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Shoah survivor's son taking on Hillary Clinton

By Robert Philpot, May 7, 2015

Spoiler alert: Bernie Sanders, who last week became Hillary Clinton's first declared challenger, will not beat her to next year's Democrat presidential nomination.

But that does not make his quixotic campaign any less interesting: Mr Sanders is the first Jew to run for president since Senator Joe Lieberman's ill-fated bid in 2004.


Major battle over top Israeli court looms

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

The new Knesset will be a battle-ground over the future and independence of Israel's Supreme Court.

The appointment of Habayit Hayehudi MK Ayelet Shaked - an outspoken critic of the court's powers to scrutinise and disqualify legislation - as the new justice minister will add extra impetus to the campaign to limit its powers.


A coalition is born

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 7, 2015

With less than two hours to go before the final deadline for forming a government, Likud and Habayit Hayehudi negotiating teams finalised an agreement which allowed Benjamin Netanyahu to inform President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in fulfilling his mandate.


Natalie Portman attacks ‘racist’ Netanyahu

By Naomi Firsht, May 7, 2015

Film star Natalie Portman called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “racist” and said she was “very upset” when he was re-elected.

The Oscar-winning actress made in the comments during an interview with Hollywood Reporter in Los Angeles yesterday.


Lieberman resigns at 11th hour

By Rosa Doherty, May 5, 2015

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has resigned and said that his party, Yisrael Beiteinu, would not join the new coalition government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

With the deadline for forming a coalition due to expire tomorrow night, Mr Netanyahu is now likely to have to govern with a thin 61-seat majority.


For 42 years, Greece did not recognise Israel. I put an end to this madness

By Victor Eliezer, May 1, 2015

When the UN General Assembly voted to recognise the newly born Jewish state on November 29, 1947, Greece abstained.

Greek governments continued with this policy until 1990. During this time, the Israeli envoy in Athens held the title of "Diplomatic Representative" - not "Ambassador".

In 1990 - 25 years ago - Constantine Mitsotakis was elected as Greece's prime minister.


Aid given to South Africa hate victims

By Alana Baranov, May 1, 2015

Jewish groups in South Africa have visited refugee camps and distributed aid to victims of the anti-foreigner violence that has swept the country in recent weeks.

The wave of violence that erupted in Durban nearly a month ago has left several foreign nationals dead and forced thousands to flee for their lives.


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


Israel braced for wave of UN pressure over peace talks

By Anshel Pfeffer, May 1, 2015

Israel is concerned that it will soon face a wave of diplomatic pressure to agree to a timetable for establishing a Palestinian state.

The main worry is that the United States will give quiet backing to a French proposal that was presented to the United Nations Security Council three months ago and created with the help of the Palestinian Authority.

Another, similar proposal has been drafted


Lithuania to co-operate over Vilna Gaon grave site

By Simon Rocker, May 1, 2015

Lithuania is to erect a monument to mark the site of a historic Jewish cemetery that was once the resting place of the Vilna Gaon.

Representatives of the London-based Committee of the Preservation of Jewish Cemeteries recently met Lithuanian Prime Minister Algirdas Butkevicius to discuss the future of the old Shnipishok cemetery.