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Israelis set to welcome Gilad Shalit home!

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Israel, Hamas reach Gilad Shalit prisoner exchange deal, officials say

Announcement by Netanyahu’s office comes before planned emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the details of a deal geared at securing the release of the abducted IDF soldier.

Israel and Hamas have reached a prisoner exchange deal that will secure the release of abducted Israel Defense Forces soldier Gilad Shalit, officials at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office said on Tuesday.

Officials in the Prime Minister’s Office said that “a brief window of opportunity has been opened that would possibly lead to Gilad Shalit’s homecoming,” adding: “The window appeared following fears that collapsing Mideast regimes and the rise of extremist forces would make Gilad Shalit’s return impossible.”

Full article via Haaretz.com

VIDEO: In the spirit of “Coming out Day” – The Israeli Gay Youth TV Commercial

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October 11, 2011
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In the spirit of “National Coming out day” – the commercial of the Israeli Gay Youth group… “Organizing your closet” ENJOY

VIDEO: Sarah Silverman MIDDLE EAST PEACE AMBASSADOR – Pretty funny… (TMZ)

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October 11, 2011
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Sarah Silverman has figured out a totally plausible — and glaringly obvious — way to bring Israel and Palestine together!! Now if they could just find a way to clean up those Cheetos bags …

‘Seinfeld’s’ Jason Alexander heads to Israel

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October 11, 2011
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American actor best known for his role as George Costanza on ‘Seinfeld’ planning visit to Israel, Palestinian Authority as part of One Voice delegation

American actor Jason Alexander, best known for his role as George Costanza on successful television series “Seinfeld”, is expected to visit Israeland the Palestinian Authority soon.

Alexander will arrive in the region for this third visit as part of a delegation of the One Voice movement, which aims to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In Israel he is expected to meet with Vice Prime Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Intelligence and Atomic Energy Minister Dan Meridor, Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni and Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon.

He will also hold a solidarity visit to the rocket-battered town of Sderot and workshops with youth at a Haifa high school.

On the Palestinian side, Alexander is expected to meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and Prime Minister Salam Fayyad.

Source: Ynetnews.com

Turkish flautist to perform in Israel despite calls for boycott

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Despite calls to cancel arrival, Omar Faruk Tekbilek plans to perform at Tamar Festival as planned next week. ‘I’m not a political person,’ he says, ‘and besides, our people have not become enemies’

CONNECTICUT –Turkish flautist Omar Faruk Tekbilek will perform next Sunday at Tamar Festival, which will be held for the 12th time at the Dead Sea.

Over the past 15 years, Tekbilek has performed in thousands of festivals in front of hundreds of thousands of people across the world, sold millions of albums and won important awards.

This will be his 15th or 16th visit to Israelsince 1998. He has been living in the United States for years, but is still identified with Turkey and knows that he is arriving in Israel at a sensitive time.

“I’m definitely aware of what has been happening between the countries recently, and I feel a lot of pain. I’m not a political person and I’m not coming to Israel as part of some political agenda, but as a musician.

“I will perform at the Tamar Festival, as well as in Nazareth with Arab musicians. I don’t want to discriminate against anyone.”

Full story via Ynetnews