Jerusalem building committee approved construction of 1,200 apartments in Gilo

JERUSALEM (JTA)– A Jerusalem building committee approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem. Gilo is located in southern Jerusalem on land that Israel captured in the 1967 Six-Day War and is considered a settlement by the international community.

The approval late Monday by the...
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Jews and pro-Israel community warm to prospect of Kerry as Secretary of State


WASHINGTON (JTA) — On a wintry day at a small Iowa shul in November of 2003, John Kerry got all verklempt. The man whose opponents had taken to depicting as aloof and patrician, whose campaign for the 2004 Democratic presidential nomination had been all but written off by...
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Netanyahu asks Jewish Agency to rule on women’s prayer at Kotel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has asked the Jewish Agency to come up with a solution for non-Orthodox women’s groups who want to pray at the Western Wall.

Netanyahu asked Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky to examine the issue, the Associated Press reported citing an unnamed Israeli...
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Human Rights Watch: Palestinian terrorist groups in Gaza violated rules of war

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinian terror groups in Gaza violated the rules of war by targeting civilians during last month’s conflict with Israel, Human Rights Watch said. In a report issued Monday, the New York-based human rights organization said the Palestinian groups in Gaza violated international humanitarian law by firing some...
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Man arrested for vandalizing King David’s Tomb

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem Police have arrested a man for vandalizing King David’s Tomb. Two men reportedly were caught smashing the ceramic tiles that cover the tomb’s stone late on the night of Dec. 20. The arrested haredi Orthodox man, 30, told police that he came to the tomb in...
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Israeli Oscar entry eliminated from contention; one more still in play

LOS ANGELES (JTA) — Israel’s 2012 Academy Award entry failed to make the list of nine semi-finalists among foreign-language films. Israel’s entry, “Fill the Void,” was eliminted from contention last Friday. The country’s Oscar hopes now rest in the documentary feature category, where “The Gatekeepers,” from director Dror Moreh, and...
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Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites in annual message

JERUSALEM (JTA) — In his yearly Christmas greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not tolerate attacks on places of Christian worship. “Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all. And we will continue...
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Liberman to be questioned again

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Liberman will be questioned again in connection with allegations that he advanced the position of Israel’s former ambassador to Belarus in exchange for information on an investigation against him. Liberman resigned last week as foreign minister, although he remains a member of...
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Palestinians outline Israel isolation strategy

(JTA) — The Palestinian Authority is considering a multi-pronged strategy to isolate Israel, including seeking redress in international courts and ceasing security cooperation. The Associated Press reported on the strategy in a story published Thursday. Palestinian officials told the AP that they will first press for renewed talks after Israel’s Jan....
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Former IDF Chief of Staff Lipkin-Shahak dies at 88

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff Amnon Lipkin-Shahak, who served in the IDF for 36 years and was also a government minister, has died. Lipkin-Shahak died Wednesday at the age of 68 of cancer.

Lipkin-Shahak was born in Tel Aviv in 1944 and enlisted in the Paratroopers...
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