Staff

A headline-grabbing mass nude photo shoot was not enough to catapult the Dead Sea into the short list of the world’s most amazing natural wonders.Read More


10,000 Rally to Remember Yitzhak Rabin

By Haaretz

Around 10,000 people gathered in Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv on Saturday evening for a memorial for the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated 16 years ago by a right-wing Jewish extremist.Read More


Anti-Semitic Vandals Strike in Brooklyn

By Paul Berger

Police have launched an investigation into an anti-Semitic arson attack in Brooklyn.Read More


Hezbollah Warns: War on Iran Would Spread

By Haaretz

Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah warned Friday that an Israeli or U.S. strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities will lead to a regional war.Read More


Council Deadlocked on Statehood Bid

By Haaretz

A UN Security Council committee said on Friday it had failed to reach agreement over a Palestinian application for full membership in the United Nations, the Portuguese UN ambassador said.Read More


Pope Urges Dialogue in Meeting With Israelis

By JTA

Pope Benedict XVI urged dialogue among faiths and condemned violence in the name of God in a meeting with Israeli religious leaders.Read More


Israel Stalls on Illegal Settlements

By JTA

Two illegal West Bank outposts set to be evacuated by the end of the year have a reprieve.Read More


Jewish Players Aim to Boost Israel Baseball Team

By JTA

Three Jewish former major leaguers will help Israel field a competitive team in next year’s World Baseball Classic.Read More


Israeli Troops Shoot Settler by Mistake

By Haaretz

Israel Defense Forces shot and killed an Israeli early Friday in the southern Hebron region of the West Bank, when the man driving a vehicle did not notice a checkpoint and passed through without stopping. The soldiers involved in the incident said the shooting was accidental.Read More


Little Chance of Iran Backing Down: Scholar

By Haaretz

There isn’t any real chance of thwarting Iran’s nuclear program through escalated sanctions or negotiated compromise, an Iranian expert told Haaretz, days after the International Atomic Energy Agency published a report indicating that Tehran was seeking to develop nuclear weapons.Read More





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