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Seaport battle looms as Israel plans new competition

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israel is betting its economic future on high-tech exports but faces a low-tech bottleneck in state-owned seaports subject to work stoppages and slowdowns because of the enormous strength of their unions.Full story

Iran will destroy Israeli cities if attacked - Khamenei

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's clerical supreme leader said on Thursday the Islamic Republic would destroy the Israeli cities of Tel Aviv and Haifa if it came under attack from the Jewish state. Full story

'Miss Holocaust Survivor' pageant draws critics

  Women who lived through the Holocaust gathered in Haifa for Israel's first "Miss Holocaust Survivor" pageant. Some have criticized the contest saying it was in bad taste. Msnbc.com's Craig Melvin reports.

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