Turkish PM: Hamas is a ‘Political Group,’ Not Terrorists

Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced Wednesday night that his nation “stands by Hamas,” which he called “a political group.” According to a report published on the Al Qassam website, Erdogan told the pan-Arab Al-Jazeera satellite television network that Hamas is not a terrorist movement. “We stand by Hamas when they are right, because […]

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Farewell to Vehicular Traffic on Jerusalem’s Jaffa Road

This weekend, the main street in Israel’s capital city will bid farewell to vehicular traffic and take on the official status of a pedestrian walkway. Jaffa Road was constructed 150 years ago during the reign of the Ottoman Turks and so named because it  then led travellers out of the city to where the road to Jaffa […]

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Belgian Anti-Semitism Leads to More Aliyah

According to figures released by the Jewish Agency and published this past week on the FightHatred.com website, in 2010 there was an increase of 63 percent in the number of Belgian Jews who made aliyah to Israel. Two hundred and fifty Belgian Jews chose to make Israel their home in 2010, compared to 152 in […]

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Golani Soldiers Swear In at the Kotel

On Wednesday, the inaugural ceremony of the Golani Brigade took place at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem. While IDF swearing in ceremonies often take place at the Kotel, the Golani ceremony was especially meaningful as this was the first time that it had taken place in the Kotel. For the past 22 years, these […]

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Japan Props Up the Euro

The battered common European currency, the euro, received good news when Japanese Finance MinisterYoshihiko Noda pledged to buy at least 20% of the euro bonds that will be issued this month. These bonds underpin economic rescue efforts by the European Union in Ireland, Greece and possibly in additional economically troubled countries. After China, Japan has […]

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Warning Issued Against New Buddhist Center in Israel

The anti-missionary organization Yad L’Achim has issued a warning against a new Buddhist center which is set to open in Israel’s Arava region. According to the warning, an agreement was recently signed by the Central Arava Regional Council and a non-profit organization by the name ‘Wisdom and Intelligence’ which allocates hundreds of acres in the […]

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Former Shin Bet Chief Joins Kadima

Former Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) chief Yaakov Peri announced on Wednesday that he will be joining the Kadima party. Peri, who is now CEO of the Mizrahi-Tefahot Bank, will leave his position prior to joining the party. Peri has been one of the most sought after individuals, as all major parties have tried to […]

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Saudis Discover Captive Vulture is Not a Mossad Spy

The Saudi government has freed a bird it first declared was a vulture and a spy for Israel’s international Mossad intelligence agency. Now it claims it’s an eagle and free to go. Prince Bandar Bin Saud Al Saud, the country’s “expert” on nature, has cleared the “culprit” of all charges after a week in which […]

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Huckabee Leads in First GOP State Nominations for President

Solidly pro-Israel Mike Huckabee leads the polls for the Iowa caucus nomination of a candidate for the 2012 presidential election.  A survey by Public Policy Polling (PPP), which has connections with national Democrats, released a poll Tuesday that shows the former Arkansas governor, now living in Florida, a clear favorite in the Iowa caucus, which […]

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Deputy Bank of Israel Governor: I Agree with Sheshinski

The Deputy Governor of the Bank of Israel, Professor Zvi Eckstein, addressed on Tuesday the conference on “Forecast for 2011 and the Sheshinski Committee Report” of the Rothschild Caesarea Center for Capital Markets and Risk Management. The conference was held in the Herzliya Multidisciplinary Center. During his remarks, Prof. Eckstein stated that the debt crisis […]

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Pro-Arab Canadian Group Targets Dead Sea Products

A pro-Arab group in Canada has called for a boycott of the popular Ahava Dead Sea products. The group who called for the boycott is Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME), a non-profit and secular organization which brings together “men and women of all backgrounds who labor to see justice and […]

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