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Obama: Missile Fire From Gaza Must Stop First

At press conference in Bangkok, Obama says Hamas responsible for intensification of violence.

11/19/2012

President Obama told the Egyptian and Turkish leaders that a resolution to the Gaza-Israel violence must begin with an end to rocket fire into Israel.

"If we’re serious about wanting to resolve this situation and create a genuine peace process, it starts with no more missiles being fired into Israel’s territory, and that then gives us the space to try to deal with these longstanding conflicts that exist," Obama said Sunday at a news conference in Bangkok, the first leg of his tour of Asian countries.

IDF Gaza Ground Campaign ‘On The Table,’ Says Spokeswoman

11/15/2012

Israel is preparing personnel other than its air force to respond to the growing threat of missile and rocket attacks from Gaza -- which have reached as far north as the outskirts of Jerusalem -- a top military spokeswoman said Thursday.

Lt. Col. Avital Leibovitch: "Hamas got loud and clear the message when we targeted the vehicle [Jabari] sat in."

At GA, Old Guard Frets Over New

Wiesel, Sharansky discuss historic Soviet Jewry rally; where has the sense of unity gone?

11/14/2012
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Baltimore — The Jewish federation movement, like much of the organized community, has put great emphasis in recent years on youth, trying many ways to attract that elusive segment of the community.

But the most dramatic session of this year’s General Assembly (GA) of the Jewish Federations of North America, held here this week, was a discussion between two men, one 84 and the other 64, about an event that took place almost 25 years ago.

Elie Wiesel and Natan Sharansky at the GA in Baltimore. David Karp

The Hurricane They Almost Named Israel

In 2001, Jewish groups battled UN over storm names Israel and Adolph.

11/09/2012

While Hurricane Sandy wreaked havoc on East Coast Jewish communities, another storm 11 years ago made serious political waves in the Jewish world.

It’s not unusual for Jewish organizations to clash with United Nations agencies over issues related to Israel. But in 2001, Jewish groups’ concern for Israel drew them into an unusual battle with the UN over the naming of a hurricane.

Tropical Storm Ivo, which would have been named Israel had it reached hurricane status. NASA

Netanyahu Among 13 Leaders Obama Calls Post-Election

11/09/2012

-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was one of 13 world leaders that President Obama called to thank for congratulatory messages following his reelection.

"In each call, he thanked his counterpart for their friendship and partnership thus far and expressed his desire to continue close cooperation moving ahead," the White House said Thursday in a statement.

In his own statement, Netanyahu said he told Obama that his reelection was "a vote of confidence in your leadership."

Israel Becoming A Leader in Medical Marijuana Research

Health Ministry considering distribution of marijuana through pharmacies

11/06/2012

Aided by Israel’s strong reputation in science and medicine, the medical marijuana industry in Israel is to set to expand with official government support, the Associated Press reported.

Medical marijuana has been legal in Israel since the early 1990s. Coaster420/Wikimedia Commons

EU Parliament Certifies Israeli Pharmaceuticals

Israeli pharmaceutical standards equal Europe's, can be marketed there without further control.

10/24/2012

The European Parliament voted in favor of simplifying the sale of Israeli pharmaceuticals within the European Union.

With Tuesday's vote in Strasbourg, France, the parliament approved “a very important technical-commercial agreement,” Yigal Palmor, a spokesman for the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs, told JTA in an email.

Jerusalem-based Teva is the world's largest manufacturer of generic drugs. Getty Images

Report: iPhone 5 Selling In Gaza At Almost Double Price

10/16/2012

 

A pricey version of the latest iPhone from Apple is on sale in Gaza despite Palestinians’ professed poverty due to an Israeli and Egyptian partial blockade of the territory.

Meanwhile, Israelis looking to get their hands on Apple’s latest technology without traveling to Gaza will have to wait until December, when Israel’s mobile carriers will start selling the iPhone5.

U.S. Reiterates Opposition To "Israeli Settlement Activity"

United Nations Ambassador Susan Rice also rejects new bid to upgrade Palestinians' status at the UN.

10/16/2012

During a speech at the United Nations Security Council’s Open Debate on the Middle East, U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice outlined the Obama administration’s stance on key Middle East issues including Israeli building in the West Bank, peace efforts and the Palestinian bid for statehood.

Rice emphasized that the U.S. “does not accept the legitimacy of Israeli settlement activity, and will continue to oppose any efforts to legalize outposts.”

U.S. Permanent Representative to the UN Ambassador Susan Rice. State Department

New Toronto Jewish Campus Sign Of Booming Community

The Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Jewish Community Campus is 200,000 square feet spread across 50 acres.

10/16/2012

Standing in the sprawling new $185 million Jewish community complex just north of Toronto, Taali Lester Tollman sweeps her outstretched arm in a wide arc.

"Just a few years ago," says Tollman, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto's vice president of marketing, "all this was pasture."

Actually it was woodland, but no matter. On the space now stands one of the most ambitious Jewish projects ever undertaken in Canada.

Toronto's new Jewish community campus will serve 80,000 Jews, up 33 percent from 2001. Shai Gil Photography
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