Benjamin Netanyahu

Report: Talks Stymied Over Israel’s ‘Security Concept’

12/21/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israeli-Palestinian talks were reportedly at an impasse over Israel's insistence on a continued military presence when a dispute over settlements ended them.

Newsweek, quoting negotiators from each side, reported Monday that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu insisted that the Palestinians accept Israel's "security concept" before discussing any other topic.

Could Latest Conversion Flap Bring Down Israel’s Government?

The Knesset’s passage today of a preliminary reading of a bill that affirms the legitimacy of conversions performed by rabbis of the IDF (Israel Defense Forces) seems benign on the surface.

After all, the IDF rabbis are chosen by the Chief Rabbinate, and the vote was an overwhelming 74-18.

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues to Speak Out on Rental Ruling

12/14/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

"The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities," said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. "The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."

Livni Says Israel Should Freeze Settlement Building

12/13/2010

(JTA) -- Israel should have instituted a second settlement building freeze in exchange for U.S. guarantees, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on ABC News.

Netanyahu Distances Self From Barak Dividing Jerusalem Remarks

12/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from remarks made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak regarding dividing Jerusalem during a Washington forum.

Obama, Clinton throw in the towel on Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

In the next few days you're going to hear a lot of spin about Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech to the Saban Center for Middle East Policy on Friday night – the first major administration pronouncement since it abandoned its efforts to win a 90 day extension of Israel's settlement moratorium in return for a rich package of incentives, a deal they hoped would lure the Palestinians back to the negotiating table.

Poll: Slight Majority of Israeli Jews Unfavorable to Obama

12/10/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A slight majority of Jewish Israelis has negative views of President Obama, but his supporters are more numerous than previously reported, according to a poll.

The Brookings Institution poll of Jewish Israelis recorded 51 percent responding that they had negative views of Obama and 41 percent responding that they had positive views of the U.S. president.

Bibi's Betrayal

12/10/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

The news earlier this week that President Obama had decided to suspend efforts toward curtailing Israeli settlement policy should be seen as a major setback in Middle East peace efforts.

Rabbi Andy Bachman

Protesters in Jerusalem Rally Against Rabbinic Ruling

12/09/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters rallied in Jerusalem against a rabbis' ban on renting apartments to Arabs.

About 150 demonstrators on Wednesday night took up positions across from Jerusalem's Great Synagogue to protest the rabbinic ruling, issued Tuesday by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis.

"Racism is blasphemy" and "Rabbis' letter – public blasphemy" read the signs carried by some of the protesters.

The Fires This Time

12/07/2010
Editorial

While the now-extinguished fires in northern Israel were an unimaginable catastrophe for the tiny nation — which, more than almost any other, cherishes its trees — there were heartening aspects of the fatal disaster.

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