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At its centennial celebration Hadassah looks for donors, new members

By BENSALES

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Five years before the Balfour Declaration gave Jews their first realistic hope for a modern state in the Land of Israel, Henrietta Szold founded the women’s Zionist organization Hadassah and sent two nurses here to fight disease and provide milk to infants and their...
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Israel figures prominently in final presidential debate

WASHINGTON (JTA) — The U.S.-Israel alliance and the need to keep Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon were major themes in the final presidential debate. Both President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney said Monday during their foreign policy debate that they would stand with Israel in an attack by Iran.

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Former President Carter blames Israel for ‘vanishing’ peace

(JNS.org) Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter lamented the “vanishing” prospects of Israeli-Palestinian peace during a trip to Jerusalem this week, blaming Israeli policies.

Carter called the current situation “catastrophic” and accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of pursuing a one-state solution, despite Netanyahu’s previous statements committing to a two-state solution,...
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Hamas releases film about Gilad Shalit

(JTA) — On the one-year anniversary of the release of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, Hamas released a film describing the Israeli soldier’s abduction in 2006. According to the film, which was released Oct. 18 on the website of the Hamas military wing, Ezzedeen al-Qassam Brigades, Shalit thought his captors were Israeli...
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Bibi praises Israeli military action in seizing ship

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the Israeli military’s operation to seize a ship attempting to break Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza. “Even the people who were on the ship know that there is no humanitarian crisis in Gaza,” Netanyahu said Saturday night. “Their entire objective was to...
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Moshe Dayan’s gravesite vandalized on yartzheit

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The grave of Moshe Dayan was vandalized on the anniversary of the former Israeli defense minister’s death. Graffiti reading “The minister of failure, on behalf of the fallen” was painted in red on Dayan’s gravestone early Tuesday morning, 31 years since the date of his death.

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Katsav seeks presidential pardon on rape conviction

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Former Israeli President Moshe Katsav requested a presidential pardon to appeal his rape conviction. Katsav’s wife, Gila, filed the request with the Justice Ministry. It will be forwarded to President Shimon Peres.

Katsav, 65, is serving a seven-year jail sentence for his conviction on two counts of...
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Gilad Shalit reveals details of his captivity

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) One year after his release, Israeli Channel 10 News aired parts of an interview with former Hamas captive Gilad Shalit on Oct. 11, during which Schalit revealed details of how he survived his ordeal and spent his days in captivity.

“During the day, I played all...
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Netanyahu calls for early elections

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early national elections. In a news conference Tuesday evening, Netanyahu announced that elections for the 19th Knesset will be held a year early. Though a date has not yet been announced, it is expected that the vote will be held in...
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Israel shoots down unmanned drone over Negev

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli Air Force shot down a drone that entered Israeli airspace. The unmanned aerial vehicle, or UAV, was intercepted and shot down over the northern Negev on Saturday morning in an unpopulated area, according to the Israel Defense Forces. It had entered Israeli airspace from the...
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