Benjamin Netanyahu

Bibi Endorses Trump. Not Really. At Least Not Yet

The headline reads: Netanyahu Endorses Trump, Says “Iowans are Idiots – No One Does Islamophobia Like Donny”

If you didn't know it was a joke you'd think it was real. 

Western Wall Prayer Fight Ends With Historic Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:16
JTA

Tel Aviv — Israel’s government on Sunday approved a compromise to expand the non-Orthodox Jewish prayer section of the Western Wall, putting to rest the decades-long fight between Women of the Wall and Israel’s haredi Orthodox religious establishment.

The Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem on a rainy day, Oct. 25, 2015. JTA

3 Maps That Explain The Western Wall Compromise

02/01/2016 - 11:09
JTA

The Western Wall compromise passed Sunday by Israel’s Cabinet represents a landmark interdemoninational consensus at what many consider to be Judaism’s holiest site.  But describing the deal can be confusing: One worship area will expand, the others will remain untouched and the site’s entrance will change.

Thousands gather at the Western Wall on Sept. 30, 2015 to receive the Priestly Blessing on the Sukkot holiday. JTA

US Jewish Groups Hail Mixed-Gender Western Wall Space

02/01/2016 - 11:05
RNS

Jerusalem — American Jews are celebrating an Israeli government decision to greatly expand — and fund — a pluralistic egalitarian prayer section adjacent to the Western Wall plaza as a first step toward official Israeli recognition of non-Orthodox streams of Judaism.

Women of the Wall, who retrieved a Torah scroll from the men’s prayer section despite regulations against women. RNS

Is Equal Justice Just A Myth?

Sixteen-year-old Muhammed Abu Khdeir was snatched from an East Jerusalem street by three young Israeli men who beat him severely and then burned him alive. 

The murder was one of the sparks that led to the 20124 Gaza war.  Two of the young Jews, who were minors at the time of the attack, were convicted last year and are now up for sentencing.  Prosecutors are asking for two life sentences.  The third man, the purported leader of the assault, has pleaded innocent by reason of mental illness.

Deri Returns To Scene Of The Crime

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has signaled he plans to name as his next interior minister a convicted felon who went to prison for bribery and corruption the last time he held that job.

Lindsey Graham

All of the GOP presidential contenders claim to be true and loyal friends of Israel, but for most it is a political statement, grounded less in understanding than in their search for contributions from wealthy single-issue Jewish donors. 

The rare exception is Lindsey Graham.  The South Carolina senator, who dropped out of the presidential race today, had the best comprehension of the issues and record of support among the candidates when it came to US-Israel relations.

Some Israelis Sour On Trump’s Upcoming Visit

12/08/2015 - 19:00
RNS

Jerusalem - A planned visit to Israel by Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump drew a welter of criticism from across the Israeli political spectrum on Wednesday (Dec. 9) over his call for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

Benjamin Netanyahu, left, Donald Trump. Wikimedia Commons

Trump Says He Will Travel To Israel, Meet Netanyahu ‘Very Soon’

12/02/2015 - 19:00

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump said he would travel to Israel “very soon.”

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters during a campaign rally Dec. 2, 2015 in Virginia.Getty Image

With Israeli-EU Relations Strained, Netanyahu Looks Toward Asia

12/01/2015 - 19:00
JTA

Jerusalem — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, sat kiddy-corner in armchairs at this week’s international climate summit near Paris, talking and laughing.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, meeting with his Indian counterpart, Narenda Modi, in New York, Sept. 2014. JTA
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