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Bibi at AIPAC: No nuclear capacity to Iran

Bibi at AIPAC: No nuclear capacity to Iran

WASHINGTON — Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington determined to hold the line on Iran, but he also brought something new: an expansive vision of Middle East peace.

The Israeli prime minister remained firm, after meeting with President Obama on Monday, March 3, in insisting that any nuclear deal must remove Iran’s uranium enrichment program — an outcome US officials say is unlikely — and vowed that Israel would defend its interests.

On Israeli-Palestinian peace, though, Netanyahu aimed to please his American hosts: He joined Secretary of State John Kerry for the first time in expressing hope that there would be a breakthrough soon and articulating an optimistic vision of the benefits peace will bring.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 06 March 2014 13:25 )

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New suspect in Burgas bus attack

SOFIA — A third suspect has been identified in the bombing of a tour bus in Burgas that killed five Israelis and their Bulgarian bus driver. The new suspect announced on Feb. 20, 2014 was not named. The two suspects previous- ly identified in the July, 2012 bombing are believed to be in Lebanon. They are Meliad Farah, a 32-year-old Australian also known as Hussein Hussein, and Hassan el-Hajj Hassan, a 25-year-old Canadian. Both are said to be associated with Hezbollah, the Lebanon-based t...
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Ukraine Jews hunkering down

Ukraine Jews hunkering downKIEV — The turmoil in Ukraine has left one of Europe’s largest Jewish communities on edge. After an outbreak of violence in Kiev last week that left dozens of protesters and policemen dead, President Viktor Yanukovych fled the capital and parliament installed an interim leader to take the still-contested reins of power. Like their compatriots, Ukraine’s Jews are waiting to see what the future holds for their country, but with the added fear that they could become targets amid the chaos. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 February 2014 12:59 )

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Pope looking forward to visit to Israel

Pope looking forward to visit to IsraelROME — Pope Francis called on Jews and Christians to work together to construct a “more just and fraternal world,” and said he looked forward to his upcoming visit to Israel. Francis made his remarks during an audience at the Vatican on Feb. 13 with a 50-member delegation of American Jewish Committee leaders. He called his visit to Israel, scheduled for May, a pilgrimage of “communion, hope and peace.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:58 )

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Presbyterians assail Zionism

Presbyterians assail ZionismWASHINGTON — Presbyterians who engage in dialogue with Jewish groups are scrambling to undo what they say is the damage caused by a congregational study guide assailing Zionism distributed by a group affiliated with their denomination. The guide, “Zionism Unsettled,” posits that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is fueled by a “pathology inherent in Zionism” and rejects theologies — Christian and Jewish — that uphold Zionism. Jewish groups expressed outrage at the guide released l...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 February 2014 15:04 )

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Five haredi men indicted for attacking gay black man in Brooklyn

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Israel nixes peace meeting following Fatah-Hamas unity accord

Marcy Oster Israel canceled a planned meeting with Palestinian peace negotiators after Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party and Hamas signed a unity accord. ... [Link]

Synagogue worshippers in London save family from burning car

Marcy Oster Two men worshipping at a synagogue in London pulled members of a family from a burning car. ... [Link]

As Poland touts rescuers, filmmakers address Holocaust-era treachery

Cnaan Liphshiz “Ida,” a film about a Catholic woman who learns her parents were Jewish, is the latest in a wave of Polish films aiming to debunk the myth that all Poles were equal victims of the Nazis. ... [Link]

Breaking Passover with the Grey Lady

Julie Wiener Just hours after observant Jews ended their Passover-mandated abstinence from all things leavened, the New York Times gave them something to chew on: an entire Dining section devoted to bread. ... [Link]

Rabbi Aaron Landes, longtime Naval Reserve chaplains chief, dies

Marcy Oster Rabbi Aaron Landes, a Philadelphia congregational rabbi for decades and the longtime director of U.S. Naval Reserve chaplains, has died. ... [Link]

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