Israel Musings December 14, 2013: Netanyahu and Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

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Netanyahu & Kerry meet about peace talks in Jerusalem snow wonderland

By Bonnie K. Goodman

For the second time in a week and the ninth time since March 2013 United States Secretary of State John Kerry met in Israel with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on a very unusually snowy Friday morning, Dec. 13, 2013…READ MORE

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

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Rare snowstorm slams Jerusalem

Source: NY Daily News, 12-13-13

The intense storm left the city covered in snow. About 20 inches of snow had fallen since Thursday, with more expected through the next day….READ MORE

Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, two  of the holiest sites for for Jews and Muslims, were covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

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Western Wall and the Dome of the Rock, covered in snow after a rare snowstorm blanketed Jerusalem on Friday.

Israel Brief December 13, 2013: Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

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Photo Essay: Snow in Jerusalem

Source: Arutz 7, 12-13-13

The snow has brought both wonder, smiles and damage. The following are photos from Snowstorm 5774….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 12, 2013: Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

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Minor earthquake rocks Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-12-13

A minor earthquake rocked Jerusalem and the Dead Sea….READ MORE

Israel Brief September 1, 2013: Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

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Hamas terror cell planned attack on Mamilla mall in Jerusalem

Source: JTA, 9-1-13

A Hamas terror cell planned to carry out a terrorist attack at the upscale Mamilla mall on the cusp of the Old City of Jerusalem….READ MORE

Jewish Brief August 26, 2013: Ahead of High Holidays, Naftali Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

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Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Source: JTA, 8-26-13

Ahead of High Holidays, Bennett unveils new platform for egalitarian prayer

Amid continuing protests over non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall, Israel’s religious services minister unveiled a new platform for egalitarian worship at Robinson’s Arch….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 30, 2013: PM Benjamin Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

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Netanyahu reassures Diaspora leaders he backs Sharansky plan for egalitarian prayer at Western Wall

Source: Haaretz, 6-30-13

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has sought to reassure Diaspora Jewish leaders that redesign plans remain on track for the Western Wall plaza that will allow greater scope there for non-ultra-Orthodox prayer services….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief June 13, 2013: President Barack Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

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Obama extends Jerusalem embassy waiver

Source: Jweekly.com, 6-13-13‎

President Barack Obama extended for six months a waiver on a 1990s law that would move the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 20, 2013: Israel cancels UNESCO visit, cites politics by Palestinians

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Israel cancels UNESCO visit, cites politics by Palestinians

Source: JTA, 5-20-13

Israeli officials canceled a UNESCO inspection of sites in Jerusalem’s Old City, saying the Palestinians had politicized the agency’s visit….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Battle of wills at Western Wall

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Battle of wills at Western Wall

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-10-13

Women of the Wall conduct monthly prayer, this time with prayer shawls, prompting mass haredi demonstration • Haredim throw stones, trash bags at Women of the Wall • Jerusalem Police chief: Painful to see Western Wall turn into battlefield….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

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Thousands of ultra-Orthodox protesting Women of the Wall prayer service in Jerusalem

Source: Haaretz, 5-10-13

A tense stand-off in Jerusalem on Friday morning, while the Women of the Wall hold their first monthly prayer service at the Western Wall since a recent landmark ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that it is not a violation of “local custom”….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 10, 2013: Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

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Haredi women mass at Kotel for standoff with feminist group

Source: The Times of Israel, 5-10-13 

Clashes erupted at Jerusalem’s Western Wall plaza early Friday morning, as thousands of ultra-Orthodox teenagers attempted to prevent the Women of the Wall from holding their monthly egalitarian prayer session at the site….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 9, 2013: Photo Essay: Thousands Wave Flags at Yom Yerushalayim / Jerusalem Day Parade

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Photo Essay: Thousands Wave Flags at Jerusalem Day Parade

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-9-13


The dome of the Heichal Shlomo building on King George Avenue.

The annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade took place Wednesday afternoon, and passed through downtown Jerusalem. An estimated 60,000 people took part….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 8, 2013: Over 60,000 Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem Annual Event Celebrates 46 Years of Reunification

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Over 60,000 Celebrate Yom Yerushalayim in Jerusalem

Annual Event Celebrates 46 Years of Reunification

Source: Shalom Life, 5-8-13

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) in Israel

Jerusalem’s annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade took place Wednesday afternoon, transforming downtown Jerusalem into a veritable sea of blue and white with more than 60,000 spectators, many carrying Israeli flags, looking on….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 8, 2013: Yom Yerushalayim Parade Wednesday in Jerusalem

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Yom Yerushalayim Parade Wednesday in Jerusalem

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-8-13

The annual Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) parade is taking place Wednesday afternoon through downtown Jerusalem. The Rikidgalim, or flag dance, will involved participants waving flags, an singing….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 8, 2013: Why is PM Benjamin Netanyahu in China for Yom Yerushalayim?

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Why is Netanyahu in China for Yom Yerushalayim?

Source: Algemeiner, 5-8-13

This year, Yom Yerushalayim, Jerusalem Day, is observed on Tuesday evening, May 7th through Wednesday night, May 8th and celebrates the 46th anniversary of the reunification of Judaism’s holiest city….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Yom Herut Yerushalayim: 46 years after Jerusalem’s historic reunification, Israel’s capital is on the up

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46 years after historic reunification, Israel’s capital is on the up

Source: Israel Hayom, 5-7-13

Ahead of 46th annual Jerusalem Day, statistics show that more young people are choosing to live in Jerusalem than in previous years, tourism is on the rise • Jerusalem mayor: We Jerusalemites are now once again proud of our city, which we love so much….READ MORE

Israel Brief May 7, 2013: Yom Herut Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day Event Schedule

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Jerusalem Day Event Schedule

Source: Arutz Sheva, 5-7-13

The traditional annual Jerusalem Day celebration at Mercaz HaRav Yeshiva in the capital will commence at 22:00, with the participation of rabbis, government and Knesset members as well as other renowned public figures….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 7, 2013: Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein accepts Women of the Wall court decision

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Israeli attorney general accepts Women of the Wall court decision

Source: JTA, 5-7-13

The activist group Women of the Wall will face no more legal challenges after Israeli Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein decided not appeal a court decision favoring the group….READ MORE

Israel Political Brief May 6, 2013: Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim?

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Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim?

Source: Yeshiva World News, 5-6-13

Eli Yishai for Mayor of Yerushalayim? (Monday, May 6th, 2013). yishain2 After being ousted by Aryeh Deri as Shas party leader, many believe that MK Eli Yishai will be looking at the upcoming Jerusalem mayoral race, where many feel he has a much better….READ MORE

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