International News

September 25, 2013

A photo posted on the U.S. State Department’s Instagram account on Tuesday lists “Palestine” as a country. The post occurred a day after the State Department unveiled its new Instagram account. “These social media accounts serve as a conduit for the U.S. Department of State to inform and engage publics around the world on foreign CONTINUE »

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Baltimore native running for city council says divided city can once again come together
BY Maayan Jaffe
September 18, 2013

One word, said Rabbi Avrohom Leventhal, “sanity.” And maybe a few more: harmony, quality of life, collaboration. It is on this platform that the Baltimore native, who moved to Beit Shemesh, Israel, eight years ago, is running for its city council. His party is called TOV, which means good in English, and he said his CONTINUE »

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Oslo Accords debated rather than celebrated
BY Alex Traiman
September 18, 2013

Twenty years after the signing of the fateful Oslo Accords between Palestinian Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, Knesset members are heavily debating the merits of the peace process and the two-state solution paradigm. Parliamentarians from both Israel’s left and right agree that the process has not yielded the results CONTINUE »

Officials cautiously welcome deal on Syrian chemical stocks
BY Linda Gradstein
September 18, 2013

The United States-Russian deal for the destruction of Syria’s huge chemical weapon stocks caused Israelis to breathe an audible sigh of relief. Many expected that a U.S. strike would push either Syria or its ally Hezbollah to retaliate by attacking Israel. Over the past few weeks, thousands of Israelis, not known for their patience, spent CONTINUE »

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Island nation boasts somewhat hidden yet tightknit Jewish community
BY David Snyder
September 12, 2013

When New York resident and Pikesville native Perry Katz traveled to Jamaica for a vacation last December, he spent five days relaxing on its beaches and enjoying tropical beverages amid the country’s tourism-laden north coast. He was completely unaware that about three-and-a-half hours south, in Kingston, Jamaica’s capital city, there exists an intimate Jewish community CONTINUE »