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Israel encouraging more Christians to join military service

by Dan Williams and Ori Lewis, Reuters

8 hours ago

Israeli soldiers hold their rifles during a rehearsal for the Memorial Day ceremony at the military cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem on April 22, 2007. Photo by Ronen Zvulun/Reuters

Israel said on Tuesday it was stepping up efforts to encourage military enlistment by Christian Arab citizens, a community long closer to the larger Muslim minority in identifying with the... read full article

  • Abbas: Settlement freeze, agreement on borders to extend peace talks

    JTA

    12 hours ago

    The Palestinians would extend the current peace negotiations if Israel agrees to a three-month settlement construction freeze during which the sides would agree on the borders of a future Palestinian state.

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas told Israeli journalists in...

  • First PLO delegation since 2007 war heads to Gaza for Palestinian unity talks

    by Nidal al-Mughrabi, Reuters

    12 hours ago

    The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a delegation to Gaza on Tuesday to negotiate unity with militant group Hamas for the first time since their 2007 conflict, potentially boosting Fatah leader and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas's position.

    Few...

  • U.S., Israel teaming to push Israel into visa waiver program

    by JTA

    14 hours ago

    The United States and Israel are creating a working group to help Israel advance toward joining the visa waiver program.

    “This is a goal of both the United States and Israel, and it would make travel easier for citizens of both countries,” Julia Frifield, the assistant secretary...

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  • Israel attacks Gaza sites in response to rocket, bomb attacks

    JTA

    14 hours ago

    Israel’s Air Force bombed three sites in Gaza in response to attacks from Palestinians in the coastal strip.

    Two sites in southern Gaza and one in central Gaza identified by the Israel Defense Forces as “terror activity sites” were targeted Monday “in response to the latest...

  • Shas taps new spiritual leader who derided Modern Orthodox

    by JTA

    1 day ago

    Shalom Cohen, a rabbi known for his hostility toward modern Orthodox and secular Israeli Jews, was appointed spiritual leader of the Orthodox, Sephardi Shas Party.

    Cohen, leader of the Porat Yosef religious seminary, was named president of the Shas Council of Torah Sages on...

  • West Bank shooting victim laid to rest at Mount Herzl

    By Adam Perlman

    2 days ago

    Hundreds attended the funeral for Israel Police Chief Superintendent Baruch Mizrahi, who was killed near Hebron while on his way to a Passover seder with his family.

    “Instead of growing old together and watching the seasons pass, with the shriek of a bullet, I lost the love of my...

  • Report: Abbas threatens to dismantle Palestinian Authority

    JTA

    2 days ago

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas reportedly threatened to dismantle the P.A.

    Citing unnamed Palestinian sources, the Israeli daily Yediot Acharonot wrote Sunday that Abbas was considering the unilateral action, which would leave Israel with full responsibility for...

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