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Israel Marks Record 345,000 Visitors in April

Posted on: May 10th, 2012

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Some 354,000 visitors arrived in Israel in April 2012, 19% more than in April 2011 and 12% more than in April 2010, Israel’s record tourism year. The number of incoming tourists reached 296,000 in April 2012, 13% more than during the same period last year and 11% more than in April 2010. “The consistent increases […]

 

EU’s Ashton Briefs Netanyahu on Iran Talks, PM: ‘Iran Playing for Time’

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton that Iran must agree to halt all uranium enrichment in upcoming talks. Ashton was in Jerusalem on Wednesday to brief Netanyahu in the run-up to the second round of nuclear talks with Iran scheduled for May 23 in Baghdad. Netanyahu also accused Iran […]

 

Bomb Plotter Was U.S. Informer, Al Qaeda Renewing Efforts against US

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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The WSJ today reported that the bomber whose plot to blow up a jetliner was foiled was a double agent, providing “vital information” to U.S. and Arab intelligence agencies, this according to officials who celebrated a successful infiltration of al Qaeda’s “most dangerous branch.” The news came one day after the Central Intelligence Agency, working […]

 

Peres to Canada’s Harper: You are “Extraordinary Friend” of Israel

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper for his support of Israel during his 5-day state visit beginning on Monday. “I sense that Canada is always positive, never indifferent, never neutral,” President Peres told attendees at his official welcome ceremony at Rideau Hall, according to a report by Canadian daily Globe and […]

 

Revolutionary Israeli Co Signs $8 Million Packaging Deal with Pepsi

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

Oplon Pure Science, a Rehovot-based developer of anti-bacterial polymer sheets for packaging, has signed an $8 million contract with the Pepsi Corporation to supply packaging solutions for their products, according to No Camels. The revolutionary Oplon packaging aims to protect foods from the colonization of microbes without the use of chemical preservatives or anti-biotics.  The […]

 

Israeli Doctor: Over-the-Counter Drugs Could Raise Blood Pressure

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

SectionsHealth and Living

Chemical components in anti-inflammatory pain relievers, antibiotics, contraceptives and anti-depressants may increase the risk of heart attack or stroke, according to Dr. Ehud Grossman of Tel Aviv University’s Sackler Faculty of Medicine and the Sheba Medical Center. In a recent article published in the American Journal of Medicine with co-author Dr. Franz Messerli of Columbia […]

 

Maurice Sendak, 83, Where the Wild Things Are

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Maurice Sendak, winner of numerous literary awards for children’s book writing and illustration, and author of classic children’s book Where the Wild Things Are, passed away Tuesday at the age of 83. Born in Brooklyn to Holocaust survivors Sadie and Philip Sendak, Maurice gained acclaim at the age of 35 for authoring and illustrating Where […]

 

North Carolina Bans Gay Marriage

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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North Carolina approved a constitutional amendment on Tuesday defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman, eliminating the possibility of same-sex marriages in the state. Unofficial returns showed voters passing the amendment with 61 percent of the vote, making North Carolina the 30th state to adopt a ban on gay marriage. Campaigning […]

 

Poll: 44% Support Kadima Entering the Coalition, But Only 5% Support Mofaz

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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More Israelis support the unexpected pact between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz than reject it, according to a News 10 poll. The poll, conducted by “Proyekt Ha’Midgam” (“Sample Project”), found that 44% of the public support Kadima’s joining the broad coalition government. The move was rejected by 37% and 18% did […]

 

Moody’s Downgrades Israeli Banks’ Outlook to Negative

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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The Moody’s credit rating agency lowered its outlook for the credit rating of Israel’s banking system from stable to “negative,” due to the economic challenges it faces in the next 12 to 18 months. However, the agency did not lower the ratings of the banks themselves, and only two weeks ago has ratified the Israeli […]

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Egyptian Officers Shot Dead in North Sinai

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Ma’an reports than Egyptian authorities have discovered the body of an army officer who had been shot dead in the northern Sinai late Monday. Military officials identified the victim as 35-year-old officer Abdullah Abdul-Minem. His body was found with a bullet wound in the head in Sheikh Zuweid city near El-Arish. A second officer was […]

 

Soviet Union Financed African American ‘Freedomways’ Magazine: FBI Archive

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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Accuracy in Media reported that newly declassified documents from Operation SOLO, an FBI program to infiltrate the Communist Party of the United States, reveal that a journal titled “Freedomways,” which was influential in the African American community for decades, was subsidized by the Soviet and Chinese Communist Parties. “Freedomways” has been called “one of the […]

 

IAEA Expert Killed in Road Accident in Iran

Posted on: May 9th, 2012

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An International Atomic Energy Agency expert lost his life in a road accident in Iran on Tuesday, the Iranian Mehr News Agency reported. According to the report, a car carrying two IAEA experts veered off the road and overturned. One of the experts, who had South Korean nationality, died in the incident that occurred at […]

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas in Jerusalem, Sept. 2010. New report calls [peace talks fraudulent.
 

ICG: Current Peace Process Based on Delusions, Will Never Bring Peace

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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A report titled "The Emperor Has No Clothes: Palestinians and the End of the Peace Process" was issued this week by the International Crisis Group, asking: "Does anybody still believe in the Middle East Peace Process?" It claims the current process, even if it yields some local progress, "will not bring about a durable and lasting peace.

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US Vice President Joe Biden says Israel must rely on its own military power when facing Iran.
 

Biden: Israel Shouldn’t Rely on the U.S. for Its Security

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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Speaking at the annual convention of the Conservative movement's Rabbinical Assembly in Atlanta on Tuesday, Vice President Joe Biden made the case that Obama's strategies regarding the Iranian nuclear program have worked, but said the decision to strike must be Israel's. "I would not contract out my security to anybody, even a loyal, loyal, loyal friend like the United States," Biden said.

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Lawmakers Demand Probe of Palestinian fund

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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Reps. Ted Deutch (D-Fla.), Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday asked the General Accountability Office’s comptroller general to probe what U.S. funding was being given to the Palestine Investment Fund and under what circumstances. Deutsch and Israel had co-signed a similar letter drafted last November. The signing of Lowey, the senior Democrat […]

 

Hebron Jew Arrested for Refusing to Sign Own Restraining Order

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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A Hebron resident summoned for routine interrogation was asked to sign a restraining order banning him from Mitzpe Avichai, an outpost of Kiryat Arba-Hebron. When he refused, he was arrested for 24 hours, Honenu reports. Several days ago A., a resident of Hebron, was summoned for interrogation on Tuesday at the Hebron Police Station. A. […]

 

Civil Administration Coordinates Transport of Arab Boy With Kidney Failure to Boston Hospital

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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The Civil Administration arranged for the transport of Yehia, an Arab boy from Bethlehem, to be treated at a hospital in Boston where he underwent a kidney transplant that saved his life. The child was previously treated for kidney issues at the Shaare Zedek Hospital in Jerusalem, where he received dialysis treatment. Eventually, Israeli doctors […]

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The water tower in the demolished village of Homesh, in Samaria, where Rabbi Vodka and others were staying two years ago despite an eviction of the residents in 2005.
 

After Police Violence, Case of Samaria Outpost Rabbi Postponed

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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Numerous residents of the area, including members of the Garin Torani, arrived on the scene and protested the Police conduct. Disturbances developed during which the police reacted violently, hitting and pepper spraying the protesters. Three Garin Torani members were arrested and later released.

 

Michigan Congress Members Urge Stopping Iran’s Nukes at JCPA Plenum

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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Two Congress members from Michigan at the Jewish Council for Public Affairs annual plenum stressed the importance of stopping a nuclear Iran and passing a bipartisan farm bill. Rep. Mike Rogers, the chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, told plenum participants in Detroit on Monday that leaving the military option on the […]

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