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Alan Gross Released From Cuba

United States has reportedly secured prisoner's release as part of a swap.

12/17/2014
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Five years after he was arrested in Cuba on a charge of providing illegal technical assistance to the country’s small Jewish community, New York-born Alan Gross, who inadvertently became one of the world’s most prominent Jewish political prisoners, is a free man.

Supporters gather at a Dec. 3 rally calling for Gross' release. Getty Images

Ex-Envoy Michael Oren Still Weighing Political Run?

12/17/2014
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Michael Oren has not decided whether he will run in Israel’s upcoming elections, a source close to Israel’s former U.S. ambassador said.

Livni Joins Forces With Labor Party For March Elections

12/17/2014
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Former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said she will run on a joint ticket with the Labor Party in Israel’s upcoming elections.

New Gas Field Discovered Off Israel’s Coast

12/17/2014
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A new natural gas field was discovered off Israel’s Mediterranean coast—the third largest found in Israeli waters.

Shin Bet Nabs Palestinian Terror Cell Planning Tel Aviv Attack

12/17/2014
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Israel’s Shin Bet security service said it thwarted a Palestinian terror cell planning to carry out a suicide bombing attack in Tel Aviv.

Israeli Police Arrest Head Of Anti-Coexistence Group

12/17/2014
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The head of Lehava, a group that opposes Arab-Israeli coexistence and assimilation, was arrested.

Joan Rivers Remembers Jewish Groups In Will

12/17/2014
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Joan Rivers in her will left money to several Jewish charitable organizations to which she was connected.

Rabbi David Saperstein Wins Senate Nod For Religious Freedom Post

12/17/2014
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The U.S. Senate confirmed Rabbi David Saperstein, a Reform movement leader, for a State Department post.

Tufts University Vandalized Again With Swastikas

12/17/2014
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Swastikas were found spray-painted on a Tufts University building for the third time in nearly two years.

Claims Conference Raising Allocations For Holocaust Survivors

12/17/2014
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The Claims Conference will increase its allocations to social service organizations serving Jewish Holocaust survivors by 21 percent over last year.

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