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Erekat: Peace Talks Require Settlement Halt

By Forward Staff and Haaretz

Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said that peace talks are contingent on a halt to West Bank settlement construction — and that he doesn’t expect any major progress to come out of his talks with an Israeli envoy, unless Israel agrees to that condition.Read More


Fox Apologizes for Jesus Poll

By JTA

The Latin American division of Fox has apologized for a poll which asked whether Jews killed Jesus.Read More


Palestinians Plan Major New Diplomatic Offensive

By Haaretz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s envoy Isaac Molho will meet with top Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat in Amman Tuesday for preliminary talks aimed at setting an agenda for peace negotiations, even as the Palestinians are preparing a diplomatic campaign that aims to put Israel under “a real international siege.”Read More


Israeli Men and Women Join Bus Protests

By Haaretz

Hundreds of men and women boarded gender-segregated buses in Jerusalem and Ramat Gan on Sunday, in protest of the exclusion of women from the public sphere and against the segregation of men and women in ultra-Orthodox neighborhoods.Read More


Yaffa Yarkoni, Singer for Israeli Army, Dies at 86

By JTA

Veteran Israeli singer Yaffa Yarkoni, who entertained Israeli troops for decades beginning in 1948, has died.Read More


New Year's Push for Resumption of Peace Talks

By Haaretz

Jordan and the Quartet on the Mideast are working to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, sources indicated on Sunday, ahead of a January 26 Quartet deadline for the resumption of direct negotiations.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Denounced for Holocaust Imagery

By Haaretz

Israeli politicians responded to Saturday night‘s ultra-Orthodox demonstration in Jerusalem’s Kikar Hashabbat (Sabbath Square), with Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Opposition Leader Tzipi Livni expressing outrage over protesters use of Holocaust symbolism to protest what they termed the exclusion of Haredim.Read More


Ultra-Orthodox Protest 'Exclusion' in Jerusalem

By Haaretz

Over a thousand ultra-Orthodox men assembled Saturday night in Jerusalem’s Kikar Hashabbat (Sabbath Square), in protest of what they termed the exclusion of Haredim, a response to the recent outrage over the exclusion of women in Beit Shemesh and elsewhere.Read More


Memorial Services Planned for Adrienne Cooper

By Forward Staff

A memorial service for famed Yiddish singer Adrienne Cooper is planned for Sunday, January 1. It will celebrate the life of Cooper who died on December 25 at the age of 65.Read More


Largest Street Protests Yet Rock Syria's Regime

By Haaretz

Hundreds of thousands of Syrians poured into the streets across the nation Friday in the largest protests in months, shouting for the downfall of the regime in a defiant display invigorated by the presence of Arab observers, activists said.Read More


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