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'Gas explosion' rocks building in Netanya; 4 dead, 50 hurt

BY JPOST— A suspected gas explosion rocked a four-story building in Netanya overnight Thursday, leaving four people dead and at least 50 others injured. The cause of the explosion was initially unknown, but Police officially announced that the explosion was caused by a gas tank or a number of tanks. “This is not a terror…

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Obama – No, he can't!

BY YORAM ETTINGER— President Obama pressures Israel to adopt his initiative, which is based on the 1949 ceasefire lines, including the repartitioning of Jerusalem and land swaps. He implies that Israeli rejection of his initiative would undermine US-Israel relations, while advancing Palestinian maneuvers at the UN. However, Obama lacks the domestic backing to effectively pressure…

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The Right Not To Be Thrown Into The Sea

BY MICHAEL FREUND, JEWISH PRESS— This month marks the 44th anniversary of one of the most momentous miracles of modern times, when Israel, facing annihilation at the hands of its enemies, emerged triumphant in the 1967 Six-Day War. Existential fear quickly dissolved into breathtaking joy as the Jewish state vanquished its foes, reuniting Jerusalem and…

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Last preparations before restart of Israel-Palestinian talks

BY DEBKAFILE— The final touches on US President Barack Obama’s push to revive Israel-Palestinian negotiations, stalled for nearly two years, are being put in place by his Middle East advisers David Hale and Dennis Ross and the legal adviser to the National Security Council Jonathan Schwartz who arrived in Israel Tuesday, June 14. After talks…

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Relocate the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem!

In 1995 Congress overwhelmingly passed “The Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act.” According to the Act, it became the policy of the U.S. government to recognize Jerusalem as the united, and undivided capital of Israel. Despite the stand of Congress fifteen years ago, holdouts in the executive branch–both Republican and Democrat–have refused to enact the full provisions…

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The spy 'scandal' that isn't…

BY JPOST— You need not be privy to classified intelligence information or have an intimate familiarity with the inner workings of Israel’s undercover agencies to grasp that Egyptian allegations of espionage leveled against against American-born Ilan Grapel, 27, are baseless. “Delusional” was the way Grapel’s distraught mother Irene aptly put it, while father Daniel chose…

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White House seeks to negotiate on 1967 lines

BY ELI LAKE, THE WASHINGTON TIMES— The White House is pressing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to publicly adopt President Obama’s view that Israel’s pre-1967 borders should be the basis for future peace talks. A senior administration official Friday told American Jewish leaders that the request for Israel to endorse the president’s peace principles was…

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