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Netanyahu Thanks Chairman of US House Armed Services Committee for Support

Netnayhu with Howard Buck McKeonIsraeli Prime Minister Netanyahu met with a bipartisan delegation of US House members on Thursday. After meeting the meeting, Netanyahu spoke to reporters standing side by side with Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee.

Netanyahu said that he appreciated the support he’s received from the United States throughout the conflict with Hamas.  Read more »

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Israel Charges Citizen for anti-Arab Facebook Page

Via/AP

Via/AP

Israel, trying to fight a small movement of hatred towards Arab’s, has indicted a few people for inciting violence against them, specifically in recent weeks  after terrorists kidnapped three teenagers and subsequently killed them.

Following the kidnapping some Israelis called for violence against Arab’s living in Israel. Some started Facebook pages seeking to gain support for the movement, but Israel is seeking to stop the hatred from happening in the future. Read more »

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Jon Stewart: Criticizing Israel Doesn’t Make Me anti-Israel

Stewart Gaza israelJon Stewart relentlessly castigated Israel for its defensive actions in the Gaza Strip against Hamas terrorists, following the constant threat of rocket attacks and terror tunnels, but now Stewart says that his criticism of Israel doesn’t make him anti-Israel.

Stewart — a Jewish late-night comedy host, who’s birth name is Jonathan Leibowitz — questioned Israel’s use of warning bombs that are sent prior to Israel’s attack on populated areas in the strip. Read more »

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Temple University: DA Will Rule If Assault Was Hate Crime

Temple univeristyFollowing an assault on a Jewish student on the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia last week, the University has said that it will hand over its investigation findings to the District Attorney, and it will be up to the DA to decide if it was a hate crime.

Daniel Vessal, a Camera on Campus fellow who is also a member of the Jewish fraternity AEPi, was punched in the face by a member of the openly anti-Semitic group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP), during “Templefest,” an event which gives the college’s students the opportunity to obtain new information about campus clubs a week before the onset of the new semester. Read more »

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Poll: Gaza Op Strengthen’s Netanyahu Standing In Likud; Remains Favorite For 4th Term

Time BibiIsraelis may not like all the decisions Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took during Operation Protective Edge, and they may blame him for responding feebly to the rocket attacks. But ultimately, the Israeli public wants peace and quiet and are in no hurry to replace the country’s leadership, a new survey conducted for “Globes” shows.

A majority of 74% do not think that the results of the operation should lead to early Knesset elections, the poll conducted by Rafi Smith showed. Read more »

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Palestinian Violence Flares in East Jerusalem Amid Renewed Tensions

Violent protests by local Arabs in East Jerusalem have been taking over the streets nightly for close to two months, leading to a crackdown by Israeli police and the detention of hundreds of Palestinians. The most serious outburst of violence in the city in a decade has featured street clashes with police in riot gear, aggressive raids on homes late at night and stone-throwing at Israeli vehicles, according to Reuters.

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Shas Party Loses Support in Wake of More Hard-Line Direction

photo credit: Kikar Hashabat

photo credit: Kikar Hashabat

Israel’s Shas party – which represents the country’s Sephardim within a fervently Orthodox framework – on Thursday evening held the first of multiple events this month to commemorate the passing a year ago of its venerated spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef. Convened in Jerusalem, the gathering came as a just-released poll conducted by the Dialog Institute for Haaretz showed Shas’s support dropping to just seven seats from its current Knesset status of 11 seats.

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VIDEO: Pro Palestinians Stop Traffic on Brooklyn-Queens Expressway To Celebrate End Of Gaza Op

20140826-145026.jpgOn Tuesday, as the news broke out that Israel and Hamas have agreed to end the hostilities and end the 50-day conflict, some pro-Palestinians took it to the street of New York City to celebrate the cease-fire. But according to a video published online, the so-called victory celebrations came at the expense of commuters driving in one of the outer boroughs ‘ busiest highways. Read more »

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Abbas: Netanyahu Agreed To Palestinian State On 1967 Borders

obama-abbasx-largePalestinian President Mahmoud Abbas revealed on Thursday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had agreed to establish a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders and the only thing left to negotiate was the exact borders.

“We will not go into a discussion about area A, B, and C. We need each state to finally determine their borders. Israel is the only state in the world with no known borders,” Abbas said during a televised interview, in exceprs published by the Ma’an News Agency. Read more »

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Leaked Memo: Netanyahu Orders Ministers To Rehash Winning Talking Points

NY post cover Bibi ObamaFollow the leader – Israel won the war in Gaza, emphasize it when talking to the press and the public, Prime Minister’s Netanyahu advised his ministers Thursday evening.

In a talking points memo distributed to ministers this evening, and obtained by JP, the government stresses the narrative outlined by Bibi in yesterday’s press conference: “Israel made significant military and diplomatic achievements during Operation Protective Edge: Hamas was hit hard and none of its terms for ending the fighting was met.” Read more »

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Britain’s Chief Rabbi: Anti-Israeli Protests Has Transformed Into Anti-Semitism

British Flag Ripped - WestOnSignsBritain’s Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mervis warned Wednesday that anti-Israel sentiment sparked by the operation in Gaza has flamed into anti-Semitism.

“There is no doubt that the Hamas-Israel conflict has served as a significant trigger point for the current spike in incidents. Impassioned criticism of Israel is not intrinsically anti-Semitic. In many cases, however, the current conflict has been used as a pseudo-legitimate medium for latent anti-Semitism to be expressed,” Mervis in an op-ed in The Telegraph, in advance of a London rally against anti-Semitism to be held Sunday. Read more »

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American Jewish Orgs Respond to Israel-Hamas Truce With Relief, Anger

The truce that was agreed upon this week by Israel and Hamas has generated a set of reactions from American Jewish organizations that ranges from relief to anger. While J Street heartily supports it, calling the agreement “truly welcome,” the Zionist Organization of America feels that it enabled Hamas to get off too easily.

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Wounded Israeli Soldier Speaks With Pride of Fighting ‘For Jewish People’

bibi selfie with IDF #2An Israeli soldier who was seriously wounded while deployed in Israel’s Operation Protective Edge has stated that he considers his personal physical sacrifice to have been performed on behalf of all Jewish people, not just those who reside in Israel. Sergeant ‘R’, who has been recovering at Israel’s Sheba Medical Center in Tel Hashomer, told the Algemeiner that he fought on behalf of world Jewry “because I know Israel is for the Jewish people. That’s all the Jewish people really have.”

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Netanyahu Not Battered by Ceasefire, Remains Only Alternative For PM

MIDEAST ISRAEL POLITICSA new Haaretz-Dialog poll has shown that half of Israelis say they are satisfied with Prime Minister Netanyahyu’s direction of the country’s military operation against Hamas in Gaza that concluded with a cease-fire deal the day before the poll was take.

While this actually represents an improvement over the PM’s 40 percent satisfaction rate registered on July 7, the day before Israel began Operation Protective Edge, it is still a significant drop from his performance in a poll early this month.

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Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Hanegbi to Visit Myanmar

hanegbiIsraeli Deputy Foreign Minister Tzachi Hanegbi left the Jewish state on Wednesday to pay a two day official visit to Myanmar, making it the highest-level visit to that country by an Israeli official since then-foreign minister Moshe Dayan visited in 1979. According to the Jerusalem Post, the Foreign Ministry stated that Myanmar has a “friendly and long standing” relationship with Israel that goes all the way back to the early 1950s.

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Body Of Aharon Sofer Found In Ein Kerem, Jerusalem

aharon soferUnited Hatzalah volunteers have discovered and identified over the last hour findings that are related in Aharon Sofer’s missing, and have therefore subsequently called off the search, Ichud Hatzalah spokesperson announced.

ZAKA and Ichud Hatzalah have confirmed to JP that the corpse discovered in the Ein Kerem area of Jerusalem has been identified as the body of Aharon Sofer Z”L. Read more »

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Search For Missing Aharon Sofer Extended To Nearby Jerusalem Neighborhoods, Arab Villages

aharon soferJerusalem Police and rescue missions have intensified the search for missing Aharon Sofer on Thursday, Police spokesperson told JP.

Overnight, special units from Magav (police) and Oketz (IDF) were brought in along with K9 dogs and other animal to search the geographic area of the Jerusalem Forest, but so far without any results.

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Report: Dermer Dropped Envoyship For Two Weeks To Advise Netanyahu During Gaza Op

ron dermerIsrael’s ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer reportedly returned home to Israel for a crucial two-week stretch of Operation Protective Edge in order to serve as a close adviser to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, unnamed diplomatic sources told the Walla! news site on Thursday.

According to the Walla! report, Dermer was in Israel for a previously planned vacation with his family in early August, but ended up staying for over two weeks to advise his boss. Read more »

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Jewish, Muslim Leaders In Britain Issue Joint Call For Peace and Harmony

Courtesy of Popchassid

Courtesy of Popchassid

In an unprecedented joint statement, Muslim and Jewish leaders in the UK on Thursday called for followers of both faiths to “export peace” and stamp out racism, Islamophobia and anti-Semitism.

The Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) and the Board of Deputies of British Jews (BoD) issued a joint statement on Thursday morning, condemned the civilian casualties on both sides and hoped for lasting peace after a cease-fire was implemented, while also stating Muslims and Jews should “get to know one another.” Read more »

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Report: Netanyahu Secretly Met Abbas In Jordan Before Cease-fire

obama-abbasx-largePrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in secret with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas in Jordan before the Gaza ceasefire was announced Tuesday, a Jordanian paper reported Thursday.

According to the Al Ghad daily, the two met in Amman at the invitation of King Abdallah. Read more »

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Haaretz Poll: 54% Of Israelis Say There Was No Clear Winner In Gaza Op

(AP). Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s claim that Israel achieved a “great military and political” victory over Hamas in the latest round of fighting in the Gaza Strip has met with skepticism from many Israelis, according to a poll published Thursday.

The poll, published in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, shows that 54 percent of those surveyed believe there was no clear winner in the 50 days of war. The fighting killed 2,143 Palestinians, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian health officials and U.N. officials. On the Israeli side, 64 soldiers, five civilians and a Thai worker were killed.

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Group of Senators Call on Latin American Presidents to Return Ambassadors to Israel

Israeli-flagA group of Senators sent letters to Presidents of some Latin America countries, to return their Ambassadors to Israel and restore diplomatic relations with Israel.

The letter, sent to the presidents of Brazil, Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and El Salvador, was signed by Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL), Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and James Risch (R-ID). Read more »

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Video Footage Of Missing Yeshiva Student Aharon Sofer Last Seen On Light Rail

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via Twitter/@clevebryan

The search for missing Yeshiva student Aharon Sofer has entered its 6th day, with no leads on the incident that led to his missing on Friday in sight.

Earlier on Wednesday, we reported that Israeli officials assess Aharon might have been kidnapped by Hamas or local Arabs in East Jerusalem. Read more »

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Apple Co-Founder Wozniak Makes Splash With Debut Israel Trip

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of the highly successful tech company Apple, went on his first trip to Israel this week to address an education forum, hold meetings with Israeli startups, and experience the country he has heard a lot about. Wozniak made a special trip to the communities located near the Gaza border to ‘get a feel of the surroundings, really see what is happening. This has been one of my best experiences I have ever had. I do not think it is okay that people have to worry about missiles all the time,’ he exclaimed.

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Netanyahu Declares Victory In End Of Gaza Operation

Bibi Expression(AP). Israel’s prime minister has declared victory in the Gaza war against Hamas, saying a cease-fire deal gave nothing to the Islamic militant group.

In a news conference broadcast on national TV, Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that “Hamas was hit hard” during the seven weeks of fighting. Read more »

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