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Netanyahu denies Israel talking with Hamas

Posted on: August 18th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied reports that Israel has been negotiating with Hamas. A statement from his office Monday was in response to media reports claiming that direct talks took place recently and were in their final stages. “Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas. Not directly,

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Hamas, Israel reportedly negotiating long-term accord

Posted on: August 17th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

TEL AVIV (JTA) — Israel and Hamas reportedly are negotiating a long-term deal that would end Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip in exchange for an end to Hamas attacks on Israel. Based on Arabic-language news sources, Israeli papers are reporting that negotiations on the agreement are in their final stages, and that the agreement has

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Hawkish Danon named Israel’s U.N. envoy

Posted on: August 14th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Danny Danon, a hardliner from Netanyahu’s Likud party who opposes a Palestinian state, as ambassador to the United Nations. Danon’s appointment, which was announced Friday, is meant to allow him to fight for the truth, Netanyahu said in a statement. “The U.N. is an important forum right

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West Bank Bedouin tent burned down in suspected arson attack

Posted on: August 13th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A tent in a West Bank Bedouin village was set on fire in a suspected arson attack. The tent in the village of Kafr Malik, located north of Ramallah, was burned completely early Thursday morning, according to reports. It had been used for storage and unoccupied at the time of the fire.

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Obama, Jewish leaders exchange concerns about distortions and attacks in Iran deal debate

Posted on: August 5th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

WASHINGTON (JTA) — President Barack Obama and pro-Israel leaders exchanged concerns about how each side distorts the other’s arguments in the debate over the Iran nuclear deal, and how the distortions are creating divisions in the Jewish community. The meeting Tuesday evening at the White House between Obama and an array of Jewish leaders lasted

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West Bank erupts in wake of baby’s death at hands of Jewish extremists

Posted on: July 31st, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — An Israeli policeman was lightly wounded in one of several riots and attacks by Palestinians following the funeral of a baby who died in a fire Near Nablus allegedly started by Jewish extremists. The officer was wounded in eastern Jerusalem when he was hit by a stone hurled at him by a Palestinian during

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Six stabbed at Jerusalem gay pride parade

Posted on: July 30th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Six marchers were stabbed Thursday at Jerusalem’s annual gay pride parade — allegedly by the same haredi Orthodox man who stabbed three people at the parade in 2005. One victim was in critical condition and two were in serious condition. The alleged assailant — Yishai Schlissel, a haredi Orthodox man who was

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Pollard, spy for Israel, wins parole

Posted on: July 29th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

(JTA) — Jonathan Pollard, who has been imprisoned for 30 years for spying for Israel, has been granted parole following a unanimous vote by a federal parole panel. The release date is scheduled for Nov. 21, Pollard’s pro bono attorneys announced in a news release Tuesday. Had he not been granted parole, he would have been

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AIPAC opposes Iran deal; J Street supports it

Posted on: July 16th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

WASHINGTON (JTA) — AIPAC called on Congress to reject the Iran nuclear deal, saying it does not meet critical markers that the influential pro-Israel lobby outlined in recent weeks. But the liberal Jewish group J Street announced a multimillion-dollar campaign to support the agreement. The American Israel Public Affairs Committee made its case against the

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Nashville Federation statement regarding agreement with Iran

Posted on: July 15th, 2015 by The Jewish Observer

        In the wake of the announcement of an agreement with Iran regarding its nuclear program, the following statement has been issued by Carol Hyatt, president of the Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee, and Federation Executive Director Mark S. Freedman.       “After years of difficult negotiations, today we

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