Two killed as Israeli helicopter crashes

JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli military helicopter crashed during a routine training flight, killing two crew members.

Lt. Col. Noam Ron, 49, of Oranit, and Maj. Erez Flekser, 31, of Haifa — both veteran military reservists — were killed when their Bell AH-1 Cobra crashed early Tuesday morning in southern...
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Streisand to perform at birthday bash for Peres

(JTA) — Barbra Streisand will make her official performing debut in Israel at the 90th birthday celebration for President Shimon Peres. Streisand is slated to perform at the opening ceremony of the Israeli Presidential Conference on June 18.

According to the Times of Israel, it will be the iconic Jewish...
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Netanyahu, with team of rivals, puts together new government


TEL AVIV (JTA) — He’s had to bite a few bullets to get there, but Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will lead Israel’s next government.

Barring a last-minute surprise, Israel’s new governing coalition will be sworn in this week: a center-right grouping of Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud-Beiteinu faction,...
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Riots break out in Jerusalem, West Bank

(JTA) — Several Israeli police officers and Palestinians were wounded in clashes that broke out inside the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem and spread across the West Bank.

The officers entered the compound last Friday through the Old City’s Mughrabi Gate after Palestinians hurled stones in their direction. The officers...
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Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties form bloc

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Yesh Atid, Jewish Home and Kadima parties have formed a bloc and say they will enter Israel’s government coalition only if their demands are met.

The bloc of 33 Knesset members is two seats larger than the Likud-Beiteinu bloc led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who...
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State of Ohio purchases record $42 million in Israel bonds

(JTA) — Ohio has bought $42 million in Israel Bonds, reportedly the largest single government purchase of Israel Bonds in U.S. history. The March 1 purchase increases the total amount of Israel Bonds in the state’s treasury portfolio to more than $80 million; the Cleveland Jewish News reported it as...
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Obama to Jews: Peace essential, but prospects bleak


WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama believes prospects for Israeli-Palestinian peace are “bleak,” but he still will urge both sides to avoid unilateral actions that might further damage a process he hopes will be back on track within a year.

That was the message Obama delivered Thursday in...
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Hebrew language Playboy magazine debuts

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first Hebrew-language edition of Playboy magazine was launched in Tel Aviv. Playboy founder Hugh Hefner offered a recorded message at Tuesday’s launching, The Jerusalem Post reported.

“I’m proud to see Playboy Israel embark on its mission to play an important role in strengthening freedom of speech,...
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Pollard clemency petition reaches 103,000 signatures

JERUSALEM (JTA) — More than 103,000 people have signed a petition calling on President Obama to free imprisoned spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard.

The petition, which appears in Hebrew and English, was placed online Feb. 11 and will be hand delivered to Obama during his visit to Israel later this...
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Congress introduces bill to make Israel ‘major strategic ally’

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Republican and a Democrat in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation that would make Israel a “major strategic ally,” a unique designation.

The bill, introduced Monday by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL), was timed for the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee...
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