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To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day, a BBC show called The Big Question, which purports to deal with moral questions, asked on Sunday “Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?” Some of the panelists rejected the question. The Times of Israel reports: Rabbi Yaakov Wise countered that the...

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Diplomacy

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Israeli ambassador to the United States Ron Dermer highlighted Israel’s role as refuge for every Jew in a speech delivered Sunday. Dermer noted that possibly as much as 3% of France’s Jewish population could move to Israel in 2015 and asked rhetorically, “Despite all the concerns regarding the future of...

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Diplomacy

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A group of Senate Democrats led by Senator Robert Menendez (D – N.J.) effectively gave the Obama administration a deadline to achieve an agreement that would prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons. In a letter to the White House, the senators expressed support for legislation that would toughen diplomacy against Iran if the Islamic...

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Human Rights

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The terrorist organization Hamas published photos (Arabic link) on Sunday showing Palestinian minors dressed in military uniforms and being given weapons training with assault rifles. This training is part of military youth camps which Hamas opened throughout the Gaza Strip under the name “Pioneers of Independence.” The camps are designated...

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Israel

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Egyptian Prime Minister Ibrahim Mahlab extended a state of emergency yesterday in parts of North Sinai by another three months, the Al-Ahram website reported. The Egyptian army has been acting intensively in Sinai in recent months to eradicate terror cells scattered throughout the peninsula. The operation began on October, after more than...

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Israel

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Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal has left the Gulf state of Qatar, which had been his home since 2012, and has moved to Turkey, according to a report published Monday in The Christian Science Monitor. Meshaal’s departure is reportedly the result of the growing influence of the rapprochement between Qatar and...

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Diplomacy

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It cannot be confirmed “that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities,” Yukiya Amano, the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the nuclear watchdog of the United Nations, said in an address in Indonesia on Friday. As far as Iran is concerned, the Agency is...

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Israel

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Israeli startups raised $910 million last week, according to a report yesterday at tech website GeekTime. The deals were highlighted by the first Israeli acquisition by e-commerce giant Amazon. The majority of funding that Israeli startups raised last week were through acquisitions, totaling $770 million. The largest of these deals,...

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Diplomacy

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President Barack Obama’s retreat on insisting that President Bashar al-Assad leave power was endorsed in an editorial in The New York Times yesterday. But the unsettling truth is that the brutal dictator is still clinging to power and the United States and its allies are going to have to live with...

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Global Affairs

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A poll released last week revels that a majority of Palestinians believe that Israel is possibly behind the terror attacks in Paris earlier this month. The Times of Israel reports: The survey, which was released last week by the official Palestinian Authority newspaper Al-Hayat al-Jadida, showed 84.4 percent of Palestinians,...

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