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Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

Nuclear Iran far worse than ISIS

THE bloody sectarian warfare in Iraq and Syria and the swift takeover of wide swaths of territory by the Sunni fundamentalist ISIS — now calling itself a “caliphate” — has triggered calls to cooperate with Shiite Iran as a counterweight.

Yet we must not allow our justified concerns about ISIS to blind us to the even greater danger to regional security posed by a nuclear Iran.

We must remember that a nuclear Iran could credibly threaten our allies with destruction — especially Israel, which Iran has promised to wipe off the map — furnish Hezbollah and other non-state terrorist groups with nuclear weapons, and start a nuclear stampede as other countries in the area initiate nuclear programs of their own.

International negotiators resumed talks in Vienna on July 2 to address this danger to world peace.

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International

Synagogue firebombed near Paris

PARIS — A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. The firebomb went off late on July 11 at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported. On July 8, the day that Israel la...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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International

Antwerp: ‘Slaughter Jews’ at anti-Israel protest

ANTWERP — Dozens of men at an anti-Israel demonstration in Antwerp shouted slogans about slaughtering Jews. Approximately 500 people attended the July 12 protest in the capital of Belgium’s Flemish region, where one of the speakers used a loudspeaker to chant a call in Arabic that means “slaughter the Jews.” The demonstration against Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza happened amid a wave of anti-Semitic attacks in Western Europe that coincided with the Israeli actions, and one day be...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 07:40 )

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Denver Jewry rallies for Israel

Denver Jewry rallies for IsraelTHE 1,000-seat Temple Emanuel sanctuary was filled to overflowing for an Israel solidarity rally, Monday, July 14. The rally was organized by JEWISHcolorado and the Rocky Mountain Rabbinical Council. It was co-sponsored by many community organizations, including two in Colorado Springs. JEWISHcolorado President and CEO Doug Seserman noted that this was the third time in three weeks that the community had come together on behalf of Israel. The first event was a vigil, June 24 at the Loup JCC fo...

Last Updated ( Friday, 18 July 2014 02:38 )

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Israel

Israel launches Gaza ground operation

Israel launches Gaza ground operationIsrael launched a ground incursion into the Gaza Strip to destroy tunnels it says are used for terrorist activities. “A large IDF force has just launched a ground operation in the Gaza Strip,” the Israel Defense Forces’ spokesman’s office said late Thursday on its Twitter feed. “A new phase of Operation Protective Edge has begun.” The operation is limited for now to tanks targeting ten tunnels in Gaza, the IDF said.
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West Bank Rabbi Dov Lior: Jewish law permits destruction of Gaza

Marcy Oster Rabbi Dov Lior, a leading West Bank rabbi who endorsed a book justifying the killing of non-Jews, issued a religious ruling saying that Jewish law permits the destruction of Gaza to keep southern Isra... [Link]

Presidents Conference convening national solidarity day for Israel

Ron Kampeas The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations is convening an Israel solidarity event in Washington for Jewish leaders. ... [Link]

IDF soldiers arrested for leaking casualty information on WhatsApp

Marcy Oster Three Israeli soldiers were arrested for using the text-messaging service WhatsApp to leak information on Gaza casualties. ... [Link]

Jewish deputy PM Groysman to serve as Ukraine’s acting prime minister

Ron Kampeas Volodymyr Groysman is the acting prime minister of Ukraine until its parliament elects an interim prime minister to replace Arseniy Yatsenyuk, who resigned. ... [Link]

Joe Lieberman to teach at Yeshiva University

Ron Kampeas Joseph Lieberman, the longtime U.S. senator from Connecticut, will teach this school year at Yeshiva University in a position named for him. ... [Link]

Two infants diagnosed with herpes following metzitzah b’peh

Julie Wiener Two more New York infants were diagnosed with herpes after undergoing the controversial Jewish circumcision practice metzitzah b’peh. ... [Link]

Peres finishes six-decade political career as Rivlin inaugurated president

Ben Sales Israeli President Shimon Peres officially exited Israeli politics for the first time in six decades as his successor, Reuven Rivlin, was sworn in. ... [Link]

Elsewhere: Hamas as neo-Nazis, IDF’s door knock, Auschwitz inmate’s germ resistance

Miriam Moster JTA rounds up noteworthy items from around the Web. ... [Link]

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