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Visiting Israel, Ben Carson Says He Supports A Palestinian State – In Sinai

carson tunnel israel gazaPotential GOP presidential candidate, neosurguen Dr. Ben Carson, who visited Israel this week, expressed his support for the establishment of a Palestinian state for the Palestinian people, but not on the land that is currently the West Bank and Gaza.

“I know that Egypt in the past has made some overtures in terms of providing a place for the Palestinians. That seems to me something worth exploring,” Carson told the Jerusalem Post in an interview published Thursday. Adding, he was not opposed to a two-state solution, “but would not be in favor of a two-state solution that would put Israel’s population at risk.” Read more »

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Indian Prime Minister Modi Tweets Happy Hanukkah In Hebrew

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Credit: @Yair_Rosenberg via Twitter

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted Friday a happy Hanukkah in both English and Hebrew to Jews around the world celebrating the festival of lights.

“I wish my friends of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah! May this Festival of Lights and this period of celebration herald peace, hope and well-being for all,” Modi wrote on Twitter. Read more »

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US Parents Of Lone IDF Soldiers Run For Shelter As Rocket From Gaza Hits Eshkol

gaza rocketA rocket fired from Gaza landed Friday in the Eshkol Regional Council, for the third time since the end of the summertime operation in Gaza, the IDF confirmed.

IDF forces canvassing the area found the rocket in an open area, and no injuries or damage were reported. There were no claims of responsibility yet. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Show Yishai-Ariel Merger Benefiting Bibi Voting Bloc; Netanyahu Still In Trouble

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Photo: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

SMITH POLL SUGGEST SHAS NOT AFFECTED BY YISHAI DEPARTURE: According to a new poll published in Globes on Thursday and conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute, the split in Shas results in the loss of only one seat for the Haredi bloc, with former Shas chairman Eli Yishai garnering support that mounts up to a mere 2 seats, far less than the 4.5% threshold needed to enter the Knesset. Harav Shlomo Amar has decided to back Shas, despite recent dispute with party leaders. Read more »

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CAMERA Launches Billboards Across NYC Accusing NYT Of Biased Reporting On Israel

camera billborads israel(JNS). A series of new billboards in New York City calls out The New York Times for what a media watchdog group says is persistent anti-Israel bias in the newspaper’s reporting.

Five new billboards from the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) will join an existing CAMERA billboard opposite the headquarters of The New York Times in midtown Manhattan. The midtown billboard reads, “The New York Times Against Israel—All Rant, All Slant, All The Time. Stop The Bias!”

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ZOA: After Freeing 3 Convicted Cuban Spies, Obama Must Free Jonathan Pollard

PollardThe Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) called on President Barack Obama to release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard from jail. after freeing three convicted spies who spied for an enemy regime, noting that Pollard only spied for an American ally, Israel.

“It is remarkable that President Obama, who has been repeatedly urged by U.S. officials who held responsibility at the time for national security and intelligence matters to free Jonathan Pollard, has refused to do so,” ZOA National President Morton Klein said in a statement. Read more »

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State Department: US Will Veto Palestinian UN Bid

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The United States will not support the Palestinian Authority (PA) resolution submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, which demands that Israel withdraw from Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem by 2017, the US State Department said on Thursday.

Washington has seen the text of the draft resolution and “it is not something that we would support,” US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki told reporters during a brieifng in Washington, DC. Read more »

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Netanyahu: Unilateral Moves By Abbas Will Result in Hamas Takeover Of West Bank

netanyahu menorahPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Thursday that the unilateral move by the Palestinians to push through a UN resolution will result in a Hamas takeover of the West Bank.

Abbas “thinks that he is threatening us with unilateral steps,” Netanyahu said during a Hanukkah candle-lighting ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem. “He doesn’t understand that the result will be a Hamas takeover of Judea and Samaria (West Bank).” Read more »

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Secret Tapes: Olmert Calls Sheldon Adleson ‘Dog, Son Of A Dog’

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Photo/GPO

Secret tapes of former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, released in public on Thursday, reveal that Republican casino mogul Sheldon Adelson told President George W. Bush that Olmert was a “traitor.”

“Adelson – this dog, son of a dog – went to President Bush and said that I’m a traitor. Bush told me,” Olmert is heard as telling his former assistant Shula Zaken, who recorded her conversations with him during the Holyland case, in which both were convicted. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Poll Shows Shas Remaining Strong Despite Yishai’s Departure

DeriThe recent dramatic developments in the early stages of the Knesset elections seemed to have little effect on the political map or the standard of existing parties, although it complicated things for the two main contenders for Prime minister, according to a new poll published in Globes on Thursday.

With 89 days to go before the Knesset elections, the poll, conducted by the Rafi Smith Institute, shows Likud and the joint Labor/Tzipi Livni list running neck and neck with 23 respective seats, if elections were held this week. Read more »

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Schumer: U.S Should Publicly Announce Veto Of Palestinian UN Bid

chuck schumer senateNY Senator Chuck Schumer, along with Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham, on Thursday urged that the State Department to publicly state that the US will veto any UN Security Council resolution that imposes a peace agreement on Israel, outside of direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

“We strongly urge you to make clear to all parties that the United States strongly opposes, and if need be will veto, any effort to bypass direct negotiations and impose peace terms on Israel through the United Nations,” the Senators wrote in a letter sent to Secretary of State John Kerry. Read more »

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Israel Elections – Bennett: Israel Should Stop ‘Stuttering’ And Apologizing

bennett hipsterBayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennet on Thursday said that he would not apologize for his “no apologies” campaign, rather push forward with a theme relevant in these days.

“When Israel says clearly, without stuttering and without apologizing, that we do not agree to committing suicide and building a Palestinian state on Israeli land, the world will eventually understand,” Bennett said during a speech at the Herzliya Institute for National Security Studies (INSS). Read more »

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Canada, Australia Boycott Geneva Convention Conference Over Concerns Of Anti-Israel Bias

Geneva Iran talks(JNS). Canada and Australia on Wednesday boycotted a conference in Switzerland discussing the Fourth Geneva Convention and the situation in the Palestinian territories due to concerns about the conference’s anti-Israel bias.

“Canada has conveyed its deep concerns and has communicated clearly that it will neither attend this conference nor lend it any credibility,” Canadian Foreign Minister John Baird said in a statement earlier this week. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Polls Smell Good For Kahlon; Feiglin Drops Out Of Likud Chairmanship Race

kahlon party logoPOLL SHOWS UNLIKELY KAHLON-LAPID MERGER A GAME CHANGER: A poll released by Haaretz on Wednesday shows that a hypothetical joint ticket between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s socioeconomic Kulanu parties would become the largest Knesset list. According to themProf. Camil Fuchs poll, while running separately Yesh Atid would win 12 seats and Kulans would win 11 seats, a combined list would receive 24 seats. Read more »

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Harvard Suspends Purchases From SodaStream After Anti-Israel Pressure

sodastream-genesis-red-300(JNS). After anti-Israel pressure, Harvard University Dining Services (HUDS) has suspended its purchase of soda and water machines produced by Israel-based SodaStream, the beverage carbonation company with a plant in Judea and Samaria.

HUDS made the decision in the wake of complaints by two pro-Palestinian student groups, the College Palestine Solidarity Committee and the Harvard Islamic Society. Read more »

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Abbas Says he’s Willing To Continue Negotiations over UN Bid

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(AP). Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas says he supports further negotiations over a draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of Palestinian lands that was submitted to the U.N. Security Council for a possible vote.

Abbas told a Palestinian leadership meeting Thursday that “we will continue in our consultations with the brothers and friends through deliberations, which will take place at the United Nations.” Read more »

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Democrats’ Neutrality With Israeli-Palestinian Issue May Influence Party’s Future Leaders

Via/AP

Via/AP

‘Israel is America’s only democratic ally in the Middle East.’ That’s something Americans hear often from American leaders, who are vocal in their support of the State of Israel. Politicians running for office tend to talk about Israel, some are criticized for being too weak in favor of the Jewish State, while the more vocal ones are highly praised.

Among the general public, Republicans tend to be more supportive of Israel, compared to Democrats along with Independents who lean more neutral, but will that change with some demographics in the Democratic party rising? Read more »

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Bibi Vs. Kahlon? Poll Shows Hypotehtical Lapid-Kahlon Merger Becoming Largest Party

moshe kahlonPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party’s standing in the polls has been pretty consistent as a favorite to become the largest party in the Knesset, with 21-23 projected seats. However, a new poll released Wednesday shows that a hypothetical joint ticket between Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and Moshe Kahlon’s socioeconomic Kulanu parties would actually become the largest Knesset list if elections were held this week, besting Likud and Labor-Hatnuah. Read more »

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Netanyahu Slams EU ‘Hypocrisy’ For Taking Hamas Off Terror List

bibi diagram(AP). Israel’s prime minister is slamming the European Union for removing Hamas from its terrorist list.

Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday that the EU court decision was a staggering example of European hypocrisy and that many on the continent have learned nothing from the Holocaust.
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Aliyah To Israel From North America Grew 7 Percent in 2014

Photo: Shahar Azran.

Photo: Shahar Azran.

Aliyah (immigration) to Israel from North America increased 7 percent in 2014 over the previous year, with 3,762 Olim from the U.S. and Canada, compared to 3,504 Olim in 2013, according to Nefesh B’Nefesh. A 6 percent growth in Aliyah from the United Kingdom was recorded during the same period, according to

the organization, which facilitates Aliyah to Israel in partnership with the Ministry of Aliyah and Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish Agency for Israel, Keren Kayemeth LeIsrael (KKL), and JNF-USA. Read more »

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#Israelex Morning Read – Netanyahu Mocks Herzog-Livni Merger; Bayit Yehudi Dispute Remains Unresolved

bibi lights menorahBA’YAMIM HAHEM, B’ZMAN HAZE – WHERE THE CANDIDATES LIT THE MENORAH ON FIRST NIGHT OF HANUKKAH: Labor Leader Isaac “Buji” Herzog lit with an IDF soldier injured during operation Protective Edge. [Lahav Harkov] Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe “Bogie” Ya’alon lit in Jerusalem with IDF soldiers [Israel Hatzolah] Video [Facebook] GAFFE? Netanyahu celebrates Hanukkah by lighting menorah the wrong way. [NY Daily News] “SCANDAL: Benjamin Netanyahu lights the menorah WRONG, using a separate candle instead of the shamash #impeach,” tweeted Yair Rosenberg. Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein attends Belzer Rebbe’s lighting ceremony [Facebook]. Read more »

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Palestinians To Pursue UN Bid Despite US Warning

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(AP). An Arab-backed draft resolution on ending Israel’s occupation of lands captured in 1967 is to be submitted later Wednesday to the U.N. Security Council for a vote, the Palestinian foreign minister said.

However, Riad Malki said the actual vote might be put off, suggesting a compromise is in the works to avoid a clash in the council. Read more »

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Poll: Under Abbas, Majority Of Palestinians Say They Can’t Speak Freely

Abbas(AP). Two-thirds of Palestinians say they are afraid to criticize Mahmoud Abbas, according to a poll, and some of the Palestinian president’s recent actions only seem to confirm claims that dissent comes at a price.

Last month, Abbas outlawed the West Bank’s largest labor union and briefly jailed its two leaders for organizing strikes. Security agents routinely monitor social media and send threats or complaints to some of those criticizing Abbas. Read more »

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EU Court Takes Hamas Off Terrorist lList

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(AP). A European Union court on Wednesday ordered the Palestinian group Hamas removed from the EU terrorist list for procedural reasons, but says the bloc can maintain asset freezes against Hamas members for now.

The Islamic militant group, which calls for the destruction of Israel, hailed the decision. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu urged the EU to reverse it. Read more »

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Appealing To Nationalists, Bennett Releases Campaign Video Mocking ‘Apologetic’ Israeli

bennett hipsterThe chairman of Israel’s nationalist Jewish Home party, Naftali Bennett, released a sarcastic video on Tuesday portraying a typical Israeli apologizing on behalf of other people who were inconveniencing him. The examples shown included a waitress who spills coffee on his table, a driver who rear-ends him, and a cyclist who grabs away the rent-a-cycle the Israeli was about to pay for.

Dropping in a somewhat lighter touch, Bennett adds a blooper reel to the video. Observers have also taken pains to note that the fictional scenes represent typical “first world problems” for the urban Israeli.

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