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Reflections of an Israeli monarchist on the eve of the royal wedding

I consider myself qualified to meddle in the affairs of the British royal family, about which I began to hear as a mere child, and especially about Prince Charles. This happened courtesy of my mother who frequently informed me about the prince’s habits and way of life in order to drum into me the fact that I am not Prince Charles and I never will be. Charles, according her, had servants …

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The average Israeli

The average Israeli wants to wake up in the morning and find milk for his coffee in the fridge.

He once heard about “free trade” coffee, but doesn’t quite remember what that is. It sounds like something that a pompous “bleeding heart” would say.

The average Israeli doesn’t want to be a bleeding heart. He would like to be considered the “salt of the earth,” but will settle for being a …

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Netanyahu orders Israeli politicians, security forces to thwart new Gaza flotilla

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu instructed his inner cabinet on Wednesday to continue diplomatic efforts to thwart an upcoming Gaza aid flotilla, a statement said on Wednesday, adding that the premier also instructed Israel’s security forces to prepare for the flotilla’s possible arrival.

The flotilla, which was expected to set sail in May, will now probably only embark in …

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Jordan king: Mideast turmoil shouldn’t thwart Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts

The recent turmoil in the Middle East shouldn’t prevent the United States from pushing ahead with its efforts to bring Israel and the Palestinians back to the negotiating table, Jordan’s King Abdullah II said on Monday.

“The current changes in the Middle East should not hinder our determination to reactivate the peace process,” the monarch told a visiting delegation of U.S. …

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NAS names Israeli scientist to biofuels committee

Prof. Sammy Boussiba, director of the French Associates Institute for Agriculture and Biotechnology of Dryland at the Jacob Blaustein Institutes for Desert Research at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, has been named as a member in a committee appointed by the American National Academy of Sciences, to examine the sustainable development of algal biofuels.

According to the university, …

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Four Israeli divas serenade traffic from atop Jerusalem bridge

Four Israeli female opera singers on Wednesday performed at a prominent outdoor Jerusalem area landmark, singing classical arias in the midday traffic to promote an upcoming opera festival at Masada.

The singers from the Tel Aviv-based Israeli Opera were promoting an opera festival that will center around an outdoor venue at the shore of the Dead Sea mountain of Masada.

“We are promoting the …

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US ‘deeply concerned’ over Israeli settlement expansion

… to increased building in those areas.

“The United States is deeply concerned by continuing Israeli actions with respect to settlement construction,” ABC News quoted White House National Security Staff spokesman Tommy Vietor as saying.

Read More: @ jpost.com

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Tunisia decries Israeli call for Jews to emigrate

Tunisia’s government on Monday condemned an effort by Israeli officials to entice Tunisian Jews to emigrate to Israel over concerns about possible economic hardship in the North African country.The “ill-disposed” call from Israeli officials amounted to meddling in Tunisia’s domestic affairs, an effort to sow suspicion, and “an attempt by Israel to tarnish the post-revolutionary image of Tunisia,” wrote the Foreign Ministry in a …

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Real Jerusalem Streets: Israeli Apartheid Rebutted in 24,000 Words

Real Jerusalem Streets: Israeli Apartheid Rebutted in 24,000 Words

The Real Jerusalem Streets blog has effectively rebutted the accusations of Israeli Apartheid in a 24,000 word blog post, i.e., 24 pictures (each worth 1000 words) showing Arabs freely moving about and doing their business on the Jerusalem streets. Bravo.

Yes, of course, this is not a deep investigation into the charges of apartheid. No such process needs to be undertaken since there is no apartheid in Israel today and there never was and never will be. Such …

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Rediscovered, Ancient ‘tekhelet’ Color Is Reclaiming Israeli Interest

… the Talmud said it was produced from the secretion of the sea snail, which is still found on Israeli beaches.

Read More: @ vosizneias.com

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Israeli killed, Chabad House destroyed in New Zealand quake

Israeli killed, Chabad House destroyed in New Zealand quake

An Israeli backpacker was among dozens killed in an earthquake that devastated the city of Christchurch, New Zealand and destroyed its Chabad center.

At least 65 people are reported dead and many buildings toppled, including the city’s Chabad house, in Tuesday’s temblor, which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

The Israeli, who has not yet been named by his country’s embassy …

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Israeli police arrest 4 in Italy synagogue theft

Israeli police arrest 4 in Italy synagogue theft

Israeli police have arrested four men in the theft of religious items valued at more than $1 million from a synagogue in Italy, a police spokesman said Monday.

The four suspects – Israelis in their 20s – were arrested Saturday, spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said. They are accused of stealing the items from Milan’s central synagogue last week and smuggling them to Israel.

The Jewish …

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McDonald’s Israeli CEO: 70% of Secular Public Wants Kosher Meat

McDonald's Israeli CEO: 70% of Secular Public Wants Kosher Meat

Fast food chain McDonald’s will introduce the McFalafel product in all of its restaurants in Israel starting this Tuesday.

The falafel will be sold either inside Iraqi pita bread with tahini and chopped salad, in a box containing three to five pieces with tahini, or as a meal with fries or green salad and a drink.

According to McDonald’s, the new product meets the health standards …

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Israeli Orthodox Rabbi: Lower Marriage Age To 15

The Lobby for Jewish Values and Director of Jerusalem-based Kol HaNa’ar Rabbi Asher Idan has presented a new initiative to lower the marriage age allowed by law.

In the past few days, Chairman of the Lobby for Jewish Values Ofer Cohen has approached several members of Knesset from religious factions in order to garner support for the new bill. Currently the age of marriage allowed by …

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‘Most Israeli Jews in favor of haredim living separately’

The place of haredim in Israeli society is a topic hotly debated in the public, Knesset and courts, recently all the more so with the cabinet decisions aimed at eventually weaning kollel students from state allowances and raising the numbers of haredim serving in the military or civil services, which the government hopes will increase ultra-Orthodox employment rates.

But what of their physical place in Israel? A …

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Israeli companies to help build first modern Palestinian city

About 20 Israeli suppliers will help build the first modern Palestinian city in the West Bank but only after promising they will not use products or services from Israeli settlements, the project’s developer said Tuesday.

The announcement angered Israeli residents of the West Bank, who accused the suppliers of caving in to an international boycott of settlement goods and businesses.

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Israeli Made Bullet Proof Vest

Didn’t get the gift you wanted for the holidays?

On Amazon, here is a concealed BulletProof Vest Personal Body Armor, V.I.P Style Protection Level 3A, light weight, only 4.85lbs / 2.2Kg.

This is a top quality level 3A NIJ 01.01.04 with features especially designed for VIPs at risk – like the controversial Talmudic readers of our blog.

Read More: @ tzvee.blogspot.com …

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Apple’s iPad helps Israeli hospital treat patients

A hospital in Israel has begun using Apple’s iPad to enable medical staff to help treat patients, provide consultations and study X-rays and CT scans from afar.

The Mayanei Hayeshua Medical Center, located in the largely ultra-orthodox Tel Aviv suburb Bnei Brak, said on Tuesday it is the first hospital to program the high-resolution, touch-screen iPad to interact with Microsoft …

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Israeli security forces still searching for tourist feared kidnapped by Arab assailants

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A search was continuing last night for a female tourist who is feared kidnapped after reportedly being stabbed by Arab assailants while hiking with a friend near Jerusalem yesterday.

At about 4:30 yesterday afternoon, two families hiking near Moshav Mata, southwest of the capital, came upon a woman with multiple stab wounds and whose hands were tied behind her back.

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The cholent sucks here

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When I first moved out here I didn’t mind the green kiddush much, some chips and salsa, veggie sticks, guacamole and several varieties of cookies seemed alright to me – but I’ve been here a year and this is one of the true sides to living in the west.

I’m sure there are shuls in LA that know how to throw a kiddush, but here in the Bay Area and several other …

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Israeli Army Uses Facebook to Catch Female Draft Dodgers

Israeli Army Uses Facebook to Catch Female Draft Dodgers

… about these women who probably never thought their Facebook account would would be stalked by the Israeli army.

Read More: @ blog.rabbijason.com

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Israeli Jews at odds with liberal US brethren

Israeli Jews at odds with liberal US brethren

… of a deepening rift between the world’s two biggest Jewish communities – the American and Israeli. Religious life in Israel is dominated by the strict ultra-Orthodox establishment, which has growing political power and has become increasingly resistant to any inroads by the more liberal movements that predominate among American Jews.

Read More: @ ynetnews.com

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Israeli red tape plagues ailing Holocaust survivor

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It was the sort of news that Laura Derfler had prayed would come. Throughout the past 20 years she’d usually heard the word “no,” and finally they were willing to recognize her, acknowledge that she was a Holocaust survivor and had rights to compensation. After all, at age 83, Laura needed every bit of help she could get.

Though the cancer found in her body …

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Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

Leftover Cholent: A new frum blog with some potential

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I generally don’t read blogs, heck I schedule most of my blog posts, tweets and other goodies so I don’t have to spend valuable outdoors time keeping up with this wonderful online community that has been outgrowing this blog and forcing some fans to even meet each other in real life.

I find that every few days, I get an email from someone asking me to add their …

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Bergen County Teen Launches Initiative Focusing On Israeli MIA Gilad Shalit

… New Jersey has unveiled an innovative initiative aimed at calling attention to the plight of Israeli MIA Gilad Shalit.

Hagler, a seventh grade student at Yeshivat Noam in Paramus, New Jersey, launched a website, www.shabbatgilad.com, and is hoping to have as many schools and synagogues as possible focus on Gilad Shalit on Friday and Shabbat, December 10 and 11, 2010. People are encouraged to visit the website to register, indicate their participation, and submit program ideas. …

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1948: A History of the First Arab-Israeli War

… Morris

Publisher: Yale University Press

This is a history of the foundational war in the Arab -Israeli conflict. This account focusses on the military as well as the political aspect of the conflict. Morris bases this analyses on newly opened Israeli and Western documention of the war. The Arab side, where the archives are closed, is illuminated with the help of intelligence and diplomatic materials. The book focuses on the roles of Britain, the U.S., and the Soviet Union in shaping the …

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HaLaila HaZeh — A New Israeli Haggadah in Hebrew

HaLaila HaZeh is a truly Israeli pluralist family haggadah. Based on the concept Noam Zion and David Dishon’s A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah (1997, sold over 125,000 copies), we created a parallel haggadah reflecting, Israeli culture. This is not a translation but a new creation.

In the Haggadah:

The full Traditional text in both Ashkenazi and Edot HaMizrach nusach, accompanied by ethnic …

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Sephardic Israeli Cuisine: A Mediterranean Mosaic

… Sheilah Kaufman

Publisher: Hippocrene Books

These 120 kosher recipes celebrate the flavors of Israeli cuisine – a colorful and delicious mosaic composed of a variety of culinary traditions.

Typical Sephardic ingredients include cinnamon, cloves, fenugreek, saffron, almond essence, rose and orange flower water, tahini paste, artichokes, fava beans, olives, fennel, couscous, semolina, and bulgur. Noted cookbook author Sheilah Kaufman guides you through the Israeli kitchen with special …

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The Routledge Atlas of Arab-Israeli Conflict

… events. This amazing, comprehensive resource is a must for anyone who wants to understand the Arab-Israeli conflict. Sir Martin Gilbert provides a clear, easy-to-read visual chronicle using extraordinary maps that span 3,000 years of history.

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One Day in September: The Full Story of the 1972 Munich Olympics Massacre and the Israeli Revenge Operation, Wrath of God

… 5, 1972, a small band of Arab terrorists invaded Munich’s Olympic Village and took eleven Israeli athletes hostage. The Arab’s goal: to thrust the Palestinian cause into the world spotlight and free several hundred Arab prisoners. The world watched as the drama unfolded, culminating in a bloodbath at Munich’s Furstenfeldbruck airport. Now, here is the full story from a top investigative journalist.

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