Fool me twice, shame on me

By STAN GOODENOUGH, JERUSALEM NEWSWIRE— Seven years ago, Israel carried out a unilateral “disengagement” from the Gaza Strip with catastrophic consequences for the Jewish state. The action saw Israeli forces uprooting 10,000 of their countrymen from their homes and demolishing their communities, thereby facilitating the establishment of a permanent terrorist mini-state in the enclave. Massive…

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Christian villages attempt to revive ancient Biblical language

BY ASSOCIATED PRESS— Two villages in the Holy Land’s tiny Christian community are teaching Aramaic in an ambitious effort to revive the language that Jesus spoke, centuries after it all but disappeared from the Middle East. The new focus on the region’s dominant language 2,000 years ago comes with a little help from modern technology:…

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Iran to build new nuclear plant by early 2014

BY BREITBART— Iran is to build a new nuclear power plant, alongside its sole existing one in the southern city of Bushehr, by early 2014, state television reported on Sunday, quoting the head of the country’s Atomic Energy Organisation. “Iran will build a 1,000-megawatt nuclear power plant in Bushehr next year,” the television quoted Fereydoon…

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The Jewish-Christian divide

BY DAN CALIC, YNET– One of the challenges preventing improved relations between Christians and Jews is that both have misconceptions about the other. For example, one of the biggest misconceptions is that most Jews and Christians think Jesus abandoned Judaism, the religion of his birth, in order to start Christianity. They are both incorrect. Jews…

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Shavuot, Pentecost, and Holy Land Christians

BY TRAVELUJAH— It is commonly believed today that the Jewish festival of Shavuot and the Christian holy day of Pentecost have little, if anything, to do with one another. Nothing could be further from the truth, as the two are actually the same holiday, albeit with varying traditions and an extended interpretation on the Christian…

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Palestinian refugees forever?

BY ALEXANDER JOFFE AND ASAF ROMIROWSKY, UPI— Palestinian identity is founded  on three parts. One is that resistance to Israel is permanent and holy. Another is that Palestinians are, individually and communally, refugees, made so at the hands of Israel. The third part is that the world, specifically the United Nations and Western countries, must…

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Israeli archaeologists find earliest evidence of Bethlehem's existence in Jerusalem dig

BY NIR HASSON, HAARETZ— A piece of clay was found during archaeological excavations at the City of David, in Jerusalem, bearing the name of the city of Bethlehem in ancient Hebrew script. The piece of clay dates back to the First Temple period (1006 – 586 BCE), making it the first tangible evidence of existence…

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