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October 2, 2014
Arutz Sheva has learned that the White House demanded that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu declare, before his meeting Wednesday with President Barack Obama, that he is still committed to the two-state solution.
The White House was reportedly dissatisfied with the contents of Netanyahu’s
speech at the UN earlier this week as the speech did not specifically mention
the two-state solution, but rather only a statement by Netanyahu that he is
prepared for an historic compromise if it results in true peace between
Arutz Sheva learned that the White House demanded that Netanyahu declare his
commitment to the two-state solution before the meeting or risk another crisis
in the relations between
It is likely due to this reason that Netanyahu had to clarify before the meeting
that he is still committed to the two-state solution in exchange for recognition
It should be noted that Obama and Netanyahu’s meeting came as PA Chairman
Mahmoud Abbas continues his unilateral steps and has announced his intention to
lobby the United Nations to set a deadline for
Secret Israel-PA Communication Channel Revealed
A senior Palestinian Authority source revealed to Yedioth Ahronoth that a secret
channel of communication exists between
The source exposed that an unidentified senior Israeli diplomat met on Tuesday
with PA unity government Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah in Ramallah to speak
about a number of steps by
A senior Israeli source speaking to the Hebrew-language news source described
the meeting as "coordination with a goal of changing the reality on the ground.
These talks are not meant to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, but rather
they parallel the ceasefire talks," said the source. "The goal is to ensure
supervision over what's happening in
The source continued "for the Authority to do that, we need to coordinate
processes with them and also to change the reality on the ground for the
Other Israeli diplomatic sources claimed the Ramallah meeting was a routine affair before Muslim holidays, as this Saturday marks Eid al-Adha which celebrates Abraham's "binding of Ishmael," in a Muslim appropriation of the original Torah story. The sources insisted there is no change in the policy of no direct talks with the PA since its unity deal with Hamas, but wouldn't reveal details of the talk's contents.
The meeting with Hamdallah is important because last week in Cairo, Hamas and the PA reportedly agreed to let the unity government take responsibility for Gaza by supervising crossings, making Hamdallah as head of that government the source to talk to for coordinating happenings in Gaza.
As part of that process, Hamas official Izzat Al-Rishq last week said 3,000 PA
Security Forces troops would be deployed to
Reportedly, dramatic relief steps are being discussed by
Another strong demand has been that
For its part,
Iranian Official: “Resistance” to
“Islamic resistance,” a byword for attacks on
Slamming the Tel Aviv regime as the major threat to the world, Shamkhani called
on the whole Muslim nation to close ranks against the menace of
The Iranian not only met Sunni opponents of
Shamkhani said that
Intelligence Sources: Assad Has Secret Stash of Chemical Weapons
The Syrian regime is hiding a secret cache of chemical weapons, estimated at
hundreds of kilograms, according to Western intelligence sources. The
Over the past year, Syrian President Bashar Assad's stockpile of more than 1,000
tons of chemical weapons -- including VX nerve gas, sarin, and mustard gas --
was transferred to United Nations specialists, who disposed of the material. The
The regime has used chemical weapons a number of times in the current civil war,
which began with popular protests in 2011 and spiraled into armed conflict and
the effective break-up of the country. The most notable use of chemical weapons
by the Syrian military was in east
El Al Petitioned to End Discrimination Against Women on Flights
A new petition is calling on El Al to fight discrimination against women on it flights by ultra-Orthodox passengers. The petition came in wake of a widely quoted Ynet report that an El Al flight from New York to Israel during Rosh Hashana turned into an '11-hour-nightmare' after ultra-Orthodox passengers demanded secular travelers trade places with them before takeoff, claiming they cannot sit next to women.
A new petition posted to Change.org asked "why El Al Airlines allow gender discrimination against women… (and) permit female passengers to be bullied, harassed, and intimidated into switching seats which they rightfully paid for and were assigned to by El Al Airlines? One person's religious rights do not trump another person's civil rights."
Responding to the initial report, El Al said it tries to accommodate all of its passengers, but the petition cried foul on the claim, saying the haredim were receiving preferential treatment. They urged the company to offer such costumers special seating arrangement to prevent them from "bullying" other passengers.
The petitioned continued: "If a passenger was flouting the rules for take-off, thereby causing flight delay, they would immediately be removed from the plane. If a passenger was openly engaging in racial or religious discrimination against another passenger or flight attendant, they would immediately be removed from the plane."
According to the passengers who were on the plane which sparked the petition, claimed that their fellow ultra-Orthodox travelers refused to sit next to women prior to the takeoff, which not only delayed the flight, but caused actual chaos to ensue on the plane.
Passengers claimed that though the El Al flight crew informed them they do not have to agree to a switch, the flight's captain said over the PA system that the flight would not take off as long as people were standing.
In response, at the time El Al promised to look into the issue, saying "El Al does everything it can to give its passengers the best possible service year-round. The company will examine the complaints and if some passengers are found to have acted out of line the company will examine its future steps."
Kashrut Sees A Resurgence Among Milennial Jews
Many Jewish leaders expressed concern about the results of the 2013 Pew Research Center Survey, which found high rates of intermarriage and assimilation among American Jews. But amid the doom and gloom some more positive trends went largely unnoticed. For instance, nearly a quarter of Jews from the millennial generation (born after 1980) are keeping kosher - a rate of almost double to that of the their parents from the baby boomer generation, noted NPR.
For Lisa Faulds, the change came only a few months ago. She says she grew up eating "bacon, ham, all that fun stuff. Seafood, shellfish." But now, in her early twenties, she has began to keep kosher.
Margo Smith, another milennial, says that keeping kosher is about values, "taking the root idea of keeping kosher as an idea of being respectful and knowledgeable about the way in which your food is prepared and where it comes from and kind of combining it with the farm-to-table philosophy."
For others it's about identity and roots. Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-owner of The
The combination of young people with kashrut has been very influential on
high-end kosher cuisine. In addition to the Gefilteria, there is Mason and Mug,
a hip, Kosher restaurant in
Children of Abraham: An Introduction to Judaism for Muslims
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YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE?
By Frances Bernay-Cohen
I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.
Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.
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Air France flew from the U.S. to Israel during the early 1950s. They flew Lockheed Constellations and the flying time was 20 hours.
This promotional film - in English for an American audience - shows Israel as it was three years after the War of Independence .
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Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost
By Don Canaan (Commentary)
This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.
Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.
Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.
Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.
Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.
The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.
Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."
April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.
That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.
Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."
The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.
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