‘The Left is going down’

Leading rabbi attacks Israeli left, and explains why PM should not be criticized for 'Shehecheyanu' blessing during US embassy inauguration.

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Palestinian and Israeli vineyards vandalized in West Bank

Fires erupted over the weekend near a settlement where a cherry plantation was torched last week ...
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‘The campaign against Iran is not over’

PM on Iranian involvement in Syria: 'We are acting against transfer of lethal weaponry from Syria to Lebanon or its ...
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Palestinian president could leave hospital soon: source

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas could leave hospital soon, "most likely" on Monday, after a week of treatment for pneumonia, a ...
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Israeli army kills three Gaza militants after foiling border bombing

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli tank shelling killed three members of the Palestinian militant group Islamic Jihad in ...
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Builder of Bet El, Philanthropist Jean Gluck Passes

Diaspora Jewish leader Jean Gluck passes. She and husband led thousands to support Jewish presence and institutions in Judea and ...
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Egypt’s Ansar militants swear allegiance to Islamic State: statement

CAIRO (Reuters) – Ansar Bayt al-Maqdis, Egypt’s most active militant group, has sworn allegiance to Islamic State, a statement from Ansar said Monday night. Ansar had previously told Reuters that it sought inspiration and advice from Islamic State, the radical al-Qaeda offshoot that has taken over swathes of Iraq and Syria, drawing U.S.-led airstrikes as it tries to remake the map of the Middle East. “After entrusting God we decided to swear allegiance to the emir of the faithful Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, caliph of the Muslims in Syria and Iraq and in other countries,” the statement said. …

Saudi jails protesters, jihadists for up to 10 years

Demonstrators gather in Qatif, in the Shiite-populated east of Saudi Arabia, on July 8, 2012A Riyadh court sentenced five Saudis to jail for five to 10 years on Monday for anti-regime activities in its restive Eastern Province and supporting jihadists in Iraq and Syria. It gave another defendant an eight-year prison term for having travelled to war-torn Syria and pledging allegiance to the head of the Sunni jihadist Islamic State group. Another was sentenced to seven years in jail for going to Iraq to fight alongside jihadists after receiving combat training at a camp in Yemen, where Al-Qaeda is highly active. Scores of Saudis are believed to be in the ranks of radical Islamist groups in areas of unrest across the Middle East, including Iraq and Syria.


Peshmerga, Syrian rebels battle Islamic State in besieged Kobani

An Islamic State flag is seen in east KobaniBy Omer Berberoglu MURSITPINAR Turkey (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdish peshmerga fighters and moderate Syrian rebels bombarded Islamic State positions in Kobani on Monday, but it was unclear if their arrival would turn the tide in the battle for the besieged Syrian border town. Kobani has become a symbolic test of the U.S.-led coalition's ability to halt the advance of Islamic State, which has poured weapons and fighters into its assault of the town that has lasted more than a month. …


EU’s top diplomat to visit Israel, Gaza, West Bank

New EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini will visit Israel, Gaza and the West Bank this weekNew EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini will visit Israel, Gaza and the West Bank this week to help revive the stalled Middle East peace process, her office said Monday. The trip will last three days beginning Friday, taking in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Gaza and Ramallah. "The visit is a signal of the priority given to the region by the EU and (Mogherini's wish) to play a role in the stabilisation, reconstruction and revival of the peace process," a spokesperson said.