Benjamin Netanyahu

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘Stooge’ for Iran

01/31/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Holocaust Day Programs Snowed Out in N.Y.

01/27/2011

(JTA) -- Heavy snow in New York caused the postponement of a special U.N. General Assembly meeting commemorating International Holocaust Day.

The United Nations building was shut down due to the bad weather. Other Holocaust commemoration events planned for Thursday in New York also were postponed, according to reports.

The General Assembly in 2005 designated Jan. 27, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, as International Holocaust Remembrance Day, an annual day to honor the victims of the Nazi era.

Media Watch: Al Jazeera’s Media Intifada Against The PA

Leaked secrets blow up old story lines.

01/25/2011
Associate Editor

Nothing is as it seems. The promise of Oslo and the two-state solution has collapsed into the equivalent of the honky tonk song in which a young couple dreams of living in a big two-story house. After years of cheating, secrets and small hurts, they get it. She’s got her story, he’s got his story, there’s not much peace in a two-story house.

Work Resumes at Shepherd Hotel Site

01/19/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Work on the construction of a Jewish housing project at the site of the Shepherd Hotel in eastern Jerusalem resumed following the dismissal of a halt work injunction.

An Interior Ministry appeals committee said Wednesday that work could continue on the site after rejecting a complaint filed Sunday with the Jerusalem municipal building committee by The Muslim Committee, a new nongovernmental organization that describes itself as seeking to preserve Muslim sites in Israel. Work was ordered stopped after the complaint was filed, pending Wednesday's hearing.

With Stuxnet Delaying Iran’s Bomb, Is the Urgency Gone?

01/19/2011
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran’s nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying “More of the same, please.”

The benefits of a nonviolent program that inhibits Iranian hegemony by keeping the country's nuclear weapons program at bay are obvious: Better to stop Iran with cyber warfare -- in this case, the Stuxnet computer virus, which reportedly caused Iran’s nuclear centrifuges to spin out of control -- than actual warfare.

Israel Plans ‘Leapfrog’ Growth to Stem Brain Drain

01/18/2011
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- It was at a conference 15 years ago in the raw months following Yitzhak Rabin's assassination that an unlikely Israeli trio -- a young Navy officer, a leading businesswoman and a senior bureaucrat -- hatched a plan for Israel's future.

It wasn't exactly a plan for the future, but a plan to plan for the country's future in an entirely new way: one focused on long-term strategic thinking to propel Israel into the world's top 15 socioeconomic powers.

Ehud Barak’s New Faction Receives Four Ministerial Positions

01/18/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak and the four other lawmakers that split from the Labor Party will remain in the government with four ministerial positions.

Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak in forming a new faction on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.

The new ministerial positions were announced Tuesday.

The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence.

Barak's bombshell: bad news for the Obama administration?

This being a holiday, we're not hearing much from the Obama administration about today's Jerusalem bombshell – the announcement Defense Minister Ehud Barak is leaving the Labor Party and forming his own.

But I don't imagine they're busy writing congratulatory messages to Barak, a man they once regarded as the most responsive, responsible member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet but who, according to numerous reports in the Israeli press, has fallen from grace.

Ehud Barak Splits From Labor Party to Form New Movement

01/17/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak has split from the Labor party, which he serves as chairman, to form a new party.

Four other Labor lawmakers joined Barak on Monday: Agriculture Minister Shalom Simhon; Deputy Defense Minister Matan Vilnai; Deputy Industry, Trade and Labor Minister Orit Noked; and freshman Knesset member Einat Wilf.

The new party is expected to be called Atzmaut, or Independence. "We are creating a faction, a movement and eventually a party that will be centrist, Zionist and democratic," Barak told reporters Monday.

New Middle East task forces, familiar faces, same old problems

 Over at Politico. Laura Rozen is reporting that the Obama administration has created two task forces to seek new ideas about how to get beyond the current stalemate in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

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