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New video presumably documents death of American Steven Sotloff
BY Marc Shapiro
September 4, 2014

The Islamic State released a video Tuesday afternoon claiming to show the beheading of Jewish-American journalist Steven Sotloff, who would be the second American journalist beheaded by the terrorist group, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in two weeks. The video, titled “A Second Message to America,” was released on online outlets. The video follows CONTINUE »

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Political favor or West Bank game-changer?
BY Ben Sales/JTA
September 4, 2014

TEL AVIV — In the days after the war in Gaza concluded, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to bear left. He spoke of a “possible diplomatic horizon” for Israel on Aug. 27 and suggested a return to Israeli-Palestinian peace talks. Reports emerged that Netanyahu had met secretly in Amman with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud CONTINUE »

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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 »