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Illinois state house passes anti-BDS legislation

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Lawmakers unanimously approve bill that bars state pension funds from companies that participate in anti-Israel campaign

Nazi hunter urges Croatia to halt pensions to WWII fascists

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Simon Wiesenthal Center calls payments to Nazi-allied Ustasha armed forces a ‘horrific insult’

Vatican: Pope’s ‘angel’ comment to Abbas not meant to offend

Tuesday May 19, 2015
After confusion, agencies issue correction, writing that Francis did not call Abbas an ‘angel of peace,’ but rather ‘a bit an angel of peace’

PM praises FIFA head for opposing bid to ban Israel

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Hosting Sepp Blatter, Netanyahu warns of dangers of politicizing football; both agree to push Israeli-Palestinian friendly match

Iran signals it will trim Ahmadinejad-era handouts

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Top official says Tehran can no longer afford the billions of dollars in subsidies approved by last president

Netanyahu to retain final say on Palestinian peace deal

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Official says Silvan Shalom will hold meetings, but prime minister ‘is responsible for the negotiations’

Syria touts Iran support as new credit line extended

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Assad calls Tehran ‘key pillar’ in combating rebels; Islamic Republic will back Syria ‘by all means,’ Khamenei aide vows

Netanyahu shuffles portfolios, backs telecom reform

Tuesday May 19, 2015
PM splits Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs Ministry; also keeps the Foreign Ministry, Communications Ministry

Israel denies talks with Hamas on seaport, prisoner swap

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Jordanian daily claims sides discussing deep-water port between Gaza and Cyprus to meet long-held Palestinian demand

Islamist bling seized at airport

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Customs authorities find shipment of Islamic State paraphernalia from Turkey bound for Ramallah

Hebrew U brain research center garners accolades, donations

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Safra Foundation adds $30m to initial $20m funding of university’s Center for Brain Sciences

Israel advances 5-year plan to develop Western Wall area

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Beginning next year, project will include upgraded infrastructure, archaeological activity and development of the site and underground tunnels

New Jewish Apple Watch app lets users ‘pray different’

Tuesday May 19, 2015
The Siddur app may be good example of how Watch apps should be written, says RustyBrick CEO Barry Schwartz

Installing hawk as peacemaker, Netanyahu lowers hopes and raises eyebrows

Tuesday May 19, 2015
The PM says he’ll seek a ‘diplomatic settlement.’ But he’s heading a rightist coalition and has just put Silvan Shalom, a public opponent of Palestinian statehood, in charge of peace efforts

Nazareth start-ups are coming to rock Tel Aviv

Tuesday May 19, 2015
There’s a lot of tech talent in Israel’s Arab sector, and some of it will be on display May 27

Arab, Israeli diplomats said to hold secret powwow in Jordan

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Sunni Arab envoys express desire for increased security cooperation with Jerusalem amid waning US hegemony in the region, according to Israel Radio report

Top cartoonist quits Charlie Hebdo, says work without colleagues is torture

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Renald Luzier drew French satirical newspaper’s first cover after January terror attack; says he’ll no longer draw Muhammad

American tourist, 20, plunges to death at Masada

Tuesday May 19, 2015
In separate incident, 56 US students extricated from hike in southern Israel amid searingly hot weather

Europe to reduce dependence on Israeli drones

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Italy, France and Germany announce plan for homemade UAVs, replacing models currently purchased from Israel and the US

Iran-backed jihadi threat is top priority for new government, Netanyahu says

Tuesday May 19, 2015
Prime minister presents cabinet to Rivlin, calls for ‘responsible political settlement’ with Palestinians

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