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Prime Minister Netanyahu talks with Shaul Mofaz
 

Netanyahu and Mofaz Announce Center-Right Coalition, Elections Cancelled

Posted on: May 8th, 2012

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In an overnight drama worthy of a Hollywood thriller, the leaders of Likud and Kadima, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shaul Mofaz concluded a deal for a broad coalition government led by their two factions, and the cancellation of the early, September 4 elections.

Francois Hollande's victory is sending many Jews packing.
 

Thousands of French Jews Consider Aliyah

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Some 5,000 French Jews participated in an aliyah fair in Paris. The fair, organized and run by the Jewish Agency, took place on the Sunday of Francois Hollande's election as their new president, beating incumbent Nicolas Sarkozy—the Jewish community's favorite. A recent poll found that 26 percent of those surveyed said they have considered emigrating due to French anti-Semitism.

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New American-Affiliated Party Launches Knesset Bid

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Danny Goldstein, founder and chairman of 'Calcala' ('Finance'): “We are focused on making Israel a better place to live and a better place to invest by merging the best of Israel and America - representing Israelis, but with an eye on the American perspective.”

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Chairman of the 18th Knesset Reuven Rivlin (2nd from left) will announce an election vacation starting Tuesday or Wednesday.
 

Netanyahu Wins, Knesset Dissolved

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government on Monday submitted a bill to dissolve the 18th Knesset and call for early elections, which was passed by the House Committee vote of 13 to 4. The move was designed to undermine Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman's attempt to promote his bill calling for drafting Haredi citizens.

 

Tunisian Boy “Brave” for Refusing to Compete With Israeli in Chess

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

A ten year-old Tunisian boy is gaining fame across the Aram world for having refused to compete against an Israeli opponent in the World School Chess Championship. The eighth annual competition took place in Romania, with 640 participants competing.  Rather than compete against an Israeli, Tunisian Muhammad Hamida withdrew from the competition. Director of the […]

Fullset
 

Two Irish Bands Succumb to Cultural Terrorism

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

SectionsArts

Two Irish bands scheduled to play highly-publicized concerts in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Nahalal in June have cancelled, citing an overwhelming international uproar over their refusal to join the boycott against relations with Israel. Dervish and Fullset both published apologies on their Facebook pages, explaining that a mutual friend of theirs, Israeli musician Avshalom Farjun, […]

Netanyahu addressing the Likud Party convention Sunday.
 

Netanyahu Calls for New Election, Lieberman Wants Delay

Posted on: May 7th, 2012

News & ViewsNews Briefs

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at a Likud Party convention called for a four-month election campaign. Meanwhile, coalition partner Yisrael Beiteinu called for a delay of the Knesset dissolution to allow the government to pass its bill ordering mandatory enlistment in the Israel Defense Forces for all Israeli citizens.

Cpl. May Karen is a shooting instructor in the IDF Ground Forces.
 

IDF Female Shooting Instructor Prepares Men for Combat

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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Cpl. May Karen serves as a shooting instructor in the IDF Ground Forces. "I knew I wanted to become an infantry instructor even before enlisting," she says. IDF female shooting instructors go through an extensive course where they learn how to use different weapons and specialize in shooting techniques. They then teach combat infantry soldiers who will use it in battle.

New Yorker Gideon Ariel is running against Netanyahu for President of the Likud convention.
 

Exclusive: New Yorker Gideon Ariel Running Against Netanyahu for President of Likud Convention

Posted on: May 6th, 2012

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UPDATE: About 100 Likud Central Committee members have been refused entrance into the hall where the vote on the next President of the Likud convention is to be held. Police say the Exhibition Gardens hall in north Tel Aviv is too small for the number of committee members who are entitled to come in and vote.

IDF Dolphin Submarine
 

Germany Transfers Fourth Dolphin Class Submarine to Israel

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The INS Tanin cost approximately $500 million, one-third of which was funded by the German Government, and is slated to arrive in Israel next year.

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Likud Moves to Dissolve Knesset, Eyes Sept. 4 Election

Posted on: May 3rd, 2012

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The Likud Party, which leads the ruling coalition, has submitted a bill to dissolve the current Knesset and is pushing for new elections on Sept. 4.

Natalie and Fedor
 

A Soldier In Israel: Valley Girl Turned IAF Dog Handler

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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JERUSALEM – Natalie says she’s been a dog lover from birth. “I had two dogs when I was younger,” she recalls, “then they mated and we ended up with six more, and we couldn’t give them away.”

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Netanyahu To Issue Call For New Elections

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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JERUSALEM – Prime Minister Netanyahu, faced with the unlikelihood of his coalition government passing a new law to end haredi military draft deferment or ratifying the 2013 state budget with its austerity measures that affect nearly every government ministry controlled by coalition partners, will call for new elections on his return to the Knesset next week after sitting shiva for his father.

Maale HaZeitim
 

Jerusalem Firebomber Nabbed, Jewish Mount of Olives Residents Relieved

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

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Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhood of Maale HaZeitim is resting easier, following the apprehension and arrest of a serial firebomb attacker.

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Israeli Woman Gored by Bull, Sustains External Injuries

Posted on: May 2nd, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Students of tractate Bava Kama would probably pay special attention to this item, reported by the Israeli website Mynet.com. Yael Cohen, 18.5, sustained external injuries in her stomach and legs, after being gored and thrown across a fence by a vigorous, young Bull. She says that usually the young bulls are afraid of humans and wouldn't dare, but this one came up and began to ram her against the fence.

First Temple period Seal with the inscription ...למתניהו בן הו
 

Hebrew Seal Dating Back to First Temple Period Discovered

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

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Israel Antiquities Authority: The seal, discovered during excavations of the drainage channel between the City of David and the Jerusalem Archaeological Garden, "is engraved with the name of its owner: 'Lematanyahu Ben Ho…' ('למתניהו בן הו...' meaning: 'Belonging to Matanyahu Ben Ho…')."

The youth who was accused of harassing a Jewish girl.
 

Arab Youth Harasses Jewish Girl; Police Arrest Girl’s Father

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsEye on Palestine

After a teenage boy on Monday afternoon had been harassing a Jewish girl in a playground at Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood, the girl escaped from the playground and called her father, who called the police. But the arriving cops ended up arresting the girl's father on suspicion of attacking the Arab boy.

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On their separate ways? Avigdor Lieberman (R) and Benjamin Netanyahu.
 

Netanyahu, Liberman, Prepare for Election Day Battle Over Haredi Draft

Posted on: May 1st, 2012

News & ViewsPolitics

After the Israeli Supreme Court struck down the Tal Law, which sought to encourage over time the inclusion of Haredim in military service, the court, for all intents and purposes, has required the state to draft some 60,000 Haredi youths this August. As Knesset factions are preparing for new, early national elections, Haredi enlistment will likely serve as the battle field where many voters' choices will be made.

Israeli soldiers gather at the side of graves at the Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem.
 

Chevra Kadisha Forum Says Ministry’s Plans for Mass Burials ‘Problematic’

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

The Chevra Kadisha Forum, in a letter to Home Front Defense Minister Matan Vilnai, challenged the Interior Ministry's plan, which mandates temporary burial in coffins at temporary cemeteries as well as the option of transferring bodies to cooling facilities until they can be identified and final resting places can be arranged.

 

Update: Details on Funeral of Benzion Netanyahu, Father of Prime Minister

Posted on: April 30th, 2012

News & ViewsIsrael

Professor Benzion Netanyahu will be laid to rest at 5pm on Monday at the Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem's Givat Shaul neighborhood.

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