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Diplomacy: Pulling in different directions

The underlying premise of Israeli-Palestinian talks for more than two decades has been direct negotiations toward a two-state solution. The two sides would sit and thrash out the issues, with US mediation, until the gaps were narrowed and an agreement reached. That was the basic architecture of the process. But it didn’t work: Oslo I. […]

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Two Jewish teens stabbed in east Jerusalem

Two Jewish teens were stabbed in east Jerusalem near the Damascus Gate in the Old City on Saturday night. Magen David Adom paramedics evacuated the 17-year-olds to the Hadassah University Medical Center in Ein Kerem with stab wounds to their upper bodies. Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Two-Jewish-teens-stabbed-in-east-Jerusalem-403926

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Interior Ministry official commits suicide after accusation of racism goes viral

A former Israel Security Agency official shot himself dead on Saturday evening after a Facebook post accusing him of racism had gone viral. On Wednesday, May 20, Lee Lenoir Yurista, a black woman from Tel Aviv, complained in a lengthy Facebook post about how she was mistreated at the Population, Immigration and Border Crossing Authority […]

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Thousands of Israeli Arabs protest Morsi death sentence in North

Thousands of Israeli Arab followers of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement participated in a protest rally on Saturday against the death sentence handed down by an Egyptian court against the deposed president Mohamed Morsi. The event, which took place in the village of Kafr Kana, featured speeches by Islamic Movement leader Sheikh Raed […]

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Police discover bodies of parents, son in apparent murder-suicide in Arad

Police in the Negev town of Arad discovered the bodies of a married couple and their son on Saturday in what authorities believe to be a murder-suicide. Investigators at the scene reported a detailed letter apparently left by the parents, in which they explain their desire to end their son’s life as an act of […]

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Israel charged up for Eurovision song contest final

Israelis will flock en masse to their living rooms Saturday night in anticipation of the finals of the Eurovision song contest final. For the first time since 2010, Israel’s entry into the annual Eurovision song competition has advanced past the semi-final stage. On Thursday, 16-year-old Nadav Guedj, the youngest contestant in the competition, successfully captured […]

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Netanyahu thanks Kerry for US blocking of anti-Israel nuclear resolution

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked US Secretary of State John Kerry for blocking an Egyptian-led drive on a possible Middle East nuclear arms ban at a United Nations conference, an Israeli official said on Saturday. It was a rare message of thanks from Netanyahu, who has repeatedly accused President Barack Obama of undermining Israel’s security […]

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Liberman to government: Don’t harm converts to Judaism from former Soviet Union

Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman on Saturday urged the new government not to abolish the the so-called “Tzohar Law,”  which abolished marriage registration districts and allows couples to register for marriage anywhere around the country. The purpose of the law, which was named after the religious Zionist rabbinical organization that has sought to “bridge the […]

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Opposition MK vows to ‘make life hell’ for Netanyahu government

The Zionist Union leadership continued its saber-rattling over the weekend, with one of its top deputies vowing to “make life hell” for the newly installed Netanyahu government. During a town hall appearance in Ramat Gan on Saturday, Zionist Union MK Itzik Shmuli said that his party would “fight the Netanyahu government which turned its election […]

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Pizzeria owner in Holon arrested for drugging police officers’ slices

An owner of a pizzeria in Holon was arrested on Thursday for allegedly putting illegal drugs on the pizza he made for police officers. The police officers who ate the pizza became ill and were evacuated for treatment to hospital. Under interrogation, the suspect who is in his late twenties, confessed to the act, police […]

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