Israeli-Palestinian conflict

In Speech to Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Endorses Two-State Solution, Hints at Shift on Jerusalem

07/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Appearing before Jewish leaders in New York a day after he met with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated  what he has rarely mentioned in more than a year — his commitment to a two-state solution, a pledge he first made in June 2009.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Presidents Conference executive vice-chair Malcolm Hoenlein

The Times Admits, Not All Settlements Are Settlements

Readers sometimes wonder whether it is worthwhile to write to the Times (or to any paper, including The Jewish Week) regarding slights by reporters covering Israel.

Israeli Army To Charge Gaza War Soldiers

07/07/2010

 (JTA) — Israel’s chief army prosecutor will bring charges against some Israeli soldiers for their conduct during the Gaza war.

In one case, an army staff sergeant will be indicted on manslaughter charges for shooting and killing two women near Gaza City.

Birthright Goes To Hebron —Controversially?

07/07/2010
Staff Writer

 An Australian Birthright trip made what is believed to be an unprecedented stop in Hebron last week complete with a post-visit webcast, raising questions about whether the program has shifted policy on visits to the West Bank.

Participants on a Birthright trip last week discussed their stop at the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron on a webcast.

Presbyterian Church working to undercut Israeli-Palestinian peace efforts?

If the Presbyterian Church (USA), which is meeting in Minneapolis this week, really cares about peace in the region it will soundly reject the latest report by its Middle East Study Committee.

This isn't about the frustrating search for some way to end the Middle East conflict; it's about a handful of determined Church activists with a serious grudge against the Jewish state, who don't much care that their churlish activism in the guise of religious morality is just making peace harder to attain.

J Street's risky move on Jerusalem

J Street wants clarification of what, exactly, the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations meant in its “My Jerusalem” advertisements this week, published in the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal.

With JCall, European Jews Get Their Own J Street Debate

05/05/2010
JTA

PRAGUE (JTA) -- The launch of JCall has brought the debate that American Jewry has seen over J Street to Jewish Europe: Outside of Israel, how critical in public should you be of Israeli government policies you believe are not in Israel’s best interests?

The founders of JCall, who seek to push what they see as a recalcitrant Israeli government closer to a two-state solution, say criticism of Israeli policies is constructive and necessary.

Israel Steps Up Campaign Against ‘Incitement’

In bid to ease diplomatic pressure, government
to launch index to monitor
PA hate speech.

05/05/2010

 

Jerusalem — In an effort to ratchet up international pressure on the Palestinian Authority to combat what the Netanyahu administration calls hatred against Israel as peace talks move forward, Israel plans to unveil this month an “Incitement Index,” The Jewish Week has learned.

Palestinians recently named a square for terrorist Dalal Mughrabi. Israel will now monitor incidents like these.

South African Jewish Leaders Meet with Goldstone

05/04/2010

(JTA) —  A delegation of senior South African Jewish communal leaders met with Richard Goldstone Monday to discuss Goldstone’s participation in the United Nations inquiry into the Gaza war.

The meeting was held as part of a deal brokered  between the South African Zionist Federation and Goldstone that allowed the judge to attend his grandson’s bar mitzvah on May 1 in the absence of threatened protests. Goldstone, who lives in America, initially had said he would not attend.

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