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Senator Ted Cruz Says He's Not That Conservative

Senator Ted Cruz was a kind of guest of honor during his visit of top Jewish donors and Israel supporters in NYC and during a lunch he actually said that he's not very conservative, I kid you not. I'd have to say that's the joke of the year. NY Observer: Mr. Show More Summary

Israel Moves To Become Formal Ethnocracy

The Israel government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has formally moved to restrict national rights in Israel to Jews alone. The law has passed the cabinet and if it passes parliament then the pretense of a pluralistic democracy is over - to be a true Israeli one must be Jewish, full stop. Show More Summary

Bibi Opts For Vengeance Over Justice

In response to the recent spate of “lone wolf” terror attacks in Jerusalem, Israel revived its controversial practice of demolishing the homes of the perpetrators last week: Israel on Wednesday blew up the house of Abdelrahman al-Shaludi, a 21-year-old Palestinian from East Jerusalem who rammed his car into Israeli pedestrians in October, killing 3-month-old Chaya […]

UN Chief Ban: More Countries Will Recognize State of 'Palestine'

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Monday called on Israel and the Palestinian Authority to resume peace talks, predicting the current pro-Palestinian diplomatic wave will only get stronger. Israel National News reports that Ban predicted that the recent trend of countries recognizing the “state of Palestine” will only grow. Show More Summary

Restaurants: Restaurant Review: Bar Bolonat in the West Village

The chef Einat Admony and the flavors of multiethnic Israel shine after the restaurant’s rough start.

Elizabeth Warren visits Netanyahu, even as he undermines US negotiations with Iran

Sen. Elizabeth Warren takes her first foreign trip, to Israel, and meets with Benjamin Netanyahu even as he is working to undermine US negotiations with Iran. The road to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue runs through Jerusalem

Like an unrequited lover, ‘NYT’ confesses itself heartbroken over Israel’s (latest) betrayal of democracy

The New York Times says the Israel cabinet's decision to make Israel "the nation state of the Jewish people" is "heartbreaking." The emotion would be more appropriate to an American jurisdiction; and Israel has been violating principles of equality for more than 60 years.

Reggie Bush Compares Mike Brown To Palestinians

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Reggie Bush just compared Ferguson to Israel -- suggesting Israelis are shooting unarmed Palestinians... the same way Officer Darren Wilson shot Mike Brown. The Detroit Lions star went to Instagram and posted a photo of a man holding a sign…

A handful of Wellesley students are trying to shut down discussion of Israel/Palestine

A Wellesley College chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine formed this fall and tried to start a conversation about Palestinian human rights. A few pro-Israel students are trying to shut down that conversation, saying it is "menacing." The campaign represents a bigoted backlash against Palestinian solidarity

Hillary’s new difficulty: Iran

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee is nonpartisan but composed mostly of Democrats. It has tiptoed gingerly through the wreckage of the U.S.-Israel relationship the Obama administration has created, often declining (as in the case of Chuck Hagel’s nomination) to publicly criticize the administration. But even AIPAC has reached its limit. In a written statement […]

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- Juan Cole: "Israel and Mississippi: Racist Plans for Second Class Citizens and Religious Legislation" - After being criticized by Mexican officials for calling the country a "failed state," Uruguayan President Jose Mujica apologized for his comments; It's not like he's wrong. Show More Summary

Israel: Jewish state vs democracy?

Rights groups condemn a draft law defining Israel "as the national homeland of the Jewish people".

Does Bret Stephens want US boots on the ground in Israel?

Flamethrower Seth Lipsky is calling for the U.S. to join the "battle for Jerusalem," while Bret Stephens says we may have to "militarily" engage in the conflict

Israeli cabinet approves draft law to declare Jewish nation-state

yesterdayReligion : FaithWorld

A divided cabinet approved on Sunday a bill to anchor in law Israel's status as the nation-state of the Jewish people, legislation critics say could undermine its democratic foundation and the rights of its Arab minority.

Israel's Cabinet OKs Controversial Nationality Measure

yesterdayNews : The Two-Way

The bill, which must be approved by parliament, defines Israel as "the nation-state of the Jewish people." It has angered not only Israel's Arab citizens, but also members of the coalition government.

Deal: L.A.-Israel airfare and 3 nights in Tel Aviv for $1,459

El Al Airlines hopes to draw winter travelers to Israel with an offer that includes L.A.-Tel Aviv airfare and a hotel stay, starting at $1,459 per person.

Football players found to have brain damage from mild 'unreported' concussions

Beer-Sheva, Israel, Nov. 24, 2014 - A new, enhanced MRI diagnostic approach was, for the first time, able to identify significant damage to the blood-brain barrier (BBB) of professional football players following "unreported" trauma or mild concussions. Show More Summary

Hagel seen as Obama's pick for Defense

But former senator's views on Israel and Iran make a battle over congressional confirmation likely. But former senator's views on Israel and Iran make a battle over congressional confirmation likely.

Israel's Public Transport has Fallen far Behind the West

A billion shekels. That is the investment required for Israel to close the gap with other Western countries in terms of public transport.

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