U.S. rabbi depicts Jesus as a Jewish patriot

By RAPHAEL AHREN, HAARETZ– Rabbi Shmuley Boteach revels in speaking publicly about topics most Orthodox Jews avoid. In 1999, he gained worldwide popularity with his best seller “Kosher Sex.” He has since written more than 20 books, among them “Kosher Adultery” and “The Kosher Sutra.” And while Boteach’s newest work – due to be released…

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Haniyeh Promises ‘Difficult Days’ for Israel

BY ELAD BENARI, ARUTZ 7— Hamas’ Gaza prime minister, Ismail Haniyeh, promised “difficult days” for Israel on Sunday, AFP reported. Speaking at a rally in the Tunisian capital of Tunis, Haniyeh urged Arab Spring revolutionaries to fight for an independent Palestine. AFP reported that he received an ovation from a crowd of some 5,000 men,…

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Thousands of US troops land in Israel. Aircraft carrier coming soon

DEBKAfile — Thousands of US troops began descending on Israel this week. Senior US military sources told DEBKAfile Friday, Jan. 6 that many would be staying up to the end of the year as part of the US-IDF deployment in readiness for a military engagement with Iran and its possible escalation into a regional conflict. They will…

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US support: Is Israel losing the battle?

BY STEVE RUBIN, YNET— The de-legitimization of Israel is being perpetuated by the Jewish state’s lack of a concrete plan to counter a new generation of anti-Israeli attitudes amongst both the American Jewish community and on college campuses. With regards to college campuses, this is not an issue of bigoted anti-Semitism; rather, it is a…

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Saudis, Gulf states on war alert for early US-Iran clash

BY DEBKAFILE— The armies of Saudi Arabia and fellow Gulf Cooperation Council states stood ready Thursday Jan. 5, for Washington to stand up to Iranian threats and send an aircraft carrier or several warships through the Strait of Hormuz into the Persian Gulf. Riyadh has been leaning hard on the Obama administration not to let…

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Intro to the Middle East

BY YORAM ETTINGER, ISRAEL HAYOM— In the pursuit of peace, alliances and interests, Western policy-makers have tended to sacrifice the perplexing realities of the Middle East on the altar of oversimplification and wishful-thinking. Yet their attempts to implement unsubstantiated policies often have served to inflame rather than extinguish regional fires. Lebanese-born professor Fouad Ajami, the…

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