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  • Iran’s Red Crescent Will Send Ship to Gaza

    Iran’s Red Crescent will attempt to break Israel’s naval blockade by sending a relief ship to the Gaza Strip. Secretary-General Seyed Ahmad Moussavi said Wednesday in a statement on the Iranian Red Crescent Web site that the organization will send 1,000 tons of food and medical supplies on a ship to Gaza at the beginning… More ▸

  • Weak Israeli Test Scores Seen As ‘crisis’

    Poor scores on standardized tests “illuminate a crisis” in Israeli junior high schools, the nation’s education minister said. Israeli students fared poorly in math and science on international and national exams. Israel placed 24th out of 49 nations in the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study, five places lower than in 2003, and 25th… More ▸

  • Kantor Calls out German Firms on Iran Trade

    Germany must do more to curb its trade with Iran, the president of the European Jewish Congress stressed. Moshe Kantor, responding to the recent release of data showing a 10 percent rise in exports to Iran over the first three quarters of 2008, said the trend is “at odds with the international efforts to isolate… More ▸

  • Olmert Sets Visit to London

    Israel’s Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will visit London at the invitation of his British counterpart, Gordon Brown. Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad also will be in the British capital next week for an investment conference, which is scheduled to be opened by Brown. The British prime minister has been a longtime supporter of what… More ▸

  • Israeli Leaders Meet to Discuss Attacks

    Israel’s prime minister, foreign minister and defense minister met to discuss the cease-fire with Hamas and an Israeli response to rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip. Wednesday’s meeting with Ehud Olmert, Tzipi Livni and Ehud Barak, as well as security establishment heads, was called by Livni, who on Tuesday told a Tel Aviv University conference… More ▸

  • Bush Extends Jerusalem Waiver

    President Bush extended his waiver of a law mandating the move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem. The order, sent Dec. 4 to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and published Tuesday, cites the “national security interests of the United States” in waiving the Jerusalem Embassy Act for six months. Bush and his… More ▸

  • Peres to Muslim Leaders: Peace is Goal

    Israel’s main goal is to achieve comprehensive peace in the Middle East, Shimon Peres told the country’s Muslim and Druze leaders. The Israeli president, speaking during an official visit to the Arab-Israeli city of Sakhnin in honor of the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha, called on Muslims throughout the world to advance moderation, brotherhood and reconciliation… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Back Israel on Hebron

    U.S. Jewish groups for the most part backed Israel’s evacuation of settlers from a Hebron building and condemned settler violence. “The attacks against Palestinians, their farms, cemeteries and other Muslim property by Jewish extremists are deeply troubling and unacceptable,” the Anti-Defamation League said in a statement Dec. 5, a day after the evacuation of settlers… More ▸

  • Israel Asks Iran Concerns Be Sent to Obama

    Israel outlined its concerns about any U.S. engagement with Iran. Shaul Mofaz, the transportation minister and the head of the Israeli team in the bilateral strategic dialogue, met Monday with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and her deputy, William Burns, who is co-chairing the Bush administration’s State Department transition team. Mofaz said he asked… More ▸

  • Israeli Army Anticipates Attacks on Ashdod

    Israel’s army believes that the southern city of Ashdod could soon be in the cross hairs of Gaza Strip terrorists. The Israel Defense Forces Home Front Command on Monday distributed pamphlets across the city, located just north of Ashkelon, a city that has been hit by Kassam and Katyusha rockets. The pamphlets inform residents how… More ▸