Alleged Israeli Spy Arrested in Egypt is U.S. Citizen

06/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An alleged Israeli spy arrested in Egypt has been identified by Israeli media as an American citizen who made aliyah in 2005.

Egyptian authorities arrested Ilan Grapel at his hotel in central Cairo on Sunday; Grapel was ordered detained for 15 days while he is investigated for allegedly "spying on Egypt with the aim of damaging its economic and political interests," Egypt's official MENA news agency reported.

Toward A Song Of Freedom

Can art break barriers and build bridges between Israel and Egypt? It’s a long shot but some Israeli writers and musicians hold out a glimmer of hope.
Israel Correspondent
05/31/2011 - 20:00

Like a lot of other Israelis, and Jews, around the world, I watched the unfolding people’s revolution in Egypt earlier this year with a combination of admiration and trepidation.

There were dueling thoughts inside my brain. My inner New Yorker couldn’t help humming “Could be … who knows…,” the shout of hopeful anticipation from West Side Story; but it was soon drowned out by my outer Jerusalemite paranoia, which kept asking, “But is it good for the Jews?” “Is it good for Israel?”

Writer-filmmaker Etgar Keret, left, and singer Achinoam Nini right.

Border Opening A Boon To Israel?

Clean break from Gaza could be strategic benefit of Egyptian move.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The initial Israeli government response to Egypt’s decision last week to open its crossing with the Gaza Strip was to stress the danger that weapons and militants would freely pass in and out of the territory controlled by Hamas.

And on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still echoing that position during testimony before the Knesset as he accused Egypt of strengthening the Islamic militants.

Egypt’s opening of the Rafah crossing has Israel concerned about its security. getty images

Egypt Again Halts Gas Supply to Israel Following Explosion

04/26/2011 - 20:00

.JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Egypt has again shut off its gas supply to Israel following an explosion on its pipeline in the Sinai.

The explosion early Wednesday morning rocked the area and caused 65-foot flames, according to reports.

While Egyptian officials would not speculate on the cause of the blast, a security source told Reuters that an unidentified armed gang attacked the pipeline.

Israeli Educator Fears Mideast Move Toward Fundamentalism

Uriel Reichman, 68, a distinguished Israeli educator who almost – and should have been – appointed education minister several years ago, is as pessimistic about Israel’s diplomatic status as he is enthusiastic about the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC), the country’s first private university, which he founded and serves as president.

During a visit to The Jewish Week offices this week, he predicted that the entire Mideast region would undergo a major shift toward Islamic extremism, isolating Israel even more than today.

Enslavement, Redemption, and the Arab World: A Passover Unlike All Others

04/06/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Each and every year, at precisely this time of year, I find myself struggling with the question of who owns Jewish history.

It sounds like an odd question, I know. In a sense, it is. But what I mean is that there are some chapters of our history that are so imprinted on the broader consciousness of western civilization that it often feels as if we have handed over our historical experience to the rest of the world, to use as it pleases.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

Obama's Libya speech: will we finally hear coherent foreign policy?

This morning I almost choked on my coffee when I read this  JTA headline:  “Clinton: U.S. Not Ready to Intervene in Syria.”

Seriously, is there anybody out there suggesting a U.S.-led no-fly zone over Syria to stop Bashar Assad from killing the protesters who are sick of his family's autocratic rule, or maybe U.S. ground troops?

Bid to Bomb Gas Pipeline to Israel Fails

03/26/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Six terrorists failed in their attempt to blow up a pipeline carrying natural gas to Israel and Jordan from Egypt.

The timer on the explosives planted at a gas terminal in northern Sinai on Sunday did not go off and the bomb was defused, The Associated Press reported. The terrorists had jumped a guard in the early morning and planted the explosives before fleeing.

At Funeral, Syrian Protesters Chant for Freedom

03/20/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Anti-government demonstrators chanted "God, Syria, freedom" at the funeral of a fellow protester in the southern Syrian city of Deraa.

The protesters at Monday's funeral added to the chant, "The people want the overthrow of corruption," Reuters reported. Black-uniformed security forces sporting assault rifles oversaw the proceedings.

It was the fourth day of anti-government demonstrations in Deraa; five protesters have been killed. Syrians also demonstrated Monday in the town of Jassem, according to reports citing activists.

Israel Files U.N. Complaint Over Gaza Mortar Barrage

03/19/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's foreign minister ordered the country's delegation to the United Nations to file a formal complaint after over 50 mortars struck southern Israel in one morning.

More than 50 mortars were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday morning. Two Israelis were injured by shrapnel and homes and buildings sustained damage, according to reports. Hamas' armed wing Izzadin Kassam Brigades claimed responsibility for 10 of the explosives.

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