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With overtures to Hamas, Fatah weighs political future
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
May 1, 2014

Now that Fatah and Hamas have agreed to form a Palestinian unity government, opinions are mixed on what this means for Israel, for the Palestinians and for the future of the peace process. Israel suspended peace negotiations a day after the April 23 announcement that the rival factions agreed to bridge their differences. It calls CONTINUE »

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Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid says settlement freeze preferable to prisoner release
BY By Ben Sales/JTA
April 24, 2014

TEL AVIV — Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid said he supports freezing settlement growth to help jumpstart peace negotiations and vowed that his centrist Yesh Atid party would leave Israel’s governing coalition if Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu were responsible for the collapse of the peace process. In an interview this week, his first with an CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
April 10, 2014

The Haifa District prosecution has indicted Mohammed Abed, a 42-year-old attorney from the village of Baana near the northern Israeli city of Acre, for a series of security offenses concerning his contacts with senior Hamas operatives. A gag order placed on the case was partially lifted Monday, revealing that Abed was arrested Feb. 24 in CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
April 10, 2014

China’s ancient Jewish community in Kaifeng is set to celebrate a traditional Passover Seder for what may be the first time in centuries. The Seder is being sponsored by Shavei Israel, an Israeli organization that helps “Lost Tribes” and other forgotten Jewish communities return to their roots. The Seder will be conducted by Tzuri Shi, CONTINUE »

BY JNS.org
April 10, 2014

The National Library of Israel has acquired a rare Passover Haggadah that once belonged to well-known philanthropist Moses Montefiore, Israel Hayom reported. The unique Haggadah is thought to have been printed in London in 1837 and is written in Hebrew with an English translation. The front of the book is adorned with the stylized Montefiore CONTINUE »