Monday April 21, 2014
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Iran's 'exercise in deceit'
Israel skeptical of Iranian announcement regarding limits in output of Arak heavy water reactor • Minister Yuval Steinitz: If Iran does not give up uranium enrichment and centrifuges, it will remain a nuclear threshold state and this is unacceptable.
Boaz Bismuth | Iran's clean profit
More than Iran wants a deal -- and it wants a deal -- the world wants to give Iran one so it won't have to do any dirty work. No matter what, the Iranian nuclear story is far from over.
Dan Margalit | America, don't do us any favors
Israel pays many times over for the malicious propaganda spewed against it for wanting to prevent murderous attacks on its civilians. If requiring a visa to enter the U.S. is one of these prices, then so be it.
Report: Abbas threatens to dismantle PA
Israeli, Palestinian negotiators to meet after Passover, discuss potential extension of talks by nine months • PA reportedly considering declaring itself a "government under occupation" • Naftali Bennett: Israel won't negotiate with a gun to its head.
Lieberman: EU foreign policy chief oblivious to global problems
Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman criticizes Catherine Ashton for condemning Israeli actions in Judea and Samaria • "It is fortunate that the EU knows how to diagnose the critical problems in the world and deal with them," Lieberman says, sarcastically.
After Hezbollah arrests, Israel asks Thailand to bolster security
In wake of foiled Hezbollah terror plot in Bangkok, Israeli embassy requests that Thai police increase security around Israeli diplomatic facilities, Jewish sites and tourist attractions frequented by Israelis • Manhunt for additional suspects ongoing.
Settlers demonstrate at site of Passover eve terror attack
Kiryat Arba Regional Council Chairman Malachi Levinger: "Shame on the government that releases terrorists. The government must strengthen the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. We will answer the attempts to destroy with expansion."
Thousands of Christians attend holy fire ceremony in Jerusalem
Christianity's holiest shrine, the Church of the Holy Sepulcher in the Old City of Jerusalem, was illuminated with the flames of thousands of candles on Saturday as worshippers took part in the holy fire ceremony, an Orthodox Easter rite.
Espionage concerns raised in US visa debate
Inquiry shows that the number of Israelis ages 21-26 denied visas to the U.S. doubled from 16 to 32 percent between 2009 and 2013 • Israel and U.S. forming working group to help Israel progress towards being eligible for visa waiver program.
Habayit Hayehudi: In Shas, politicians appoint rabbis
"I heard that [Shas Chairman] Aryeh Deri appointed Rabbi Shalom Cohen as their new teacher," Habayit Hayehudi MK Uri Orbach writes on his Facebook page, following induction ceremony for Cohen as movement's new spiritual leader.
From Zionist symbol to Palestinian culture center
Controversy erupts in Haifa as the Chen movie theater in Haifa's Hadar Hacarmel neighborhood will soon become an Arab culture center dedicated to recounting the Palestinian narrative • Rightists: Arabs are trying to rewrite Zionist history.
OECD projects 3.5% growth for Israeli economy in 2015
Economists at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development say local market's growth rate for 2014 and 2015 will be higher than the one attributed to the OECD's other 33 members • Report further predicts slight increase in unemployment.
Obama signs law barring Iranian diplomat from UN post
U.S. refuses to grant veteran Iranian diplomat Hamid Abutalebi, slated to become Iran's new U.N. ambassador, a visa, citing the envoy's link to the 1979-1981 hostage crisis • Iran dismisses decision, says it will take matter up with UN's legal body.
Israeli scientists make genetic code breakthrough
Israeli scientists discover cellular equivalent of "on/off" switches in DNA, explaining differences between modern humans and extinct Neanderthals • Paleoanthropologist Chris Stringer calls research "pioneering," and "a remarkable breakthrough."