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This week in power: Quiet ceasefire and city name

by Danny Groner

August 13, 2014 | 8:27 pm

A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

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"The threat of renewed war in Gaza loomed on Wednesday as the clock ticked toward the end of a three-day ceasefire without a sign of a breakthrough in indirect talks in Cairo between Israel and the Palestinians," reported Reuters. Just before the end to the thre-day ceasefire, the two sides agreed to extend it for another five days. Where this whole saga will ultimately leave everyone, though, is still up in the air. "For Israel, this round of fighting will probably end politically more or less at the point where it began but with significant damage to Israel’s deterrence," said Ronen Bergman in The New York Times. "And even if the talks can’t pull off the improbable, at least the effort will be a little more productive than listening to Hamas demand that Israel commit national suicide by reopening the border crossings under Hamas leadership," wrote Hot Air's Ed Morrissey.

French hamlet
A small hamlet in France is under fire for reportedly having a name that gets translated to “death to the Jews.” After the Simon Wiesenthal Center send a letter to the French Interior Minister insisting they change the name, local officials did not respond favorably. “It’s absurd, this name has existed for ages,” one official said. “Of course no one means to harm the Jews.” "But seriously, as a Jew, I would really prefer they change the name also," wrote Joanna Rothkopf at Salon. There is precedent for a name change, too: A town in Spain recently voted to change its name from the translated equivalent of “Camp kill Jews."


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Danny Groner is a contributing writer to the Jewish Journal. He has worked in journalism since he was a teenager, starting off as an intern for a local publication. During his...

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