With loss of Turkey — once a leading vacation destination — life in the Jewish state feels even lonelier.
Jerusalem — There was a time, not very long ago, when Israelis had a friend in the Muslim world. As bad as things got with the Palestinians, the Syrians, the Lebanese, Israelis could point to Turkey as a solid bulwark against near total isolation in the Muslim world.
Eitan Haber, a former top aide and speechwriter for Israeli Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin, hit the nail on the head when he suggested that intercepting aid ships to Gaza might not be worth the price of international condemnation that Israel has been subjected to (“Flotilla Crisis Fuels Blockade Controversy,” June 4).
Israel has endured and survived many rounds of international condemnation in the past, most notably the United Nations’ infamous “Zionism is racism” resolution of 1975, and the outrage expressed by the Reagan White House and leaders across the globe when Jerusalem bombed the Iraqi nuclear reactor, 29 years ago this week.
Days after being designated the Democratic candidate for New York’s junior U.S. Senate seat, and a day after Israel’s deadly raid on the Mavi Marmara ship, Kirsten Gillibrand visited The Jewish Week to discuss the latest news and issues. Gilliband, 43, was a member of the House of Representatives from upstate, representing parts of the Adirondacks, Catskills and Hudson Valley when she was appointed by Gov. David Paterson to fill the Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton.
Today a Washington Post editorial offers a surprisingly sensible solution to the problem of Israel's Gaza blockade, which is under mounting international condemnation and which the Obama administration calls 'unsustainable.”
(JTA) -- The Conservative movement has launched a campaign to raise awareness of the captivity of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism's youth and young adult services department has begun a Yellow Balloon campaign to mark the fourth anniversary of Shalit's captivity. Shalit was captured in a cross-border raid on June 25, 2006 and reportedly is being held by the terrorist group Hamas in Gaza.
While there's been no shortage of Jews who insist that Israel was wrong to stop and board the terrorist flotilla. there's been a curious disconnect. Most of the Jews who got the most sea-sick by Israel's self-defense are the same Jews who constantly want Israel pressured to get more involved in the peace process.
But what do the existing agreements of the peace process have to say about Israel's rights to control the waters off the Gaza coast?