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Shimon Peres hailed by normally divided Knesset
BY Ben Sales/JTA
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset CONTINUE »

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Israeli tourism affected by wartime atmosphere
BY Joshua Runyan
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — There was a time in the not-so-distant past when a visitor to Jerusalem’s high-end outdoor Mamilla mall skirting the Old City’s Western Wall just outside the Jaffa Gate would strain to hear Israel’s native language of Hebrew. Among the throngs of people perusing the jewelry stores, fashion houses and art galleries during the CONTINUE »

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Americans immigrating to Israel not deterred by Operation Protective Edge
BY Joshua Runyan
July 31, 2014

JERUSALEM — David and Helaine Brenner had a real Israeli welcome last week, as they prepared to leave Ben-Gurion International Airport to embark on their new lives as Israeli citizens. They ducked for cover and fled from an approaching rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. Fresh off the special El Al flight chartered by Nefesh CONTINUE »

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Faith leaders meet with governor on immigration crisis
BY Heather Norris
July 31, 2014

While uncertainty continues over how to quell the rush of young migrants crossing the Mexican border into the U.S. illegally and what to do with the children awaiting trials that will determine their fate, one thing is assured in Maryland: local faith leaders will have a large role in any upcoming action. “Texas shares the CONTINUE »

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Ashkelon resident interviewed just after her home was damaged
BY Justin Hayet
July 31, 2014

While home by herself, Anat Suissa, 17, of Ashkelon heard the all-too-familiar sound of sirens signaling rockets from the Gaza Strip destined for the Israeli seaside city. As she waited in the bomb shelter around 2:15 p.m. on July 16, she heard and felt a huge explosion. “This time was different,” she thought, trying to CONTINUE »