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Spy, arms trader or military envoy: will the real Colonel now stand up?

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 26, 2011

An arms deal gone bad? A bungled attempt to obtain intelligence? Or internal rivalries within the Russian security establishment?

Whatever the case, the arrest of Colonel Vadim Leiderman, Israel's military attache to Russia, in Moscow two and a half weeks ago was a rare occurrence in the normally stable relationship between the two countries.

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Estonia 'failing to investigate Nazis'

By Nissan Tzur, May 26, 2011

The Estonian Prime Minister Andrus Ansip this week rejected a charge by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre that his country has failed to investigate and prosecute Nazi war criminals.

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Missouri horror tornado leaves shul intact

May 26, 2011

The Jewish community of Joplin, Missouri, is struggling to come to terms with the effects of the huge tornado which hit the town this week, killing 125 people and turning houses into rubble.

Although not one member of the 50 Jewish families that live in the town were killed, many lost their homes.

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Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? NO

By Uri Dromi, May 26, 2011

Now that the parade of speeches by President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu is over, the question is: after listening to all this rhetoric, are we Israelis better off?

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Is Obama to blame for the lack of progress? YES

By Robin Shepherd, May 26, 2011

One of the great problems of being a European-style leader in an American setting, is that you do actually live and work in America. In essence, that is the nature of the paradox faced by Barack Obama. Most of his instincts, especially on foreign policy, are European. Most of the political realities he has to deal with are American.

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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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