Liberman resignation takes effect as indictment postponed

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Avigdor Liberman’s resignation as Israel’s foreign minister officially took effect, and Israel’s attorney general postponed filing an indictment for fraud and breach of trust against him. Liberman ceased being the country’s foreign minister on Tuesday morning, two days after he submitted his resignation. But he remains a...
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U. S. Intelligence Council predicts ‘incremental’ Palestine

WASHINGTON (JTA) — A Palestinian state will emerge by 2030, not through negotiations but incrementally, according to a group of intelligence advisers to President Obama. The office of the director of national intelligence this week published the annual “Global Trends” report compiled by the National Intelligence Council, a group of current...
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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


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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