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U.S.-Israel tensions rising, high stakes for AIPAC

The escalating U.S.-Israel diplomatic crisis will dramatically change the calculus for the upcoming AIPAC policy conference, which starts on Sunday,  in ways difficult to predict.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to be the top administration speaker, and you have to bet AIPAC leaders are nervous about how she will be received by the 3000-plus delegates after her tongue-lashing call to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week.

Biden's Israel speech: not a game changer

 So did Vice President Joe Biden accomplish his top goal during this week's Israel visit – reassuring a skeptical Israeli public about the Obama administration's intentions while also reassuring the Palestinians that the administration is still determined to play a role in bringing the two sides back together for serious peace talks?

Israel’s ‘Macho’ Move

East Jerusalem housing announcement seen marring Biden visit amid ‘proximity’ talk launch.

03/11/2010
Staff Writer

The Israeli approval Tuesday of another 1,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem — coming just hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced in Jerusalem the launching of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — stunned the White House but should not have been surprising, according to Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen.

Burned By The Freeze

With West Bank settlement projects on hold, many families and developers are feeling the pinch.

03/11/2010
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — With five kids and monthly rent topping $1,200, it didn’t take long for Ronen Mizrachi to calculate how much more he would get for his money if he moved his family out of Jerusalem.

So two years ago, Mizrachi, a lawyer, and his wife, an optometrist, purchased a piece of land in Har Gilo, a small, tranquil Jewish settlement-cum-village about five miles south of Jerusalem.

An artists’ rendering of the new building planned by Lev Binyamin.

What’s Wrong With Israel’s Proposed Conversion Bill

03/11/2010
Special To the Jewish Week

Only in Israel. On the day that the U.S. vice president arrived in Israel, reportedly to thwart Israel’s bombing of Iran, and following two days of intensive talks between Israel’s prime minister and President Obama’s special envoy to the Middle East, the Israeli government almost fell ... because of a proposed bill about conversion to Judaism.

Amid Furor, Weiss Retreats From ‘Rabba’ Title

Deal with RCA means only one ‘rabba’ will exist; Orthodox feminists ‘saddened’ over development.

03/11/2010
JTA

On the eve of a conference marking the expansion of leadership roles for women within Orthodoxy, the trend’s most prominent rabbinic proponent has, amid intense criticism, backtracked from his near-ordination of female rabbis.

Rabbi Avi Weiss, left, and Sara Hurwitz.

An Inspiring Jewish Journey

03/11/2010

JInsider recently launched the $100 Million Idea, a brainstorming program for the Jewish future. The premise: Imagine you have just won the lottery and will donate $100 million to the Jewish community in 2010. What would you do with it, and why? We received such incredible responses that we wanted to share another one with you this week. Check out other thoughtful responses at jinsiderblog.com and tell us what you think at connect@jinsider.com.

Adam J. Smolyar is senior vice president of strategic marketing and  communications for  The Jewish Federations of North America

Biden: Bond with Israel ‘unbreakable’ but U.S. will note misstep

Tel Aviv speech altered after Jerusalem housing announcement

03/11/2010

(JTA) -- The U.S.-Israel bond is unbreakable, but the United States will keep both sides accountable for their actions, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said.

Biden's address Thursday at Tel Aviv University, meant to have been an expression of friendship, was altered in part by Israel's announcement this week that it planned to build 1,600 new housing units in disputed eastern Jerusalem.

Israel’s ‘Macho’ Move

East Jerusalem housing announcement seen marring Biden visit amid ‘proximity’ talk launch.

03/10/2010
Staff Writer

The Israeli approval Tuesday of another 1,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem — coming just hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced in Jerusalem the launching of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — stunned the White House but should not have been surprising, according to Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Monday.
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