Jerusalem paralyzed by snowfall

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem remained paralyzed as the largest snowfall in 20 years closed roads, trains and buses and schools. At least six inches of snow reportedly have fallen in the center of Jerusalem and more in the surrounding areas.

Route 1, the Jerusalem-Tel Aviv highway, was closed for the...
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Israel to erect security fence with Syria

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel will erect a security fence along its border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “We know that on other side of our border with Syria today, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, Global Jihad forces have moved in,” Netanyahu said...
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Israel reportedly told U.S. about Syria poison gas

(JTA) — Israel notified the Pentagon that Syria was preparing a chemical believed to be deadly sarin gas and loading it into dozens of 500-pound bombs destined for airplanes. Israel’s warning to the United States at the end of November, involving intelligence showing up on satellite imagery, brought together the...
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Flooding shuts down Tel Aviv

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Traffic stood at a standstill for several hours in Tel Aviv after flooding closed a major highway. The Ayalon Highway closed early Tuesday morning and remained closed throughout the day, as the Ayalon and Yarkon rivers overflowed in the city. The Ayalon is usually a dry riverbed.

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Wild weather slams Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Rain and high winds have caused damage and power outages throughout Israel.Storms raged across the country and temperatures dropped to below normal on Monday. Flooding closed the Herzliya train station and the main Azrielli shopping mall in Modiin, while traffic lights went out in cities. The power...
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Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?


TEL AVIV (JTA) — He brought unprecedented attention to the plight of Soviet Jewry. He stood up to the KGB. He survived nine years in Siberia. He served in Israel’s fractious government.Now, Natan Sharansky is facing his next challenge: finding a solution to the growing battle over...
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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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