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No matter what, both Israel and Hamas face gains and losses
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 28, 2014

After numerous failed attempts at achieving a lasting cease-fire between the Hamas government and Israel (there have been at least 11 as of press time), negotiators in Cairo on Tuesday claimed to have reached a new cease-fire agreement. Although details of the agreement have yet to be released, some experts are skeptical it will hold, CONTINUE »

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During combat and after, lone soldiers look to each other for support
BY Ben Sales/JTA
August 28, 2014

TEL AVIV — When Shir Kleyman, an infantry instructor for the Israel Defense Forces and a Los Angeles native, found out that someone named Sean had died fighting in Gaza, she knew the army had lost a fellow lone soldier. The official announcement came soon afterward as Kleyman, 19, was sitting in a Tel Aviv CONTINUE »

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French ramp up effort to restore looted Nazi art to rightful owners
BY David Holzel
August 28, 2014

Four deputies of the French National Assembly visited Washington, D.C., and New York City last month, but this was no sightseeing holiday. The French officials met with representatives of B’nai B’rith International in the District and visited New York State’s Department of Finance, two very different organizations that share the same expertise sought by the CONTINUE »

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U.S. Export-Import Bank may be on the ropes, headed for a knockout
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
August 28, 2014

For the first time in 80 years, the United States could find itself without an international export credit agency if Congress does not reauthorize the charter of the United States Export-Import Bank, which is set to expire on Sept. 30. Little controversy surrounded the bank’s reauthorization process before 2012, but the slow recovery from the CONTINUE »

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After fifth attack at home, a Dutch chief rabbi says he would leave if not for job
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
August 28, 2014

AMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just more CONTINUE »