Palestine

Israel Should Act Now

If two-state solution fails, no good options will remain.
07/23/2013 - 20:00
Editor and Publisher

My first response on learning of Secretary of State John Kerry’s announcement of the “basis” for a resumption of peace talks between Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority was the old saw, “You can lead a horse to water but you can’t make him drink.”

Gary Rosenblatt

Israeli Minister Blasts Google’s Recognition Of Palestine

05/07/2013 - 20:00

The decision by Google to change the name “Palestinian territories” to “Palestine” across its products might harm the prospects for restarted Israeli-Palestinian peace negotiations, according to Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin.

Israel Protests Google's Recognition Of Palestine

05/05/2013 - 20:00

A senior Israeli official called on Google to reconsider its decision to change the wording on its services and products from "Palestinian Territories" to "Palestine."

Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Zeev Elkin also told Google CEO Larry Page in a letter sent Sunday that he was in essence recognizing a Palestinian state that does not exist.

Screenshot of Google Palestine page, via Christian Science Monitor.

BJ Rabbis Went Too Far

We American Jews get bent out of shape when we’re accused of dual loyalty. But the truth is many of us are guilty as charged when it comes to being proud Americans and supporting the people of Israel.

The Politics of Israel in Social Media

Spending a week in Israel earlier this month I kept my eyes open to the way Israelis use technology. Even on my first visit over 18 years ago I noticed that Israelis thirsted for the latest tech gadgets. Being a country that struggled with telecommunications early on in its existence made Israel primed for a telecom revolution. In the first decades of statehood, stories permeated about families who waited years just to get a telephone in their home. So when mobile communications took off in the middle of the 1990s, Israelis were eager to adopt the new technology.

Laura Ben David was shocked to look at her Facebook profile and see her location changed from Israel to Palestine.

Progressive Rabbi: Bnai Jeshurun Colleagues Gave The Wrong Message

12/06/2012 - 19:00

Here is my message to my colleagues, the rabbis of B'nai Jeshurun:

I read with dismay your letter about the UN vote upgrading the Palestinian status to observer state, and your subsequent letter expressing regret for the feelings of alienation that it caused, but affirming the essence of your original message. 

Senate Amendment Penalizing Palestinians For U.N. Status Does Not Pass

12/05/2012 - 19:00

An amendment that would have penalized Palestinians for seeking non-member state status at the United Nations was not included in a defense bill that was passed by the U.S. Senate.

Reactions To UN, E-1

Seven White Plains rabbis welcome Palestinians’ vote with ‘cautious optimism,’ mixed reactions on settlement expansion.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Seven White Plains rabbis have told their congregants that the United Nations vote granting the Palestinians nonmember observer status should be “greeted with cautious optimism and not simply recriminations, finger-pointing and expressions of despair.”

Rabbi Shira Milgrom was one of seven White Plains rabbis to sign letter expressing cautious optimism about UN vote  on Palestini

Suburban Sprawl Or Peace Killer?

E-1 move threatens to become the first major stumbling block between Israel and the re-elected Obama.
12/03/2012 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Maaleh Adumim, West Bank — The hilltop range to the northeast of this sprawling suburban Israeli settlement is barren save for a fortress-like police station, a multilane access route, electric lines, and water mains — infrastructure for a new neighborhood.

The exit sign from the highway points the way to “Mevaseret Adumim,” envisioned as an expansion of Israel’s third-most populous Jewish settlement, but the world knows it as “E-1,” a highly sensitive tract of land some believe could determine the fate of a two-state solution.

Building in a Jewish suburb against the hills of Jerusalem. Getty Images

Defying Allies ‘As Time Goes By’

12/03/2012 - 19:00
Editorial

“Well,” we imagine Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu telling his worried supporters this week, “we’ll always have Palau.”

It may well be true, but we’d rather have Paris.

Certainly we appreciate that in the United Nations vote that gave the Palestinian Authority (now “Palestine”) upgraded status last Thursday, the government of Palau cast one of nine votes in Israel’s favor. It’s just that we would have preferred the support of the European continent over the citizens of that small island in the Pacific, population 21,000.

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