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Barak Meeting Top U.S. Officials

02/09/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is in Washington meeting top administration officials and Congress members.

Barak is meeting Wednesday with Dennis Ross, the top Iran policy official in the White House; Tom Donilon, the national security adviser; Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton; and Defense Secretary Robert Gates, as well as Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the chairwoman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee and other Congress members.

JCPA Welcomes New State in Southern Sudan

02/09/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. Jewish policy umbrella welcomed the emergence of a new state in southern Sudan, but said the international community must be vigilant in bringing about a broader peace.

WikiLeaks: Israel Has Preferred Suleiman in Egypt

02/08/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has long preferred current Egyptian Vice President Omar Suleiman as the successor to President Hosni Mubarak, according to leaked U.S. diplomatic cables.

A senior adviser from Israel's Ministry of Defense told U.S. diplomats in Tel Aviv in August 2008 that Suleiman was viewed as the most likely interim president if Mubarak died or was incapacitated.

Cuba to Seek 20-Year Prison Term for Alan Gross

02/07/2011

(JTA) -- Cuban prosecutors will seek a 20-year prison sentence for accused spy Alan Gross, a U.S. government contractor that the State Department says was assisting Cuban Jews.

Gross is accused of "Acts Against the Independence and Territorial Integrity of the State," Reuters reported, citing a Feb. 4 report by Cuban state media via a government-run website.

Egyptian Natural Gas Supplies to Israel Cut Off After Explosion

02/06/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Natural gas supplies to Israel have been cut off after an explosion in an Egyptian gas line in the Sinai Peninsula.

It is unclear whether Saturday's explosion was caused by a gas leak or by sabotage. The head of Egypt's natural gas company said the explosion was caused by a gas leak; Egyptian state television said the explosion was a result of sabotage. A security official said the blast was caused by an explosive charge detonated inside the terminal, according to the Jerusalem Post.

Gas supply was also cut off to Jordan, according to reports.

Muslim Brotherhood Threatens to Cancel Peace with Israel

02/04/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- A leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood said any post-Mubarak government should dissolve its peace treaty with Israel.

"After President Mubarak steps down and a provisional government is formed, there is a need to dissolve the peace treaty with Israel," Rashad al-Bayoumi, a deputy leader of the movement, told a Japanese television station, according to a report in The Washington Times.

Jewish Group Claims Hamas Hacked its Website

02/04/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) – The website of the Jewish People Policy Institute was hacked Thursday by a group that the institute claims is affiliated with Hamas.

The JPPI, a Jerusalem-based think tank that focuses on the Jewish future and Israel's security, issued a statement saying hackers took over its website, then posted a picture of an Israeli tank and a Palestinian child on the English section, and removed a recently uploaded assessment and analysis documents.

Nefesh B’Nefesh Cuts Staff, Salaries

02/04/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The aliyah organization Nefesh B'Nefesh says it has slashed18 percent of its staff and will cut the salaries of its remaining employees.

The organization last week made across-the-board cuts of 15 employees. Salary cuts were instituted at all levels as well, according to Yael Katsman, its marketing and communications director.

The cuts were first reported Thursday in Haaretz.

Services to olim will not be affected, Katsman stressed.

Mubarak Supporters Target Journalists as 'Jews'

02/04/2011

(JTA) -- Pro-Egyptian government counter-protesters in Cairo are screaming "Jew!" at foreign journalists, apparently spurred by Egyptian state TV accusations that Israeli spies are behind the protests.

"Egyptian state television has actively tried to foment the unrest by reporting that 'Israeli spies' on the unrest have infiltrated the city, which explains why many of the gangs who attack reporters shout 'yehudi!,' " Al Jazeera said in a report on its website Thursday.

The report documented increasing attacks on foreign journalists.

Netanyahu: Israel Must Prepare for Any Egypt Outcome

02/03/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel must be prepared for any outcome in Egypt, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the Knesset, "by reinforcing the might of the State of Israel."

While an Egypt that fully embraces democracy and democratic reform would be a welcome neighbor, Netanyahu said Wednesday, it is also possible that Egypt could come under the rule of parties that are answerable to Iran.

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