Israel Political Brief December 31, 2012: President Shimon Peres calls peace a top priority at reception for Christian leaders

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Peres calls peace a top priority at reception for Christian leaders

Source: JTA, 12-31-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres at a reception for Christian leaders called peace a top priority….READ MORE

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Israel Brief December 31, 2012: 10 percent of Israelis with doctorates living abroad

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10 percent of Israelis with doctorates living abroad

Source: JTA, 12-31-12

Some 10 percent of Israelis holding doctorates are living abroad, according to an Israeli government report….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Israeli military completes West Bank Oz Zion outpost evacuation

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Israeli military completes West Bank outpost evacuation

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

The Israeli army finished evacuating the Oz Zion outpost in the West Bank, a day after soldiers came under attack by visiting teens….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: President Shimon Peres praises Mahmoud Abbas, rips PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Avigdor Liberman

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Peres praises Abbas, rips Netanyahu and Liberman

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Israeli President Shimon Peres praised Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as a partner for peace while slamming Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and ex-Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Israel’s Supreme Court upholds Arab-Israeli lawmaker’s right to election run

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Israel’s Supreme Court upholds Arab-Israeli lawmaker’s right to election run

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Arab-Israeli lawmaker Hanin Zoabi may run in the upcoming Israeli elections, Israel’s Supreme Court ruled, overturning a vote by a government panel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 30, 2012: Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

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Liberman formally charged in Jerusalem court

Source: JTA, 12-30-12

Former Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman was formally charged with fraud and breach of trust….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 28, 2012: Israeli soldiers clash with outpost settlers

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Israeli soldiers clash with outpost settlers

Source: JTA, 12-28-12

Some 200 settlers clashed with Israeli security forces attempting to evacuate the West Bank outpost of Oz Zion….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 28, 2012: Embassy denies Ron Dermer as envoy report

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Embassy denies Ron Dermer as envoy report

Source: JTA, 12-28-12

The Israeli Embassy in Washington described as baseless an Israeli newspaper report that Ron Dermer, an adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyahu, is set to replace Michael Oren as Israel’s ambassador to the United States….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 28, 2012: Rightest Jewish Home Party Replaces Religious Shas from 3rd Place in polls

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Jewish Home bumps Shas from 3rd slot in polls

Source: JTA, 12-28-12

The rightist Jewish Home party replaced the religious Shas movement as Israel’s third most popular party in two election polls. Read more »

Israel Political Brief December 25, 2012: Benjamin Netanyahu Launches Reelection Bid

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Netanyahu Launches Reelection Bid

Source: RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty, 12-25-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has officially launched his reelection campaign, saying he is the candidate best prepared to protect Israel from threats posed by the nuclear program of rival Iran….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 25, 2012: Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

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Haifa rabbinate forbids New Year’s Eve parties

Source: JTA, 12-25-12

The Haifa rabbinate has warned local hotels and event halls that they could lose their kashrut supervision if they hold New Year’s Eve parties on their premises….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 25, 2012: Jerusalem building committee approves 1,200 apartments in Gilo

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Jerusalem building committee approves 1,200 apartments in Gilo

Source: JTA, 12-25-12

A Jerusalem building committee has approved the construction of more than 1,200 apartments in the Gilo neighborhood of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 25, 2012: New poll shows Israel’s leader Benjamin Netanyahu losing altitude

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New poll shows Israel’s leader losing altitude

Source: AP, 12-25-12

Netanyahu Netanyahu, who appeared to be cruising to victory a few weeks ago, suddenly appears vulnerable as national elections approach.(Photo: Gali Tibbon, AP)

Story Highlights

  • Poll shows Netanyahu poised for an election victory but losing support
  • The poll shows a continued surge by the Jewish Home Party
  • Jewish Home Party leader, Naftali Bennett, stirred up a storm last week

A new poll shows Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu poised for an election victory but losing support to a rival who opposes Palestinian statehood.

The Dialog poll gave 35 of parliament’s 120 seats to Netanyahu’s Likud Beiteinu list, indicating he’ll head the next government after the Jan. 22 vote. That’s down from 39 in the previous Dialog survey….READ MORE

Full Text Israel Political Brief December 24, 2012: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting 2012

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Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Christmas Greeting 2012

Source: PMO, 12-24-12

יום שני י”א טבת תשע”ג

As Christians around the world and in Israel prepare to celebrate Christmas, I want to wish you all the merriest of holidays.

Today, Christian communities throughout the Middle East are shrinking, and many of them are endangered. This is, of course, not true in Israel. Here there is a strong and growing Christian community that participates fully in the life of our country. Israel is proud of its record of religious tolerance and pluralism, and Israel will continue to protect freedom of religion for all. And we will continue to safeguard places of Christian worship throughout our country. We will not tolerate any acts of violence or discrimination against any place of worship. This is not our way, and this is something we cannot accept.

So as you celebrate Christmas and your holy holidays, we hope that you will recall the places where Judaism and Christianity emerged, and then come see our ancient land with your own eyes: visit Nazareth and Bethlehem, wade into the Jordan River, stand on the shores of the Sea of Galilee.
And next year, come visit our eternal capital, Jerusalem.

Happy holidays to all of you. May you all be blessed with a year of security, prosperity and peace.

Israel Political Brief December 24, 2012: Turkey to allow Israeli participation in non-military NATO activities

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Turkey to allow Israeli participation in non-military NATO activities

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

Turkey has agreed to allow Israel to participate in non-military NATO activities in the coming year….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 25, 2012: In Christmas message, PM Benjamin Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites

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In Christmas message, Netanyahu pledges to protect Christian sites

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

In his yearly Christmas greeting, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would not tolerate attacks on places of Christian worship….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 24, 2012: Ariel University Center gets final approvals for full recognition

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Ariel University Center gets final approvals for full recognition

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

Ariel University Center in the West Bank has been given final approval for recognition as a full university….READ MORE

Israel Brief December 24, 2012: 3.5 million people will have visited Israel in 2012

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3.5 million people will have visited Israel in 2012

Source: JTA, 12-24-12

Some 3.5 million people will have visited Israel during 2012 by year’s end….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu: Western Wall belongs to Israel despite UN pronouncements

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Netanyahu: Western Wall belongs to Israel despite U.N. pronouncements

Source: JTA, 12-23-12

The Western Wall belongs to Israel, despite what the United Nations says, Israeli Prime Minister said in interviews with Israel’s three major networks….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief December 23, 2012: PM Benjamin Netanyahu Welcomes John Kerry US Secretary of State Nomination

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Netanyahu welcomes Kerry nomination

Source: JTA, 12-23-12

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu welcomed the nomination of U.S. Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) as the next U.S. secretary of state….READ MORE

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