As France Suggests U.N. Peace Plan, Israel Unequivocally Objects

06/22/2015 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — For months, France has considered taking a more active role in advancing Israeli-Palestinian peace talks.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, meeting French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Israel, June 21, 2015. JTA

Mideast Peace: Search and Rescue

The coalition guidelines Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu presented to Knesset on Wednesday revealed more by what they did not say that what they told about where he wants to lead his newly minted right wing government diplomatically.

The guidelines offered only vague language about peace and made no mention of the two-state approach or any new diplomatic vision or peace initiatives for the Netanyahu's fourth term.

Instead it offered what the Jerusalem Post defined as "a rather anemic clause" declaring:

French Muslim Girl's Skirt Judged Too Long

Modest women of all religions must tread a fine hemline.

04/30/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Impossible to skirt the issue — enforcing a religious code of dress at school can be tricky and controversial.

Haredi women, sisters in tsniut, or modesty, to the Muslim girl forced to change her clothes. Getty Images

500 Russian Jews To Shop At Paris Market Where Jews Were Killed

04/27/2015 - 20:00

Moscow — A Russian chief rabbi is slated to lead a delegation of 500 young Jews to the Hyper Cacher supermarket near Paris where four Jewish shoppers were murdered.

Interfaith ‘Day Of Peace’ In France

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Relations between Jews and Muslims in France, according to recent headlines, are tense, with Jews fearing for their lives.

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Keeping Score

Prime Minister Netanyahu's trip to Washington this week was a big success for him personally as members of Congress on both sides of the aisle gave him an enthusiastic reception, and he went home with good footage for his campaign commercials. 

He didn't produce any of the new information about Iran and its nuclear ambitions he had promised, and he didn't appear to have changed any minds, but the appearance gave him a slight boost in the polls back home, though not enough to take the lead. It remains to be seen whether that is temporary or a trend.

French Chief Rabbi Walking A Fine Line

Korsia ‘under conflicting pressures’ in wake of terror attacks, say expats here.

02/24/2015 - 19:00
Editor and Publisher

Chaim Korsia, thrust into the international spotlight as the chief rabbi of France in the past year, was the center of attention as scholar-in-residence at Park East Synagogue here last weekend.

Gary Rosenblatt

French Chief Rabbi Rejects Netanyahu’s Call for Emigration

02/19/2015 - 19:00

France’s chief rabbi, Haim Korsia, rejected Israeli Prime Minister’s Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent call for European Jews to move to Israel.

At a news conference Thursday in New York following a speech at Manhattan’s Park East Synagogue, Korsia said there had been a Jewish presence in France for 2,000 years and, echoing recent comments by French Prime Minister Manuel Valls, said that “France will no longer be France” if there were a mass Jewish exodus.

French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia, left, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio a Park East Synagogue. Getty Images

Hollande Tells French Jews ‘France Is Your Country’

01/27/2015 - 19:00

 French President Francois Hollande told French Jews “your place is here,” responding to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s call for French Jews to emigrate to Israel in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.

Betting On France

01/26/2015 - 19:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Three weeks ago, my wife and I were shopping in a Parisian kosher butcher store several miles west of the supermarket where four Jews were murdered on Jan. 9. The shop in our neighborhood was well patronized, with lines stretching out to the sidewalk before Shabbat.

Richard H. Weisberg
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