Israel Political Brief April 30, 2013: President Shimon Peres gives Pope Francis personal invitation to visit Jerusalem

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Shimon Peres gives Pope personal invitation to visit Jerusalem

Source: Rome Reports, 4-30-13

Pope Francis and Shimon Peres also highlighted the improvements in relations between Israel and the Holy See, since the creation of a bilateral permanent working commission 14 years ago….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 30, 2013: Israeli army calls up 2,000 reservists for drill on Lebanese border

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Israeli army calls up 2,000 reservists for drill on Lebanese border

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

Some 2,000 Israeli army reservists were called up for a surprise drill on the border with Lebanon….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Nathan Sharansky’s Egalitarian Kotel plan loses support from both sides

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Sharansky’s Kotel plan loses support from both sides

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

Natan Sharansky’s proposal to reduce tensions at the Western Wall has lost support from Orthodox and non-Orthodox leaders….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

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Palestinian kills Israeli at West Bank bus stop

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

A Palestinian stabbed to death an Israeli man at a bus stop in the West Bank….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 30, 2013: Israeli airstrike kills senior Palestinian terrorist in Gaza

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Israeli airstrike kills senior Palestinian terrorist in Gaza

Source: JTA, 4-30-13

An Israeli airstrike killed a senior Palestinian terrorist in northern Gaza….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 29, 2013: Second Gaza rocket strikes Israel in two days

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Second Gaza rocket strikes Israel in two days

Source: JTA, 4-29-13

A rocket fired from Gaza struck Israel for the second time in two days….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 29, 2013: Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

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Israel’s security cabinet meets on Syria

Source: JTA, 4-29-13

Israel’s security cabinet discussed the possibility that chemical weapons have been used by the Syrian government in that country’s civil war….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 28, 2013: Lag b’Omer bonfires burn out of control in Northern Israel

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Lag b’Omer bonfires burn out of control in Israel

Source: JTA, 4-28-13

Bonfires lit throughout Israel to mark Lag b’Omer burned out of control, stranding thousands of celebrants in the northern Israeli town of Meron….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 28, 2013: Israel’s Air Force hits Gaza sites after rocket attack

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Israel’s Air Force hits Gaza sites after rocket attack

Source: JTA, 4-28-13

Israel’s Air Force bombed a terrorist training base in Gaza hours after a rocket from the coastal strip struck near a community in southern Israel….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 25, 2013: Judge rules women should not have been arrested at Western Wall

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Women should not have been arrested at Western Wall, judge rules

Source: JTA, 4-25-13

Women praying together out loud at the Western Wall in prayer shawls did not disturb the public order and should not have been arrested, an Israeli court found….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 25, 2013: Israel shoots down unmanned aerial vehicle near Haifa

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Israel shoots down unmanned aerial vehicle near Haifa

Source: JTA, 4-25-13

Israel’s Air Force shot down an unmanned aircraft off the coast of Haifa….READ MORE »

Israel Political Brief April 24, 2013: Israel to allow UNESCO inspectors in Jerusalem

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Israel to allow UNESCO inspectors in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 4-24-13

Israel has agreed to allow UNESCO to inspect sites in Jerusalem in exchange for the postponing of five Palestinian-sponsored resolutions critical of Israel….READ MORE 

Israel Political Brief April 23, 2013: Israeli lawmakers slam US Secretary of State John Kerry for Boston Marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

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Israeli pols slam Kerry for marathon-Mavi Marmara comparison

Source: JTA, 4-23-13

Israeli lawmakers are condemning U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s comparison of the Boston Marathon bombing victims to the 2010 deaths of Turkish citizens aboard the Mavi Marmara ship….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 22, 2013: US Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Announces US to provide Israel with advanced weapons

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U.S. to provide Israel with advanced weapons, Hagel announces

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

The United States will make available to Israel advanced new military capabilities, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 22, 2013: Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

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Sharansky gets green light to pursue Western Wall prayer plan

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky was given a green light by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to pursue his plan for a permanent egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall…READ MORE

Israel Brief April 22, 2013: Israeli airlines end strike after agreement with Finance Ministry

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Israeli airlines end strike after agreement with Finance Ministry

Source: JTA, 4-22-13

Three Israeli airlines ended their two-day strike following a deal struck between the Finance Ministry and El Al….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 18, 2013: Yair Lapid pushes PM Benjamin Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

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Yair Lapid pushes Netanyahu off the Time 100 list

Source: Haaretz, 4-18-13

Finance Minister Yair Lapid may have to wait until 2016 for another shot at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s seat, but he can boast a more modest victory right away: He has replaced Netanyahu as Israel’s lone representative on Time Magazine’s list….READ MORE

Israel Brief April 17, 2013: Long-range rockets strike Eilat

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Long-range rockets strike Eilat

Source: JTA, 4-17-13

Two long-range rockets fired from the Sinai Desert struck the Israeli resort city of Eilat….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 17, 2013: Benjamin Netanyahu indicates he wants fourth term as PM on Eretz Nehederet

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Netanyahu indicates he wants fourth term as PM

Source: The Times of Israel, 4-17-13

Overlooked amid the good-natured chuckling that greeted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s smooth appearance on high-rating satire show “Eretz Nehederet” (A Wonderful Country) on Tuesday was the fact that Netanyahu indicated publicly for the first time….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief April 18, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu among dignitaries at Margaret Thatcher funeral

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Netanyahu among dignitaries at Thatcher funeral

Source: Jerusalem Post, 4-17-13

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and his wife Sara joined a host of British and international dignitaries in London on Wednesday, as the British capital stages its biggest political funeral in almost half a century for former prime minister Margaret Thatcher….READ MORE

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