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'AIPAC created a logistical masterpiece'

By Jonathan Arkush, May 26, 2011

One runs out of superlatives when describing this event. Huge screens beamed down shots of all-American couples explaining why Israel was important to them. The hall was easily large enough to take the 550ft Washington monument lying on its side.

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Grand words, but peace no closer

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Israel's prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu gave the most concessionary speech ever heard from a leader of Likud to the joint houses of the United States Congress on Tuesday in Washington.

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Israelis 'sold ship to Iran'

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

The US State Department delivered a damaging and embarrassing blow to one of the richest families in Israel this week when it named the private shipping company of the Opher family, which also controls Israel's national shipping conglomerate, Zim, in a list of firms to be penalised for dealing with the Iranian government.

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Thought Nakba Day was bad? Get ready for June

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

Israel faces two major challenges on its land and sea borders next month.

The first will be an attempt by Palestinian groups to repeat the storming of Israel's border with Syria and Lebanon. And later in the month, a large flotilla is set to try to get through to Gaza.

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Jewish groups in US backing Sharia law

By Ellen Tumposky, May 26, 2011

American Jewish groups are fighting a proposed ban of Sharia law in the state of Oklahoma.

A coalition of organisations that include the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the American Jewish Committee (AJC) are backing a legal appeal against a measure that would prevent Islamic law from being used in the state's courts.

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How Gmail saved a stolen car

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

A Florida man is celebrating after police recovered his stolen car with a little help from Gmail.

Avrohom Eliezer Friedman told business website ZDNet that when his car was stolen, he was annoyed, but not because of the value of the vehicle.

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G8 urge substantive Israeli-Palestinian talks

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

The leaders of the G8 countries have released a draft communiqué calling for the immediate resumption of negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

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Tony Kushner accepts honorary degree at New York university

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

Tony Kushner has accepted an honorary degree from a New York college following the controversy over his being given a degree from another university because of questions over his stance on Israel.

Mr Kushner, the award-winning writer of Angels in America, was given the award during the Manhattan-based New School's graduation ceremony on Monday.

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Nazis had barking mad talking dog plan

By Jennifer Lipman, May 25, 2011

The Nazis hoped to develop an army of talking canines, according to an academic at Cardiff University who has written a book on the subject.

Dr Jan Bondeson claims that the Nazis believed dogs possessed almost human intelligence and created a "school" to develop their communication skills. Adolf Hitler and other senior officials were known for their love of dogs.

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Netanyahu's address to Congress: full text

May 25, 2011

I am deeply moved by your warm welcome. And I am deeply honored that you have given me the opportunity to address Congress a second time.

Mr Vice President, do you remember the time that we were the new kids in town?

And I do see a lot of old friends here. And I see a lot of new friends of Israel here. Democrats and Republicans alike.

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