Israel

Center-left parties discuss forming bloc to beat Bibi

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Labor Party leader Shelly Yacimovich and Hatnua party chief Tzipi Livni have agreed to discuss forming a left-center bloc to prevent Benjamin Netanyahu from forming the next government. Livni on Friday called on Yacimovich and centrist Yesh Atid party head Yair Lapid to join together in a...
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Israel to plant 3,000 trees to memorialize Newtown victims

NEW YORK (JTA) – More than 2,000 people have donated funds to plant a grove of more than 3,000 trees in Israel in memory of the victims of the Newtown shooting.

Hadassah has raised more than $61,000 toward the planting of trees honoring the 26 victims of the December 14...
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Former IDF soldier Anat Kamm’s sentence shortened

JERUSALEM (JTA) – The prison sentence of former Israeli soldier Anat Kamm, who turned classified military documents over to a reporter, was shortened by one year. On Monday,  Israel’s Supreme Court cut the 4 1/2-year term in response to an appeal filed by Kamm in July. She now likely will...
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U.S. Jewish groups welcome Netanyahu’s Western Wall initiative

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Three U.S. Jewish groups welcomed Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s initiative to review restrictions on women’s prayer at the Western Wall. The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Hadassah and the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly greeted the move by Netanyahu, who this week asked the Jewish Agency and...
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Report: Arabs could outnumber Jews in Israel by 2020

(JNS.org) On top of Hamas terrorism, the Iranian nuclear program, the implications of unrest in Syria and the rise of an Islamist government in Egypt, another growing challenge Israel faces in 2013 and beyond is a demographic one. The Jewish state could lose its Jewish character within this decade, according...
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Netanyahu expresses concern that Hamas could take over PA

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed concern that Hamas would take over the Palestinian Authority before or after a peace agreement. “In Egypt, the regime has been replaced, in Syria the regime is being shaken and this could also happen in the Palestinian Authority areas in Judea...
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Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust.

The indictment, which reportedly includes new and stronger evidence against Liberman, was filed with the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday morning. Liberman is charged with advancing the position of Zeev Ben Aryeh,...
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Former Israeli chief rabbi indicted for fraud

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli Chief Rabbi Eliyahu Bakshi-Doron was charged with fraud for his alleged involvement in a scam that issued false rabbinic credentials to civil servants. It reportedly is the first time a chief rabbi has been charged with fraud. Other charges levied against Bakshi-Doron on Monday include attempted...
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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

By RON KAMPEAS

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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