Middle East

U.S.-Russia Talks Over Eliminating Syria Chemical Arsenal Begin September 13, 2013 8:53 am

U.S.-Russia Talks Over Eliminating Syria Chemical Arsenal Begin

The Washington Post – U.S.-Russia talks over eliminating Syria’s chemical weapons...

Report: Syria Chemical Weapons Dispersed to Dozens of Sites to Avoid American Air Strikes September 13, 2013 8:47 am

Report: Syria Chemical Weapons Dispersed to Dozens of Sites to Avoid American Air Strikes

JPost- An elite Syrian unit that runs the government’s chemical arms program has been...

Assad Credits Russia for Chemical Weapons Deal September 12, 2013 1:22 pm

Assad Credits Russia for Chemical Weapons Deal

Times of Israel – MOSCOW — Syrian President Bashar Assad on Thursday said he would...

Report: CIA Began Delivering Small Arms to Syrian Rebels Two Weeks Ago September 12, 2013 9:22 am

Report: CIA Began Delivering Small Arms to Syrian Rebels Two Weeks Ago

The Washington Post – The CIA has begun delivering weapons to rebels in Syria, ending...

Syrian Rebels Claim Assad Forces Committed New Chemical Weapons Atrocity September 12, 2013 9:03 am

Syrian Rebels Claim Assad Forces Committed New Chemical Weapons Atrocity

Times of Israel – Syrian rebels claim that the army of President Bashar Assad again...

Hezbollah’s Support of Assad Creates Conflict With Southern Lebanon’s Sunni Population September 11, 2013 4:46 pm

Hezbollah’s Support of Assad Creates Conflict With Southern Lebanon’s Sunni Population

Lebanon based terror group Hezbollah’s support of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in...

Russia to Build Nuclear Plant for Iran, Deliver S-300 Anti-Aircraft System September 11, 2013 10:24 am

Russia to Build Nuclear Plant for Iran, Deliver S-300 Anti-Aircraft System

JNS.org - Russia will supply Iran with a modified version of the vaunted S-300 anti-aircraft...

Obama on Syria Retaliation: Israel ‘Can Defend Itself,’ Has ‘Unshakable’ U.S. Support September 11, 2013 6:47 am

Obama on Syria Retaliation: Israel ‘Can Defend Itself,’ Has ‘Unshakable’ U.S. Support

JNS.org – President Barack Obama said Tuesday night that if Syria were to attack Israel...

Extremist Syrian Rebels Withdraw From Christian Village September 11, 2013 6:42 am

Extremist Syrian Rebels Withdraw From Christian Village

JNS.org - Reports indicate that Al-Qaeda-linked rebel forces have withdrawn from the Syrian...

President Obama Makes Case for Syria Action to America September 10, 2013 11:42 pm

President Obama Makes Case for Syria Action to America

ABC News – Stymied by lagging public opinion and an 11th-hour diplomatic curveball, President...

Obama’s Multilateral Diplomacy Disappoints Syrian Rebels; Damascus FM Says ‘Already Agreed’ to Disarmament Plan September 10, 2013 2:26 pm

Obama’s Multilateral Diplomacy Disappoints Syrian Rebels; Damascus FM Says ‘Already Agreed’ to Disarmament Plan

U.S. President Barack Obama’s 11th-hour push for multilateral diplomacy to remove...

Israel Skeptical of Russia’s Plan for Syria’s WMD September 10, 2013 10:39 am

Israel Skeptical of Russia’s Plan for Syria’s WMD

JNS.org – Israeli officials reacted with skepticism to the plan proposed by Russia...

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  • Book Reviews Jewish Identity A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    A Holistic Look at the Rebbe’s Life and Career (REVIEW)

    Did you know that in the entire Bible, only one birthday is mentioned and it is that of Pharaoh? And did you know that according to some scientists, by accepting Einstein’s Theory of General Relativity, it is impossible to prove or disprove that the sun is the gravitational center of our solar system? In his new book, REBBE, best-selling author Joseph Telushkin reveals many surprising and sometimes shocking details as he chronicles the life and teachings of the charismatic Rabbi [...]

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  • Food Mitzvos New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    New Jerusalem Eatery’s Uniform Pricing Seeks to ‘Help People Make It’

    JNS.org – Omelet sandwich: 5 shekels. Iced coffee: 5 shekels. Tuna sandwich: 5 shekels. Fresh-squeezed orange juice: 5 shekels. Cheese bureka: 5 shekels. There’s plenty more on the Cofizz menu, but you get the idea. Dani Mizrahi and Amir Amshalm, two Israeli men in their early 30s, asked themselves: Why not launch a take-out food joint in busy neighborhoods around Jerusalem where everything—and that means everything—goes for five shekels, or about $1.50. They’d seen the concept take off in Tel Aviv, where [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Israel New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    New Primetime Drama ‘Tyrant’ Filmed Entirely in Israel (VIDEO)

    The new FX Network drama Tyrant was shot entirely in Israel, just 10 miles north of Tel Aviv, Bloomberg News reported last Tuesday. Tyrant follows the life of an Arab dictator’s second son Barry, played by Adam Rayner, who reluctantly returns home to the Middle Eastern nation of his birth to join the family business away from his suburban life in America. The elaborate set production for the primetime drama included a crew of 300 and a reported cost of over $3 million [...]

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  • Arts and Culture US & Canada Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Supermodel: Jewish Mothers Are Constantly Trying to Set Me Up With Their Sons

    Skokie, Il-born 25-year-old Erin Heatherton (Erin Heather Bubley) is rocking the modeling world. And in a new interview accompanying a cover spread for Miami’s Ocean Drive magazine, she says Jewish moms are “constantly trying to set her up with their sons.” Imagine that – who would have thought? “The moms, they’re doing what they do. It doesn’t matter what country they live in, what city – grandmothers, too,” she admitted. “But I’m probably going to do that too one day.” Heatherton was [...]

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  • Education Israel First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    First Ever: Turkish Academics to Visit Israel Holocaust Museum for Seminar

    Some 15 Turkish university professors and lecturers will take part in a first of its kind seminar at Holocaust museum Yad Vashem’s International School for Holocaust Studies starting next week. The trip is especially significant as Holocaust denial is rampant in the Arab world. A Palestinian professor was recently forced to resign after he led a trip to the Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz. Participants in the week-long program at Yad Vashem will experience in-depth tours of the museum’s archives and [...]

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  • Israel Music Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Guns N’ Roses Guitarist Rocks Solo Acoustic Version of Israeli National Anthem – Hatikva (VIDEO)

    Ok, fans, question time. What do: Guns ‘n’ Roses shred-meister guitarist, Ron “Bumblefoot” Thal (aka Ronald Jay Blumenthal), “Hard Rock Hotel”, “Las Vegas” and Israel’s ”Hatikva” (The Hope) national anthem… all have in common? I know, you’re probably thinking, “Hmm, ‘One of these things is not like the other,’ would fit in here,” right? Um, no, turns out. Caught backstage by blogger Darren Garnick at the swanky Vegas gig in early June, Thal, acoustic guitar in hand, fretted out a sweetly melodic [...]

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  • Arts and Culture Blogs David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    David Letterman’s Sidekick on His ‘Dream Job,’ Jewish Upbringing

    JNS.org – A Jewish upbringing taught Paul Shaffer, David Letterman’s musical director and sidekick for 32 years, the value of giving back. After the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, Shaffer served as musical director for “The Concert for New York City,” and in 2012 he accompanied Adam Sandler in “12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief,” a fundraiser for people affected by Hurricane Sandy. He was also the national spokesperson for Epilepsy Canada. “My mother taught by example,” Shaffer said in an [...]

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  • Jewish Identity Sports Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    Coach David Blatt’s NBA Hiring Hailed as ‘Incredible’ for Jewish Community

    JNS.org – The National Basketball Association’s (NBA) Cleveland Cavaliers looked near and far during a five-week stretch for a head coach, and they finally found their man—in Israel. David Blatt, who coached Maccabi Tel Aviv to the Euroleague and Israeli league basketball championships this year, struck a deal to become the 20th coach in the history of the Cavaliers. The selection was immediately celebrated by basketball players Tamir Goodman and Mark Sack, both from the Cleveland area, and one of [...]

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