As protests push into Israel’s periphery, rank-and-file Likudniks demanding action.
Beit Shemesh, Israel — Eli Vanunu has been active in Likud politics for 30 years, and in the last election helped Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s party win in this bedroom community halfway between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
(JTA) -- Israel will officially request that the Obama administration give convicted spy for Israel Jonathan Pollard leave from prison to attend his father's funeral.
Morris Pollard, 95, died June 18 in Indiana after complications from a bladder infection. His funeral is scheduled for Monday.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the government would submit the request. Pollard supporters planned to demonstrate in front of the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv Sunday urging Obama to accede to the request.
I wrote this week about new Palestinian tactics in their endless effort to avoid direct negotiations with Israel, including the U.N. Quickstep – the accelerating effort to tap dance around negotiations with “official” recognition of Palestinian statehood in the General Assembly in September.
The more I think about it, the more this seems like a very smart strategy – and a very dumb one.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- While U.S. officials are running a full-court diplomatic press against the Palestinian bid for U.N. recognition of statehood this September and officials at international Jewish organizations are trying to convince foreign leaders to oppose statehood, the Israeli government appears to be taking a different approach: acceptance.
On Monday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a Knesset committee that there is no way to stop the U.N. General Assembly from recognizing Palestinian statehood.
Yoffie, president of the Union for Reform Judaism, argues that although the Palestinians are “responsible for the absence of peace,” ultimately what matters is whether Israel has a plan for dealing with that reality – a plan beyond simply clinging to the current status quo and saying it's the other side's fault.