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Power pledges to support Israel at UN

By Ellis Bolle, July 18, 2013

Samantha Power, President Obama's nominee to be the US ambassador to the United Nations, has promised to combat what she called the “unacceptable bias” against Israel at the global body.

The decision to appoint Mrs Power raised initial concerns in Jerusalem due to her past statements on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Candidate for chief rabbi is 'severe bigot'

By Shira Rubin, July 11, 2013

borderline racist, sexist and homophobic statements made by the leading candidate in the Sephardi chief rabbinate election have caused outrage in Israel, with Knesset members and Israeli citizens calling for his disqualification.

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Israeli government passes law to enforce universal military draft

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

It took years of controversy, two committees, two landmark Supreme Court rulings and long months of other acrimonious debates but finally, on Sunday, the Israeli government passed the law regulating the national service of Charedi yeshivah students.

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Time to ‘clean out’ Gaza, says Lieberman after rocket attack

By Zoe Winograd, June 24, 2013

Former Israeli foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has said on Israeli radio that “Israel will have to seriously consider the option of conquering all of Gaza and really cleaning it out.”

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UK minister condemns 'abhorrent' attacks on Arab property

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

Middle East Minister Alistair Burt has criticised the so-called "price tag" attacks committed in the Arab-Israeli town of Abu Ghosh this week, calling them “an abhorrent phenomenon”.

The attacks, which were reportedly carried out by right-wing Israeli settlers, included graffiti reading “Arabs out” and “racism or assimilation”, sprayed on walls and the slashing of car tires.

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Watch Shimon Peres’s Presidential Conference LIVE

June 18, 2013

Facing Tomorrow, the fifth Israeli Presidential Conference, will run until Thursday in Jerusalem under the auspices of President Shimon Peres.

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Settlement freeze backed by Lieberman

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 13, 2013

Former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman has thrown his weight behind a temporary freeze on public building in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

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Women to appoint rabbinic judges in Israel

By Zoe Winograd, June 11, 2013

The Israeli government has passed a bill obliging the committee that appoints rabbinical judges to reserve four spots for women.

The legislation was approved today at the end of a long Knesset meeting which began on Monday night.

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In New York, 20,000 Orthodox protest against draft

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Thousands of Charedim gathered in New York yesterday to protest against the Israeli government’s moves to force the Orthodox to join the army.

The New York City police reported that 20,000 Charedim filled Foley Square in lower Manhattan holding banners which read “freedom of religion” and “Orthodox Jews will proudly go to jail rather than join the Zionist army.”

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Danon says Israel opposes two-state solution

By Zoe Winograd, June 10, 2013

Israeli Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon has “given up” on Deputy Defence Minister Danny Danon after he told reporters that the Israeli government opposes a two-state solution.

Last week, Mr Danon told the Times of Israel: “Look at the government, there was never a government discussion, resolution or vote about the two-state solution.”

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