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Elul 5, 5774 / Sunday, August 31, 2014

Erdogan Shakes Israeli's Hand After Six Years

Turkey’s new president and former prime minister shakes the hand of the director of the Israeli embassy at a Victory Day event.
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Middle East, 6:40 AM

Hamas: Attempts to Disarm Us Are 'Worthless'

Hamas spokesman rejects a demilitarization of Gaza, calls to "disarm the occupation" instead.
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Middle East, 5:21 AM

Philippine Military Chief Confirms Peacekeepers Escaped Syria

Philippine military chief confirms that more than 70 peacekeepers have escaped from areas of Golan that came under attack by Syrian rebels.
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Inside Israel, 11:14 PM

Gaza Belt Leaders May Boycott Special Government Session

Government will hold its session in the south, but not in the area that was hardest hit in the war.
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Inside Israel, 4:45 AM

MK: Zoabi Should Get Checked Out

MK Alex Miller suggests that MK Hanin Zoabi undergo a psychiatric evaluation after she took part in a pro-Hamas rally.
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Defense/Security

Netanyahu on Gaza Pullout: We Didn't Want a Fallujah

Prime Minister explains that toppling Hamas and leaving could have resulted in a new islamist takeover, like what happened in Fallujah.
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Christian Zionists Worldwide Tell Israel: 'You're Not Alone' American Christian group HaYovel releases heart-warming country music video in solidarity with the Jewish state.

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Israeli Judoka Wins Silver at World ChampionshipYarden Gerbi was unable to defend her judo gold medal but bags silver, dedicates victory to the Israeli people.

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Middle East Seasoned Stuffed PotatoesA nice dish for lunch on Shabbat.

History in Pictures

Teddy Roosevelt and Palestine - "Bully for You!"He said: "There can be no peace worth having" until Armenians and Arabs are granted independence "and the Jews given control of Palestine."