Abbas takes defiant step, and mideast talks falter

By JUDI RUDOREN, MICHAEL GORDAN, AND MARK LANDER, NY TIMES— The Middle East peace talks verged on a breakdown Tuesday night, after President Mahmoud Abbas of the Palestinian Authority defied the United States and Israel by taking concrete steps to join 15 international agencies — a move to gain the benefits of statehood outside the…

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Kerry arrives today in Israel

By HERB KEINON, JPOST— US Secretary of State John Kerry met in Jerusalem Monday evening with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, amid reports the US may release Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard by mid-April as part of a wider package designed to resuscitate the negotiations. Reuters, citing sources close to the negotiations, said that under the plan…

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Temple Mount education seeks to “rekindle the hearts of humanity”

By RAPHAEL POCH, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— On Sunday, the International Temple Institute will be celebrating the fifth annual International Temple Mount Awareness Day in honor of the new Hebrew month of Nissan, which inaugurates spring. The month of Nissan is a time of renewal and rejuvenation and the institute hopes, of rebuilding. The day seeks…

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Israeli Christians take on anti-Israel facebook campaign

By RYAN JONES, ISRAEL TODAY— The Israeli Christian Recruitment Forum on Thursday came out swinging against yet another malicious propaganda campaign targeting Israel on the popular social network Facebook. The campaign appears to center around a composite picture of six dilapidated local churches that are presented as false evidence that the Jewish state discriminates against…

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Menachem Begin’s bond with Christian Zionists

By RAPHAEL POCH, BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS— Former Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin was the first president to openly welcome Christian Zionist support of Israel. Commemorating the 100th year of his birth, the Menachem Begin Heritage Center together with the International Christian Embassy of Jerusalem (ICEJ) have put together an evening which focuses on this unique…

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75% of Palestinians: Chances for state in 5 years ‘nonexistent’

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH, JPOST— A total of 62 percent of Palestinians would oppose US Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed framework agreement if it includes a request to recognize Israel as a Jewish state, a public opinion poll published on Monday showed. The poll, conducted by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research,…

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Syrian patients in Israel call on Netanyahu to strike Assad

By HASSAN SHAALAN, YNET— “I’ve always thought of Israel as an enemy state that is not willing to help us. My case changed my thinking entirely. Israel is a good country that saves our lives, while the Syrian regime murders its citizens,” said one of the Syrian patients currently treated at the Ziv Medical Center…

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