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Israel boycotted — by its own foreign ministry

Israel boycotted — by its own foreign ministry

JERUSALEM — In Israel’s latest diplomatic flap, actions by Mossad agents in Greece have caused a normally friendly foreign ministry to sever ties with the Israeli intelligence agency.

The foreign ministry in question? Israel’s own.

It’s all part of a labor dispute at the Israeli Foreign Ministry that threatens to harm Israel’s delicate diplomatic relationships, scuttle overseas trips by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — including this week’s to Washington — and bring Israel international embarrassment.

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Major Gen. Yoav Galant nominated as IDF chief, compelling Gabi Ashkenazi to retire

Major Gen. Yoav Galant nominated as IDF chief, compelling Gabi Ashkenazi to retireDefense Minister Ehud Barak recommended that that theIsraeli government choose the current commander of IDF Southern Command, Major General Yoav Galant, as the next IDF Chief of Staff. The recommendation will be submitted for formal government approval next week. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the announcement said that “it is the right step towards the goal of reinstating a stable and good command at the top of the army.  

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:39 )

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Turning Judaism into online minyan

Turning Judaism into online minyanSAN FRANCISCO – On a recent weekday, Rivka Bowlin led mincha, the afternoon prayer service, from her home in Louisville, Ky. Her fellow worshipers were in Atlanta, Detroit and Oakland, Calif., watching her on their computer screens, following along with an online prayer book and keying in “Amen” after each blessing via a chat window. Bowlin was the day’s prayer leader for PunkTorah, the brainchild of two young Jews in Atlanta who are trying to create a global Jewish community in cybers...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:25 )

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‘Peace talks’ — very vague

‘Peace talks’ — very vagueWASHINGTON — It’s a peace conference where nothing is off the table — or on it, for that matter. The Obama administration’s invitation to Palestinian and Israeli leaders to launch direct talks on Sept. 2 attempts to reconcile Israeli demands for no preconditions with Palestinian demands that the talks address all the core issues: final borders, the fate of Jerusalem and the fate of Palestinian refugees. The administration does this by calling on the sides to “resolve final-status iss...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:29 )

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Will the real Feisel Abdul Rauf please stand up?

Will the real  Feisel Abdul Rauf please stand up?SAN FRANCISCO — Who is Feisel Abdul Rauf? Initially, the controversy over building a $100-million Islamic community center and mosque two blocks from Ground Zero was about location, location, location. Increasingly, however, attention has turned to the 61-year-old Sufi imam behind the project. Depending on whom you ask, Rauf — currently in the Middle East as part of a US-funded outreach program to the Muslim world — is a dedicated interfaith activist, a stealth apologist for Islamist ter...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 26 August 2010 13:35 )

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Iran talks extended another day

Ben Harris Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program were extended for a second time beyond the March 31 deadline for a framework accord. ... [Link]

South Dakota legislator Dan Lederman resigns midterm

Marcy Oster Lederman, a Republican who has served in the state Legislature for seven years, said in a blog post that he was stepping down to spend more time with his family. ... [Link]

Sen. Robert Menendez indicted on corruption charges

Marcy Oster A champion of intensified sanctions on Iran, Menendez was indicted by a federal grand jury for allegedly doing political favors for a friend and political contributor. ... [Link]

Riskin’s Haman remark reflects broad Israeli distrust of Obama

Ben Sales Mistrust of the president has grown more apparent as the United States and Iran approach a deal over the latter’s disputed nuclear program. ... [Link]

Mikvah-peeping rabbi’s estranged wife speaks publicly for first time

Julie Wiener Sharon Freundel’s 90-minute lecture at a suburban Washington day school did not discuss herself or her estranged husband, but it did address issues related to his crime. ... [Link]

Jewish candidate quits UK race after saying Israel should kidnap Obama

Anthony Weiss The United Kingdom Independence Party candidate, running for Parliament in a major Jewish district of London, had suggested that Israel should “do an Eichmann” on the U.S. president. ... [Link]

U.S.-Israel missile system David’s Sling passes key test

Anthony Weiss The system detected a target missile launching and destroyed it in a trial that potentially clears the way for full-scale deployment. ... [Link]

Kirk Douglas’ underground tunnel to the Playboy Mansion is no April Fool’s joke

Gabe Friedman On Monday, Playboy revealed that secret tunnels were built in the 1970s to connect the Playboy mansion to the houses of a select group of A-list actors. ... [Link]

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