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National Jewish Democratic Council Dries Up

The National Jewish Democratic Council dumped its staff and outsourced its activities to a p.r. firm.

Ultra-Orthodox Victorious: Lapid’s Child Benefit Cuts Reversed

Lapid' Yesh Atid party made cutting down Haredi dependence on the dole a priority in its election campaign.

Report: Former Likud Star Sa’ar Plans New ‘Moderate’ Right Wing Party, Possibly with Bennett

This is the stuff that makes the between-elections period in Israel so exciting. Stay tuned.

Thousands Blocking Entrance to Capital Protesting Shabak Torture of Jewish Youths

Police arrested six demonstrators and attacked Makor Rishon reporter Miri Tzahi. She was taken to hospital with a bloody face.

After Shalom’s Resignation: Ministerial Musical Chairs, First Likud LGBT MK

Benny Begin was promised a future government ministry after he was forced to resign so MK Gilad Erdan (Likud) could join the government.

Likud Minister Silvan Shalom Quits Politics Over Abuse Allegations

The minister's bodyguard related two occasions when he noticed Shalom involved in misconduct, once with a ministry employee.

Search Committee Recommends Cabinet Secretary Mandelblitt for AG Over Chairman’ Objection

As Military Judge Advocate Mandelblit said his collaboration with B’Tselem had been most prominent.

Innocent Homework or Insidious Conversion Attempt?

School officials in Virginia decided to keep all 10,000 Augusta County students home this past week, following an Islamic school assignment that enraged parents.

Former Argentine FM Admitted Iran Blew Up Jewish Center: Recording

Argentina's new Justice Minister will not appeal a court decision to annul an agreement shielding Iran from responsibility for the AMIA atrocity.

Survey: Most Israelis Want ‘Breaking the Silence’ Outlawed

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon took the opportunity to announce that members of the organization will no longer be permitted to meet with IDF soldiers.

Albany Beat

Asked about the atmosphere in Albany, one former lawmaker would only speak on the condition of anonymity.

Herzog Vs. Netanyahu War of Words: Official Version [video]

Herzog asked ”Why is it under your watch that the poor are getting poorer?"

McConnell, 36 Republican Senators Urging Obama to Keep Iran Sanctions over Missile Test

"It is evident that the administration, having snookered Senate Democrats with a promise of enforcement and sanctions for non-nuclear misbehavior, is in full appeasement mode."

US Issues New Travel Warning for Israel, Judea and Samaria

The State Dept. also recommends that US citizens maintain "a high state of situational awareness, be aware of their surroundings at all times, avoid any unattended items or packages."

Jordan Deports 750 Sudanese out of 3,000 Asylum Seekers

More than 3,000 Sudanese still live in Jordan, most of them in a tent city in Aman.

Turkey Detains 27 Russian Ships in Retaliation for Russia’s Detaining 8 Turkish Vessels

As soon as the Russian Su-24 fighter was downed, Russia implemented non-reciprocal trade ties and customs practices.

Trump Claims Muslim Friends ‘So Happy I Did This’

Trump said he didn’t do it for the polls, so he doesn’t care what the polls say.

Bennett Tells Chief Rabbi: I Don’t Consult with Rabbis on Matters of Policy

Rabbi David Lau’s cousin, the Jerusalem Ramban Synagogue’s spiritual leader Rabbi Benny Lau criticized the Chief Rabbi’s attack on Bennett.

Anti-Zionist V15 NGO Back in Action Under New name

They've learned from their loss: for one thing they changed their odd name, which sounded like a car model, with the new, more traditional name.

Hareidi Rabbis Rejected Netanyahu Request that Lapid Join Coalition

Netanyahu is ready to expand the government with Lapid's Yesh Atid Party, but the rabbis nixed the idea. "Lapid is a red line."

Le Pen’s National Front Loses Election Run-Offs in Three Key Regions

These elections may spell a bitter end to the rule of the once-powerful Socialist Party, which currently controls all but one of France's regions, but which came in third place in the first round.

Knesset Arab List Leader Balks on Meeting US Leaders in ‘Zionist Offices’

The two Conference leaders added they “now understand the recent demand of the Mayor of Nazareth, Ali Salem, that Odeh leave his city because his presence promotes divisiveness.”

How an Arab Reporter Pushes State Dept. to Deliver His Message

Arikat pleads the Palestinian Arab cause, day in and day out, to the State Dept and the international media.

With Poll Scores ‘Through the Roof’ Donald Trump Says UK Should Thank him

Trump did not take all that bad press sitting down, and, in fact, decided to double down.

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