Drama in Israel as elections cancelled, unity gov't formed

By RYAN JONES: ISRAEL TODAY— In a dramatic turn of events, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced early Tuesday morning that early general elections tentatively scheduled for September 4 were cancelled, and that he had forged a unity government with the opposition Kadima Party. The move took the entire country and all but the few…

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Oren: 'American Jews boycotting Israeli settlements is terribly wrong'

BY ISRAEL HAYOM STAFF — “Sometimes it seems that we, Israelis and American Jews, not only inhabit different countries but different universes, different realities,” Israel Ambassador to U.S. Michael Oren says • “At stake is nothing less than the unity of a Jewish people.” The divide separating American and Israeli Jews is growing, Israeli Ambassador…

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Why Israel is heading for elections

BY RON JAGER— Nuclear threats are growing as the Obama administration tacitly approves unsupervised nuclear enrichment, while missiles are being launched daily from the Gaza Strip on cities in Southern Israel. From the east, Israel faces an existential threat from Iran. From the north, Israel faces a strategic threat from Syria and from Iran’s proxy,…

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Triple play! Obama blows off Congress, funds Palestinians, lies about PA stance on Israel

BY ANDREW C. MCCARTHY, NATIONAL REVIEW— Friday night news dump: President Obama has decided to provide $192 million to the Palestinian Authority despite Congress’s freeze on PA funding after its president, Mahmoud Abbas, attempted to declare statehood unilaterally last September, in violation of the PA’s treaty commitments. Obama’s “waiver” of the restrictions on Congress’s Palestinian…

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Israel's move towards early vote may shelve attack on Iran

BY EDMUND SANDERS, LA TIMES— Israel’s move toward early elections is the latest sign that its threatened attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities is unlikely to take place in the coming months. Though no final decision has been made about moving up national elections slated for next year, the Knesset, or parliament, is talking about dissolving…

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What the evangelicals give the Jews

BY MICHAEL MEDVED, COMMENTARY— Many Jewish voters this November will find themselves at a crossroads: Will they accept their deep disappointment with Barack Obama and vote for his reelection, or will they overcome their own discomfort with Christian evangelicals and vote for the Republican candidate? The irrepressible argument about the appropriate relationship between the Jewish…

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Another rare Bible find in Jerusalem dig

BY WND— Jerusalem archaeologists digging in the remains of the closest building to the First Temple yet excavated announced today the discovery of a seal bearing the name Matanyahu, or Mattaniah, as it is rendered in most English-language Bibles. According to the Israel Antiquities Authority, the “remains of a building dating to the end of…

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Google autocomplete: Shades of IBM

BY SHOSHANA BRYEN, THE TIMES OF ISRAEL– Readers of Edwin Black’s chilling bestseller “IBM and the Holocaust” know that IBM was collecting data on Jews in Europe for Nazi Germany. Not just names, but whole families structures, addresses, business holdings, bank accounts, occupations, and language skills were tabulated on Hollerith machines. Beginning with census information…

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British Supermarket Chain Extending Boycott of Settlements

BY ELAD BENARI, ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS— A British supermarket chain is extending a boycott of goods from Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria and will now shun any supplier known to source from these areas. In a statement released Saturday and quoted by AFP, the Co-Operative Group said, “Following an audit of the Group’s supply…

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