07.13.05 Update


Two flights landed today in Israel with the largest-ever arrival of olim - over 500 Jews from the U.S. and Canada. Story from Arutz Sheva here.

A second Jewish victim of the London terror bombings was named. (JTA) Miriam Hyman, 31, is believed to have died in the bus bombing in Tavistock Square. Minutes before the explosion, the freelance photo editor had phoned her father, John, from Kings Cross Station to assure him that she was all right. Susan Levy, 53, a mother of two, was the first fatality named by police Monday. She had been traveling to work from her home in Hertfordshire when a bomb exploded on the packed subway train near Kings Cross Station. Hopes are now fading for Israeli Anat Rosenberg, 39, who was thought to be traveling on the same bus as Hyman. At least 52 people are known to have died in the synchronized attacks, which police believe were carried out by four British-born Muslim suicide bombers.

An Israeli official said the country would increase intelligence cooperation with Britain in the wake of the July 7 terrorist attacks in London. (JTA) On Wednesday, Reuters quoted an aide to Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon as saying the ties would be heightened. The aide added that similar action has been taken with other countries hit by Islamic terrorism.

Syria said it wanted to partner with Lebanon for any peace talks with Israel. (JTA) "The Syrian and Lebanese tracks have not separated and the reason is very clear," Syria's deputy foreign minister, Waleed Al-Mualem, told Syria's Al Thawra and Kuwait's al-Anbaa newspapers in a joint interview Wednesday. "When we negotiate with the Israeli enemy together we can achieve better results." Syria ended its occupation of Lebanon under international pressure earlier this year, stirring speculation that Beirut might break with its longstanding policy and seek a separate peace deal with Israel. But Mualem said that Lebanon would risk being ostracized in the Arab world if it did so. Israel has conditioned peace talks on a crackdown by Syria and Lebanon on terrorists based in their territory.

The Times-Union from Albany, NY has a feature today about kosher microbrew He'brew, the 'Chosen Beer'. Story here.

The Gaza Strip has been ordered closed to Israeli non-residents almost a month earlier than expected, reports the Jerusalem Post.

The ADL released findings from a poll regarding American attitudes about Israel and the Middle East, with one query result showing that 71% of participants believe Israel's disengagement from Gaza is a "bold step for peace". Survey results here.

A fourth person died from wounds suffered in Tuesday's Palestinian suicide attack in Netanya. (JTA) Three of the victims - a 31-year-old woman and two teenaged girls - died outright in the attack outside a shopping mall in the coastal city. A fourth woman, aged 50, succumbed Wednesday to wounds sustained in the bombing. At least 30 people were hurt. The White House condemned the bombing and demanded that the Palestinian Authority fulfill its pledges to dismantle terrorist organizations. P.A. President Mahmoud Abbas condemned the bombing, which was carried out by Islamic Jihad, as "idiotic" and said those behind it would be punished.

A reporter for Canada's Globe and Mail writes about what Canada could learn from Israel in regards to developing more technology-based industry. Story here.

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