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With Deal Struck, Pro-Israel Groups Suspend Lobbying For Syria Strike

09/17/2013
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Pro-Israel groups suspended their high-profile lobbying effort for a strike on Syria now that the United States and Russia have struck a deal to strip the Assad regime of its chemical weapons.

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov speak during a Sept. 12 press conference. Getty Images

Quebec Jewish Groups: Ban On Personal Religious Articles Unconstitutional

09/13/2013
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Jewish groups in Quebec have issued a new statements expressing their opposition to the government's proposed "values charter," which would ban religious headgear and other "conspicuous" religious symbols for public-sector employees, according to the Canadian Jewish News

Assad: Israel Should Ditch Chemical Weapons, Too

09/13/2013
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Syrian President Bashar Assad said Israel should be required to get rid of its weapons of mass destruction, including chemical weapons.

Jewish Leaders Push Back On ‘Warmonger’ Accusation

‘We have a dog in this fight,’ they say in supporting Obama on Syria strike.

09/11/2013
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With President Barack Obama calling Russia’s proposal to collect and destroy Syria’s chemical weapons a “potential breakthrough,” many in the organized Jewish community are concerned their support for military force against Syria will be seen as leading the charge to war.

Secretary of State John Kerry speaking Monday in London raised the idea of Syria giving up its chemical weapons. Getty Images

British Author Jacobson To Rewrite Shakespeare's 'Merchant Of Venice'

09/09/2013
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Howard Jacobson, British author who won the 2010 Man Booker Prize for his Jewish-themed novel The Finkler Question, has been commissioned to rewrite The Merchant of Venice in prose, according to The Jewish Chronicle.

Howard Jacobson won the Man Booker Prize in 2010. Getty Images

Tony Abbott, Israel Backer, Wins Australian Premiership

09/09/2013
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SYDNEY  — Tony Abbott, a staunch supporter of Israel, was elected the country’s new prime minister of Australia.

Chasidim Return To Israel From A Chaotic Pilgrimage To Uman

09/09/2013
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Thousands of Jewish pilgrims are leaving Ukraine, where their weeklong stay in Uman resulted in a fire, power shortages, a sewage flood and several arrests.

In one incident, three Israeli police officers who were sent to Uman to help police there reportedly scuffled last week with locals while off duty. An estimated 26,000 Jewish pilgrims congregate every year ahead of the Jewish New Year near the gravesite of Rabbi Nachman, founder of the Breslov hasidic movement.

Chasidim pray in Uman during 2010 pilgrimage. Getty Images

Jews Urge Action On Syria As ‘Moral Imperative’

Groups line up behind Obama as they look toward Iran.

09/04/2013
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Tel Aviv — Congress must support President Barack Obama’s call for a limited military attack on Syria if Obama’s pledge to prevent Iran from becoming a nuclear nation is to be believed.

Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey, Secretary of State John Kerry and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Getty Images

Israel And U.S. Conduct Joint Missile Test In Mediterranean

09/03/2013
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Israel and the United States carried out a joint missile test in the Mediterranean Sea, Israel’s Defense Ministry said.

Russia raised an alarm on Tuesday morning after it detected the unannounced missile launch.

Leaked Report: U.S. Has Counterintelligence Operations Against Israel

08/30/2013
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The United States works actively to thwart spying by Israel on the U.S., just as it does against enemies like Iran, China, Russia and Cuba, according to a secret report published by the Washington Post on Thursday.

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