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  • Israeli Lawmakers Waive Pay Raise

    Due to the difficult economic times, Israel’s Knesset members will waive a 2009 pay raise. The Knesset House committee decided Tuesday that lawmakers would give up an automatic 3 percent pay raise in January, according to reports. Knesset members earn about $8,300 a month and receive raises tied to the retail price index four times… More ▸

  • Madoff Scheme Deals New Hit to FSU Jews

    The Ponzi scheme perpetrated by Bernard Madoff is the latest in a string of financial blows to Jewish aid programs in the former Soviet Union, wiping out a major foundation that was the primary funder of Jewish higher education in Russia. The Chais Family Foundation, a $178 million philanthropy forced to close after investing all… More ▸

  • Is It Time to Prepare for a Nuclear Iran?

    Get ready for a nuclear Iran, but don’t concede it. That’s a view emerging from the conservative end of the spectrum of Middle East policy thinkers here at a time when the pro-Israel community is grappling with how to deal with the issue between presidential administrations. John Bolton, the former Bush administration U.N. ambassador and… More ▸

  • Report: Russia Will Sell Iran Missile System

    Russia will soon deliver to Iran parts of a missile system that would hinder efforts to launch an airstrike against the country, Iran’s state news agency reported. Israeli officials have denied Sunday’s report by the IRNA news agency. Israel is opposed to the missile deal and sent a senior defense official to Moscow last week… More ▸

  • U.S. Congressmen Slam Bank over Iran

    Eight Congress members demanded answers from the U.S. Export-Import Bank over its loan guarantees to companies linked to Iran. The bank, an independent government agency that promotes U.S. trade by providing credit for deals that other insurers avoid, has underwritten $900 million in loan guarantees to U.S. companies that supply equipment to Reliance Industries, a… More ▸

  • Ancient Gold Coins Discovered in Jerusalem

    A cache of ancient gold coins was discovered at a Jerusalem archeological site. More than 250 coins, thought to be 1,300 years old, were found Sunday in the excavations at the Givati car park in the City of David. Archeological excavations under the auspices of the Israel Antiquities Authority began in the area two years… More ▸

  • Israeli Farmers Perform Rain Ritual

    Israeli farmers re-created a ritual described by a 16th century Jewish scholar in the hopes of bringing rain. The farmers from the Upper Galilee, led by Rabbi Eliyahu Biton, on Sunday encircled the tomb of Rabbi Shimon bar Yochai located on Mount Meron while shaking the Four Species that are traditionally used on Sukkot, the… More ▸

  • Inauguration Pastor Under Fire for Syria Praise

    Bloggers uncovered praise for Syria by the evangelical pastor who is slated to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. “Syria’s a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years,” Rick Warren said during a 2006 visit in a tape uncovered by the conservative Web site World Net Daily. “So it’s… More ▸

  • Bibi to Sarkozy: West Has ‘duty’ to Stop Iran

    Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to stress the dire global threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and discuss plans for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The leader of Israel’s right-leaning Likud Party, speaking Dec. 18 to a crowd hosted by the Jewish umbrella group CRIF, said that in his meeting with Sarkozy he evoked the “duty”… More ▸

  • Caroline Kennedy: Jerusalem is Israel’s Undivided Capital

    Caroline Kennedy expressed support for Israel and for Jerusalem as its capital. The scion of the Kennedy clan, who recently expressed her interest in assuming the seat of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) should Clinton be confirmed as secretary of state, answered a New York Times political questionnaire on Saturday, her first such policy statement…. More ▸