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French Jews slam country’s policies on Israel

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Umbrella group of Jewish communities in France sends sharp letter to FM Fabius warning of risk to ties between two countries

Former IDF soldiers file petition to stop breakup of Druze army unit

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Discharged Druze Officers of Israel say dismantling Herev battalion will cause a drop in recruits from their community

US-led coalition doubles down on IS group strategy

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Washington pormises more arms to Iraq; PM decries lack of practical support as jihadists make territorial gains

NSA phone collection bill clears Senate hurdle

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Lawmakers pass legislation ending some post-9/11 surveillance programs that collect Americans’ calling records

France awaits Vatican word on ambassador said to be gay

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Approval would be unusual for Pope Francis, who is dealing with advances for gay rights in many countries

Erekat: PA to dissolve if no deal with Israel by end of year

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Chief Palestinian negotiator scoffs at Netanyahu’s suggestion to delineate border of settlement blocs, says talks unlikely

Deputy FM orders action against IDF whistle-blowing group

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Tzipi Hotovely says Breaking the Silence exhibit in Switzerland ‘tarnishes’ soldiers in the international arena

Palestinian soccer chief defends dropped FIFA bid

Tuesday June 2, 2015
‘This was about sport, not politics,’ Jibril Rajoub says of 11th hour withdrawal of motion to ban Israel from organization

Obama: Israel losing credibility because world doesn’t think it’s serious about peace

Tuesday June 2, 2015
President says Netanyahu ‘predisposed to think that peace is naïve,’ warns Israel ‘can’t only be driven by danger,’ says it’s getting hard to defend Israel internationally

‘You can’t handle the treyf!’

Tuesday June 2, 2015
‘A Few Good Men II’ is set in Israel, and the drama is centered on the case of a soldier with a ham sandwich

Where the Obama-Netanyahu relationship went wrong

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Top aides to US president detail long, slow deterioration of trust between two leaders

Black and Jewish WWI heroes receive US Medal of Honor

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Sgt. William Shemin and Pvt. Henry Johnson said to have been denied recognition for valor due to discrimination

Britain’s student union votes to boycott Israel

Tuesday June 2, 2015
‘Justice for Palestine’ motion passes 19-12; Foreign Ministry notes union’s anti-Israel past, says motion has little practical effect; UK gov’t slams boycott efforts

IDF lifts seizure of radical West Bank yeshiva

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Border Police had taken control of Od Yosef Chai seminary since last year after its students’ alleged involvement in ‘price tag’ attacks

Iraq PM: Islamic State advance ‘failure’ for whole world

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Haider al-Abadi says beleaguered nation not receiving enough practical support to counter jihadist group

Beit Shemesh man murdered for $35

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Police arrest two suspects in the killing, and those involved in a subsequent kidnapping of one of the murder suspects

Blatter announces resignation from FIFA

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Four days after his reelection, amid snowballing corruption scandal, world soccer chief says he’s stepping down

Sudan swears in President al-Bashir, wanted for war crimes

Tuesday June 2, 2015
In power for a quarter century, Khartoum strongman’s inauguration snubbed by most Arab capitals

Iran’s nuclear stockpile grows, complicating negotiations

Tuesday June 2, 2015
Tehran continuing to enrich uranium, fuel reserves up 20% since talks began 18 months ago, The New York Times reports

Teens deface Ra’anana synagogue with bloody swastikas

Tuesday June 2, 2015
17-year-olds tell police they painted anti-Semitic symbols on mezuza scrolls in their own blood out of boredom

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