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Near major oil spill, a solar field grows in Israel

Thursday December 18, 2014
Eilot Belt project aims to provide daytime energy needs of area’s 55,000 residents by next year

UN General Assembly votes to refer North Korea to ICC

Thursday December 18, 2014
Non-binding measure approved by a count of 116 to 20 with 53 abstentions, but Russia and China are expected to veto

US backed jihadi clerics-IS talks to try to save hostage’s life

Thursday December 18, 2014
Controversial NY lawyer Stanley Cohen convinced al-Qaeda-linked contacts to lobby for Peter Kassig’s release, The Guardian reports

PM’s harsh reaction to EU initiatives may come back to haunt him

Thursday December 18, 2014
Invoking the Holocaust in critiquing Europe’s latest actions, Netanyahu might score some points locally, but he’s not making friends overseas

Prominent Conservative rabbi considers breaking intermarriage ban

Thursday December 18, 2014
Wesley Gardenswartz proposes performing interfaith weddings before backing down, promises not to sever ties with movement

The Hanukkah guide to Israeli doughnuts

Thursday December 18, 2014
The country’s most insanely irresistible sufganyot — a feast for the eyes

Rabbi Harold Schulweis, thinker and activist, dies at 89

Thursday December 18, 2014
Los Angeles-area Jewish leader was an innovator in the synagogue, founded organization to fight hunger and poverty

Tsarnaev appears in court for 1st time since 2013

Thursday December 18, 2014
Lawyers for suspected Boston Marathon bomber trying to move trial out of Massachusetts

Obama signs legislation ending US benefit checks for Nazis

Thursday December 18, 2014
Former war criminals continued collecting Social Security despite expulsion and loss of citizenship

Harvard president asks for probe into SodaStream boycott

Thursday December 18, 2014
University dining service halted purchase of Israeli soda machines after protest from Palestinian campus group

‘Jewish’ soccer star Balotelli banned for racist post

Thursday December 18, 2014
Liverpool striker will miss one game, pay $39,000 fine, attend education program for posting anti-Semitic image

UN urges end to Syria fighting in Golan buffer zone

Thursday December 18, 2014
Spillover of war into DMZ between Israel and Syria could drag Israel into fighting, Security Council warns

Olmert offered aide $10,000 a month to serve jail time

Thursday December 18, 2014
Former prime minister heard trying to bribe Shula Zaken to take the blame for corruption case in newly released recordings

How a nice Jewish girl became comedy’s ‘dirty nerdy’

Thursday December 18, 2014
Jessi Klein, head writer on Comedy Central’s ‘Inside Amy Schumer,’ discusses her role as a link in the long chain of funny Jewish women

Islamic State leaders in Iraq killed in airstrikes, US official says

Thursday December 18, 2014
‘High-value targets’ from jihadi group taken out in recent weeks, but chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi not among dead

High Court strikes down new rules for African migrants

Thursday December 18, 2014
Justice orders authorities temporarily cease transfer of asylum seekers to detention facility after groups call amendment ‘unconstitutional’

Gazans rally for ex-strongman as corruption trial opens

Thursday December 18, 2014
Thousands of supporters of exiled Fatah member Mohammed Dahlan protest after PA sacks members of the security forces who back him

IDF harassment probe focuses on what commanders knew

Thursday December 18, 2014
Investigators question Givati Brigade chief Ofer Winter after battalion head steps down to fight sexual harassment complaint

Entryway to Herod’s hilltop palace uncovered near Jerusalem

Thursday December 18, 2014
Excavations at Herodium in Judean Desert also turn up secret tunnels used by Jewish rebels during the Bar Kochba Revolt 2,000 years ago

US says it will not support Palestinian UN bid

Thursday December 18, 2014
State Department spokesperson indicates Washington likely to veto text calling for Israeli withdrawal to 1967 lines by end of 2017

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