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Conservative Groups Nix Unity Pledge On Israel

10/25/2011

Two conservative groups have rejected the joint appeal from two national Jewish organizations to sign a "unity pledge" on how to treat Israel in political debate.

"An open and vigorous debate on the questions confronting our country is the cornerstone of the American electoral process," the Republican Jewish Coalition said in a statement. "Allowing the American people to see where candidates stand, pro and con on critical issues, is the hallmark of our free and democratic political system."

German Casino Returns Nazi-looted Painting

10/25/2011

A German casino has returned a Nazi-looted painting to the heirs of a German-Jewish art gallery owner.

The return of "The Masters of the Goldsmith Guild in Amsterdam in 1701" by Dutch portrait painter Juriaen Pool II (1665-1745), took place Tuesday at the Amsterdam Museum.

The beneficiaries of the estate of Max Stern, who ran a gallery in Germany before he was forced by the Nazis to liquidate his works, are Concordia, McGill and Hebrew universities.

Netanyahu Cancels GA Appearance

10/25/2011

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled plans to address the Jewish federations' annual General Assembly.

"The Prime Minister hoped to go to the GA, but unfortunately he will have to be in Israel during that week," the Jewish Federations of North America said in a statement Monday, less than two weeks before this year's GA launches in Denver. "The Prime Minister and his staff made considerable efforts to adjust his scheduling to allow for a visit to the GA, but in the end this turned out to be impossible."

Rabbis Thank Countries That Helped With Forest Fires

10/25/2011

Conservative movement rabbis thanked envoys from countries that helped Israel douse forest fires, including some that now have difficult relations with the Jewish state.

Washington-area rabbis Stuart Weinblatt, who directs Israel policy for the Rabbinical Assembly, the rabbinical arm of the Conservative movement, and Jack Moline, who directs the group's public policy, met in recent weeks with envoys from all 16 of the countries that assisted Israel during this summer's devastating fires, as well as with the Palestine Liberation Organization envoy.

Israeli Soldier Arrested For Leaking Info To Settlers

10/25/2011

An Israeli soldier was arrested on suspicion that he leaked information on military operations in the West Bank to settlers.

Though no specific charges have been made, it is suspected that the soldier's actions allowed extremist settlers to disrupt Israeli army operations and carry out “price-tag” attacks.

Investigators for the Israeli military questioned the soldier Monday, and when he refused to cooperate arrested him, according to reports. 

Seinfeld’s ‘George’ Meets With Knesset Leaders

10/25/2011

 

Former "Seinfeld" star Jason Alexander met with a Knesset caucus to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Alexander is in Israel as part of a high-profile delegation of international business leaders and philanthropists under the auspices of OneVoice, an international grass-roots movement working to promote the two-state solution.

Next Swap Could Free New Yorker Ilan Grapel

10/25/2011

Israel's Cabinet unanimously approved a deal to release dual American-Israeli citizen Ilan Grapel in exchange for 25 Egyptians being held in Israeli prisons.

The agreement, which was facilitated by the U.S. government, according to a statement from the Prime Minister's Office, was approved Tuesday.

Grapel, who is accused by Egypt of being a spy for Israel, is expected to return to Israel on Thursday, according to the statement.

New Virus Aimed At Industry Uses Stuxnet Code

10/25/2011

A computer virus similar to the Stuxnet virus that attacked Iran's nuclear program has been identified.

Duqu, with a malicious code similar to Stuxnet, was discovered on computer systems of companies in Europe, the computer security firm Symantec said in a report issued Tuesday.

"Parts of Duqu are nearly identical to Stuxnet, but with a completely different purpose," Symantec said in its report. "Duqu is essentially the precursor to a future Stuxnet-like attack."

Pam Am Victim’s Mom Thanks Libyans For Fall Of ‘Monster’

10/25/2011
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Susan Cohen, whose daughter, Theadora, was killed in the Pam Am 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland in 1988, said this weekend she was grateful to the people of Libya for rising up to depose Mouammar Kadafy, who she called “a terrorist and a monster.”

The tyrant, who held power for since 1969, was killed by rebels near his home city of Suft after he tried to escape in a convoy that was stopped by NATO aircraft.

N.J. Gov. Christie Says He’s Headed To Israel In ‘12

10/25/2011

Chris Christie said he will travel to Israel as part of his first official overseas trip as New Jersey governor.

Christie made the announcement Monday after meeting with Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, The Star-Ledger reported. 

“We look forward to continuing to strengthen our ties,” Christie said. “There’s a great, great, great long-term connection between New Jersey and Israel, and I intend to make that as strong as I can along with the ambassador and other important folks in the Israeli government.”

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