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Conservative Rabbis Break Ranks, Rip Bibi On Arab Comments

RA becomes first major Jewish group to criticize Likud leader's election day rhetoric; Netanyahu defends statements on MSNBC.

03/19/2015
Staff Writer

In a sharply worded statement today, the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly “condemned” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for making divisive comments Tuesday when he urged Israelis in a video message to get out and vote because “Arab voters are going en masse to the polls” and thus threatening the country’s “rightwing government.”

The Rabbinical Assembly thus became the first major Jewish organization to strongly criticize Netanyahu for what many have termed racist comments.

Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, wave to supporters as exit polls come in on March 17. Menahem Kahana/AFP/Getty Images

No Heroes

Not Esther, Ahasuerus or anybody walking the stage in Washington last week, either.

03/05/2015
Special To The Jewish Week

While the events of the book of Esther and the Persian monarchy’s intended annihilation of the Jewish community of the day reside within the realm of myth, the danger posed by the ayatollahs of those same lands today is no fiction.  This was not the case Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu came to Washington to make this week.  No one doubts the Iranian threat; the question only is how to address it.

The Banquet of Esther. Wikimedia Commons

Netanyahu’s ‘Joint’ Pain

Address to a session of Congress moves to center of campaign, seen as blow to U.S.-Israel relations.

01/28/2015
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The awkward state of Israeli relations with the U.S. administration has been in the mix as an issue in the Israeli election campaign ever since the ruling coalition fell apart in December.

Boehner’s invitation a boon to Bibi? Getty Images

'We'll Fight Until Tunnels Destroyed'

In a televised speech Monday night, Netanyahu said to prepare for a 'continued operation.'

07/28/2014

Jerusalem — Israel will not end its operation in Gaza before destroying all the Hamas-built tunnels, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in an address to the nation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed international community on Monday night. Wikipedia Commons.

Israel Launches Gaza Ground War

Mission to strike at terrorist tunnels after 10 days of airstrikes.

07/17/2014
Staff Writer

Israeli troops crossed into the Gaza Strip Thursday evening to launch a ground offensive against Hamas terrorists who had unleashed a blistering tirade of rockets into Israel following a five-hour cease-fire requested by the United Nations for humanitarian purposes.

Hamas reportedly fired more than 100 rockets as soon as the cease-fire ended at 3 p.m. The Israeli military said two homes were damaged in the fusillade, 10 rockets were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system and the others landed in open areas.

Israel begins ground invasion in Gaza. Wikimedia Commons

Every Move A Gamble

Three key interrelated efforts are underway on Iran, Syria and Israeli-Palestinian peace.

12/31/2013
Editor And Publisher

At the outset of this new year, I’m reminded of the line from “All About Eve,” the classic 1950 film about ambition and betrayal on Broadway: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Actor Chuck Norris Endorses Netanyahu

01/17/2013

In a somewhat bizarre turn of events, 1980s action-film and TV icon Chuck Norris has issued an endorsement of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Israel does not directly elect its prime minister, but a nominee, generally from the majority party,  is named by the president and submitted for approval from the Knesset. Netanyahu is head of the current majority party Likud.

Norris has become something of a popular culture icon in recent years and recently returned to the big screen last year's "The Expendables 2."

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