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Sharp contrasts as Israeli election looms

Sharp contrasts as Israeli election looms

TEL AVIV — When Israelis head to the polls for the March 17 elections, 26 parties will be vying for the Knesset’s 120 seats — including such fringe groups as the Pirate Party, which supports total government transparency and freedom of information on the Internet, and the Green Leaf party, which advocates marijuana legalization.

Fewer than a dozen parties are likely to earn the 3.25% of the popular vote necessary to enter Knesset. They fall broadly into five major blocs.


Aspen: Ski to Live

Aspen: Ski to LiveSummer 2014 we all prayed for them. They were the ones we woke up to in the morning and fell asleep to at night. We were obsessively attached to news sites for their whereabouts and news of their safety. They were the dear chayalim, the IDF soldiers we carry an abiding affection for. They were the ones who went into harm’s way, eye to eye with Israel’s neighboring enemies of terror, discovering the tunnels and destroying them. They risked everything for us. For the greater good and safety of...

Atrial fibrillation — new treatment offered at Rose

Atrial fibrillation — new treatment offered at RoseTHE CONVERGENT Procedure, a minimally invasive technique that restores normal heart rhythm to patients with advanced atrial fibrillation (AFib), is up and running at Rose Medical Center. Rose is the first hospital west of the Mississippi to offer the Convergent Procedure, which has a success rate of 80% to 90%. Dr. Jason Sperling, RMC’s director of cardiac surgery and medical director of cardiovascular services, began utilizing the procedure in tandem with two electrophysiologists in January...

Last Updated ( Monday, 16 March 2015 09:11 )


Global anti-Semitism reaches seven-year high

NEW YORK — Global anti-Semitic incidents reached a seven-year high, a new study found, while social hostilities involving religion declined somewhat in 2013 following a six-year peak. The Pew Research Center’s annual study of global restrictions on religion, released Feb. 26, reported that approximately one-quarter of the world’s countries are “grappling with high levels of religious hostilities within their borders.” Christians and Muslims, together making up more than half of the w...

Netanyahu’s stern warning to Congress

Netanyahu’s stern warning to CongressWASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech, in the end, was about reminding Americans that the enemy of your enemy may still be your enemy. He may have lost some friends in the process. Netanyahu spoke before the US Congress on Tuesday, March 3, following a six-week buildup that spurred questions about the propriety of an Israeli prime minister using Congress as a platform for his views two weeks before elections in his country and resulted in a rupture, for now, betwe...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 05 March 2015 14:20 )

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Croatia should not pay pensions of Nazi collaborators, groups say

Cnaan Liphshiz Croatia is paying pensions to about 10,000 former Nazi collaborators, costing the government around $56 million yearly, according to estimates. ... [Link]

Israir plane impounded in Lisbon over alleged debt

Cnaan Liphshiz The plane was supposed to take off that day with a group of tourists who traveled with Israir to Portugal last week. ... [Link]

Anne Meara, wife of Jerry Stiller and mother of Ben, dies

Marcy Oster Meara and Stiller were married for 61 years and worked as comedy partners for much of that time while pursuing individual acting careers. ... [Link]

Chief Rabbinate balks at keeping Shlomo Riskin as Efrat chief rabbi

Marcy Oster Israeli media, citing sources present at a recent meeting of the Chief Rabbinate Council, reported that Riskin’s positions on conversion and women in religious leadership led the rabbinate to de... [Link]

Holocaust drama ‘Son of Saul’ named runner up at Cannes

Marcy Oster The film, which centers on the Jewish prisoners who were forced to help the Nazis run the concentration camps, received the Grand Prix award. ... [Link]

Netanyahu confidant Dore Gold to direct Foreign Ministry

Marcy Oster Gold, one of Netanyahu’s closest confidants, is a former Israeli ambassador to the United Nations. ... [Link]

Hundreds attend memorial for Brussels Jewish Museum attack

Marcy Oster “Brussels is Jewish because all Jews have their place in Brussels,” Mayor Yvan Mayeur said at the memorial, held one year after four people were killed at the museum. ... [Link]

Jewish teens stabbed on way to Western Wall

Marcy Oster The teens were attacked near the Damascus Gate late on Saturday while walking to the Western Wall for a night of Torah study in honor of the Shavuot holiday. ... [Link]

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