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Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, said in a statement on Sunday that she hopes to remain in the court for another five years. “My senior colleague, Justice John Paul Stevens, he stepped down when he was 90, so think I have about at least five more years,” Ginsburg said.

About 180 Israeli artists, authors and intellectuals signed a public letter calling on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cancel the nationalitylaw (nation-state law) and amend the surrogacy saw, which would allow gay couples to have surrogates. Among the signatories were authors Amos Oz, David Grossman, A. B. Yehoshua, Savyon Liebrecht, Eshkol Nevo, and Orly Castel-Bloom.

RedHill Biopharma Ltd. said today that a late stage clinical trial of its new drug RB-104, which treats Crohn’s disease, found the medication to have positive safety and efficacy results. The company said that  results “demonstrated superiority of RHB-104 over a placebo in achieving remission at week 26.”

Defence Minister Avigdor Liberman said Israel will build hundreds of homes in a settlement where a Palestinian teenager killed an Israeli and wounded two others in a knife attack on Thursday. Liberman announced the building of 400 housing units in the Adam settlement north of Jerusalem on Twitter on Friday. “The best answer to terrorism is the expansion of settlements,” Liberman tweeted.

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