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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.

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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...
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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 )

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International

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...
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National

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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How much did Jeb Bush really do to rescue Ethiopian Jews?

Ron Kampeas How important was Jeb Bush’s call to his dad in the Operation Joshua saga? ... [Link]

Leading Jewish senator Ben Cardin opposes Iran deal

Ron Kampeas Cardin makes it harder to get to 41 senators needed to block a vote disapproving the deal. The presidential veto, however, is assured. ... [Link]

French Jews advised to avoid use of the term Zionism

Cnaan Liphshiz Stanley Greenberg, a prominent American political strategist from the United States, advised representatives of French Jewry to avoid mentioning Zionism when speaking to non-Jews. ... [Link]

Hasidic Coast Guard pilot crashes in N.J.

Uriel Heilman The Hasidic Coast Guard pilot who crash-landed in NJ originally had to fight the Coast Guard years ago for the right to wear his yarmulke. ... [Link]

Does Donald Trump know the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah?

Gabe Friedman When asked about the two militant groups, Trump said the difference does not matter to him yet. ... [Link]

Czech author of first women’s prayer book commemorated

Cnaan Liphshiz Czech and Israeli officials unveiled a plaque in memory of Fanny Neuda, a 19th-century scholar and wife of a rabbi from a town in the east of the Czech Republic. ... [Link]

4 more senators back Iran deal, Cardin opposes

Uriel Heilman Obama is now within 4 votes of blocking a resolution on congressional disapproval of the nuclear deal from even coming to a vote. ... [Link]

SodaStream CEO: BDS put politics above Palestinian people

Gabe Friedman SodaStream’s chief executive called the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement anti-Semitic and maintained that his company gave West Bank Palestinian workers good pay and benefits. ... [Link]

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