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Florida State Legislature Unanimously Passes Resolution Recognizing Israel’s Right to Judea and Samaria

“The members of [Florida’s Legislature] support Israel in its legal, historical, moral and God-given right of self-governance and self-defense upon the entirety of its own lands, recognizing that Israel is neither an attacking force nor an occupier of the lands of others, and that peace can be afforded the region only through a whole and united Israel governed under one law for all people.”

Egyptian Oil Pipeline in Sinai Blown Up… Again

Once again, the Egyptian oil pipeline to Israel in the Sinai was blown up.

Obama and Netanyahu Meet: Relationship and Differences Unchanged

Obama sought to assure Netanyahu that the United States was keeping the military option against Iran open, and "has Israel's back," and at the same time urged Israel to wait patiently for the sanctions and, possibly, diplomacy, to do their job. Netanyahu, for his part, concentrated on Israel's undeniable right to defend itself against Iran, and reiterated that Israel sees Iran’s nuclear program as a threat to its existence. The problem is, both leaders had held precisely the same positions before and after their meeting. So why meet?

New Group Combating Child Molestation in Ultra Orthodox Enclave

"Magen" is a new Child Protection Agency operating in Ramat Beit Shemesh, whose Haredi vs. National Religious and Secular clamorous encounters made headlines a month or so ago. But Magen deals with a quieter, more sinister aspect of life in this area. Founded two years ago, Magen now reports the presence of at least 36 suspected child abusers in the community of Ramat Beit Shemesh.

Korean Jewish Community Gets First Torah Scroll

The dedication of a new Torah scroll is always a cause for celebration. But for the small yet proud Jewish community in South Korea,...

A Decade after Demise of his Alternative Station, MK Katz Alters Broadcasting Authority...

The Knesset Economic Committee held a heated discussion Monday over the composition of incoming Broadcasting Authority Supervisory Council. MK Jacob Katz argued that the previous text perpetuated a distortion which was causing large communities to feel alienated and segregated from public broadcasting. Ten years ago, Katz's own "Pirate" alternative radio station was taken down in the spirit of that same old law.

Leftist Campaign Against Purim Hits the Web

The internet pamphlet plays on a popular Purim greeting, 'sameach u'mevadech' [happy and humorous], and asks rhetorically if people really know what Purim is about.

Israel’s Exports to Asia Surpass Exports to US For First Time

The Israel Export Research Institute reported that from October 2011 to January 2012, the US share of Israeli exports had drastically declined as compared to the same period the year before. In contrast, Israel's exports to the Asian market have seen healthy growth, with an increase of 9% over the same period, totaling $3.1 billion.

Hanging Out in Judea and Samaria – Tourism in the Biblical Land

Rare landscapes, natural settings, springs, Biblical sites and the largest flying fox in Israel – these are just a few of the attractions you will find on a tour of Judea and Samaria

Texas Orthodox Jewish School Loses Bball Final

The NY Times reports that Robert M. Beren Academy, an Orthodox Jewish high school which succeeded in its appeal to reschedule a semi-final game...

Pro-Palestinian Jewish Author Facing Indian Deportation for Muslim Extremist Ties

After immigrating to Israel from England in 1999 at age 50, Susan Nathan has become an outspoken pro-Palestinian advocate, appearing in the Swedish Human Rights festival and the Stockholm Olof Palme Centre, as well as forums sponsored by the Arab American Association. She came to India for medical treatment, but her visa expired and the government wants her out on suspicion of contact with extremist Muslim organizations.

From Canada, Netanyahu ‘appreciates’ Obama’s Promises on Iran

Canada.com reports that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that he "appreciated" President Barack Obama's statements on Iran and was looking forward...

President Obama to AIPAC: ‘When the Chips are Down, I Have Israel’s Back’

President Obama: "I do not have a policy of containment, I have a policy of preventing Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." He also hailed himself as Israel's greatest friend, and said he plans to honors Israeli President Shimon Peres with the Presidential Medal of Freedom, America's highest civilian honor.

Israel, Cyprus, Greece, Sign Underwater Electric Cable Deal

AFP reports that Israel and Cyprus have signed an accord Sunday to lay an underwater electricity cable between the two countries. It's the first...

‘Anorexic Model’ Bill to Ban Images of Dangerously Underweight People in Public Media

MK Dannon’s Senior Advisor Jonathan Daniels told the Jewish Press the bill was conceived after a group of legislators visited a clinic for critically underweight patients and met with anorectic patients. “It was horrific,” Daniels said. “And we didn’t see just 15-year-old anorexic girls, there were men, and older women. It was incredibly distressful to see them. They were close to death.”

Peres to AIPAC: ‘Iran Will Not Develop a Nuclear Weapon’

President Peres said "there is NO space between" Israel and the US, and insisted that Obama's "commitment to Israel is deep and profound." Regarding peace with the Palestinians, he said "the principle of the 'The Two State solution' was "a paramount Israeli interest."

Since Thursday Kinneret Level Rises 7.9 Inches

Large amounts of water that swept through northern Israel and led to a strong flow of streams have produced exceptionally high figures for the National Lake's level. The Kinneret water is now at about 80 centimeters (31.5 inches) above the "lower red line." While rain may be ceasing soon, the snow thaw is expected to add even more water in the spring.

Atheists Target Religious Jews in Williamsburg

"You know it’s a myth … and you have a choice," the billboards declare, in Patterson in English and Arabic, and in Brooklyn in English and Hebrew. Next to the text on the Arabic billboard is the word Allah, and on the Hebrew sign is the Hebrew word for the Tetragrammaton, which Jews are not permitted to pronounce. Including the "Shem ham'forash" in the Hebrew billboard is particularly provocative, since it is sacred and so may not be erased in print, presenting protesters with a dilemma.

2nd Arrest in NJ Synagogue Firebombings

The NY Post reports that a second man was charged Friday in a series of attacks on synagogues in northern New Jersey that included...

Foreign Minister Lieberman: Immediate Help to the Syrian People

Israel's Channel 2 News reports that in a meeting held  between Bulgarian President Georgi Parvanov and Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, the latter clarified...

Food Co-op Wars Revisited

Ginia Bellafante writes in the NY Times about the Park Slope coop wars we told you about a week ago (In-Fighting at Brooklyn Food Co-op over Israel Boycott). She points out the obvious: "Calling for a boycott of Israeli-made foods at the Park Slope Food Co-op turns out to be a lot like calling for a boycott of Speedos in Minsk. And, predictably, the use of a healthy food-related organization for political reasons has enraged the Hummus Party. I kid you not.

ADL Praises Mormon Church Prohibition of Holocaust Victims’ Posthumous Baptism

"Without exception," reads the letter from LDS President Thomas S. Monson and other church leaders, "church members must not submit for proxy temple ordinances any names from unauthorized groups, such as celebrities and Jewish Holocaust victims. If members do so, they may forfeit their new family-search privileges. Other corrective action may also be taken."

Ahmadinejad’s Sister Lost in Iran Election

CNN reports that Parvin Ahmadinejad, the Iranian President's sister, lost her bid for a seat in the parliamentary elections, which is viewed as a...

Occupy AIPAC Advocates Palestinian State, Against Iran Strike

Occupy AIPAC is a weekend long series of events to coincide with the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's annual Policy Conference, going through March 6. The Occupy AIPAC website says the group is gathering in Washington DC for a policy-style summit on the issues of Iran, the Arab Uprising and Palestine and "the affects of AIPAC in determining US foreign policy around those topics."

Lubavitch Replicate Another Major Edifice

After moving the Rebbe's home at 770 Eastern Parkway to Israel, Lubavitch now moves the Kotel to America. My advice to you is, fasten the bolts and beams in your house, or one morning you'll wake up to discover Lubavitch has moved you to a new continent…

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