Israel recognizes first Salvadoran for saving Jews during Holocaust

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Holocaust memorial has added a Salvadoran diplomat to its list of gentiles who risked their lives to help save Jews during World War II. Jose Arturo Castellanos defied his government by issuing thousands of visas and fake documents to help as many as 40,000 Jews escape death at the hands of the Nazis.

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Israeli president condemns Iranian death calls

JERUSALEM – Iranian lawmakers are shaming their people by calling for anti-government protesters to be tried and executed, Israeli President Shimon Peres said Wednesday. He said the Iranian people will stop their own government, referring to the tens of thousands of protesters who took to the streets of Tehran on Monday.

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4 Israeli diplomatic missions closed by threats

JERUSALEM — Israel has temporarily closed at least four diplomatic missions abroad in response to threats against Israeli targets overseas, officials said Tuesday. The threats appeared tied to the third anniversary of the death of former Hezbollah commander Imad Mughniyeh.

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White House Campaign Stop: Israel

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For Republicans considering taking the presidential plunge, a conspicuous jaunt to the Jewish state boosts foreign policy credentials and appeals to the conservative base in one fell swoop.

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Barbour: Iran biggest threat to global security

HERZLIYA, Israel – Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour said Wednesday that Iran is the world’s top threat to peace and stability. A potential 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Barbour said world leaders should be judged by their success in responding to the threats posed by Iran.

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Palestinian Authority seeks UN status for Bethlehem’s Nativity Church

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BETHLEHEM, West Bank – The Palestinian Authority announced Monday it has asked U.N.’s cultural agency to designate the church built at the traditional birth site of Jesus as the first world heritage site in the Palestinian territories. However, only U.N. member states can nominate sites, calling into question the feasibility of the state-building measure.

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Huckabee: Israel can build in West Bank, Jerusalem

JERUSALEM – Potential 2012 U.S. presidential candidate Mike Huckabee told Jewish settlers Monday that attempts to prevent them from building in east Jerusalem are as outrageous as housing discrimination in the United States. Most of the international community – including President Barack Obama – considers the settlements illegal.

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Arab Israeli gets 9 years in prison for spying

JERUSALEM – An Israeli court on Sunday sentenced an Arab-Israeli activist who confessed to spying for Lebanon’s Hezbollah militants to nine years in prison. Court documents said Makhoul used encryption software to send Hezbollah information about Israeli military facilities and defense capabilities.

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Israel arrests man wanted in Srebrenica massacre

JERUSALEM – Israeli police on Tuesday arrested a former Bosnian Serb soldier implicated by Bosnian authorities in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre. Aleksander Cvetkovic, 42, is wanted as a suspected member of an eight-man firing squad involved in executing between 1,000 and 1,200 Bosnian Muslims at the Branjevo Farm.

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Merkel visit to Israel in jeopardy over strike

JERUSALEM – German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s upcoming visit to Israel may be canceled because of a Foreign Ministry strike, raising concern about the four-week strike’s damage to Israel’s ties with the world. A decision to call off the visit would be an embarrassment for Israel, forcing the cancellation of an annual joint session with Germany’s Cabinet, considered symbolic of the warm relationship between the two nations.

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