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Assad: Israeli WMD must go

Assad: Israeli WMD must go

JERUSALEM — Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

“If we want stability in the Middle East, all countries should adhere to agreements and the first country to adhere to the agreements should be Israel because Israel has nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and all types of weapons of mass destruction,” Assad said Sept. 12 in an interview with Rossiya 24, a Russian state-run television network.

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Floods damage shuls, disrupt Yom Kippur in Boulder, Longmont, Evergreen

Floods damage shuls, disrupt Yom Kippur in Boulder, Longmont, Evergreen FROM THE SEPT. 20 ISSUE BEFORE Kol Nidre services Sept. 13, a historic flood swallowing Boulder and surrounding areas had displaced families, damaged synagogues and threatened or cancelled services — until determination came to the rescue. Orthodox Kehilath (Boulder) Aish Kodesh hit the Internet first, sending a mass email to 500 residents announcing that heavy rains and flooding had destroyed the tent it had prepared for the holiest day of the Jewish year. The email also offered alternat...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 September 2013 15:45 )

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Where Jews stand on Syria attack

Where Jews stand on Syria attackWASHINGTON — Pro-Israel officials rolled their eyes this week in response to the opposing spins about their support for President Obama’s drive to punish Syrian President Bashar Assad for his purported use of chemical weapons against his own people. Some suggested that once again, the tail was wagging the dog and Israel was leading the US into another Middle East war. Others charged that the president’s arm-twisting was forcing the pro-Israel community to take sides in a congressional de...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 September 2013 10:25 )

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International

New Aussie prime minister friend of Israel

New Aussie prime minister friend of IsraelSYDNEY — Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of Israel, was elected the country’s new prime minister of Australia last weekend. Abbott’s conservative Liberal Party won a convincing and expected victory on Saturday, Sept. 7, sweeping the Labor government from its six-year term leading the government. Kevin Rudd conceded defeat late Saturday. Led by Abbott — a surf lifesaver and volunteer firefighter who once trained to be a Catholic priest — the Liberals are expected to have more than 90...
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International

Is Hamas the loser in game of Middle East upheaval?

Is Hamas the loser in game of Middle East upheaval?IN the shifting sands of the tumultuous Middle East, Hamas, the Palestinian terror group in control of the Gaza Strip, has found itself in an increasingly precarious position. Feared for its massive arsenal of rockets and trained jihadis, the terror group is today also facing isolation and internal discord. With its Muslim Brotherhood allies on the run in Egypt, strained relations with former benefactors in Iran and Syria, and an increasingly technologically savvy Israeli enemy, the terror org...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 10 September 2013 12:31 )

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Gap in peace talks wide, Palestinian official says

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Israeli mosque entrance torched in suspected price tag attack

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