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Why Israel is unlikely to act alone against Iran

By Tim Marshall, September 6, 2012

An Israeli attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… challenging, which is putting it mildly. A joint Israeli-US attack on Iran’s nuclear programme would be… devastating, and that’s also putting it mildly.

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Only the US can provide a truly credible threat against Iran

By Noah Beck, September 6, 2012

With Iran stubbornly spinning its nuclear centrifuges, despite nearly a decade of diplomatic efforts and sanctions, time is short to avoid another Middle East conflict that could spin disastrously out of control, leave many dead, and send oil prices skyrocketing. But the U.S.

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Is Israel really preparing for an attack on Iran?

By Emanuele Ottolenghi, August 16, 2012

The question of whether Israel is on the brink of a strike against Iran periodically resurfaces as the Persian country’s march to a nuclear weapon continues unabated and Israeli leaders indicate, openly or subtly, that their patience is running out.

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Billionaire Carl Icahn gives son $3bn to spend

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2012

Jewish billionaire businessman Carl Icahn is encouraging his eldest son to hone his money-making skills — with the help of a $3bn grant.

The American hedge fund manager, 76, allocated the cash to his son, Brett, to invest in listed companies worth up to $10bn.

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Gold medal gymnast wins Israelis' hearts

By JC Reporter, August 16, 2012

Gold-medal winning US gymnast Aly Raisman — whose floor routine was set to Hava Nagilah - has proved an inspiration for many ordinary Israelis.

Dan Yagudin, a member of University of Haifa Hillel, wrote and circulated a tribute letter to the gymnast.

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Iran debate reaches boiling point in Israel

By Sandy Rashty, August 15, 2012

The debate about whether or not Israel should attack Iran has reached boiling point in the Jewish state.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week said Iran’s programme “dwarfed” all other threats to the existence of Israel.

“Iran must not be permitted to obtain nuclear weapons,” he told an Israeli television station.

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Congress ponders bill to recognise Jewish refugees

By Jennifer Lipman, August 9, 2012

The US congress is to consider a Bill that would bring attention to the 850,000 Jews who were evicted from Arab lands during and after Israel’s War of Independence.

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British bank accused of hiding billion-dollar Iran deals

By Orlando Radice, August 7, 2012

Standard Chartered may lose its licence to do business in the US after a report by New York regulators alleged that the British bank hid more than £160bn in illegal Iranian transactions.

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Talmud event makes history as 92,000 pack New Jersey stadium

By Ted Merwin, August 2, 2012

In one of the largest gatherings of Jews in history, more than 92,000 people convened in a football stadium in New Jersey to celebrate the 12th annual Siyum HaShas, which marks the conclusion of the seven-and-a-half year cycle of studying a page a day of the Talmud.

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Ten-year-old breaks weight-lifting record

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

She is more than a year shy of her batmitzvah and not yet five foot tall, but pre-teen strongwoman Naomi Kutin can lift twice her own body weight.

The 10-year-old from New Jersey came to the world’s attention earlier this year when she broke an international record for female weight-lifters in her weight class — previously held by a 44-year-old — and lifted 215lb.

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