Israel's objective in Syria

By EDMUND SANDERS and PATRICK J. MCDONNELL— With three airstrikes against Syria since January, Israel has inserted itself forcefully into the Arab Spring’s most intractable conflict, heightening fears that Syria’s civil war could spiral into a regional conflagration. The bombings of targets near the Syrian capital — including two strikes in a 48-hour period beginning…

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Iranians accuse Jews of witchcraft

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— As if freak explosions and sneaky computer viruses weren’t enough, Iranian public figures have recently accused Jews and Israelis of wielding magic and sorcery against the Islamic Republic. But not against the country’s suspicious nuclear program. No, no: Those sneaky Jews just wanted to rig the Iranian elections, with magic. In…

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Pope Francis says he wants to visit Israel in near future

By TIMES OF ISRAEL— Newly installed Pope Francis accepted an invitation from President Shimon Peres to visit Israel, as the two leaders held their first meeting on Tuesday. The pope accepted the offer ”with willingness and joy,” a Vatican spokesman told reporters. No date has been set for the trip, which would be the second…

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