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Israel Arrests Suspected Islamic State Supporter

Israeli police ISISIn one of the first of its kind, Israeli police arrested on Monday an Israeli citizen for his support towards the militant group that’s wreaking havoc across Iraq and Syria, known as the Islamic State group.

Police have not released the name of the suspect, but described him as a 24-year-old Arab-Israeli from the village of Kfar Kana. Read more »

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El Al Response to Hareidi Seat Switch Flap: ‘We Have No Policy’

El-Al El Al IsraelDespite many complaints from members of the public after an El Al flight from New York to Israel last week was disrupted when a number of male Hareidi Jewish passengers refused to be seated next to women, the Israeli airline stated that it has no official policy for dealing with the issue and has no intention of implementing one.

According to an El Al spokesman, the airline’s “policy in general is to try to accommodate any customer request,” and that it handles special requests on a case-by-case basis.

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Netanyahu to Tell Obama: Keep Focus on Iran, Release Pollard

Via/AP

Via/AP

Senior Israeli officials have revealed that Prime Minister Netanyahu will hold a meeting with U.S. President Obama on Wednesday, at which the PM will tell Obama that the international war against the terrorist group Islamic State must not be offset by concessions to Iran in the ongoing negotiations over its nuclear program.

Netanyahu also informed United States Jewish leaders on Tuesday that he plans to raise with Obama the possibility of bringing Arab states into the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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NYGov- Cuomo Meets Netanyahu At NY Reception With Jewish Leaders

cuomo bibi nyNY Governor Andrew Cuomo had yet another day to campaign over his recent Israel trip, just moments after he had landed from a weekend visit to Afghanistan.

Cuomo attended a reception for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, hosted by the Israeli Consulate and the Conference Of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, at the New York Palace Hotel on Madison Avenue Tuesday morning. Read more »

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Chief Palestinian Negotiator Erekat: ‘Netanyahu Is Just Like ISIS Head’

Saeb ErekatA senior Palestinian official on Tuesday compared Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the leader of the terrorist Islamic State organization, after Netanyahu stated that Hamas is similar to the radical fundamentalist group.

“Netanyahu is trying to disseminate fear of the Islamic State led by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but Netanyahu forgets that he himself leads the Jewish state,” declared Saeb Erekat, the Palestinians’ chief negotiator in peace talks with Israel. “He wants us to call Israel the Jewish state and supports terrorist settlers who kill, destroy and burn mosques and churches… like Baghdadi’s men kill and terrorize.”

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Pro-Palestinian Groups To Protest Nets/Maccabi Tel Aviv Game At Barclays Center

20140518-165421.jpgWhen the Brooklyn Nets open their pre-season against Maccabi Tel Aviv next Tuesday, a number of groups are expected to stand outside and protest Israel’s recent actions in Gaza and warrant an end to “hoops as usual” for Israel’s top team.

A Facebook page has already been set up by one of the groups, Jewish Voice for Peace. So far, only 67 people have confirmed their attendance. Read more »

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Knesset Speaker: Holocaust Didn’t Start In Auschwitz, It Began With Anti-Semtic Attacks In Local Cities

Photo:Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Photo:Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

The Holocaust didn’t start in Auschwitz, but in local Europen cities where Jews and their businesses were targeted for being Jewish, Knesset Speaker Yuli-Yoel Edelstein said on Tuesday during a visit to Austria.

Edelstein attended a ceremony outside the Holocaust memorial in Vienna`s Jewish Quarter, where he was joined by Doris Bures, President of the Austrian parliament`s National Council, MK David Tsur (Hatenua), chair of the Israel-Austria Parliamentary Friendship Group, and Israeli Ambassador in Vienna Zvi Heifetz. Read more »

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Netanyahu Meets With Top Donors During US Visit

netanyahu UNIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is literally putting his (well, his donors’) money where his mouth is. While the visit to NY was supposed to be a diplomatic tour to refute the lies of the Palestinians and garner support for a tougher tone on Iran, Netanyahu-who announced he’ll be running for a fourth term as prime minister- found plenty of time in his calendar to cuddle with his top donors. Read more »

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Sen. Cruz: Hamas Committed War Crimes While Israel’s Actions Were Self Defense

cruz frenkelFollowing the notorious speech by Palestinian President Abbas at the United Nations General Assembly last Friday, accusing Israel of committing ‘genocide’ during it’s recent war against Hamas, Senator Ted Cruz slammed Abbas for what he called “slanderous” speech.

In a speech to world leaders at the UNGA, the Palestinian leader accused Israel of conducting a “war of genocide” in Gaza, but stopped short of saying he would pursue war crimes charges against Israel. Read more »

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Israel’s Defense Minister: Hamas Left With 20% Of Arms After Gaza Offensive

yaalon watching iran vessel siezureOnly 20 percent of Hamas’s artillery arsenal in the Gaza Strip remained intact after Operation Protective Edge, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on Monday.

During a speech at a Bar Ilan University conference, the defense minister recounted the IDF’s achievements during the operation. [We] killed “40 senior Hamas officials and 10 from Islamic Jihad. As of today, only 20 percent of the rocket and mortar inventory remains from before the operation, when there were some 10,000 rockets and mortars.” Read more »

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Ted Cruz in 2016? Foreign Policy May Be His Key

Ted Cruz and BibiSen. Ted Cruz, a junior Senator from Texas, who was elected to Congress just two years ago, and received headlines for shutting down the government over Obamacare, may be shifting his vision to foreign policy should he decide to run for president. 

In a lengthy profile of the Republican senator, the National Journal spoke to Cruz himself and his advisors, about Cruz’s 2016 run, something his advisors say is far more likely than not, “At this point it’s 90/10 he’s in,” one Cruz adviser told NJ. “And honestly, 90 is lowballing it.”  Read more »

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Likud Appointments Delayed Until Erdan Chooses Position

gilad_erdanA series of political appointments expected to be made soon among Likud politicians was again delayed on Monday when Israeli Communications Minister Gilad Erdan disclosed that he would not decide which position he desires until the Succot holiday that gets underway the Wednesday of next week.

Following Interior Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s announcement two weeks ago that he would retire from politics after the holidays, Prime Minister Netanyahu offered Sa’ar’s ministry to Erdan, who had been planning until that point to accept an offer from Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman to become Israel’s next ambassador to the United Nations.

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Bill De Blasio Says He Intends To Visit Israel As Mayor

bill-de-blasio-at-the-western-wall-965x543Visiting Israel is a preference at any given opportunity, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio revealed Monday.

Amid Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent solidarity visit to Israel and his current trip to Afghanistan, the mayor was asked this morning at an unrelated press conference in The Bronx whether he has any plans in your future to also travel to the middle east region? Read more »

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WATCH LIVE: Netanyahu Addressing The UN General Assembly

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‘Beyonce Bibi’? – J Street Campaign Urges Israeli PM to ‘Put Border On It’

border on itA new campaign by J Street – the organization that claims to be “pro-Israel” while urging the Jewish state to make serious compromises “for peace” with its Palestinian enemies – has embarked on a new campaign that urges Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to make commitments to Israel’s ultimate borders.

The media effort utilizes a humorous play-on-words based on a line from the popular Beyonce hit song “Single Ladies,” which advises men who have been dating women for some time, “If you like it then you should have put a ring on it.”

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Report: IDF Chief Benny Gantz Interested In US Ambassadorship

Benny GantzIsrael Defense Forces Chief of Staff Lt. General Benny Gantz is seriously interested in becoming the next Israeli ambassador to the United States after he finishes his term next year, Haaretz’s Amir Oren reported Monday.

The current Israeli Ambassador in Washington, Ron Dermer, is very close to Netanyahu and will have served for only two years as of next summer. Read more »

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American Conductor of Sydney Symphony Orchestra Defends ‘Klinghoffer’ Opera

Met opera klinghofferThousands of demonstrators gathered in Manhattan last week to protest the Metropolitan Opera for including the film “The Death of Klinghoffer” in the production lineup.

Signs carried by protestors accused the Opera of glorifying terrorism by including the opera, which they say is anti-Semitic, in its season. Read more »

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Ever Dreamt of Working For The Mossad? Now Is Your Chance

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Photo/AP

(AP). It used to be that if you wanted to join one of the world’s most secretive espionage organizations you had to sneak into a foreign embassy, answer a cryptic newspaper ad or show up in a nondescript building in Tel Aviv to meet a shadowy recruiter. Now all it takes to apply for a job at Israel’s Mossad spy agency is a click of the mouse.

The typically shadowy Mossad revamped its website last week to include a snazzy recruiting video and an online application option for those seeking employment. With versions in Hebrew, English, French, Russian, Arabic and Persian, the sleek site looks to revolutionize the way Israel’s legendary agency seeks out potential agents after generations of backdoor, cloak-and-dagger antics. Read more »

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Arab Knesset Member: Israel Has An Interest In ISIS’ Success

mk barakeiIsrael is similar to Islamic State and has an interest in its expansion, MK Muhammad Barakei (Hadash) posited in an interview with the Palestinian Authority’s television station, according to a translation released by Palestinian Media Watch on Sunday.

“The Israeli organization closest to Islamic State is the Government of Israel,” Barakei was quoted as saying. “Israel has an interest in this phenomenon [of Islamic State].” Read more »

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Netanyahu Meets with Indian Prime Minister Modi [Video]

Israel Netanyahu India Modi Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, visiting the United States for his speech at the UNGA, met on Sunday evening with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi, where they discussed the threat of Iran’s Nuclear capabilities and Islamic extremism.

Netanyahu, speaking at the start of the meeting, said that “This is an opportunity for Israel and India to continue to expand our relationship. We are two old people, one of the oldest civilizations on earth, but we are also two democracies, we are proud of our rich traditions but also eager to cease the future. I believe that if we work together we can do it for the benefit of both our peoples.” Read more »

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New Adviser to VP Biden Was Behind Removing Jerusalem from Democratic Platform in 2012

Colin Kahl“I’m honored that Colin Kahl will serve as my new National Security Advisor,” Vice President Joe Biden proclaimed, following the announcement that Dr. Colin Kahl will be joining the Vice President’s team of advisors.

Kahl who previously served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Middle East from 2009-2011, has reportedly been one of the lead staffers of President Obama behind the famous gaffe for the Democratic party caused during the 2012 Democratic National Convention when the party omitted that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel from its party’s platform the Weekly Standard reported. Read more »

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Israel’s Tourism Fails to Increase Post War

Photo/Emil Salman

Photo/Emil Salman

Despite the ceasefire that was signed by Israel and Hamas on August 26 that brought an end to Israel’s war against the terrorist group, the tourism industry in Israel is eagerly awaiting for an increase in tourists.

Israel launched the war against the terrorist group on July 8, following rocket attacks and tunnel infiltrations by Hamas, the group that controls the Gaza Strip.  July and August are the peak season for tourism in Israel, and it runs through the Jewish High Holiday season until early winter. Read more »

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Bennett During Paris Visit: No Jew Will Be Afraid to Walk The Streets of France

Paris anti-Semitic attackSpeaking to a community in fear during a solidarity visit, Israel’s Economics Minister Naftali Bennett urged members of the Jewish community in France to flee their country and emigrate to Israel.

“Just this week we saw what hatred of Israel looks like,” Bennett told a crowd in Paris on Sunday, according to Arutz 7. “Our enemies fire rockets at our children and we defend ourselves, and then they get on the podium at the UN and accuse us of genocide.” Read more »

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Baby Clinton, Not Jewish But Still Eligible For Israeli Citizenship

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Photo/AP

As the Mazel Tov’s keep piling up, the media is abuzz with speculation whether Chelsea Clinton’s newborn and Bill and Hillary’s einikl will be raised Jewish, since Clinton’s husband, Marc Mezvinsky is Jewish.

Chelsea Clinton announced the news on Twitter and Facebook early Saturday, saying she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are “full of love, awe and gratitude as we celebrate the birth of our daughter, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky.” Read more »

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Iran’s Rouhani: Hamas and Hezbollah Are Not Terrorist Groups

Rouhan iranIranian President Hassan Rouhani claimed Friday with a straight face Friday that Hamas and Hezbollah are not terrorist groups but legitimate elected regimes.

During an hour-long press conference at the One U.N. New York hotel on Friday, Rouhani deniably argued that Iran was not not aiding terrorist groups, despite the fact that both Hamas and Hezbollah, who are aided by Tehran, are listed as terrorist groups by the US and the EU. Read more »

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