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US, Israel react to Fatah-Hamas unity government

US, Israel react to Fatah-Hamas unity government

US reacts

The US plans to work with the new Palestinian unity government and will continue to disburse aid to the PA, the State Department said.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Monday, June 2, that the US “will be watching closely to ensure that [the Hamas-Fatah government] upholds principles that President [Mahmoud] Abbas reiterated today,” according to Haaretz.

The principles include recognizing Israel, rejecting terror and honoring agreements.

The new government was sworn in Monday in Ramallah. Earlier that day, Israel’s Security Cabinet said it will not negotiate with the new government and will oppose Hamas participation in the Palestinian elections if and when they take place. The Security Cabinet also said it will hold the new government responsible for any rockets fired at Israel from Gaza.

Last Updated ( Friday, 06 June 2014 11:02 )

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International

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party wins big

Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party wins bigATHENS — The picture of Golden Dawn leaders being led away in shackles by masked policemen last September was supposed to be a defining image: Greek authorities cracking down on the country’s neo-Nazi party as a harbinger of its demise. Instead, soon there will be a new iconic image: three members of the party taking their seats in the European Parliament. Golden Dawn — supposedly persecuted, prosecuted and in tatters — made substantial gains last weekend in European elections, capturi...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:15 )

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International

Belgian Jews shocked, but not surprised, by attack

Belgian Jews shocked, but not surprised, by attackBRUSSELS — The cold determination with which the shooter at Belgium’s Jewish museum murdered four people shocked many Belgians, but local Jewish leaders have long anticipated the possibility of such an attack on their community. The shooter who entered the Jewish Museum of Belgium on May 24 in central Brussels “approached each victim with calm, aiming only for the head without uttering a word in a manner that is shocking because of the level of training it suggests,” said Mischael Modri...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:11 )

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Israel

The Pope in Israel

The Pope in IsraelJERUSALEM — Perhaps the most lasting image from Pope Francis’ trip to Israel and the West Bank will be the pontiff praying, eyes closed, with his head against a wall. It wasn’t the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Judaism’s holiest site and a necessary stop for visiting dignitaries. It was Israel’s security fence in the West Bank city of Bethlehem. Francis, who has made tolerance a theme since becoming pope last year, aimed to bring a message of peace when he visited Israel, the West Bank ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 12:33 )

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International

Does ADL poll prove that Greece is world’s most anti-Semitic nation?

Does ADL poll prove that Greece is world’s most anti-Semitic nation?ATHENS — When the Anti-Defamation League published its global anti-Semitism survey last week, Greece, the cradle of democracy, captured the ignominious title of most anti-Semitic country in Europe. With 69% of Greeks espousing anti-Semitic views, according to the survey, Greece was on par with Saudi Arabia, more anti-Semitic than Iran (56%) and nearly twice as anti-Semitic as Europe’s second-most anti-Semitic country, France (37%). On its surface, the poll suggests that anti-Semitism is ru...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 13:59 )

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JTA News

Jewish groups’ security adviser to lead U.S. foreign fighter task force

Ron Kampeas A senior security official for national Jewish umbrella groups was named to help lead a U.S. Department of Homeland Security task force on foreign fighters. ... [Link]

ATFP, citing stalled peace process, downsizes

Ron Kampeas The American Task Force on Palestine, a group known for working together with Jewish groups, is downsizing because of the faltering peace process. ... [Link]

Congressional appropriators warn Abbas on incitement

Ron Kampeas Top congressional appropriators told Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas that Congress “remains committed” to conditions for continued funding of the P.A., including controlling inciteme... [Link]

Palestinian pathologist in bus driver’s autopsy called for questioning

Marcy Oster The doctor said that the Egged driver was murdered, contradicting an Israeli autopsy report that said he had hanged himself. ... [Link]

Trial gets go-ahead in $1 billion lawsuit against P.A., PLO

Raffi Wineburg A federal court ruled in New York that there was sufficient evidence to present to a jury about the Palestinian groups’ involvement in terror attacks in the early 2000s. ... [Link]

Shin Bet: Palestinian driver ramming soldiers was terror attack

Marcy Oster The driver, a member of Hamas, admitted to running down the soldiers on purpose and said the attack was planned, according to the Israeli security service. ... [Link]

Demolition orders given to four families of Palestinian terrorists

Raffi Wineburg Security officials issued demolition notices to the families of the eastern Jerusalem cousins who perpetrated the Jerusalem synagogue attack, as well as those of two others involved in terrorism. ... [Link]

Children can view ancient Jewish manuscripts with new free app

Marcy Oster The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a free app to introduce archaeology to children using games and puzzles. ... [Link]

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