Ben Carson Pledges Support for Israel

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Carson, 63, perhaps best known for his groundbreaking work in separating conjoined twins, is largely unknown to most Americans. But he's earned hero status among conservative activists thanks to his outspoken criticism of Obama's health care law.  JERUSALEM  — In his first visit to Israel, prospective Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson said he is in awe of the Jewish state, inspired by its ancient holy sites, impressed by the resilience of people living in a perpetual conflict zone — and deeply disappointed in President Barack Obama.

“I do not believe that Obama has been one to cultivate the relationship,” said Carson, a retired neurosurgeon who has emerged as a favorite of some conservatives in the early field of possible GOP candidates.

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Netanyahu’s cabinet approves controversial bill enshrining Israel as ‘Jewish nation-state’

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Netanyahu had asked the cabinet to support the harsher versions of the bill and to pass them in their preliminary Knesset reading this Wednesday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s cabinet on Sunday approved a controversial bill toenshrine into Israeli law the status of Israel as the nation-state of the Jewish people.

The bill that passed was a combination of two, one proposed by MKs Ayelet Shaked and Yariv Levin, and the other by MK Zeev Elkin. The bill, which include tough wording opposed by both Justice Minister Tzipi Livni and Yesh Atid ministers, will be incorporated into another version Netanyahu plans to present later this week.

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Israel Strikes Syria, Says Targeting Hezbollah Arms

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Damascus-Explosion-YouTube-620x349 (Reuters) – Israeli jets bombed Syria on Sunday, rocking Damascus for hours and sending pillars of flame into the night sky in what a Western source called a new strike on Iranian missiles bound for Lebanon’s Hezbollah.

Local people reported massive explosions and internet video showed the capital’s skyline lit by flashes; Syrian opponents of President Bashar al-Assad rejoiced at Israel’s third raid this year, and second in 48 hours, while anger in Tehran highlighted how Syria’s civil war risks spinning further beyond its borders.

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