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Poll: Likud Supporters, Majority of Israelis Favor Two-State Agreement

MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICSA majority of Israeli voters who supported Likud Beytenu feel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should launch a diplomatic initiative that would ultimately produce a Palestinian state alongside Israel, a new poll commissioned by the Geneva Initiative has revealed.

The survey learned that 53 percent of Israelis who cast their votes for the ruling party, as well as a majority of the general public (58 percent), believe that the government should engage in a renewed effort to reach a settlement with the Palestinians in the aftermath of the summer-long military campaign against Hamas in Gaza.

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UK Labour Party Suspends Anti-Israel Candidate Over Hateful Tweets

Courtesty of the Daily Mirror

Courtesty of the Daily Mirror

The British Labor Party has suspended a candidate who questioned why the ISIS had not attacked “the real oppressors, Israel.”

Vicki Kirby, 34, who was chosen earlier this month as the Labor candidate in the Woking constituency, on the southwestern edge of London, slammed Israel with a series of tweets, that ultimately let to the suspension of her candidacy, The Sunday Times reported. Read more »

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Right and Left Criticize Finance Minister Lapid For Calling 90-Second Presser On Shabbos

Lapid Election DayBacklash against Finance Minister Yair Lapid’s desecration of Shabbos included MKs from religious parties in the coalition and opposition to the left-wing Meretz Party.

The Knesset Members all criticized Lapid for holding a press conference about non-urgent budget-related matter on Saturday afternoon. Zehava Gal-on, chairwoman of Meretz, said the finance minister’s decision was “a demonstration of insensitivity.” Read more »

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Israel/Hamas Talks Over Permanent Cease-Fire deal To Kick Off On Tuesday

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(AP). A Palestinian negotiator says Egypt will host indirect talks between Israelis and Palestinians on a sustained Gaza cease-fire deal, and negotiations between Palestinian rivals Hamas and Fatah on who should run the territory.

Azzam al-Ahmed, an aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, told Palestinian radio Sunday that talks will be held Tuesday in Cairo. Read more »

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Former NY Governor George Pataki To Join Protest At Metropolitan Opera Gala Opening

Pataki PhotoA coalition of organizations will protest at Lincoln Center on Monday evening, Sept. 22, at 4:30 PM, across the street from the Lincoln Center Plaza at Broadway & 65th Street to protest the Metropolitan Opera House’s decision to air the “The Death of Klinghoffer.”

Thousands are expected to gather on the first night of the gala opening of the Metropolitan opera season. Dignitaries and elected officials are expected to raise their voices against this opera which promotes terrorism and anti-Semitism.

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Two Iranians Arrested In Kenya With Forged Israeli Passports

Photo by Haim Taragan

Photo by Haim Taragan

(AP). A Kenyan official says two Iranians carrying forged Israeli passports have been arrested in Nairobi.

The man and woman were taken into custody Friday as they were about to board a flight out of the country, a senior police officer said on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak with the press.

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Israel – Netanyahu, Lapid Reach Agreement On 2015 Budget

lapid bibiPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Finance Minister Yair Lapid have reached a settlement after a weeklong dispute over the 2015 state budget, Haaretz reported Friday evening.

According to the agreement, the deficit will be raised by 9 billion shekels ($2.46 billion), from 2.5 percent to 3.4 percent; Lapid’s zero-VAT housing plan will be brought to a vote in the Knesset plenum; no new taxes or spending cuts will be introduced in 2015; and the defense budget will receive additional 6 billion shekels. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Israel Will Not Tolerate Drizzle of Rockets

NetanyahuMeeting with Israeli local leaders, Prime Minister Netanyahu on Thursday emphasized that he won’t tolerate a ‘drizzle’ of rockets into Israel.

Netanyahu thanked the leaders for their support during Operation Protective Edge and added his line that Hamas has been dealt their worst blow during the course of the war since their inception. Read more »

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NY04 – Jewish Republican Bruce Blakeman Trails Kathleen Rice By 47 Points Among Jewish Voters

rice shuk 2Jewish Republican hopeful Bruce Blakeman trails his Democratic opponent Kathleen Rice by 18 points (55-37) in the open seat to replace retiring Representative Carolyn McCarthy in NY’s 4th congressional district, according to a Newsday/News 12 Long Island/Siena College Research poll of likely voters.

Blakeman, vying to replace former House majority leader Eric Cantor as the House’ only Jewish Republican, is still unknown to a majority – 52 percent – of voters in the district, while Rice is far better known. He is also unknown to 43 percent of Republican voters in the district. Read more »

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Israeli Museum Unveils Over 1000-Year Ancient Siddur

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(AP). An Israeli museum on Thursday unveiled what it says in the oldest known Jewish prayer book in the world, dating back to the 9th century A.D.

The prayer book, about 10 centimeters (four inches) long and seven centimeters wide, is written in Hebrew, contains about 50 pages, and is still in its original binding. It was donated to the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem by Oklahoma businessman Steve Green, a devout Christian and owner of one of the largest collections of rare biblical artifacts in the world. Read more »

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Top Hamas Leader: Hamas Won This War But We Don’t Want Another One

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(AP) - Hamas does not want another war with Israel, the Islamic militant group’s No. 2 leader said in an interview Thursday, but he suggested more fighting is inevitable unless a deal is reached on ending seven years of Israeli-Egyptian border closures of Hamas-ruled Gaza.

Such a deal remains elusive, in part because Hamas refuses to disarm — a key Israeli condition for lifting the blockade. Hamas also remains locked in bitter disputes with its main rival, the Fatah movement led by Western-backed President Mahmoud Abbas, whom the international community views as a central guarantor of any new arrangement for Gaza. Read more »

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Renowned Jewish Defendant Alan Dershowitz Launches Limited Series on Sirius XM

Alan dershowitzHarvard law professor, Alan Dershowitz, sometimes called ‘America’s most public Jewish defender,’ has just received a hosting job for a limited run six-episode series on Sirius XM, called Debate Dershowitz.

The program will feature Dershowitz covering a broad spectrum of topics with an emphasis on domestic and international politics. It will launch on Sunday, September 21st at 10:00 am – Noon ET on SiriusXM’s Indie Channel 102. Read more »

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Kibbutz On Gaza Border Celebrates Delayed Bar, Bat Mitzvahs

Credit: Albert Sadikov/JINI/Israel Hayom.

Credit: Albert Sadikov/JINI/Israel Hayom.

(JNS). After three postponements due to rocket fire during Operation Protective Edge, 16 youngsters from Kibbutz Be’eri near the Gaza border were set to celebrate their bar and bat mitzvahs at a joint ceremony on Thursday evening, with an expected 1,500 guests in attendance.

Kibbutz Be’eri suffered significant damage to cars, buildings, and agricultural fields from Gaza rocket fire over the summer. The joint ceremony, an annual tradition at the kibbutz, marks the end of a year-long process for the youngsters. Read more »

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Mother of Slain Naftali Frenkel In Rosh Hashana Video Message: ‘We Are One Family’

naftali frenkelRachel Frenkel, the mother of murdered Israeli teenager Naftali Frenkel, delivered a special message of resilience  ahead of the new year, in a video address to Jewish website Aish.com.

Frenkel urged viewers to turn the national pain Israel has faced over the past several months into a source of inspiration and unity. Read more »

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Ambassador Dermer: ISIS Threat Is An Opportunity For Israel On Iran, Peace Process

ron dermerIsrael’s Ambassador to the US, Ron Dermer said Wednesday evening that the insurgence of ISIS in the Middle East gives Israel an opportunity to engage with the moderate Arab world and could help garner support among the International community to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons in a more serious manner than in the past.

In a speech to a bipartisan group of guests at a Rosh Hashanah reception at the Ambassador’s DC residence, Dermer remarked that because of the savagery of ISIS, “there is a growing understanding today of the threats posed by militant Islam.” Read more »

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Pope Francis Meets Jewish Leaders At The Vatican In Honor Of Rosh Hashana

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Pope Francis on Wednesday met with a delegation of 40 world Jewish leaders at the Casa Santa Marta, his residence in the Vatican, in honor of Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year.

Among those attending the event were World Jewish Congress President Ronald S. Lauder, Latin American Jewish Congress President Jack Terpins, WJC Treasurer Chella Safra and a number of Jewish community heads and senior WJC officials, Vatican Radio reported. Read more »

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Jailed Palestinian Leader Barghouti: Gaza War Was A Victory For Palestinians

Marwan BarghoutiThe war in Gaza was a victory for Palestinians, and the focus must now shift to a boycott that makes Israel’s occupation of the West Bank too costly to bear, Marwan Barghouti, a Palestinian leader serving life in prison, said in an interview with Reuters.

In answers to questions submitted by Reuters via the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club, Barghouti urged the Palestinians to confront Israel’s over its occupation of Palestinian territory, a strategy sharply at odds with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Read more »

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Union County, NJ – Sheriff Urges Jews to Stay Vigilant During High Holidays

Hamas synagogue miami florida anti-semitWith the current crisis in the Middle-East and the recently ended war in Israel, Jews around the world have been targeted in sometimes violent attacks. Many Jewish institutions have been vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti, and with the Jewish High Holiday’s season just days away, authorities are warning Jewish institutions to stay vigilant on the current threats.

Noting that there are no specific threats, Acting Union County, NJ Sheriff Joseph Cryan urged members of the Jewish community to “Always think security and stay vigilant.” Read more »

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Herzog to Abbas: Opt For Negotiations With Israel, Not Unilateral Moves

herzogIsaac Herzog, head of the opposition in the Israeli Knesset, has urged the Palestinian Authority not to take any unilateral steps in terms of national independence, despite the absence of diplomatic progress toward statehood. Herzog made the plea during a meeting with with PAy President Mahmoud Abbas in Ramallah’s Muqata compound on Wednesday.

Abbas is scheduled to leave for the United Nations General Assembly, where he intends to present his plan for full Palestinian statehood.

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Likud Darling Drops Bombshell: ‘I’m Resigning, Taking Break From Politics,’ Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar Announces

Gideon Saar Nexto to BibiInterior Minister Gideon Sa’ar, the number 2 on the Likud Party Knesset list, on Wednesday told supporters and party members that he would resign from both the cabinet and the Knesset after the Jewish holidays in order take a break of politics.

“I have decided to take a break from political life,” Sa’ar said to the astonishment of his colleagues and supporters, during a toast ahead of the high holiday season.

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Bombshell in Israel: Rabbi Pinto to Confess to Bribing Police

Rabbi Yoshiyahu Pinto, a popular Sephardic spiritual leader who has been caught up in legal difficulties over the past several years, is expected to sign a plea bargain by the end of this week, in which he will confess that he attempted to bribe the commander of the Israeli national police fraud unit in order to obtain information about an investigation that was being conducted against him. Rabbi Pinto will most likely admit to attempting to hand over hundreds of thousands of shekels to Brig. Gen. Ephraim Bracha, in a plea bargain that would net him a maximum prison sentence of 12 months.

Additionally, Pinto will testify for the prosecution in the trial of the outgoing commander of police unit Lahav 433, Maj. Gen. (ret.) Menashe Arviv, who is charged with accepting bribes. The Justice Ministry has not officially announced the deal because the rabbi has not yet signed it.

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NYPD: Spike In Anti-Semitic Attacks Due to ‘Emotional Surge’ Over Gaza War

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An NYPD Hate Crime Task Force official admitted on Wednesday that anti-Semitic incidents against the Jewish community has dramatically increased by 40 percent, particular since since July 1st, 2014. The reason: Israel’s operation in the Gaza Strip and the insurgence of ISIS terrorist group in the middle East.

Addressing Jewish community leaders ahead of the high holiday season at one Police Plaza Wednesday morning, Deputy Chief Michael Osgood, head of the Special Victims Division and Hate Crimes Task Force, said that the fact that the Gaza war dominated the headlines on a daily basis created the “emotional surge” in hate crimes. Read more »

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World’s Oldest Holocaust Survivor Celebrates 111th Birthday With Israeli Soccer Stars

The man who is now documented as the world’s oldest Holocaust survivor celebrated turning 111 on Tuesday with a birthday party thrown by two professional Israeli soccer players. Haifa resident Israel Krysztal was joined by Maccabi Tel Aviv strikers Barak Itzhaki and Eden Ben Basat, who say they find great inspiration from the super-centenarian’s life. Read more »

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Survey: Many Jewish Israelis Now Believe Personal Perception Can Define Jewish Status

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According to a new opinion poll, large segments of the Jewish population in Israel no longer view Jewish identity as being exclusively defined by being born to a Jewish mother, the traditional parameter by which Orthodox Judaism defines a person’s Jewish status.

The survey conducted for Bina, a pluralist organization that promotes Jewish culture and identity, with its core audience among the country’s secular population, showed that while more than half of the Jewish population still believes that having a natural Jewish mother defines one’s Jewish identity, more than a quarter now feel that being Jewish is defined by the person’s own personal perception.

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Survey: Four Israeli Universities Ranked Among World’s Best

A survey of the most prominent universities in the world has placed four Israeli universities among the top 300. The QS World University Rankings, which review the quality of research, teaching, graduate employability, and international outlook, were released on Tuesday.

According to the analysts, Hebrew University of Jerusalem was named the best university in Israel, coming in 138th among the world’s institutions of higher education – just behind Dartmouth College and just ahead of the University of Virginia. The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology was the second best college in Israel, coming in at 190th overall, followed by Tel Aviv University, in 195th place, and Ben-Gurion University, at 292nd.

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