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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 Sunday at the start of the regular Cabinet meeting.

The fence, which will be nearly identical to the one erected...

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 U.S., Arab states, Russia and China to deal with Syria’s deadly civil war, The New York Times reported Tuesday.

The...

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.

Trains running in the Tel Aviv area also were disrupted by flooding and the city’s train stations shut down.

Israelis...

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 outages have been caused mostly due to falling tree branches.

Hospitals are preparing to deal with hypothermia from the expected...

Giffords meets with Newtown officials to discuss gun control

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords traveled to Newtown, Conn., to discuss gun control with local and state officials. Giffords and her husband, retired astronaut Mark Kelly, spoke with the officials last Friday about such issues as gun control legislation and identifying and treating the mentally ill, according to several news accounts of the 45-minute meeting. They also talked about the many forces in the United States that can...

Can Natan Sharansky fix the Western Wall?

By BEN SALES

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 women’s prayer restrictions at the Western Wall, Judaism’s holiest site.

In recent months, Diaspora Jewish activists have grown increasingly incensed...

P.A. officially changes name to State of Palestine

NEW YORK (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority officially changed its name to the State of Palestine. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas decreed Friday that the name would be changed to reflect the recent upgrade of the Palestinians’ status at the United Nations, The Associated Press reported.

Palestinian stamps, signs and letterheads will be changed to reflect the change, according to Wafa, the Palestinian news agency.

Last November, the U.N. General Assembly...

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 bloc to defeat Netanyahu, the prime minister, in the Jan. 22 elections.

The call came a day after Yacimovich said...

Hagel likely Defense Secretary nominee

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Obama likely will nominate Chuck Hagel as defense secretary early next week, according to sources. Multiple sources in the national security and foreign policy communities, including two close to Hagel, confirmed reports Friday by NBC, Foreign Policy and Newsweek that Obama was poised to name Hagel to the post as early as next week.

White House officials have told the media that it would be premature...

Radical Catholic sect head declares Jews ‘enemies of Church’

TORONTO (JTA) — Jews are “enemies of the Church,” the head of a radical Catholic sect said in Canada. Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the traditionalist Society of St. Pius X, made the remark during a Dec. 28 address at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Academy in New Hamburg, Ontario, about 90 minutes’ drive west of Toronto. He was reviewing the situation of the society, which opposes Catholic Church reforms...