Only a week after Hamas' stunning landslide victory in the Palestinian legislative election, cracks began to emerge in the international community's initial threat to halt nearly $1 billion in Palestinian aid unless Hamas stopped its use of violence and recognized Israel's right to exist.
The aid is critical because the Palestinian Authority ran out of money last month to pay its 137,000 civil servants.
Lake Placid, N.Y.
If the United States has a winter sports capital, it is this hilly village 40 miles from the Canadian border and site of two Winter Olympics.
And if this capital has its 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., it is 218 Main St., across from the shore of Mirror Lake, where the Olympic Center skating rink is located, where the "Miracle on Ice" gold medal victory of the U.S. men's hockey team in the 1980 Games took place, where the Winter Olympics Museum Lake Placid displays the community's proud photographs and artifacts from 1932 and '80.
In a move that promises to drive down the price of airfares to Israel, the Israeli government has approved Israir's application to operate as a regularly scheduled designated airline between the United States and Israel, pitting it in direct competition with El Al Airlines.
Israir, which until now has operated as a charter service, said that beginning in June it would operate one flight a day to Israel, except on Shabbat. It is currently operating three flights a week.
As police in London continued to hunt for those responsible for four terrorist bombings last week that claimed at least 52 lives, including four of the British-born suicide bombers themselves, Jewish leaders vowed to combat any increase in anti-Semitism but said none had arisen.
Kiev, Ukraine — Rachel Landa, 90 years old and almost blind, has lived in the same one-room apartment here for 39 years. With a pension of $63 a month and without relatives in the area, she is nearly destitute, she told several American visitors, part of a mission of 54 professional and lay Jewish leaders from around the country who visited Kiev and St. Petersburg, Russia, on a whirlwind four-day trip last week. Landa is a former designer at a military factory who said she was in Siberia during World War II.
Two weeks before an Israeli government program to double the immigration rate of Falash Mura from Ethiopia is set to begin, a compound operated by a New York-based humanitarian organization in Addis Ababa remains closed following threats against leaders of the Falash Mura community earlier this year.