The News From Israel
02.20.13 1:30 PM ET
Obama To Receive Israeli Medal
"She decided to grab what she could, kick aside the principles, values and ideas on the basis of which she educated the fools who believed in her, and enter a government led by Benjamin Netanyahu..."
--Maariv political affairs commentator Shalom Yerushalmi on the decision by Hatnua Chairwoman Tzipi Livni to join the Netanyahu coalition government.
- Report: Israelis meet Egypt intel chief - Egyptian sources say Israeli delegation made short visit to country to discuss border security, lull agreement with Hamas. (Ynet+VIDEO)
- Kerry to bypass Israel on 1st Mideast trip - New US secretary of state to visit Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and Qatar; Spokeswoman Nuland says Kerry will arrive in Jewish state with Obama in the spring, 'after Israel forms new government.' (Agencies, Ynet)
- Jewish Agency urges Obama to free Pollard - In passing resolution, Sharansky notes the growing consensus in favor of Pollard’s release among former Pentagon and CIA officials, American dignitaries, legal authorities, the Israeli government, and American Jewish leaders. (Haaretz+)
- Israel to award Obama prestigious medal during visit - President Shimon Peres to recognize U.S. President Barack Obama for his "unique and significant contribution" to strengthening Israel and the security of its citizens. (Israel Hayom)
- Young activists fight for their neighborhood against city hall's tractors - Residents of Jerusalem's Beit Safafa say the city's plan to build a highway right through the middle of the Arab neighborhood will end life as they know it, and will only serve settlers. (Haaretz+)
- Bereaved parents move to Israel from Yemen in secret operation - Parents of Moshe Nahari, who was murdered in Raydah in 2008, arrive in Israel. His widow and nine children left Yemen for Israel after the murder. Jewish Agency representative says Jews in Yemen are under increasing threat of anti-Semitic attacks since President Ali Abdullah Saleh's ouster. (Israel Hayom)
- Israel arrests Beitar Jerusalem fans suspected of torching soccer club's office - Two weeks after arson attack burns down Jerusalem offices of Israeli soccer team, police arrest two suspects thought to be members of racist 'La Familia' fan group; more arrests expected. (Haaretz+)
- Republicans' rising star visits Israel - Florida Senator and potential 2016 presidential candidate Marco Rubio set to meet Peres, Netanyahu. Learn more about the man dubbed 'The Republican Savior' by Time Magazine. (Ynet)
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