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February 6, 2014

An Israeli army officer commanding a unit during an operation near the Gaza security fence was killed by friendly fire. According to a preliminary investigation, the officer, identified as Capt. Tal Nachman, 21, of Nes Tziona, was shot and killed early Tuesday morning by a soldier from another unit operating in the area, the Israel CONTINUE »

February 6, 2014

The Israel Antiquities Authority has launched a newly upgraded version of its Dead Sea Scrolls digital library that includes more than 10,000 new photos of the famous ancient biblical texts. Visitors to the deadseascrolls.org.il website will soon be able to view and explore the images, which the IAA classified as of “unprecedented quality.” The Dead CONTINUE »

February 6, 2014

The Palestinians cannot accept Israel as a Jewish state because they lived in the region long before the Jews, chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat said last weekend, Israel Hayom reported. Speaking with Justice Minister Tzipi Livni at the Munich Security Conference, Erekat rejected the Israeli request that the Palestinians recognize it as the Jewish homeland. CONTINUE »

February 6, 2014

A Portuguese municipality launched a restoration project of the country’s oldest intact synagogue. A Feb. 3 ceremony kicking off the restoration of the Sabar Hassamain synagogue on the island of Sao Miguel was conducted by Jose Manuel Bolieiro, the mayor of Ponta Delgada. Ponta Delgada is the capital of the Azores archipelago, a region of CONTINUE »

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Does nation really want a Palestinian state?
BY Sean Savage/JNS.org
February 6, 2014

The U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations have yet to yield any tangible results. Serious disagreements remain over key issues such as borders, refugees, security and the status of Jerusalem. Recently, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu paid a surprise visit to Jordan’s King Abdullah II to discuss these issues. While Jordan officially supports a two-state solution, Jordan’s CONTINUE »