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Hamas Won't Budge on Gilad Shalit Release Demands

By Avi Issacharoff (Haaretz)

Hamas political leader Khaled Meshal, along with other Hamas officials, will meet with Egyptian intelligence chief General Murad Muwafi on Wednesday for discussions on a deal for the release of captured Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, the London-based Al-Hayat newspaper reported.Read More


Bibi: Israel Won't Apologize for Flotilla Raid

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has informed U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton that Israel will not apologize for the 2010 Gaza flotilla raid in which nine Turkish pro-Palestinian activists died.Read More


Obama Campaign Taps Ira Forman To Run Jewish Outreach

By JTA

The Obama re-election campaign has hired Ira Forman, the ex-chief of the National Jewish Democratic Council, as its Jewish outreach director.Read More


Court Backs Trustee's Method for Dividing Up Madoff Losses

By Forward Staff

A federal appeals court has approved the method used by the trustee liquidating Bernard Madoff’s scandal-plagued financial firm to divide up the losses from the Ponzi scheme, wire services reported Tuesday.Read More


Bibi Tells GOP: Iran Is Biggest Threat

By JTA

Iran remains the region’s biggest threat, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a delegation of Republican U.S. congressmen visiting Israel.Read More


Israel Arrests Al-Jazeera Journalist

By JTA

Israel is holding in custody the Kabul bureau chief for the Arabic language Al Jazeera network on accusations that he is affiliated with the terrorist Hamas group.Read More


Glenn Beck Slams Israel Protesters

By Elka Looks (Haaretz)

Glenn Beck, an American right-wing talk-show host currently visiting Israel, compared the Israeli protesters demanding social justice to communists in his show this week.Read More


Barak Confirms 'Grain of Truth' in Shalit Talks Report

By Avi Issacharoff and Amos Harel (Haaretz)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak confirmed on Tuesday that there was “a grain of truth” to reports of renewed negotiations taking place in Cairo for a prisoner swap deal to secure the release of Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit.Read More


Jewish Camp Foundation Wins Big Grant

By JTA

The Foundation for Jewish Camp has received a $3.3 million grant for a new program to create jobs for Jewish educators.Read More


Met Halts Loans to Russian Museums as Legal Dispute Rages

By JTA

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art reportedly has canceled plans for an art loan to a Russian museum in the ongoing dispute over a Chasidic archive.Read More





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