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Spain: No Palestine outside of peace talks

Spain: No Palestine outside of peace talks

MADRID — Spain will recognize a Palestinian state only if it is born out of peace talks with Israel, the country’s ruling party said.

The statement this week by Alfonso Alonso, the spokesman of the Popular Party’s faction in the Congress of Deputies, was issued hours ahead of a vote on a nonbinding draft motion favoring immediate recognition that was filed last month by the Socialist Workers’ Party.

The same day, two Palestinian terrorists killed four people during morning services at a Jerusalem synagogue.

“We consider that taking unilateral steps does not help movement down the path of peace,” Alonso said in a statement.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:50 )

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International

Congress deeply skeptical on Iran

Congress deeply skeptical on IranWASHINGTON — With the Nov. 24 deadline for an Iran deal looming, there’s no guarantee that the Obama administration will achieve its long-sought goal of an agreement over the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program. But there’s at least one outcome that is a virtual certainty: Obama will face a deeply skeptical and assertive Congress. The Republican sweep of midterm elections earlier this month means that any deal will face even more intense scrutiny — and probably resistance — in Congr...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 November 2014 13:51 )

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Local

ADL addresses local security concerns

ADL addresses local security concernsIN THE wake of Tuesday’s slaughter of four rabbis praying in a Jerusalem synagogue, some Denver Jews feared that the unthinkable could strike right here at home. “We’re not issuing special community alerts for synagogues and Jewish organizations at this time,” Scott Levin, director of ADL’s Mountain States region, told the Intermountain Jewish News Tuesday. “Still, this horrible situation should remind people and organizations that they must review their security plans, execute the...

Last Updated ( Saturday, 22 November 2014 22:10 )

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Israel

Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue [UPDATED]

Five Israelis killed in terror attack on Jerusalem synagogue [UPDATED]FIVE ISRAELIS were killed in a terror attack during morning prayers at a Jerusalem synagogue. Two Palestinian assailants entered a synagogue and rabbinical seminary in the Har Nof neighborhood of western Jerusalem and attacked worshippers at the morning prayer service with a gun, axes and knives. At least eight worshippers also were injured, some seriously, in the Tuesday morning attack on the Bnei Torah Kehillat Yaakov synagogue. Three of those killed are dual American and Israeli citizens....

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 November 2014 20:56 )

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Israel

Bibi: No changes on Temple Mount

Bibi: No changes on Temple MountJERUSALEM — The status quo on the Temple Mount will not change, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated. “In last night’s security consultation, the Prime Minister made it clear that there will be no change in the status quo on the Temple Mount and that whoever expresses a different opinion is presenting a personal view and not the policy of the Government,” Netanyahu spokesman Mark Regev said Nov. 6 in a statement. The statement came amid continued and increasing violence...
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