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Netanyahu Meets with Gilad Shalit, Parents as Holiday of Liberation Approaches

PM Binyamin Netanyahu: Gilad "looking very well and it is evident that you are coming back to life. This year the holiday of liberation gets a special meaning. From slavery to freedom; from darkness to light."

Residents of Samaria to US, Canadian, Donors: MDA Enemy of the Settlements

For more than half a year, the Samaria Residents Committee has been struggling against Magen David Adom following its agreement with the Red Cross,...

French Nuclear Physicist on Trial for Plotting Hits with Al Qaeda

Adlene Hicheur, a French nuclear physicist of Algerian descent who once worked at Switzerland's renowned CERN laboratory, is being tried in Paris on charges of collaborating with Al Qaeda in North Africa. His attorneys claim he only sent angry emails. They are afraid their clients would be unfairly linked with the Toulouse murderer.

Gaza – You Won’t Recognize the Old Place…

What do you think of when you hear the name "Gaza?" Gut wrenching misery of a devastated people under siege. Not if you judge by this music video, shot against images of the thriving, beautiful, totally modern city of Gaza, with thousands of folks gathering in a stadium for a celebration, and the obligatory images of armed Hamsniks in training. Everyone looks well fed and quite happy.

New Hebron Settlement in House Near Cave of the Patriarch, Residents Say Purchase is...

One of the new residents of the dwelling told the Jewish Press that there is no indication of an impending eviction, but recognized that this could change quickly: "We are here legally, we adhered to the required procedures and paperwork, and our purchase is kosher...any eviction order will be politically-motivated, and not legally based."

First F-35 Stealth Fighter Planes to Arrive in Israel in 2015

The first F-35 is expected to arrive in Israel in 2015, but Israeli pilots will be able to start training on it in the U.S. in 2014. A stealth fighter aircraft, produced by Lockheed Martin, the F-35 is considered to be the most advanced fighter aircraft to date.

Snubbing the US, Turkey, Iran, Set $30b Trade Target for 2015

According to the Iranian news agency Mehr, Iranian First Vice President Mohammad Reza Rahimi and Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday...

Precious Passover Pop Priceless

The Fountainheads are a group of young Israeli singers, dancers, and artists, all graduates and students of the Ein Prat Academy for Leadership, who "have joined forces to create new Jewish artistic content for today's Jewish world." So far, this could be an intro to some really boring stuff, but in this case it ain't so. In my search for great, new Passover content, I landed on their YidVid Breakin' Free, and will definitely be using it while running on my treadmill.

‘Global March on Jerusalem’ to Reach Destinations on Friday, Marchers’ Website Hacked

One day before the commencement of 'Land Day,' organizers of the "Global March to Jerusalem" are deployment their troops. Defense Minister Ehud Barak instructed security system chiefs "to be prepared for any scenario." Access to the MOJ official website, gm2j.com, has been blocked on Wednesday night, and organizers blamed Israeli hackers for taking down the site.

Journalists Protest Jailing of Reporter of Palestinian Corruption

Palestinian journalists protested Wednesday in the city of Ramallah, in Judea and Samaria, demanding that the Palestinian Authority release Yousef al-Shayeb, a reporter who was arrested two days earlier, following a complaint of slander and deformation filed by the Palestinian ambassador to France and his deputy and Foreign Minister.

Bank of Israel 2011 Report: Economy Grew by 4.7%, Dealt Successfully with Significant Difficulties

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: "The Israeli economy grew more than most Western economies, almost 2.5 times the OECD average...In contrast to the collapsing economies around us, Israel's credit rating was upgraded last year."

Secular Tel Aviv Storeowners Sue City To Protect Shabbat Rights

TEL AVIV – While Tel Aviv has garnered headlines for green-lighting a controversial plan to launch public transportation on Shabbat, some secular independent storeowners have been waging a legal battle to have the city enforce labor laws that prohibit round-the-clock operation of supermarkets and other retail outlets.

Supreme Court: Jerusalem Passport Issue A Matter For Lower Courts

The U.S. Supreme Court returned to the lower courts the issue of whether Americans born in Jerusalem may list “Israel” on their passports – a ruling that drew praise from Jewish groups. The decision delivered Monday was a success for the family of Jerusalem-born boy Menachem Zivotofsky. His family for years has sought to force the State Department to agree to state on his passport that he was born in Israel, citing a law passed by Congress in 2002.

Global March Could Bring Thousands Of Arabs To Israel’s borders

JERUSALEM – If pro-Palestinian calls for a so-called Global March to Jerusalem are heeded, thousands of Arabs from the West Bank, Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Syria could converge on Israel’s borders.

Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Former ‘Spiritual Advisor’ to President Obama, Now Advisor to Global March...

Archbishop Desmond Tutu, George Galloway,Sheikh Raed Salah, and former 'spiritual advisor' to President Obama Reverend Jeremiah Wright, have all volunteered their moral (and no doubt other forms) of support to ensure the success of the 'march', which is set for March 30th.

US Requesting Extra Funding for Israel’s ‘Iron Dome,’ Obama Gaining Praise

The Pentagon will ask Congress for additional funds for the "Iron Dome" missile shields for Israel, based on their success in intercepting rockets launched from Gaza. Coming one day after drawing fire for his open-mic remarks, President Obama is winning points from pro-Israel Congress members for his increased support. Rafael, which manufactures the Domes systems, just reported $111 million in net earnings for 2011.

Brandeis Students Disrupt Meeting with Israeli Lawmakers

Brandeis University students disrupted a panel discussion at a Boston-area synagogue featuring Israeli lawmakers and Jewish community leaders. The students, members of the Brandeis Students...

Mofaz Wins Kadima Primary Polls by 62% to Livni’s 38%

Out of 95 thousand registered Kadima party members, only 40% voted by 10 p.m., when the polls closed. It was rumored that left-leaning Haim Ramon was planning to resign as Chair of the Kadima Council. Along with the Mofaz win, this may suggest that the party is moving to the right. It may also mean that Kadima could not be taken for granted as partnering with the left on issues such as religious vs. secular tensions.

Amnesty International Press Release Condemns Sharp Rise in Middle East Executions, Ignores Hamas Death...

The organization says that in 2011, 676 people were executed with full public disclosure worldwide. The rise in Iran and Saudi Arabia alone accounted for the net increase of 149 recorded executions as compared to 2010. But the press release, which will be used by news outlets everywhere, is silent on executions which took place in the Gaza strip under the aegis of Hamas.

Obama Off-the-Record: I Will Have Greater Flexibility on Foreign Policy After Presidential Election

President Obama was unaware that he was within microphone range at the Seoul Nuclear Summit when he made the comments to Russian President Dmitry Medvedev.

Ecstasy, Hashish Seized in Gaza

The Palestinian news agency Ma'an reported that Police in north Gaza on Monday detained a man in possession of Ecstasy and hashish. Jabalia police said...

UNRWA Press Release: US is UNRWA’s Largest Bilateral Donor

The Commissioner-General of UNRWA expressed his gratitude for the crucial support extended by the United States: "The United States remains UNRWA's largest bilateral donor and this latest contribution again demonstrates America's strong support to the Agency and its activities, of which improving the lives of Palestinian refugee youth, and the opportunities open to them, is such an important part."

IDF Sappers Disable Explosives Near Gaza Security Fence

According to the IDF Spokesperson, sappers were called to disassemble an explosive device planted adjacent to the security fence outside the Gaza strip. "This incident...

Entire Family Incinerated in Rehovot Fire

Less than two weeks before Passover, a terrible disaster destroyed an entire family in a fire that consumed a two-room housing unit in the...

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