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Israeli officials optimistic on peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 11, 2013

Despite the delay in the diplomatic process, Israeli officials are optimistic that the attempts of US Secretary of State John Kerry to re-launch the peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians will be successful.

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Ron Dermer named Israel’s new US ambassador

By Ellis Bolle, July 9, 2013

Former political adviser to the Prime Minister Ron Dermer has been appointed Israel’s Ambassador to the United States.

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Prolific writer has a Plan for the West End

By John Nathan, July 7, 2013

‘I’m not a good traveller,” says the Tony-winning, New York playwright Richard Greenberg, on the line from his Manhattan apartment. “I’m talking to you from a swivel chair which makes me feel kind of global,” he adds self-mockingly.

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Gay Jewish woman in historic legal victory

By Josh Jackman, June 28, 2013

A lawsuit brought by a Jewish woman has led the Supreme Court in America to abolish a law which denied gay spouses equal benefits.

The justices narrowly voted 5-4 in favour of striking down section three of the Defence of Marriage Act (Doma), a move which further normalises gay marriage in America.

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Rabbi: child victims ‘agree’ to sex abuse

By Dan Goldberg, June 27, 2013

A senior Chabad rabbi in America has publicly apologised after Australian media published recordings of him suggesting child sex abuse victims may have consented to molestation.

Rabbi Baruch Lesches, a former head of the rabbinical college at Chabad’s headquarters in Sydney from the mid-1980s, said on Monday he had deep “regret” about the incident.

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ADL revokes honour for ‘righteous gentile’ who helped Mussolini

By Josh Jackman, June 21, 2013

The Anti-Defamation League has announced that one of the annual awards it gives for leadership in the fight against extremism will no longer be named after discredited righteous gentile Giovanni Palatucci.

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As crunch nears, Israeli leaders divided on peace process

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 20, 2013

As the Israelis and the Palestinians prepare their response to the framework proposed by US Secretary of State John Kerry to renew talks, the Israeli government is split over the basic tenet of a peace solution: the establishment of a Palestinian state alongside Israel.

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Is US envoy to UN a lady leopard with new spots?

By Jonathan Adelman, June 13, 2013

The recent announcement by the Obama administration of the appointment of Samantha Power as United States Ambassador to the United Nations has aroused consternation among many in the Jewish community.

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Israeli firms ‘supplied US surveillance operations’

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 13, 2013

Technology developed by two leading Israeli software companies is thought to have been used in the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) Prism surveillance programme and other data-collecting schemes that were exposed in the international press last weekend.

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Recovered diary by Hitler's aide sheds light on the Third Reich

By Zoe Winograd, June 11, 2013

A lost diary written by one of Hitler’s closest aides has been found in America.

The document, which disappeared after the Nuremberg trials in 1946, was written by Alfred Rosenberg, who was sentenced to death for crimes against humanity.

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