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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Largest Stadium in the Mideast Opens in Jerusalem
Palestinians Confront Widespread Destruction in Gaza Strip
The Tunnel Trap -- Beware! Political Futures Inside
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Syrian Opposition Activist Visits Israel
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Calls for no-fly-zone in northern and southern Syria Dr. Kamal Al-Labwani is on a mission --- to help overthrow the Syrian regime which he says is responsible for the death of 400,000 Syrians and the displacement, both inside and outside the country of ten million. To achieve that mission he will do almost anything, including a visit to Israel, a long-time enemy of Syria. “I thank the Israeli people and the Jewish community in the US for all of.....

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Is Israel Headed Toward New Elections?
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, September 15, 2014

New Poll Finds Netanyahu’s Likud Would Still be Largest Party If you feel like there just was an Israeli election, you’d be right. The last election was held in January 2013, less than 20 months ago. But against the backdrop of a new budget for 2015, and requests by the Defense Ministry for an additional $17 billion after this summer’s war between Israel and Hamas in the Gaza Strip, a clash has erupted between Netanyahu and his Finance.....

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Rebuilding Gaza Won’t Work Without a Political Solution
by Abdullah H. Erakat and Linda Gradstein on Thursday, September 11, 2014

Indirect Talks Between Israel and Hamas to Resume in Cairo As Palestinians begin to discuss the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip after seven weeks of fighting with Israel, Israeli, Palestinian and international officials warn of the risk of another round of fighting unless there is a diplomatic agreement between the two sides as well as an agreement to rebuild Gaza. Hamas senior official Musa Abu Marzook said that indirect talks with Israel would resume in Cairo later this.....

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Gulf States Could Help US Defeat Islamic State
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Want to be sure US is committed to finishing IS As the Middle East awaits President Obama’s prime-time address, Arab states are growing increasingly concerned about Islamic State (IS) and its power to further destabilize an already unstable region. The campaign against IS could also lead to new regional alliances. US Secretary of State John Kerry is in Saudi Arabia today, after visiting Iraq, which, along with Syria, has lost large swaths of territory to IS. Analysts say that.....

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Report Attacks Israel on Refugee Issues
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Human Rights Watch Charges Thousands of Africans Coerced to Leave A new report by Human Rights Watch charges that Israel has unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 refugees from Eritrea and Sudan into returning to their home countries where they may face “torture, arbitrary detention, and charges of treason” for having visited Israel. The report calls on Israel to stop the coercion immediately and allow more Africans to obtain refugee status. “Israel should immediately end its policy of unlawfully detaining Sudanese.....

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Palestinians Work in Israel, West Bank Jewish communities
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Monday, September 08, 2014

West Bank laborers say money is better than in local factories RAMALLAH – Emad Halabi first worked in Israel when he was 16 years old.  Now, at the age of 50, he still takes jobs in the Jewish state or in Jewish communities built on land Israel acquired in 1967 when he can get them. The money he made helped support his large family. While he passed his college entrance exam, he dropped out of two separate universities twice......

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Israel Wants International Force in Gaza
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, September 07, 2014

Aims to Monitor Rehabilitation and Prevent Rearming of Hamas Israel wants European monitors to oversee the reconstruction of the Gaza Strip and ensure that the Islamist Hamas movement, which fired thousands of rockets at Israel during seven weeks of fighting, does not re-arm. The Israeli foreign ministry is discussing several options including a European-Union force, a Western-force which would include the US and Canada, and a United Nations force, and a NATO battalion. According to a proposal which was.....

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Steven Sotloff Sounded the Unanswered Alarm about ISIS
by Felice Friedson on Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Media Line President tells of Sotloff's journalistic prowess "As the international media is fixated on the struggle between the military and the Muslim Brotherhood, few reporters are focusing on Syria. But a spate of kidnappings of foreign journalists in Syria has made the country a mini-Iraq that few want to venture into. 'It's dangerous and getting worse by the day,' says a correspondent for a major Western publication. If no one is asking for articles, why should.....

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TML EXCLUSIVE: Hamas Abused Political Rivals in Gaza
by Abdullah H. Erakat on Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Fatah members demand investigation WEST BANK – As support for the Islamist Hamas movement soars in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank, members of the rival Fatah movement charge they have been harassed, beaten, and in some cases, even killed by members of the Islamist Hamas movement. The allegations could threaten a unity government between Hamas and Fatah that was inaugurated in June to heal the longstanding rifts between the two factions. A Fatah government employee who.....

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Gaza Waiting for Reconstruction
by Linda Gradstein on Sunday, August 31, 2014

No Mechanism for Import of Cement Five days after the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas began, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip are asking when and how reconstruction of the battered coastal enclave will begin. United Nations workers in the Gaza Strip say that 55,000 refugees are still taking shelter in 41 UN schools raising questions about how the school year will begin in two weeks, already delayed from its scheduled opening in August. Palestinian Authority (PA) Prime Minister Rami.....

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