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Israel claims Assad’s forces behind cross-border attack that killed teen

Israel’s Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said on Tuesday that military forces loyal to the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad were behind a cross-border attack that killed an Israeli teenager. “We received all the analyses and intelligence: it was clear that it was Syrian authorities,” Lieberman told public radio. “Assad’s…

Netanyahu heads to Rome for first talks with Pope Francis

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu left for Rome on Sunday for a two-day official visit during which he will meet Pope Francis for the first time. The Israeli leader took off around midday accompanied by six of his ministers, including his newly reappointed Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, public radio said.…

Powerful man in Hollywood: “We’ve reached peak vagina.” Me: O rly?

In the secret recesses of my heart, I maintain a list of Famous Jews who are invited to my Fantasy Seder. I wrote about it once, and the list includes such luminaries as Jon Stewart, Barney Frank, and Elena Kagan. I think I’m going to have to start a second list,…

A third of Jewish Israelis ‘marginalize Arab citizens’

A survey by an Israeli think tank published on Sunday said while most of the country’s Jews deny claims of discrimination against its Arab citizens, one third view them as outside Israeli society. “The data show that at present the Arab population feels discriminated against to a great extent, while…

Israeli press wary of Obama’s ‘Zionist’ U.N. speech

Israeli newspapers were unanimous on Thursday in characterising US President Barack Obama’s UN speech as hugely supportive of Israel, but some argued it was perhaps too much of a good thing. “The American embrace” was the front-page headline of the Maariv daily, while the top-selling Yediot Aharonot took a similar…

Conflicting reports as Egypt denies barring Iran ships

CAIRO — Iran was pushing Egypt on Thursday to allow two of its warships to pass through the Suez Canal, amid conflicting reports from Cairo about the Egyptian response and despite warnings from Israel. Iranian warships have not entered the Mediterranean through the canal since 1979, and Israel says any…

Israel says Iran sending warships to Mediterranean

JERUSALEM — Iran is sending two warships into the eastern Mediterranean, Israel’s foreign minister said Wednesday, labelling the act a “provocation” that the Jewish state cannot ignore for long. “Tonight two Iranian warships are supposed to cross the Suez Canal into the Mediterranean Sea on their way to Syria,” Foreign…

Israel rejects international investigation of raid

Israel on Thursday rejected calls from the United Nations and others for an international investigation of its deadly raid on a Gaza-bound aid flotilla but left the door open to foreign involvement. Israel says the commandos used force, killing nine people, only after activists attacked them with knives, crowbars and…

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