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Beit El Caravillas Herald Ulpana Destruction, Massive Expansion

In line with the government’s plan to destroy 5 buildings in the Ulpana Hill neighborhood of Beit El, six caravilla mobile homes were delivered on Monday to house evicted families. Community leaders hope out of the ashes may come the biggest development in years.

Gallup: Obama Jewish Support at 64 Percent

Gallup has started tracking Jewish voters for the 2012 presidential elections, and its findings are commensurate with other polling, with President Obama enjoying a...

Obama White House Held ‘Hundreds’ of Meetings with Hamas-Tied CAIR: Official

Aides to President Barack Obama have been holding “hundreds” of meetings behind closed-doors with representatives of the Council on American–Islamic Relations (CAIR), America's largest Muslim advocacy organization, with close ties to Hamas and its parent organization, the Muslim Brotherhood.

Congress Urging Hillary to Act on Haredi Imprisoned in Bolivia

Jacob Ostreicher remains locked up at Palmasola Prison in Santa Cruz, Bolivia. That notorious facility was designed to hold 1,000 prisoners, but is currently home to 3,500. Unlike U.S. facilities, this prison is essentially run by the prisoners. Guards provide food and make sure prisoners do not escape, but do nothing to maintain order within the prison’s walls.

Jerusalem Protest Detainees Released

Following a Knesset vote on the “Regulation Law” intended to prevent the evacuation of the Ulpana Neighborhood in Beit El, Ulpana residents and others supporting the law broke up in angry protest. Police, on horseback and on foot, acted brutally to subdue what was, essentially, a loud protest.

Bill to Save Ulpanah Hill Defeated

The Knesset on Wednesday rejected the proposed bill to save the Ulpanah Hill neighborhood, which was ordered by the High Court to be demolished at the end of this month. In a preliminary reading, the Knesset voted the bill down by 69 to 22.

Runners Carry Protest of Ulpana Hill Demolition through Jerusalem’s Neighborhoods

A protest race is being conducted in the streets of Jerusalem this afternoon, to raise public awareness of the importance of the proposed "Regulatory Law," the Tazpit news agency reports.

GOP Hopes N.Y. Rematch Puts Second Jewish Republican In House

WASHINGTON – Jewish Republicans nationwide are hoping a heated congressional race rematch in the New York suburbs puts a second Jewish Republican in the House of Representatives.

Orthodox Push Obama on Israel, Contraceptives, in White House Meeting

The OU reps pressed Obama hard on his handling of US-Israel relations and on mandating contraceptive coverage. Obama accused Netanyahu of trying to "act without restraints."

Dep. PM Ya’alon Advising Ulpana Residents to Abandon Hope on ‘Regulatory Law’

Speaking to Israel's Army Radio in advance of the Wednesday Knesset vote on the "Regulatory law" which has been rocking the politics, Deputy Prime Minister Moshe Ya'alon compared the dilemma between the evacuation of Jewish homes and enacting retroactive legislation to circumvent the High Court's ruling to a choice between eating a Neveila and a Treifa.

Ninety Year Old Man Joins Hunger-Strike Against Ulpana Neighborhood Relocation

Avraham Nocham, an artist, explained that he has decided to join the strike out of empathy and identification with the strikers’ objectives. "I am very sensitive to these issues. Many times the development of these incidents is frightening. I have come to join the struggle and strike in hope of a positive outcome."

Netanyahu Planning Ulpana Hill Relocation, Residents Urge New Legislation

Despite Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's commitment not to seek the evacuation of five homes in Beit El's Ulpana Hill neighborhood, as required by a Supreme Court ruling, It appears that the premier has now come up with a creative solution, to evacuate and reconstruct the buildings on a nearby lot.

J Street Meddling Turns Illinois Race into Two- Vs. One-State Debate

Tammy Duckworth, a Democrat, is an Iraq war veteran challenging Representative Joe Walsh, Republican of Illinois' northwest suburban 8th congressional district (about an hour's drive from Chicago, give or take). There doesn't seem to be anything wrong with her, except for the fact that she has received the endorsement of J Street, the leftist pro-Palestinian, "tough-lovers" of Israel PAC.

DNC Chair Temple Appearance Squashed by Romney Supporting Member

Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), was uninvited last week, after having been scheduled to speak Friday night at Temple Israel of Greater Miami. The invitation was "postponed" for security reasons. But if there were any security threats, they all seemed to emanate from Stanley G. Tate, 85, a major donor and former president of the synagogue.

Jewish Senator Wannabe in FBI Probe over Campaign Donations

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Josh Mandel is returning $105,000 in campaign contributions, as the FBI is investigating possible campaign finance violations. The donations raised suspicions because they were made by individuals who never before had made campaign donations, and whose income didn't appear high enough to enable them to be this generous.

Minister Scorned for Attack on Haredi who Won’t Shake her Hand

Belgium’s health minister Laurette Onkelinx said she was “profoundly troubled” by the behavior of her Israeli counterpart, Yaakov Litzman, after the Haredi official refused to shake her hand at a conference. The website Juif.org wrote: "There are indeed only two possibilities: either this lady is ignorant, or has malicious intent."

Surrounded by Mistrust, Administration Resumes Iran Nuclear Talks

Tomorrow, Wednesday, will see the start of new talks, in Baghdad, intended to persuade Iran's government to halt the enrichment of uranium, and also allow international inspectors complete access to its facilities. Ideally, President Obama would have liked to manage the progress of these talks, but both Republicans and Democrats don't completely trust the executive branch to do the right thing on Iran.

Israel’s Left Calling for Abolition of Jerusalem Day

According to the Israeli extreme left, Jerusalem Day is "a holiday only to settlers and racists, who get a license to provoke and harass Palestinians." In the march of Jerusalem Day, tens of thousands of Israelis go from the western part of the capital through the Muslim Quarter, ending in front of the Wailing Wall. The parade has received the greatest amount of criticism on the Left.

Gideon Ezra, Former Deputy Head of Shin Bet, Cabinet Minister, and MK, Dies at...

Ezra, who was serving as a Kadima MK at the time of his death, was born in Jerusalem in 1937. He served in the IDF's Nahal Paratrooper brigade, and joined the Shin Bet in 1962. Over a career that spanned 33 years, he rose to become the Deputy head of Israel's domestic intelligence organization. Throughout his political career he variously served as Minister without Portfolio, Minister of Internal Security, Minister of Tourism, and Minister of Environmental Protection.

House Rejects Iran ‘Containment,’ Ignoring Peace Now Plea

The House on Tuesday approved a non-binding resolution that "strongly supports United States policy to prevent the government of Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapons capability," and expresses "opposition to any policy that would rely on containment as an option in response to the Iranian nuclear threat." Americans for Peace Now urged members of Congress to "vote NO or PRESENT."

Is Netanyahu Ready to Demolish Ulpana Hill? The Settlers Don’t Think So

According to a Tuesday report, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu does not see a way to prevent the court-ordered demolition of the Ulpana Hill neighborhood in Beit El, in the Benjamin region of Judea and Samaria. The neighborhood' spokesman thinks the PM must be helped out of the entanglement of his own doing.

Coalition Grumblings: Political Posturing or First Signs of Splintering?

The intensifying focus on legislating an alternative to the Tal Law has the ultra-Orthodox parties in the Likud-led coalition defensive yet intractable. Shas and UTJ - representing 15 seats in the government - have declared that they will not participate in the coalition committee on finding an alternative.

Fear of War Crimes Indictment Could Spur Demolition

AG Weinstein warned Netanyahu that expropriation of Palestinian land could lead to war crimes charges against senior Israeli officials. Harel Koren, representing the residents of the Ulpana Hill, urged the PM to disregard fear and save thousands of homes from demolition.

New Poll: Romney Over Obama by 8% Due to Lackluster Economy

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Saturday shows Mitt Romney getting 50% of the vote while President Obama received only 42%. This was the third time to date that Republican challenger crossed the 50% threshold against the president in Rasmussen’ Poll.

US Pressure on Building Freeze, PA State After Knesset Remix

Early this week, the Obama administration was ready to give up on its "haggling" with Netanyahu's government, abandoning its effort to renew the freezing of Jewish settlement construction. Then came the Netanyahu-Mofaz deal, guaranteeing the PM the support of 94 MKs. Hours later, a call came from Secretary of State Clinton, urging Netanyahu to use his new clout to advance the two-state solution.

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