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Issue: Israel's Jewish Identity. What Does it Mean?
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PA: Made "Generous" Offer; Israel: "Bring it to the Table"
Israeli and Palestinian Women Wage Peace
Israel's Arab Parties United For Election
More Arabs Join Israel's National Service
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Gaza Reconstruction Has Barely Begun
Palestinians Hope for Upset in Israeli Elections
Netanyahu's Planned Speech to Congress Sparks Controversy
Egypt Intensifies Crackdown on Islamists
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Arab Summit to Discuss Future Control of Rafah Crossing
by Fatema Mohamed on Thursday, March 26, 2015

Hamas and Fatah negotiations, Israeli-Hamas ceasefire, and many other things are on the table for the PA.   Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas is to attend the Arab Summit this weekend in Cairo amid increasing violence in Yemen, Libya and Syria. Abbas hopes to announce a deal to reopen the Rafah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt.  Abbas will urge the Arab Summit to take immediate action for cooperation between the Egyptian Army and the Palestinian Presidential Guards.....

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Yemen Prepares for Civil War
by Nadia Al-Sakkaf on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Houthis wave banners declaring “Death to America! Death to Israel! Damnation to Jews!”   SANA’A – Preparations for civil war between former president Saleh and the Houthis, the Shiite tribe that has openly admitted its religious and political affiliation with the Iranian Revolutionary Guard; and forces loyal to President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, who is backed by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and is recognized internationally as the legitimate president of Yemen, are continuing.    So far, the military balance of.....

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Arab World Disappointed with Netanyahu Victory
by Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Say see little chance for progess in negotiations    Any hopes that the Israeli election would lead to a new initiative for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations have been dashed by Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s election for a fourth term. The disappointment is especially acute among Israel’s neighbors, Egypt and Jordan, which remain the only two countries which have a peace treaty with Israel.   “This is Mr. Netanyahu’s fourth term, and if he was serious about a peace settlement he would have.....

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Israeli Government Issues Travel Warnings
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, March 23, 2015

Threats Have Increased Since Last Year     During the upcoming school holidays of Passover and the summer, many Israelis travel abroad. Europe is only a few hours away by plane, and the beaches of Cyprus and Greece are even closer. Vacations abroad, even including the flight, are often cheaper than local getaways, because of the high price of Israeli hotels.   However, the Israeli government has issued travel warnings for 41 countries, including Europe and Asia.   “Recent terrorist attacks by Islamic extremists.....

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Death of Young Fighters Congeals Libyan Resolve vs. ISIS
by Nancy Porsia on Sunday, March 22, 2015

Multiple forces continue to fight for control of post-Qaddafi Libya   [Misrata, Libya] -- Lined up next to each other in front of the central mosque in the city of Misrata, ten coffins, two of them covered by the flag of the new Libya, marked the end of a long negotiation. “ISIS [The Islamic State] is on our doorstep and we will fight it with all means we have,” the imam screamed into the microphone in an anger-broken voice,.....

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Palestinians Disappointed with Israeli Election Results
by Rami Al-Magheiri on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  Say Palestinian State is Moving Further Away   Mughazi Refugee Camp, Gaza Strip--Palestinians throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are unhappy about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s dramatic win in the Israeli election results favoring the right, as it seems to set back the chances for a two-state solution. Towards the end of his electoral campaign, Netanyahu announced that he would never allow for the creation of a Palestinian state. While discontent seems to be the general response.....

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Polls Get it Wrong as Netanyahu Wins Big
by Linda Gradstein on Wednesday, March 18, 2015

  Israelis Wake to a Different Election Result Than Expected   Israelis went to sleep believing that the two largest parties – the Likud of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and the Zionist Union headed by Isaac Herzog – had each received 27 seats in the Israeli Knesset, and Israel’s President could ask either party to try to form a governing coalition. When they woke up, Likud had surged to 30 seats, and Herzog had plummeted to 24. The result defied.....

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Who Are You Voting For?
by Felice Friedson and Linda Gradstein on Tuesday, March 17, 2015

  Israelis Catch Election Fever After Ho-Hum Campaign   A large poster of a leprechaun voting for Guinness beer greets pedestrians walking by Mike’s Place, a bar in downtown Jerusalem. The confluence of Election Day and St. Patrick’s Day is a boon for the bar’s owners, who hope the day off work will mean more drinkers of their green-tinted beer. They also promise Irish music.    “I voted for the Green Leaf party (which wants to legalize marijuana),” Reuben Beiser, co-owner of.....

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Netanyahu Vows to Stop “Palestinian Continuity” Toward Jerusalem
by Linda Gradstein on Monday, March 16, 2015

Warns that Livni and Herzog will allow creation of “Hamastan”   Har Homa, Jerusalem -- Standing on an apartment balcony beneath an olive tree overlooking the green hills between Jerusalem and Bethlehem, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a hastily convened news conference in this neighborhood that it prevents “territorial contiguity” for a Palestinian state. The corner apartment was draped with banners saying “Only Netanyahu Can” and “It’s Either Them or Us,” two of the Likud’s latest slogans.   “There was.....

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“Maker Movement” Makes Waves in Turkey
by Nick Ashdown on Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sharing and collaborating is being seen as “cultural change”     [Istanbul] -- The “Maker Movement”, described as a vibrant new business culture characterized by collaboration, innovation and creation, is emerging in Turkey.   Coined by American Dale Dougherty and heavily influenced by Do It Yourself (DIY) and Do It Together (DIT) culture, the movement emerged in the United States about a decade ago, characterized by an emphasis on learning and using practical skills to build unique -- often high-tech -- products,.....

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