Hollande at Knesset
French President Francois Hollande shakes hands with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Knesset, November 18, 2013 Photo by Knesset Speaker's Office
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An Al-Qaida-linked group claimed responsibility for twin suicide bombings that struck outside the Iranian Embassy in Beirut on Tuesday, killing 23 people, including an Iranian diplomat.

At a time when the fashionable thing to do in the government is to excoriate U.S. President Barack Obama, to ridicule Secretary of State John Kerry and to cry out that the United States is throwing Israel under the Iranian centrifuges, French President Francois Hollande was received here like the savior of Israel.

Then-Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi Yona Metzger surprised many people when he decided to participate in June 2009 political conference of a Haredi organization, following Rabbinical Court judge Avraham Sherman’s decision to nullify thousands of conversions carried out in the national conversion rabbinic courts. Metzger told the Haredi audience that Sherman was a “man of truth.”

The High Court of Justice on Monday gave the state six months to evacuate houses built on private Palestinian land in three illegal West Bank outposts. Court President Asher Grunis and Justice Miriam Naor leveled unprecedented criticism against the state, writing that it was no longer possible to rely on the state’s commitments on such matters.

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry will not come to Israel Friday, despite statements made to this effect by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the government meeting Sunday.

The government will support a bill that would see a single chief rabbi representing the entire country, instead of continuing to have both a Sephardi chief rabbi and an Ashkenazi one, the Ministerial Committee for Legislation decided Monday.

A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem was seriously injured last week when a boulder weighing 17 kilograms was thrown over the wall near his workplace and fell on his back. Four days earlier, his Israeli employer was lightly wounded when he was attacked with an iron pipe and knives.

Young versus old, Iraqis versus Syrians – internal frictions are preventing the Kurds from realizing their historic dream of establishing a united, independent state. Young versus old, Iraqis versus Syrians – internal frictions are preventing the Kurds from realizing their historic dream of establishing a united, independent state.