More than a quarter-million take to the streets in ‘Israeli summer’ protest

BY SHEERA FRENKEL, JEWISHWORLDREVIEW— More than a quarter-million Israelis marched Saturday evening against the high cost of housing, though many Israelis said it was a general protest over the struggle to make ends meet. “Every month was the same. We would work and cut coupons and hold off on anything frivolous. Still, we would end…

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Hamas Official Claims Shalit Held ‘Under Good Conditions’

BY ELAD BENARI, ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS— A senior member of Hamas said Sunday that kidnapped Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit is being held by Hamas terrorists under good conditions. Sheik Hassan Yousef, a Hamas founder and one of its top operatives in Judea and Samaria who helped plan many of the terrorist group’s attacks in the…

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81 congressmen to visit Israel in coming weeks

BY HERB KEINON, JPOST— Eighty-one congressmen, or about 20 percent of the US House of Representatives, will visit Israel over the next three weeks during Congress’s summer recess, with the first group of 26 Democrats scheduled to arrive on Monday. The Democratic delegation will be followed by two Republican ones, bringing a total of 55…

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IAF Generals ‘Loudly’ Demanding Strike on Iran

By LJ970 — Middle East War and Peace — The commanders of the IDF, especially those in the Air Force, are making “increasingly loud” demands to strike Iran’s nuclear program, a German news source reported. According to Der Spiegel, the question of how Israel will eventuallydeal with the threat of a nuclear Iran depends in part…

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Hama is in ruins but Syria claims it has 'ended revolt'

BY NADA BAKRI AND ANTHONY SHADID, NY TIMES— Syria’s state media broadcast stark images of the destruction in the besieged city of Hama for the first time on Friday, showing burnt buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble, in footage that appeared designed to show that government forces had put down a rebellion in…

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Obama's only policy

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has explained repeatedly over the years that Israel has no Palestinian partner to negotiate with. So news reports this week that Netanyahu agreed that the 1949 armistice lines, (commonly misrepresented as the 1967 borders), will be mentioned in terms of reference for future negotiations with the Palestinian…

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New U.S. Ambassador to Israel: UN Vote Won't Change Reality

BY HAARETZ— Dan Shapiro, the new U.S. Ambassador to Israel, said Wednesday that the Palestinians know approaching the United Nations will not change reality, according to a report by Israel Radio. Shapiro, who is also a former adviser to U.S. President Barak Obama, said in the interview that the Palestinians’ bid for UN recognition in…

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lsrael's Game-Changer…and Money Maker?

BY LAUREN STONE, JEWISH POLICY CENTER— Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system, the first system in the world to deflect incoming rockets and missiles mid-air, is a one-of-a-kind defensive tool that has the potential to make Israel millions as well as protect its people. According to Israel Defense magazine, three countries, the U.S. and two…

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Israel's misguided revolution

BY MICHAEL FREUND, JPOST— The sight of Israel’s youth taking to the streets to protest against the established order has captured the public imagination. With their simple tents and simplistic demands, the protesters have touched a chord in society, evoking widespread popular support and terrifying the politicians. It is, the media would have us believe,…

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IDF strikes Gaza in response to Kassam attack

BY HAARETZ— The Israel Defense Forces launched a retaliatory airstrike early Thursday against two Gaza city training facilities operated by the armed wing of the Islamist militant movement Hamas, witnesses and officials said No casualties were reported. Israeli F-16 jets flew shortly after midnight over the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, firing a missile at each of…

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