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Brown to Knesset: ‘I am proud of Israel’s success’

July 24, 2008

"For 2,000 years, you had history — but not a home. For 2,000 years, you lifted the artistic and cultural life and the scientific and political development of every continent — but had no home. For 2,000 years, you endured pogroms — and then the horror of the Holocaust — because you had no home.

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‘Talks’ on Royal visit to Israel

July 24, 2008

Talks are under way for a visit to Israel next year by Prince Charles, Israeli diplomatic sources have told the JC. Clarence House denied knowledge of any such discussions. Earlier this year, an aide to the Prince said in a leaked email that there was "no chance ever" of his visiting Israel.

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Israel divided over possible Shalit deal

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2008

Efforts to bring about the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit ran into further difficulties this week, when it emerged that the Israeli government is divided on the price to pay.

Fellow members of corporal Shalit’s tank platoon, who were discharged on Tuesday at the end of three years’ service, marched to the office of Defence Minister Ehud Barak to demand that he does more to ensure their comrade, captured two years ago, is freed.

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Case against Olmert ‘very strong’ after key witness gives evidence

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 24, 2008

Attorney-General Menahem Mazuz must now decide whether to indict Prime Minister Ehud Olmert over the alleged bribes he received from Morris Talansky, after the American fundraiser ended five days in the dock with his version of events intact.

Despite appearing at times shaken and confused during the cross-examination, the main facts of his testimony have not been changed. Mr Olmert allegedly received money through Mr Talansky on at least three separate occasions and he also covered the expenses of Mr Olmert and his wife’s stay in Washington in October 2005.

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Three injured in tractor attack

By Daniella Peled, July 22, 2008

Three people have been injured in central Jerusalem after a tractor driver apparently went on the rampage, two weeks after a similar incident left three people dead.

A border policeman shot the driver dead after he drove into two vehicles on the corner of Keren Hayesdod and King David streets.

The injured, one of whom was said to be in serious condition, were taken to Shaare Tzedek hospital.

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Nefesh’s 15,000th oleh

July 17, 2008
Aliyah organisation Nefesh b’Nefesh brought its 15,000th new immigrant to Israel last week in an event broadcast for the first time as a live webcast. Two-hundred olim from the United States and 30 from Britain were welcomed at Ben-Gurion airport.

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Soldiers come home on a day of public mourning

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2008

IDF soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser were laid to rest yesterday (Thursday), two years and four days after the Hizbollah attack on their patrol which triggered the Second Lebanon War.

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Israel is in mourning as Hizbollah claims victory

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2008

“A nation in tears” is how President Shimon Peres summarised the nerve-wracking Wednesday in which Israel received the bodies of captured soldiers Eldad Regev and Ehud (Udi) Goldwasser in return for the remains of 199 Lebanese and Palestinian fighters, four captured Hizbollah men and convicted murderer Samir Kuntar.

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Israel will ‘never discover’ Arad’s fate

July 17, 2008

Israel will probably never find out the fate of missing navigator Ron Arad, a senior Israeli figure said this week.

Last weekend, Hizbollah delivered a dossier on its efforts to locate the navigator, who bailed out over Lebanon 22 years ago, as part of the prisoner deal.

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Olmert’s ‘last chance’ to save his future

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 17, 2008

The cross-examination of key witness Morris Talansky that began yesterday (Thursday) in Jerusalem and will continue into next week is expected to be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s last chance to save his political future.

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