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Bibi Faces Crisis Over Draft Law

Struggles to chart course between haredi and centrist parties on delicate issue of national service.

07/03/2012
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — In his first election after immigrating to Israel from Los Angeles, Avi Cohen, 26, voted for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. But now, amid a swirling national debate over integrating the fervently Orthodox into the army, Cohen says he’s reconsidering.

That’s because Netanyahu on Monday dissolved the Plesner Committee, a panel formed with the centrist Kadima party to formulate new legislation aimed at ending a universal draft exemption for fervently Orthodox yeshiva students.

Social protestors say Netanyahu, above, must confront haredi parties on yeshiva deferments. getty images

Obama, Netanyahu Differ Publicly On Iran

04/17/2012

Exposing a rift with Israel, U.S. President Barack Obama on Sunday insisted that the U.S. has not “given anything away” in recently renewed nuclear talks with Iran.

Obama said he believed there was still time for diplomacy. His assessment, delivered at the close of a Latin American summit in Colombia, came after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday said the U.S. and world powers had given Tehran a “freebie” by agreeing to hold more talks next month.

Obama: Iran Got No Freebie, Bibi

04/16/2012

President Obama, responding to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's claim that more nuclear talks amounts to a "freebie" for Iran, emphasized the stringent sanctions facing Iran.

White House: Obama Did Not Discuss Bunker Bombs With Bibi

03/11/2012

The White House denied reports that President Obama promised Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu bunker-buster bombs and refueling planes that could help in a military strike against Iran.

"In meetings the president had there was no such agreement proposed or reached," the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said at a press briefing Thursday.

Southern Israel On Alert As Netanyahu Vows To Strike Terrorists

03/11/2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Israel remains on alert against an attack from Sinai despite killing the terrorist leader that was planning an attack from there -- an assassination that has led to a barrage of rockets raining down on southern Israel from Gaza by terrorist groups.

New Delhi Police Arrest Bombing Suspect

03/07/2012

(JTA) -- Police in New Delhi arrested a suspect in connection with a car bomb attack in the Indian city that injured the wife of an Israeli diplomat.

An Indian journalist, Syed Mohammed Kazmi, was arrested Tuesday, the Associated Press reported. A police investigation showed that he had been in contact with the man who police believe stuck a bomb on the car while riding by on a motorcycle and remains at large.

Police said Kazmi claims to work for an Iranian news agency and reportedly searched his house over two days, but they have not said what evidence was found.

New Iran Moves Fuel Fresh Debate

As ‘drums of war’ beat, can talks gain traction?

03/06/2012
Staff Writer

Just a day after Monday’s inconclusive U.S.-Israeli summit meeting aimed at forging a unified stance on Iran, the Islamic republic decided to open for inspection a secret military site believed key to its nuclear weapons program and the world powers agreed to restart talks with Iran aimed at ending that disputed program.

But the actions appeared to do little to salve those who fear Iran is determined to develop a nuclear bomb at all costs.

Any distance between them? President Barack Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at this week’s summit.

Obama: Diplomacy Still Best Way To Stop Iran Nukes, But Military Option On Table

03/04/2012

President Obama said it was still possible to resolve Iran's suspected bid for a nuclear weapon through diplomacy, but added that a military option was still on the table and that containment was not an option.

"I firmly believe that an opportunity remains for diplomacy, backed by pressure, to succeed," Obama told the annual American Israel Public Affairs Committee policy conference on Sunday in Washington.

Netanyahu’s Bureau Chief Resigns Over Harrassment Scandal

02/20/2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's bureau chief resigned over a sexual harassment scandal.

Natan Eshel under a plea agreement signed Sunday resigned from his position and committed to never again working in civil service.

Eshel admitted to unprofessional behavior with a female subordinate. The woman, known only as R, has refused to press charges or testify against Eshel.

A Must-See Film, Especially For Jewish Youth

The new documentary film, “Follow Me: The Yoni Netanyahu Story,” should be required viewing in Jewish schools and camps throughout the country.

You can’t teach Modern Israel and the challenges of Zionism in 80 minutes. But in chronicling the life of the hero of the Entebbe rescue, the film not only manages to offer up one remarkable young man’s ongoing struggle between duty to country and the desire to pursue one’s own dreams, but also a simpler, more unified Israeli society fighting for its basic freedoms and rights.

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