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F.C. Barcelona Shoots For Middle-East Peace

When F.C. Barcelona, one of the world’s most elite soccer teams, visited Israel and the West Bank this week, the world’s most popular sport was on display not for the sake of athletics but for the sake of diplomacy. Although the trip was planned before the resumption of peace talks between Israelis and Palestinians, F.C. Barcelona’s “Peace Tour” was a perfectly-timed boost for renewed negotiations. Read more…

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Senate Confirms ATF Director

For the first time since 2006, there is a permanent director of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), the agency tasked with enforcing our nation’s gun laws. B. Todd Jones, U.S. Attorney for Minnesota, and the acting part-time director of the ATF, was confirmed by a vote of 53-42 yesterday evening. Read more…

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Nations Marks One Year Since Aurora, Colorado Shooting

On Monday, July 20th, our nation marked the first anniversary of the tragic shooting that left 12 people dead and 70 injured at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. The shooting, committed by James Holmes during a midnight screening of The Dark Knight Rises, was just one of many mass shootings that shocked the American public this year. Read more…

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E.U. Labels Hezbollah’s Armed Wing Terrorist Group

E.U. Foreign Ministers voted unanimously last week to label the armed wing of Hezbollah a terrorist group. The decision fell short of U.S. and Israeli demands to label all of Hezbollah, including its political wings, a terrorist entity. Read more…

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Reform Movement Encouraged Peace Talks to Resume; Commends Secretary Kerry’s Personal Involvement

Kerry Peres AbbasU.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced last week that Israel and the Palestinian Authority agreed to a basic set of principles to resume peace talks. Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism, reacted warmly to the news, explaining:

“We welcome this apparent progress toward peace, commend Secretary of State Kerry for his leadership and effort and pledge our support for such efforts as they move forward. We pray that this is the beginning of a process that will lead to a lasting agreement that will bring true peace and stability for a region that has known conflict for thousands of years. We call on both the Israelis and the Palestinians to return to the negotiating table with a true willingness to work for peace and we pray that the vision of the prophets will soon be fulfilled.” Read more…

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BREAKING: Direct Peace Talks to Resume

After months of intense shuttle diplomacy, Secretary of State Kerry has scored a diplomatic breakthrough. For the first time in three years, it appears that Israelis and Palestinians are going to engage in direct peace negotiations. Read more…

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Iran’s President Elect Signals Continued Support for Assad

Hassan Rohani won’t take office until August, but the Iranian President-elect is already making headlines. In an interview with the Iranian National News Agency this week, Rohani slammed Israel while making clear his intention to continue to stand behind Bashar Assad’s Syria regime and its long-time ally Hezbollah. Read more…

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