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Oldest Jew dies at 113

Bennett: Discard two-state idea Israel should discard the two-state solution when it comes to the conflict with the Palestinians and instead seek to “live with the problem,” Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) said Monday during a conference sponsored by the Yesha Council in Jerusalem. Bennett said Israel should Naftali annex – “as quickly as possible” Bennett – virtually all the areas that were not handed over to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under the Oslo accords, including the Jewish communities and a handful of Palestinian towns. He said Israel should devise “aggressive” new plans to drastically improve the economic well-being of both the Jewish and Arab inhabitants of Judea and Samaria. PHOTO/WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

Evelyn Kozak, the world’s oldest Jew, died at the age of 113 on June 11 after suffering a heart attack. Kozak’s family escaped from Russia due to anti-Semitism in the late 19th century. According to Evelyn the Los AngelesKozak based Gerontology Research Group, an organization of that validates the ages of supercentenarians, Kozak was the world’s oldest documented Jewish person and the seventh-oldest person in the world. “As old as she was, we really expected her to live forever,” her granddaughter Brucha Weisberger told the Associated Press. Kozak had five children, 10 grandchildren, 28 greatgrandchildren, and one great-great-grandson.

Bibi not ‘deluded’ by Iran election Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is not “deluding” itself following the victory of relative moderate Hassan Rohani, who had the backing of reformists, in the Iranian presidential election. “The international community must not get hung up on its own wishful thinking and become tempted to ease the pressure on Iran,” Netanyahu said Sunday at his weekly cabinet meeting, Israel Hayom reported.

U.S., Israel plan possible Syria action

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Ya’alon calls Peace Initiative ‘spin’ The Arab Peace Initiative, promoted by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry in his efforts to restart the Israeli-Palestinian peace process, is nothing but “spin” that is designed to have Israel commit Moshe Ya’alon to certain conditions even before negotiations commence, Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said on June 14 in a speech before the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Ya’alon said the initiative was “not a decision of the Arab League,” and reiterated Netanyahu’s claim that Israel is “ready to sit without preconditions with any initiative but without dictation.”

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Israeli and American officials are working closely behind the scenes on possible strikes against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s unconventional weapons arsenal, according to a report in Time magazine. Last week, President Obama concluded Assad had used chemical weapons, notably sarin gas, against rebel forces over the past year, confirming previous statements from Israeli officials in April. Obama noted last year that Assad’s use of chemical weapons would cross a “red line” and trigger a stronger American response. As a result, Obama announced the United States would step up aid to Syrian rebels.


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Israeli researchers at the Rabin Medical Center Petach Tikva say that the thickness of a layer of fat around the heart can predict heart disease, instead of the traditional indicators such as body-mass index, cholesterol and other factors. “Today our understanding is that the functioning of fat cells rather than

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your weight is a predictor of disease. …We have learned that this tissue around the heart supports the functioning of the heart muscle and the arteries that supply it. At the same time, if this tissue grows too large, it undergoes changes that are detrimental to the health of the coronary arteries and the heart muscle,” said Dr. Dror Dicker, who heads the Clinic for Obesity and Hypertension at the Golda Hasharon campus of the Rabin Medical Center, Israel Hayom reported.

Russians won’t return manuscripts The Russian government, which has refused to return a collection of more than 4,000 Jewish religious books and manuscripts dubbed the “Schneerson collection” to the New Yorkbased Chabad-Lubavitch descendants of the collection’s last private owner, last week gave part of the collection to the Moscow Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center. Although a U.S. judge in January ordered Russia to pay $50,000 a day until the manuscripts were turned over to Chabad, Russian President Vladimir Putin considers the matter closed. The government of the former Soviet Union kept the collections after World War I.

Khamenei promotes conspiracy theory On the eve of Iran’s June 14 presidential elections, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s promoted an anti-Semitic conspiracy theory on his Facebook profile by featuring the logo of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) accompanied by text stating, “The U.S. President is being elected from only two parties while Zionist regime is controlling everything behind the scenes.” Additionally, Khamenei said, “In Iran, there have been many Presidents being elected in a pure democratic process from ordinary people even without any affiliation to a party.”

The human rights organization Amnesty International is concerned about the increase in criminal blasphemy cases in Egypt, especially those brought against Coptic Christians, for allegedly insulting the Prophet Muhammad. “Slapping criminal charges with steep fines and, in most cases, prison sentences against people for simply speaking their mind or holding different religious beliefs is simply outrageous,” Philip Luther, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Director, said in a prepared statement.

Fischer could head the Fed Governor of the Bank of Israel Professor Stanley Fischer, who will step down later this month, is not denying the possibility of vying for the top post at the U.S. Federal Reserve after the position becomes vacant in January. Fischer did not confirm or deny the possibility when he was asked in London on June 12, saying only that it was unwise to “accept a job offer that no one has made to you,” the Financial Times reported.

Netanyahu visits Holocaust exhibit Speaking on June 13 at the opening of a Holocaust exhibit at the site of the AuschwitzBirkenau death camp, where more than 1 million Jews were murdered, Netanyahu warned that Iran has a “regime that is building nuclear weapons with the expressed purpose to annihilate Israel’s 6 million Jews.” The Holocaust exhibit, designed by experts from the Yad Vashem Institute for Holocaust Research in Jerusalem, centers on a book displaying the names of 4.2 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust.

Wounded Syrian treated in Israel

Some 100,000 people attended Israel’s firstever Formula 1 Road Show in Jerusalem on June 13 and 14. The unprecedented event drew a large audience that cheered when motorcycles and Formula 1 cars whizzed by. “It was an amazing experience, the most fast and furious thing I have seen,” spectator Masada Porat told Israel Hayom. Max Biaggi, one of the biggest names in motorcycle racing, sparked excitement when he rode his Ducati Tricolore bike at the show. “It is very special for me to ride in Jerusalem – this amazing city,” Biaggi said.

A severely wounded Syrian rebel carrying a note from a Syrian doctor who treated him was transferred to Israel’s Ziv Hospital in Safed on June 11, Israel Hayom reported. Ziv Hospital has treated 20 Syrians since the onset of the Syrian civil war. The Syrian doctor wrote: “To the honorable surgeon: Hello, the patient is 28 years old, was wounded by a bullet that struck him [in] the chest, causing broken ribs, and fragments have damaged the liver and diaphragm. …Please do what is required and thank you in advance.” Ziv Hospital Director Dr. Oscar Ambon said. “Despite being portrayed as their enemy, the rumors that one can get good medical treatment in Israel are spreading by word of mouth.”

Syrian death toll nears 93,000

Nablus rejected as sister city

The death toll from the Syrian civil war continues to rise and there is no end in sight, with 92,901 killings documented through the end of April. “The constant flow of killings continues at shockingly high levels,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in a prepared statement, The New York Times reported. There have been “more than 5,000 killings documented every month since last July, including a total of just under 27,000 new killings since Dec. 1,” Pillay added. The civil war, which began as peaceful protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad more than 26 months ago, has spiraled into a sectarian conflict.

Concerns over Palestinian terrorism spawning from the West Bank city of Nablus led the city council of Boulder, Colo., to reject Nablus’ bid to become Boulder’s sister city in a 7-2 vote last week, the Middle East news website The Tower reported. Nablus is known for originating a significant amount of Palestinian terrorism. Boulder’s city council also attributed its rejection to the human rights abuses and suppression of freedom of the press in the city. The sister-city partnership with Nablus would have been “limited to those who subscribe to the particular philosophy, which is to damage Israel,” local resident Bill Cohen told the local CBS affiliate in Boulder on June 10.

Formula 1 Show thrills Jerusalem

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