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Poll: Most Israelis See A Crisis In U.S.-Israel Ties

12/15/2014 - 19:00

Washington — The majority of Israelis believe there is a crisis in U.S.-Israel ties and that the Netanyahu government has harmed the relationship, according to a new poll.

Is Israel Giving Way To Fear, Rage And Xenophobia?

11/24/2014 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The past few weeks in Jerusalem have witnessed a horrible series of attacks culminating in last Tuesday’s terrorist assault on a synagogue that took five lives. Now, Israelis from the government down must figure out their response.

Alan Elsner

Polls Show 2-1 Jewish Support For Democrats In Elections

11/05/2014 - 19:00

Washington — Jewish support for Democrats over Republicans in congressional elections broke 2 to 1, consistent with recent elections, and Jewish voters remained substantially more supportive of President Obama than the general population, polls showed.

An ADL That Supports A Two-State Solution Should Understand Settlements' Significance

10/27/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

When Israel announced its latest round of settlement construction in East Jerusalem, American Jewish leaders should have expected criticism of the action from the United States government. Such criticism reflects a 40-year U.S. policy stance that remains central to US-Israeli diplomacy, in addition to unprecedented military and material support for the Jewish state.

Gabriel Erbs

J Street’s Beyoncé Spoof Urges Netanyahu To “Put A Border On It”

09/30/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

J Street seems to be taking a lesson from Beyoncé, and it's not singing lessons.

The American advocacy group pushing for a two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians has released a cartoon urging Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to more decisively define Israel’s boarders as a first step toward a negotiated peace.

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Gaza War Pushes Israel, Reluctantly, Onto Holiday Bima

In change, key sermons to address community’s ‘third rail,’ but gingerly.

09/16/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

When New York-area rabbis deliver their most important sermons of the year next week, in front of a slew of congregants they may see only once or twice, many will be stepping on the Jewish community’s third rail: Israel.

Israel’s war in Gaza, either directly or indirectly, will be a prime topic of High Holy Days sermons next week.  Getty Images

Liberal Zionism And Its Discontents

08/28/2014 - 20:00

Rumors of the demise of liberal Zionism are rampant, fanned most recently by Antony Lerman in last weekend’s New York Times (“The End of Liberal Zionism”).

Jeremy Ben-Ami

Sympathy Does Not Betray Israel

Feeling can't stop at Israel’s border; it's necessary, if we are to try to assuage the suffering on both sides.

08/10/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

As I sat in an office in Washington, D.C. a couple of weeks ago refreshing live updates of the most recent escalation in Gaza, I felt a wave of déjà vu. The last time I had read similar updates this obsessively, they had been more intensely relevant to my own life. When I decided to volunteer in Tel Aviv in 2012 before beginning college I had not expected a war, although I knew it was an ever-present possibility in Israel. And yet there I was: jumping at sirens, running for shelter with my roommates, and waiting for the boom and smoke in the sky which signaled the Iron Dome’s success in meeting a missile mid-air. The Tel Aviv bubble had been broken, and a city I had come to know and love was tinged with fear. Dusty bomb shelters were reopened and people ran for those shelters, or whatever covering they could find, when the air raid sirens wailed. I vividly remember attempting to walk my usual route to work in a defiant attempt at normalcy – it failed, because I spent the entire time scanning every block for potential shelter in case of a siren.

Ruby Ritchin

This War's Rallies Have Not Laid The Foundation For Peace

08/06/2014 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Danny BlindermanWhen Israel is under attack, it is natural and necessary that our community should come together. Calls for unity and solidarity have traditionally taken the form of rallies, as they have these past weeks in Jewish community organized gatherings across the United States. We turn to each other and raise our voices in support of our family and friends in Israel who are exposed to random and deadly rocket fire, called up to defend their country.

How J Street Shows Solidarity With Israel

07/27/2014 - 20:00

The past two weeks have been agonizing, terrifying and humbling. As we have watched the violence in Israel and in Gaza escalate, it has been hard not to feel angry, sad and worst of all powerless.

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