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  • Fate of Next Government Hangs on Outcome of Shas Party Session

    The character of Israel’s next government may be decided this weekend by the leaders and mentors of an ultra-Orthodox political party scheduled to meet behind closed doors. Shas, whose spiritual guide is the former Sephardic chief rabbi of Israel, Ovadia Yosef, emerged from the Nov. 1 elections the largest of the four religious parties and… More ▸

  • Aliyah So Far Same As 1987 Level

    A total of 9,220 immigrants arrived in Israel during the first nine months of 1988, about the same in the corresponding period of 1987, the Central Bureau of Statistics reported Monday. Emigrants from the Soviet Union numbered 1,570, a slight increase over the previous year. But a 43 percent rise was reported in emigration from… More ▸

  • New Members of 12th Knesset Include Many New to Politics

    If there is one thing that the 15 Israeli political parties elected to the Knesset last week have in common, it is that nearly all of them are sending new faces to sit in the 120-member legislative body. Mostly young, predominantly Sephardic and new to politics are the words that describe most of the 18… More ▸

  • IDF Ready for Heightened Violence Expected After Algiers Conclave

    The Israel Defense Force is prepared for an anticipated increase in the level of violence in the West Bank and Gaza Strip following a meeting of the Palestine National Council in Algiers this weekend, according to Gen. Dan Shomron, the IDF chief of staff. The PNC, which is to convene Saturday, is expected to declare… More ▸

  • Italian Official Going to Israel

    Foreign Minister Giulio Andreotti flew to Israel on Tuesday, at the invitation of Premier Yitzhak Shamir. He also is scheduled to have talks with Foreign Minister Shimon Peres. Andreotti is the first senior European statesman to go to Jerusalem since Israel’s parliamentary elections a week ago. He is traveling in his capacity of chairman of… More ▸

  • Sla Commander is Recovering from Assassination Attempt

    Gen. Antoine Lehad was reported out of danger Tuesday at Rambam Hospital in Haifa following an assassination attempt at his home in Marjayoun, in the southern Lebanon security zone. Lehad is commander of the South Lebanon Army, a largely Lebanese Christian force of about 2,600 men, armed, trained and financed by Israel to police the… More ▸

  • Palestinians to Begin Exporting Produce Directly to Europeans

    A new trade era will begin at the end of this month when the first direct export of Palestinian agricultural produce from the West Bank and Gaza Strip reach the European market, European Community sources said here Tuesday. The initial consignment of 6,000 tons, mainly grapefruit grown in Gaza, will go to importers in West… More ▸

  • Speculation over Columbus’ Judaism Raised Anew by Italy’s Ambassador

    Speculation over that Christopher Columbus may have had Jewish ancestry has been alive for generations — at least since the 1930s, when the Spanish scholar, Salvador de Madriaga, made a case for it. But could it be true? There are grounds to believe so, Italy’s ambassador to Israel, Alberto Leoncini Bartoli, said Saturday. He spoke… More ▸

  • Polio Outbreak Ends in Israel

    The polio outbreak in Israel has been officially declared over. Health Minister Shoshana Arbeli-Almoslino reported Tuesday that no new cases have been diagnosed in the last five weeks. Fifteen cases in all were reported between August and October, leading to a mass inoculation drive. A total of 3.2 million people under age 40 were given… More ▸

  • Governors of All 50 States Sign Kristallnacht Proclamations

    The governors of all 50 states have issued proclamations commemorating the 50th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Nov. 9-10, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council reported Tuesday. The proclamations, which were issued at the council’s request, also were issued by more than 150 mayors throughout the United States. They urged their constituents to “always strive to overcome prejudice… More ▸