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Posted on: July 25th, 2013

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More than 4,000 activists attending the annual Washington conference of Christians United for Israel cheered calls to stop funding for the Palestinians. Pastor John Hagee, who founded the movement, said at its “Night to Honor Israel” on Tuesday that the United States should “shut off the foreign aid to the Palestinians until they publicly recognize […]

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That's Some Kiddush Cup
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2013

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On the morning of the day he was elected to lead Israel’s Rabbinate, Rabbi David Lau attended the brit mila of his grandson at the City Tower hotel in Ramat gan. They probably teach you to make a bracha on a really big kiddush cup early on in chief rabbi boot camp. Kidding aside, if […]

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American F-16 fighter jets
 

Posted on: July 25th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

Under a deal entered into between the U.S. and Egypt in 2010, the U.S. was supposed to deliver an additional four F-16 Fighter Jets this summer. The Pentagon announced that President Obama decided to delay delivery of the planes because of Egyptian unrest.

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Israel Baseball League team
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

American got over Katrina, the Clintons, Bush, and Superstorm Sandy. It even has survived Obama. But its golden age is over. Israel beat the US at its own game, the National Pastime, at the Maccabiah Games

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Two rabbis for two Jewish communities: Israel's new chief rabbis,  Sephardi Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef (R) and Ashkenazi Rabbi David Lau.
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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147 out of 150 members of the election body voted.

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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General Abdel-Fatah Sisi, the army chief who forced Mohamed Morsi from power, has called for mass protests against the Muslim Brothers’ terrorism, after an explosion outside a police building killed one policeman and injured 29 officers and civilians. The explosion brought the death toll from fighting since the overthrow of President Mohamed Morsi close to […]

Arab Knesset Member pours water on a proposal law he does not like and damages the Knesset microphone at the same time
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsraelGovernment

If you don’t like a law, just tear it up. That is what eight Arab MKs did last month, but Ahmed Tibi also dumped water on it at the Knesset podium. Now he is banned as Deputy Speaker and must pay a fine.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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JERUSALEM – While a beaming Secretary of State John Kerry celebrated the announced resumption of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks by enjoying a cold beer on his flight from Israel to Washington, there seemed to be some disagreement on the Palestinian side about whether there had even been an agreement to restart the talks.

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Two Jews were stabbed in separate  attacks in Jerusalem on Wednesday, and police are investigating the possibility that one or both of them were terrorist attacks. Arabs are suspected in both knifings. One man, 52,  suffered moderate to serious  wounds when he was stabbed by an Arab in a bathroom at Shechem Gate in the […]

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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President Barack Obama’s approval has sunk to only one percentage point above the all-time low in November 2011, according to a new poll released Wednesday by NBC and The Wall Street Journal. Only 45 percent approve of his job as president, and 50 percent said they disapprove, mainly because of their view of his handling, […]

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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A New York court sentenced on Tuesday Palestinian Authority Arab-American Andy Ashkar up to 25 years in jail for stealing a winning $5 million lottery ticket from its rightful owner, Robert Miles. Miles, in 2006,  took the scratch-off to a convenience store operated by Ashkar’s parents in Syracuse, New York. When he showed the ticket […]

 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsMiddle EastEgypt

One policeman was killed and at least 29 others were wounded Wednesday when an unknown attacker hurled a high-powered bomb, or possibly rocket-propelled grenades, at a  police station north of Cairo and near El Arish. Shortly before, the Egyptian military called on people to rally on Friday against violence, in effect a call for a […]

 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

Rabbi Ratzon Arusi withdrew his candidacy for Chief Sephardi Rabbi, one hour before balloting began Wednesday afternoon. His withdrawal leaves three candidates in the race. On Tuesday, Be’er Sheva Chief Rabbi Yehuda Deri and Jerusalem Rabbinical Court head Rabbi Eliyahu Abergel quit the race. The remaining candidates are Hazon Ovadia yeshiva Rabbi Yitzchak Yosef, son […]

 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsBusiness and Economy

Israel’s increasing arms exports has made it one of the most important in the world, with a record $7.5 billion worth of arms exported in 2012, according to a Minister of Defense’s Export and Cooperation report on Tuesday. The new record is even more impressive when taking into account budget cuts in Western countries. “The […]

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Ryan Braun, whose father is from Israel, not only lost the chance to play out the reason of the season with the Milwaukee Brewers after he accepted his 65-day suspension for drug use, he also lost his image of the “good guy” who had convinced many that he was innocent of using performance drugs. “As […]

 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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A European rabbinical group has created a union to include every mohel – ritual circumciser – in an effort to standardize ritual circumcision and combat attempts to ban it. Based on the model of Britain’s Initiation Society, the Union of Mohalim in Europe seeks to “unite approved mohalim across Europe under a single banner, ensuring […]

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Haredi Knesset Member Yaakov Litzman mustered a 5-4 vote on a Knesset committee to keep Jerusalem united unless 80 MKs agree to surrender land in the capital.
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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MK Yaakov Litzman (UTJ) standing at the Knesset podium on Tuesday, addresses his fellow MKs.

9-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky sued the U.S. government for refusing to include "Israel" alongside "Jerusalem" as his place of birth on his passport.
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsIsrael

The D.C. applellate court declared unconstitutional the legislative effort by congress to force the US to recognize that Jerusalem is part of Israel. That they did so is not surprising, but why the Executive branch is so afraid of having Jerusalem next to Israel even just on a piece of paper should be shocking.

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Voting notes for the Chief Rabbinate elections in Jerusalem on July 23, 2013. in Jerusalem.
 

Posted on: July 24th, 2013

News & ViewsJewish

Tonight we may no who the two chief rabbis are, and it might very well be the last time there are two instead of one.

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Posted on: July 24th, 2013

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Palestinian Authority (PA) Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud Al-Habbash, in a sermon attended by PA President Mahmoud Abbas on the day that renewed peace negotiations with Israel were announced, compared PA peace agreements to a 10-year truce that was broken by the Prophet Muhammad after only two years. The PA minister, according to a July […]

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