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Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it all

JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman.

Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin.

Facing his professional home for almost all of the past six decades, Peres gave a farewell speech that traced the arc of his long career, recounting Israel’s past, defending it in its present predicament and offering hope for its future.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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Bloomberg snubs FAA flight ban

Bloomberg snubs FAA flight banWASHINGTON — The Federal Aviation Administration last week lifted its ban on flights to Israel after reviewing Israeli measures to keep flights safe from rockets. “Before making this decision, the FAA worked with its US government counterparts to assess the security situation in Israel and carefully reviewed both significant new information and measures the Government of Israel is taking to mitigate potential risks to civil aviation,” the agency said in a statement just before midnight on...
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Two Americans killed in Gaza

Two Americans killed in GazaBALTIMORE — Sean Carmeli, a sergeant in the Israeli army, was stationed in Israel’s South awaiting possible orders to enter Gaza. He was exchanging Facebook messages with his friend Ian Benisti, a U.S. Marine reservist who was visiting Israel from California. The two had planned to get together, maybe go to the beach. But Israel was in the midst of an escalating conflict with Hamas. “Bro’, hope this’ll be over soon, so we can meet up,” the Texas-born Carmeli wrote to Benisti in the...
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Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby ruling

Mixed Jewish reaction to Hobby Lobby rulingWASHINGTON — The US Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that a privately held business may refuse to provide insurance coverage for contraceptives to employees. Jewish groups had closely watched the case that Hobby Lobby, a crafts chain, and Conestoga Wood Specialties, a cabinet maker, had brought against requirements in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, because it is the president’s signature first-term legislation.
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Claims Conference considers its future

Claims Conference considers its futureNEW YORK — A special panel tasked with examining the governance and strategic vision of the Claims Conference is recommending that the organization shift its long-term focus to Holocaust education and remembrance, JTA has learned. The panel was appointed last year following a scandal involving the Claims Conference’s failure to detect a $57 million fraud scheme there that persisted until 2009. It also recommended cutting in half the size of the board’s executive committee and the number ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 June 2014 14:29 )

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