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    Some Jewish residents of the West Bank went on a rampage after an illegal outpost near Hebron was evacuated. The outpost known as Federman’s Farm, inhabited for the past two years by right-wing activist Noam Federman, his wife and their nine children living in a caravan, was evacuated early Sunday by the Israeli army and… More ▸

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    An Israeli civilian was killed and a policeman wounded after a young Palestinian was stopped for a security check in Jerusalem. The Palestinian terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed one of two police officers who detained him on the street in Jerusaelm’s Gilo neighborhood Thursday morning. The assailant escaped the policemen, though he was… More ▸

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    Tzipi Livni will ask Israeli President Shimon Peres for an extension to form a new coalition government. The prime minister-designate since Ehud Olmert resigned his position last month, Livni likely will ask for the two-week extension Monday. By law she is entitled to the extra time. While Livni has initialed an agreement with the Labor… More ▸

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    A team of Israeli investigators was scheduled to leave for the United States to complete its probe of the Talansky affair. Jerusalem District Attorney Eli Abarbanel and two investigators from the National Fraud Investigation Unit were to leave Israel on Sunday for a 10-day visit, the daily Ha’aretz reported. Abarbanel was scheduled to meet with… More ▸

  • Rioting in Akko Demonstrates Tinderbox of Arab-jewish Ties

    The rioting in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko, which erupted after an Arab man drove through a Jewish neighborhood on Yom Kippur, shows just how combustible Arab-Jewish relations in Israel are. Yet after four successive nights of clashes, in which rampaging Arabs stoned Jewish-owned shops and cars as Jewish mobs torched Arab homes, there… More ▸

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    Labor would be the senior partner in a new government, according to a draft coalition agreement reportedly sent on by Kadima. Associates of Prime Minister-designate Tzipi Livni reportedly passed the draft agreement Sunday to the Labor Party. Israeli media are reporting that the agreement will serve as the basis for continuing talks between the ruling… More ▸

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    The Israeli government needs to intervene in the current financial crisis, former Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Netanyahu, opposition leader and Likud Party chairman, told Israel Radio Tuesday that the government should step in to save threatened savings accounts and trust funds and to help ease the coming financial recession. As finance minister, Netanyahu’s policies… More ▸

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    Ehud Olmert in a meeting with Russia’s president pressed the case against Russia selling anti-aircraft missile systems to Iran. Olmert and Dmitry Medvedev met Tuesday in Moscow during a trip aimed at discouraging Russia from the “irresponsible transfer of arms to elements that worry us,” the outgoing Israeli prime minister said in a statement. The… More ▸

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    Frank Lowy, an Australian Jew, for the first time was identified as the nation’s richest man. Lowy, who survived the Holocaust as a teenager on the run and then fought in Israel’s 1948 War of Independence, has amassed a fortune estimated at $4.5 billion from the Westfield Group, an empire of shopping malls in the… More ▸

  • Anger Greets Olmert’s Concessions on Jerusalem, Syria, West Bank

    A Rosh Hashanah-eve interview in which outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said Israel should give up the Golan Heights for peace with Syria and nearly all of the West Bank for peace with the Palestinians has sparked a political storm in Israel. Prime minister-designate Tzipi Livni, who is set to succeed Olmert as soon as… More ▸