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Amid contesting peace plans, all eyes are on US

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2016

As the Obama administration enters its last six months, it is becoming increasingly unlikely that a diplomatic initiative between Israel and the Palestinians will get under way before a new presidency begins.

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Hizbollah rattled by Israel-Saudi meeting

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2016

The intensifying ties between Israel and Saudi Arabia have become a major source of worry for the Iranian axis in the Middle East.

Hizbollah Secretary General, Hassan Nasrallah, devoted a large part of his televised address last weekend to criticising what he called the "disaster which allows the Saudis to make peace with Israel".

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Charedim exempted from maths classes

By Jessica Weinstein, August 4, 2016

The Knesset has voted to allow strictly-Orthodox schools to avoid teaching core subjects such as maths and English. Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu had promised Charedi MKs he would remove the requirement as part of the coalition deal. Centrist party Yesh Atid was highly critical of the decision, saying: “The Israeli government has sold our children’s future”.

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Imams' anti-terror letter leaves out Jews

By Jessica Weinstein, August 4, 2016

A letter written by French Muslim leaders condemning Islamist terror has failed to mention its Jewish victims. The letter listed five recent terrorist attacks but left out the Paris Hyper Cacher atrocity and the 2012 execution of a Toulouse rabbi. Jewish umbrella group Crif told them: "You need to understand that these attacks were committed against Jews."

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Israeli training course for parents gets a boost from Bill Clinton

By Josh Jackman, August 3, 2016

An Israeli educational programme for preschool children has received “an unbelievable international response” after being name-checked by former US president Bill Clinton.

At the Democratic National Convention last week, Hillary Clinton’s husband praised her for bringing the Hippy (Home Instruction for Parents and Preschool Youngsters) initiative to the US.

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Israeli gaming firm snapped up by Chinese buyers for £3bn

By Josh Jackman, August 2, 2016

An Israeli gaming company has been sold for more than £3 billion to a Chinese consortium.

Playtika, whose mobile casino games including World Series of Poker and Slotomania have attracted tens of millions of downloads, secured the third-largest amount ever for an Israeli business.

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‘The Pianist’ family wins defamation suit over Nazi collaboration accusations

August 2, 2016

The family of the man whose story inspired the Academy Award-winning film ‘The Pianist’ has won a long-running defamation suit over claims that he was a Nazi collaborator.

Polish-Jewish Wladyslaw Szpilman’s story of how his music helped him to survive the Holocaust was made into a film in 2002 by Roman Polanski.

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Himmler diaries reveal a 'beast full of contradictions'

By Toby Axelrod, August 2, 2016

Long-lost sections of a work journal kept by the notorious, high-ranking Nazi Heinrich Himmler have been found in an archive in Moscow, according to reports in the German tabloid BILD.

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Israeli entered in NASCAR race to prove it is not just a 'white, Christian sport'

By Daniel Sugarman, August 1, 2016

NASCAR, America’s biggest stock-car racing organisation, will feature its first Israeli driver on August 13, after a Jewish lawyer put up $60,000 of his own savings to make it happen.

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