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Congress wants to increase allocations to Israeli missile program

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Congress wants to at least double the Obama administration’s funding request for anti-missile cooperation with Israel. Obama asked Congress for $99.9 million in 2013 for “Israel co-operative programs,” which include programs like the long-range Arrow anti-missile system and the short-range David’s Sling.

The U.S. House of Representatives version...
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Jewish families to be evicted from Hebron building

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli government will evict two Jewish families from their homes in a building in Hebron. The families must leave the Beit Ezra building in the West Bank city’s former Arab market by April 24, the state mandated in response to a lawsuit filed with the Israeli Supreme...
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Four women detained at Kotel for entering with prayer shawls

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Four women were detained at the Western Wall by Israeli police for trying to enter the site with prayer shawls. The women were planning to participate in a special service Friday for the beginning of the new Hebrew month of Tevet.

Unlike in previous months, the women...
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Liberman resigns post following indictment

(JTA) — Avigdor Liberman resigned as Israel’s foreign minister following his indictment for fraud and breach of trust. “I have committed no offense but I wish to put behind me this issue, which is what remains of many years of investigation,” Liberman said in a statement Friday.

Liberman said that he...
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Report: one-quarter of Israelis – and 37% of children – live in poverty

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — The numbers tell a consistent storyline: Nearly one in four Israelis lives in poverty. A report last week by Israel’s National Insurance Institute showed that 1.8 million of Israel’s 8 million people live below the poverty line.

In 2011, the year for which the...
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Report: Coerced contraception behind 50 percent decline in Ethiopian-Israeli birth rate

NEW YORK (JTA) — Israeli and Jewish aid officials are denying an Israeli TV report alleging that Ethiopian immigrant women have been coerced into taking contraceptive shots. The report, which aired Saturday night on Israeli Educational Television, charged that coercive contraception is behind a 50 percent decline in the Ethiopian...
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IDF forces filmed fleeing from Palestinians (again)

(JTA) — For a second time this month, Israeli media have shown videos of Israeli soldiers fleeing a Palestinian mob. The video released on Monday by the news site Ynet shows a platoon running from a crowd of stone-throwing Palestinians near the West Bank settlement of Mitzpe Kedumim. Last week, Channel...
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Netanyahu: Meshal’s speech show’s enemy’s ‘true face’

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Hamas political chief Khaled Meshal’s speech in Gaza calling for a “fight to free Palestine from the Zionist occupier” shows Israel “our enemies’ true face,” Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Yesterday we were re-exposed to our enemies’ true face,” Israel’s prime minister said at the start of the regular weekly...
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Palestinians appeal to Israel over controversial E1 construction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Palestinians appealed to the United Nations Security Council to stop Israel from making plans to build 3,000 apartments in a controversial area outside of Jerusalem.

In a letter to the Security Council, the U.N. General Assembly and the U.N. secretary-general, the Palestinian representative to the United...
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Kadima crumbles, Labor emphasizes social issues and Likud dominates

By BEN SALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) – Two months ago, the strategy for victory was clear: To unseat Benjamin Netanyahu in elections on Jan. 22, Israel’s handful of center-left parties had to unite under one banner and choose a leader who could challenge the Israeli prime minister on issues of diplomacy...
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