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Jews and Muslims did worship together at Dome of the Rock

IslamJews and Muslims once worshiped together at the Dome of the Rock, and many Jews considered it to be the Third Temple, according to research compiled by Dr. Moshe Sharon. In his study, The Shape of the Holy the Hebrew University professor theorizes that the Dome of the Rock‚Äôs construction challenged Christian dominance in the city, and that the Islamic tradition of the Prophet Muhammad‚Äôs Night Journey and ascension to heaven from this spot was an invention to legitimize their presence in Jerusalem. Full Story : Ivarfejld….

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Israel declares “revolution” against gas guzzlers

Prius Plugin Hybrid Israel declared a “green tax revolution” on Monday, proposing a new customs levy on large vehicles and a rebate for junking older gas-guzzling models. Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz said he hoped his plan would persuade Israelis to switch to hybrid cars while earning the state up to 400 million shekels ($100 million) a year. Two percent of Israel’s GDP of 714 billion shekels in 2008 was lost to the costs of automobile pollution, including illness, damage to buildings and other infrastructure. Full Story : Reuters.com……

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Netanyahu: Israel will still build on Jewish settlements

israelIsraeli prime minister ignores Obama’s calls and says ‘natural growth’ on West Bank and in Jerusalem will continue. The Israeli prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu, said today that his country would continue to build in Jewish settlements in Jerusalem and the West Bank, despite calls from the US administration for a halt. Netanyahu’s comments came less than a week after he met President Barack Obama in Washington, where he was told that the US wanted to see a stop to settlement expansion. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk….

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Israel: U.S. will know before any Iran strike

israelIsrael has acceded to American demands by pledging to coordinate its moves on Iran with Washington and not surprise the United States with military action. During a trip to Jerusalem earlier this week, CIA chief Leon Panetta informed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that U.S. President Barack Obama demanded that Israel not launch a surprise attack on Iran. The message expressed concern that Israel would cause an escalation in the region and undermine Obama’s efforts to improve relations with Tehran. Full Story : Haaretz.com…..

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Biden tells AIPAC: Israel must support two-state solution

vice-president-joe-biden1U.S. Vice President Joe Biden pressed Israel on Tuesday to support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in an address to the leading pro-Israel lobby during its annual conference in Washington. Biden’s comments came ahead of a meeting between President Shimon Peres and President Barack Obama later on Tuesday and less than two weeks before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visits the White House. Full Story : Haaretz.com….

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U.S., Israel Diverge on Palestinian Plan

IsraelDivisions emerged between new Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government and Washington over President Barack Obama’s call for an independent Palestinian homeland, despite Israeli leaders’ pledges on Monday to work closely with Mr. Obama. Aides to Mr. Netanyahu voiced skepticism over establishing a Palestinian state when the Palestinian Authority’s security forces remain weak and its political leadership is divided. Full Story : WSJ.com…..

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Feds drop charges against pro-Israel lobbyists

Prosecutors moved Friday to dismiss all charges against two former pro-Israel lobbyists accused of disclosing U.S. defense secrets, ending a four-year legal battle that promised to put former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and other Bush administration insiders on the witness stand. Full Story : YahooNews……

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U.S. will boycott U.N. conference on racism

US flagThe United States will boycott a United Nations conference on racism next week, the U.S. State Department said on Saturday, citing objectionable language in the meeting’s draft declaration. The United States and Israel walked out of that 2001 conference when Arab states tried to define Zionism as racist. Full Story : Reuters.com….

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Female “King” Ruled in Canaan, Carving Suggests

beth-shamesh-archealogyArchaeologists digging in the ruins of the Canaanite city-state Beth-Shemesh, Israel last summer found a decorated plaque with what could be the first known depiction of a ruler known as the Mistress of the Lionesses. Some archaeologists believe the Mistress was a female ruler of a Canaanite city. Full Story : NationalGeographic….

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Israeli FM Questioned in bribe case

IsraelAvigdor Lieberman, the new hard line foreign minister, has been questioned by police on suspicion of corruption. Israeli police said that Lieberman had been placed under caution on Thursday and questioned for more than seven hours at the national fraud squad headquarters in central Israel, as part of an ongoing investigation. Avigdor Lieberman is a controversial politician with right-wing nationalist views.

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Israel army ‘used human shields’

IsraelUnited Nations investigators have accused the Israeli army of using an 11-year-old boy as a human shield during its recent Gaza offensive. An Israeli military spokesman dismissed the UN findings as inaccurate and politically motivated. Medical authorities say more than 1,300 Palestinians died in the Israeli offensive. Full Story : BBC.com…..

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Israel accused of indiscriminate phosphorus use in Gaza

phophorus-shellIsrael’s military fired white phosphorus over crowded areas of Gaza repeatedly and indiscriminately in its three-week war, killing and injuring civilians and committing war crimes, Human Rights Watch said today. In a 71-page report, the rights group said Israel’s repeated use of air-burst white phosphorus artillery shells in populated areas of Gaza¬† was not incidental or accidental, but revealed “a pattern or policy of conduct”. Full Story : Guardian.co.uk……

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Israel Arrests 10 Hamas Leaders

Israel arrested 10 Hamas leaders in the West Bank late Wednesday and early Thursday, including four parliamentarians, in what Hamas said was an attempt to pressure the organization after the collapse of negotiations for the release of a captive Israeli soldier, Cpl. Gilad Shalit. Full Story : NYtimes.com…..

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US intelligence : Israel is wrong about Iranian threat

iran-nuclear-programmeIran has not produced the highly enriched uranium necessary for a nuclear weapon and has not decided to do so, U.S. intelligence officials told Congress. Israel’s chief of military intelligence, has a different view about Iran’s nuclear programme, he told cabinet ministers, “Iran continues to stockpile hundreds of kilograms of low-level enriched uranium ….” Full Story : Washingtonpost….

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Commander says Iran missiles can reach Israel atom sites

Iran RocketIranian missiles can reach Israeli nuclear sites, a top military commander said on Wednesday, after persistent speculation that Israel could target facilities involved in Iran’s atomic work. Full Story : Reuters.com……

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Abbas calls for a deal with Hamas

abbasPalestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Monday that Hamas should be part of the new government and honor international commitments in the peace process. Abbas said a new cabinet including Hamas should continue the peace process on the basis of previous agreements such as “the existence of two states and no more building of settlements. Full Story : Jerusalem post……..

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Israel seizes land for settlement expansion

west bankPlans to expand a West Bank settlement by up to 2,500 homes drew Palestinian condemnation Monday and presented an early test for President Barack Obama, whose Mideast envoy is well known for opposing such construction. Full Story : Yahoo.com….

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@ a glance : Iran says Palestinian resistance has right to arms

Iran, accused by Israel of supplying arms to Hamas militants, said Wednesday resistance groups around the world like those in Gaza had the right to have access to weapons to fight against “colonialists.” Full Story : Reuters…..

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@ a glance :Olmert announces Gaza ceasefire

Ehud Olmert, Israel’s prime minister, has announced a cessation of military operations in the Gaza Strip.Full Story : Aljazeera.net……

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@ a glance : Fatal shooting at West Bank protest

A Palestinian has been shot dead and several others wounded after Israeli security forces opened fire during a protest in the West Bank against Israel’s war in Gaza. Full Story : Aljazeera…..

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