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Negotiators from the world powers and Iran have failed to meet a Monday deadline for a deal that would ease international concerns about Iran's atomic program and are poised to extend the negotiations for a comprehensive agreement until July 2015.

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EU foreign policy chief Mogherini in the European Parliament:'The recognition of a Palestinian state is not a goal in itself'

By Yossi Lempkowicz STRASBOURG (EJP)---“The recognition of a Palestinian state is notb a goal in itself,’’ EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, as MEPs started a heated debate on the issue. ‘’The recognition of the state and even th... Full Article

Extreme weather conditions to continue in Israel, possible floods

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Extreme weather conditions were expected to continue Wednesday after a deluge of heavy winter rain storms hit Israel the day before. More rain and wind are expected throughout the rest of the week. Rain fell across the country Monday, with Ashdod seeing the most precipitatio... Full Article

Vote on recognition of Palestinian state postponed in the European Parliament

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP---A vote in the European Parliament in Strasbourg on a draft Socialist-initiated resolution calling on the EU to recognize a Palestinian state, scheduled to take place next Thursday, has been postponed to mid-December, a postponement which highlights the division in the parliament on t... Full Article

Israel welcomes the annoucement of Iran nuclear talks extension by seven months

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu applauded an announcement to extend negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme until 30 June 2015, after Foreign Ministers from the P5+1 powers (US, UK, France, Russia, China and Germany) and Iran failed to reach an agreement before the... Full Article

Two Jewish students stabbed in Jerusalem’s Old City

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Two students from a yeshiva, a religious Jewish institution, were stabbed Monday night near the Jaffa Gate of Jerusalem’s Old City. A 45-year-old man was stabbed in his abdomen, and was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Hospital in moderate condition. The other victim, 32 years of ... Full Article

5,200 Chabad emissaries meet in New York for their annual conference

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---Some 5,200 Chabad emissaries from more than 80 countries gathered in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, over the weekend for the 31st annual event. The Chabad-Lubavitch rabbis met in New York for the ‘’‘Kinus Hashluchim’’, an annual event in which the emissaries of the Lubavi... Full Article

ADL expresses outrage at Turkish governor's threat of punishment against Jews over alleged Israeli action at Al-Aqsa mosque

By Yossi Lempkowicz NEW YORK (EJP)---The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expressed outrage at a Turkish governor’s threats to turn a century-old synagogue into a museum -- as punishment, he says, for Israel’s alleged actions against Jerusalem’s Al-Aqsa Mosque. Dursun Sahin, governor of the province of Edirne,... Full Article

European Parliament to debate and vote on recognition of Palestinian state

By Yossi Lempkowicz BRUSSELS (EJP)--- The situation in the Middle East will be debated in the European Parliament next Wednesday in Strasbourg with the 751 MEPs to vote the following day on whether or not the EU should recognize a Palestinian state. The question of the recognition of a Palestinian state will be ... Full Article

Netanyahu: 'There can be no discrimination against Israeli Arabs’

By Yossi Lempkowicz JERUSALEM (EJP)---Politicians across Israel’s political spectrum condemned anti-Arab discrimination following the decision of the mayor of the city of Ashkelon, Itamar Shimoni, to dismiss Arab workers from construction projects in schools and kindergartens. Shimoni announced that he would term... Full Article