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IDF to institute changes in placing slain soldiers’ siblings in combat units

Until now, parents of slain soldiers who left behind one remaining sibling, could at any time change their minds about letting them serve in combat units. Soon, however, the IDF will not allow reversing such earlier approvals. The IDF’s Personnel Directorate, which sets policy on the issue, plans to revoke powers held by parents to […]

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Fiji to recall some of its peacekeepers from Sinai

Fiji announced on Sunday it would be bringing home about 65 of the 300-plus peacekeepers it has stationed in Egypt's Sinai Peninsula, The Associated Press reported. The country also said it has closed remote bases in the Sinai as the security situation deteriorates. Commander Humphery Tawake, who heads the South Pacific nation's foreign peacekeeping force, […]

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‘Moderate conservative’ re-elected as Iran’s parliament speaker

Ali Larijani was re-elected on Sunday as the temporary speaker of Iran's new parliament which is dominated by first-term deputies, Reuters reported.  Larijani, who is considered a “moderate conservative”, cooperated closely with the government of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in approving Iran's nuclear deal with world powers last year. He won 173 votes in the […]

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Coalition crisis over as Netanyahu and Bennett reach compromise

A looming coalition crisis, which threatened to thwart Avigdor Liberman and Yisrael Beytenu’s entry into the government and potentially result in a national election, has reportedly been averted late Sunday night. Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett first announced on Twitter that he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had come to an understanding over the unresolved […]

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Coalition crisis over as Netanyahu accepts Litzman’s compromise

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday night accepted Health Minister Ya'akov Litzman’s (United Torah Judaism) compromise on the changes to the Security Cabinet, leading to the end of the crisis with Education Minister Naftali Bennett. As such, the Cabinet will meet Monday morning to approve the appointment of Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Lieberman as Defense […]

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Republicans join Democrats in anger at AIPAC

WASHINGTON – Congressional Democrats are still nursing wounds from last year’s fight over the nuclear deal with Iran, which the American Israel Public Affairs Committee aggressively opposed. But in a shift, Republicans are now the ones expressing dissatisfaction with the lobby. Top GOP lawmakers are questioning its will to wage small legislative battles for Israel […]

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Slovakia, Lithuania open pro- Israel parliamentary caucuses

Pro-Israel caucuses will be formed this week in the parliaments of Slovakia and Lithuania, the result of an initiative by the Knesset Christian Allies Caucus, World Jewish Congress and the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The caucuses, which will be formed on Monday and Wednesday, will be the 34th and 35th such caucuses formed in countries […]

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Bill tries to improve food at afternoon childcare programs

The Ministerial Committee for Legislation approved on Sunday government backing for an oversight system to supervise food in afternoon childcare programs. The bill, proposed by MK Rachel Azaria (Kulanu), would provide oversight for lunches given to some 150,000 children. “The labor market in Israel requires both parents to work in order to provide for the […]

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Sanders: We need to take the Palestinians into account too

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders on Sunday emphasized that he believes in Israel’s right to exist, but also said that in order to achieve peace in the Middle East, the United States would have to take the Palestinian Arabs into account as well. “I am 100 percent pro-Israel in the sense of Israel's right to […]

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Hapoel TA forces Game 5 against Jerusalem

The BSL quarterfinal series between Hapoel Jerusalem and Hapoel Tel Aviv will come down to a fifth and decisive game on Wednesday night. Tel Aviv tied the series at 2-2 on Sunday with a 93-84 win thanks to 25 points by Nate Robinson. Jerusalem took a 2-1 lead with a 90-73 home win in Game […]

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