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Early Elections in Israel: When & Why?

At the end of his statement Netanyahu said it is preferable to have a "three month" campaign cycle than what would in practice be a year of campaigning until October 2013. Assuming that he would seek dissolution of the Knesset at the opening of the session -- October 15th -- that would put the elections at around or a little after January 15th.

Netanyahu May Announce Early Elections Tonight

Following meetings with the heads of the parties in the coalition, Prime Minister Netanyahu will be holding a press conference at 8 PM in...

Speculations: Israeli Elections Moved Up to February

The Israeli press has been featuring several leaks from Netanyahu's inner circle on Tuesday and Wednesday regarding the approaching declaration of a February vote, although an official declaration is yet to made. "We will make a decision by the opening of the winter session" of the Knesset, Netanyahu said on Tuesday. The winter session will start in two weeks.

A Helping Hand

Soldiers from the Home Front Command Search and Rescue Unit practice saving civilians trapped under a collapsed building in Zikim, the Home Front Command's...

To the Chagrin of Some Jews, Presbyterians Denounce Divestment – #BDSFail

Once again, the BDS movement did not have a victory to claim. But we must not ignore Jewish organizations and individuals dreaming of strangling Israel's economy.

The David Project Takes a New Direction

The Boston-based group took the pro-Israel community by surprise this year when it released a report in February titled “A Burning Campus? Rethinking Israel Advocacy at America’s Universities and Colleges.” The report, or "white paper," outlined a significant departure from the organization's divisive and hard-line history.

Iranian Assassins Targeted U.S., Israeli, Saudi Diplomats

Iran has used operatives in assassination attempts on Israeli and American diplomats in seven countries over a period of 13 months, the Washington Post...

Video: Bea Abrams Cohen – California’s Oldest Female Veteran

Bea Abrams Cohen, who turned 102 in February, believes in mitzvahs. "Pay back. It works," she told the LA Times. Bea enlisted during World War II and worked for more than seventy years supporting the U.S. military and charity organizations.

Israeli-Based “DogTV” For Dogs At Home Alone

The new made-in-Israel US cable channel, DogTV, is scientifically designed to make dogs happy when they’re left at home alone, according to Israel21C.

Jewish Family Gets Stolen Baroque Painting Back

A more than 400-year-old Italian Baroque painting that was robbed from a Jewish family during World War 2 is about to be returned to its rightful owners. A federal judge ordered last February that the painting, "Jesus Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue," by Girolamo Romano, be returned to the family of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe.

Islamic Jihad Terrorist Khader Adnan Released, Keeping with Hunger Strike-Ending Deal

Ranking Islamic Jihad official Khader Adnan, who went on a 66-day hunger strike over his detention by Israel, has been released in keeping with the deal reached with him to end his hunger strike in February. One day before his release on Tuesday, some 2,300 Palestinian inmates in Israeli jails began an open-ended hunger strike, synchronized with Palestinian rallies marking "Prisoners' Day."

Dior’s Galliano Finally Replaced After Anti-Semitic Disgrace

Disgraced designer John Galliano has finally been replaced as creative director of French fashion house Christian Dior, more than a year after his racist...

Egyptian Gas Pipeline to Israel Blown Up Yet Again

The Egyptian pipeline carrying gas to Israel and Jordan was hit by an explosion on Monday for 14th time since last spring's uprising against...

Yoram Ettinger: For Long-Term Confidence in Israel’s Economy

Israel’s economic growth during the last five years (21%) is higher than all OECD countries, besides Turkey. Israel’s economy grew 270% over the last 20 years, while Israel’s population grew 145%. Israel’s unemployment is its lowest ever – 5.4%.

‘Nose Job’ El-Balkimy, Egyptian MP, Loses Parliamentary Immunity

What do you have to do as an Egyptian Member of Parliament to earn the nickname Nose Job? Anwar El-Balkimy, of the Salafist Nour Party (that means he's sooo religious, he has one regular prayer rug and a special one for yomim tovim), told everybody he had been beaten and robbed of LE100,000 by thugs on 29 February. But according to Al Ahram, it was later discovered that his facial injuries were caused by cosmetic surgery on his nose.

Lubavitch Going to Federal Court on Connecticut Synagogue Application Denial

The Hartford Courant reports that Chabad Lubavitch of Litchfield County has filed notice in federal court appealing a federal judge's dismissal in February of...

Arab Youths Confessed to Spraying ‘Death to Arabs’

Two boys from the Arab village of Beit Zarzir were arrested and admitted that they had been the ones who sprayed swastikas and "Death...

All Time Record High for Israel Tourism in February

The month of February 2012 has broken records in the tourism industry in Israel, with 232,000 visitor arrivals, 6% more than the same month last year, and an increase of 4% compared to February 2010, which marked the previous record. Out of 232,000 arrivals, 200,000 were tourist entries, another all-time record high.

Air Strikes in Yemen Kill 45 Al-Qaida Terrorists

Reuters reports that on Saturday the U S drone attacks killed at least 25 al-Qaida fighters, including one commander, while a Yemeni air force...

Q & A: Yotzrot (Part II)

Question: I read The Jewish Press’s Luach of February 17 with much interest. You write, “We daven Shacharis as usual.” I find it difficult to understand why you don’t mention reciting the special yotzrot for Parshat Shekolim. Are yotzrot a relic of history? I’m a senior citizen who remembers saying yotzrot as a child. But now, they seem to have disappeared from Orthodox synagogues. Milton M. Adler Cherry Hill, NJ

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