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Iran

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The House of Representatives voted in favor of a bill Thursday evening that would prohibit future cash payments to Iran. The Prohibiting Future Ransom Payments to Iran Act passed by a vote of 254 – 163, with a number of Democrats joining Republicans in supporting the bill. President Barack Obama has threatened...

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Israel

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Team Israel defeated Brazil 1-0 on Friday in the qualifying round of the World Baseball Classic on Friday in Brooklyn. First baseman Nate Freiman scored in the fourth inning on a Cody Decker sacrifice fly. Winning pitcher Corey Baker allowed one hit in five innings pitched, and Brad Goldberg of the Charlotte Knights,...

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Diplomacy

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with more than 15 African heads of state and representatives at the United Nations General Assembly on Thursday. Netanyahu told the leaders that he thought Israel could be an “amazing” partner for their nations. He specifically pointed to Israeli technology, which he said could improve their...

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Israel

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Before peace can be achieved, Palestinians must recognize that Jews, like Arabs, have a right to exercise self-determination in their homeland, and drop demands for a “right of return” that would undermine a two-state solution, former Knesset member Einat Wilf wrote in an op-ed published in Haaretz on Thursday. Wilf, who identifies herself as a member...

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Israel

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Leading political and communal leaders in New York City called on the Palestinian terrorist organization Hamas on Monday to release the two Israeli hostages it is holding captive, as well as the bodies of two Israeli soldiers killed in the Gaza Strip two years ago. At a Manhattan press conference organized by...

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Diplomacy

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The month-long “Ozraeli” festival celebrating Australia and Israel’s friendship—Ozraeli—is currently underway in Israel. The event celebrates the two countries’ common features and strong diplomatic ties. Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma, embassy staff and their families, Jewish National Fund volunteers, about 150 Australian youngsters, and Kinneret Authority advocacy teams kicked things off with a beach cleanup...

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MidEast

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In his forthcoming book “The New Philistines,” the Wall Street Journal correspondent Sohrab Ahmari devotes a few paragraphs to a symposium on art and identity convened by the radical magazine, Artforum. “Indeed, there was never any real disagreement among the participants, and this was typical,” he writes. “These are discussions...

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to address the Israeli parliament in Jerusalem while speaking before the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Thursday. Netanyahu, who noted that the UN’s entrenched bias against Israel made it a poor venue for Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts, instead invited...

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Iran

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Iran “must stop meddling in Arab affairs, from Yemen and Bahrain to Iraq, Syria and Lebanon,” former Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri wrote on Thursday in The New York Times. Harari’s father Rafik, also a former prime minister, was assassinated in 2005. An international tribunal at The Hague determined that the assassination was carried out...

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MidEast

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Scientists who analyzed the text on an ancient, charred scroll first discovered in Israel in 1970 have found that it contains the earliest known copy of biblical scriptures in standardized form, National Geographic reported Wednesday. The study of the scroll, which contains a section of the biblical book of Leviticus, was led by Brent Seales, chairman of the department...

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