What Pope Francis synagogue visit says about Catholic-Jewish relations

By: RUTH ELLEN GRUBER, TImes of Israel— JTA – When Pope Francis crosses the Tiber River to visit Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he’ll become the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore shows that what was once unthinkable is now the norm. “Our meeting,” Rome Chief…

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Analysis: Putin closest thing to a friend Israel has ever had in Moscow

By Josh Cohen, JPOST— Love or hate him, the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s military intervention in Syria unquestionably upended Middle Eastern politics. Putin supported Syrian President Bashar Assad, established several military bases in Syria, created a de-facto Russian-Shi’ite axis, confronted Turkey and forced the West to re-engage with him. While all the region’s major players…

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Western Europe Jewish Migration to Israel Hits All-Time High

By ARON HELLER, ASSOCIATED PRESS JERUSALEM— Jewish immigration to Israel from western Europe has reached an all-time high as a result of a rise in anti-Semitic attacks, a leading nonprofit group said Thursday, as France’s beleaguered Jewish community grapples with whether to refrain from donning Jewish skull caps for their own safety. The Jewish Agency,…

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ISIS Followers Plan to Take over Gaza Strip

By Unity Coalition for Israel— In the video produced by the pro-ISIS Palestinian Islamic Army (PIA), Hamas leaders are denounced for aligning themselves with moderate Arab leaders in the Gulf, who are described as “criminals and enemies of Islam.” Apparently, Hamas has been too kind to Christians living in the Gaza Strip. The narrator blasts…

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Evangelical Support for Israel is Under Threat – What You Can Do

By Lea Speyer, Breaking Israel News— Evangelical support for Israel is under threat as a growing trend of Christians consciously turning their backs on Israel continues to increase. To address this major concern among the Christian Zionist and Jewish community, The Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America (CAMERA) is hosting a groundbreaking…

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