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US has given ‘yellow light’ for Iran strike, says ex-IDF chief

By Zoe Winograd, August 7, 2013

A former head of Israeli military intelligence has said that America is strengthening its support for an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear programme.

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Who goes first? Talks stutter into life

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 31, 2013

Disagreements over the agenda overshadowed the first round of a new series of peace talks launched this week in Washington.

However, the fact that both sides have committed to nine months of negotiations would have been almost unbelievable just a few weeks ago.

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Oh, brother: Documenting the rise of the Emanuels

By Jenni Frazer, July 18, 2013

Zeke Emanuel was the target of bilious commentary by British TV presenters over his participation in a 1981 reality show, Now Get Out of That. An early precursor of the Survivor programmes, the show featured students in an Oxford versus Cambridge challenge performing a variety of physical and mental tasks.

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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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