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A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in his office in Jerusalem in 1992, one week before he lost the elections to the Labors Yitzhak Rabin.

Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli prime minister, dies at 96

JTA July 1, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Yitzhak Shamir, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1986 to 1992, has died at the age of 96. Shamir had been living in a nursing home in Tel Aviv and had Alzheimer's disease for several years. He died Saturday. "Yitzhak Shamir belonged...

Hagai Amir, Yigal’s brother, released from prison

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 4, 2012

Hagai Amir, who helped his brother Yigal Amir plot the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, was released from prison. Authorities at the Ayalon prison in Ramle, in central Israel, released Amir, 43, on Friday morning. He had been in prison 16 years and has...

High school students from the Gimnasiya in Jerusalem participate in the ceremony commemorating soldiers killed in the line of duty on Israels Memorial Day, April 25, 2012.

Siren ushers in Israel’s Memorial Day

JTA April 26, 2012

JERUSALEM -- A one-minute siren marked the beginning of Fallen Soldiers and Victims of Terrorism Remembrance Day, Israel's official Memorial Day. Tuesday evening's siren was immediately followed by a national ceremony held at the Western Wall and televised...

Netanyahu talks to recovering Sen. Kirk

March 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke with Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), who is recovering from a stroke. "The two discussed issues related to Iran and the urgent need for tougher sanctions," said a statement Monday from the office...

Controversial Israeli ad geared to expats resurfaces

JTA March 15, 2012

JERUSALEM -- An Israeli ad aimed at expatriates living in the U.S. that had come in for criticism by the American Jewish community has reappeared online and in an Israeli magazine. The ad, calling on Israelis living in the United States to return to Israel,...

Obama: Diplomacy window on Iran shrinking

JTA March 14, 2012

WASHINGTON -- The window for Iran to resolve its differences with the West through diplomacy is shrinking, President Obama said. "They should understand that because the international community has applied so many sanctions, because we have employed...

Netanyahu: Israel cannot wait long on Iran

JTA March 5, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Sanctions and diplomacy have not stopped Iran's nuclear push, and Israel cannot wait much longer for these efforts to succeed, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. "I appreciate President Obama's recent efforts to impose even...

Olmert to keynote J Street confab

JTA March 1, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Ehud Olmert, the former Israeli prime minister, will be a keynote speaker at the annual J Street conference. Olmert will speak at the dovish pro-Israel group's gala dinner on March 26, according to an invitation sent Thursday morning to...

Former Olmert office head Shula Zaken convicted for corruption

JTA February 26, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Shula Zaken, former bureau chief for then-Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, was convicted for corruption. Zaken was convicted Sunday by the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on charges of fraud and breach of trust stemming from a case over...

Obama, Netanyahu to meet March 5

JTA February 20, 2012

WASHINGTON -- President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet early next month. A meeting was expected, as Netanyahu is set to be in Washington to address the annual policy conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee...

Netanyahu’s bureau chief resigns over harrassment scandal

JTA February 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau chief resigned over a sexual harassment scandal. Natan Eshel under a plea agreement signed Sunday resigned from his position and committed to never again working in civil service.  Eshel...

Lew meets N.Y. Jewish officials, talks Israel, Iran

JTA February 19, 2012

WASHINGTON -- Jack Lew, President Obama's chief of staff, met with Jewish leaders in New York and fielded questions about differences with Israel. Lew, who is Jewish, met Feb. 17 with a group convened by the New York Jewish Community Relations Council...

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