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Israel placed ninth with a final score of 97 points at the Eurovision song contest final in Vienna Saturday night. Sweden won with 365 points followed by Russia 303.

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking at a press conference alongside EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, in Jerusamlem on Wedneday.
“We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all … I don’t support a one-state solution, I don’t believe that’s a solution at all, I support the vision of two states for two peoples.I support … a demilitarized Palestinian state that recognizes the Jewish state – and I look forward to discussing … how we can advance that vision forth in a practical, secure, and responsible way.”
Norwegian Foreign Minister Boerge Brende in a meting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday.
''International pressure on Israel over the Palestinian issue will resume once Iran and the six world powers sign their expected nuclear deal at the end of June.''

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Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel at a memorial ceremony for the four victims of last year's attack at the Brussels Jewish Museum

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel took part Sunday in a memorial ceremony for the four victims of last year’s attack at the Jewish Museum in Brussels. On 24 May 2014, an armed man entered the Jewish Museum, located in the centrum of Brussels, near the Great Synagogue, ... Full Article

Recently appointed EU Special Envoy for the Middle East Peace Process will be based in Jerusalem

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)---The recently appointed European Union’s Special Representative to the Middle East Peace Process, Fernando Gentilini, will be permanently based in Jerusalem, a new sign of the EU’s desire to play a major role in pushing Israel and the Palestinians to revive peace talks. G... Full Article

US President Obama addresses Washington synagogue, expresses his vision of 'Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and security'

By Yossi Lempkowicz   WASHINGTON (EJP)--- “Just as Israelis built a state in their homeland, Palestinians have a right to be a free people in their land as well. That’s not easy," US President Barack Obama said on Friday as he addressed a Washington synagogue on Friday , expressing a vision of "Israel and Pal... Full Article

Israel's 'Golden Boy' has chances to win Eurovision song contest

By Yossi Lempkowicz VIENN A (EJP)---For the first time in five years, Israel has made it to the Eurovision song contest finals Saturday night in Vienna. 16-year-old Nadav Guedj, a Paris-born Israeli, is sure to perform well in the final with his song ‘’Golden Boy’’, a bouncy up-tempo number. He will be b... Full Article

One year ago an Islamist gunman killed four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP) --- The Jewish Museum of Belgium in Brussels, where four people were killed in a terrorist attack one year ago, will remain exceptionally closed to the public on Sunday, the one-year anniversary of the shooting that shocked the country. "In their memory, the Museum will be closed... Full Article

London Police say they are 'powerless' to stop an anti-Semitic demonstration planned in Golden Greens

By Yossi Lempkowicz LONDON (EJP)---Police told the Jewish community in Britain that they are powerless legally to stop a planned demonstration by anti-Semitic and extreme-right groups “against Jewish privilege” in Golders Green, the heart of northwest London’s Jewish community, on July 4, the first Shabbat o... Full Article

Mogherini ‘glad to hear’ Netanyhu’s commitment to two states for two peoples

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---‘’I am glad to hear his commitment to two states. EU ready to help,’’ EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini tweeted Wednesday night after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem.   Netanyahu publicly pledged his support for the ... Full Article

Israel's Deputy FM to Mogherini: Israel is committed to a diplomatic process with the Palestinians but it is the Palestinians who abandoned US-led negotiations a year and a half ago

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---In order for a diplomatic process to take place Palestinians need to return to the negotiating table and not take unilateral steps against Israel in the international arena, newly appointed Israel’s Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely told visiting EU foreign affairs chie... Full Article

FIFA chief opposes Palestinian attempt to ban Israel from football governing body, 'Football connects people and construct bridges' '

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---During a visit to Israel, the chief  of the football’s world governing body, FIFA, Sepp Blatter, said “football is more than a game. It has the power to connect people and to construct bridges,” as part of an attempt to broker a compromise which would fend off Palestinia... Full Article