Dems Defend Goldstone Meetings, Say J Street Uninvolved

10/04/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — Congressional Democrats defended their meetings with Richard Goldstone and denied any J Street role in arranging the sit-downs with the author of a controversial report on the 2009 Gaza War.
Goldstone and two senior aides to top Democrats who had knowledge of the meetings denied J Street's involvement. The denials followed a Washington Times report last week asserting that J Street facilitated the meetings.

Vatican Paper Slams Berlusconi Over ‘Jewish Joke’

10/04/2010 - 20:00

Rome (JTA) — The official Vatican newspaper slammed Italy’s prime minister for a joke that played on Jewish stereotypes and made fun of the Holocaust.
Silvio Berlusconi told “offensive” and “deplorable” jokes, the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano said in an editorial published Sunday
Berlusconi was filmed telling the “Jewish joke” to well-wishers Oct. 2; the video clip was posted online by the anti-Berlusconi newspaper La Repubblica.

Schwarzenegger Vetos Railroad Disclosure Bill

10/04/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) — California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill requiring companies bidding on the state’s high-speed rail contract to disclose their roles in transporting Jews to Nazi concentration camps.

The legislation, which overwhelmingly passed the state’s Assembly and Senate over the summer, did not name a specific company. However, the bill’s chief sponsor, Assemblyman Bob Blumenfield, made it clear that the main target was the French national railway SNCF.

Israeli Soldiers Convicted Of Using Human Shield

10/04/2010 - 20:00


An Israeli military court convicted two soldiers of using a Palestinian child as a human shield during the Gaza war.

Simchat Torah Withdrawal

10/04/2010 - 20:00

Flying high from the joyful celebration of Simchat Torah, JInsider is weary of potential letdown as we start yet another annual Torah cycle. As an antidote to post-Simchat Torah withdrawal, we asked Rabbi Eli Kaunfer to highlight the value of Torah study in everyday life. The always-cerebral Rabbi Kaunfer excerpted his popular new book “Empowered Judaism” (Jewish Lights) as the remedy. Tell us what you think or offer your own advice at

Be Challenged

Sports Radio Comes To Israel

10/04/2010 - 20:00

You’re an immigrant in Israel from L.A. and you want to follow the Lakers. Or you’re an oleh from the U.K. and you’re keen on Manchester United.

Till now, you have to find the scores online or watch the weekly, late-night NBA broadcasts on Israeli cable TV.

Now you can listen to sports talk all the time. Well, part of the time.

“Yossi from Yavne, you’re on the air.” Ari Louis is a founder of Israel Sports Radio, which made its debut this week.

Jewish Fiction Online

10/04/2010 - 20:00

When Nora Gold completed her first book, three publishers fought over the rights, and the book went on to win several awards. Now, with her latest book, she’s having trouble finding a publisher. She’s aware that many writers are going through the same frustrating times, as changes in the world of book publishing, including digitization, are resulting in the release of fewer books by traditional publishers.

Nora Gold: The Internet is her novel idea for helping Jewish writers.

Caught Between A Freeze And A Thaw

As new poll shows support for continued settlement building, Israelis guessing about Netanyahu’s motives and what’s next.
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

News this week that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was seriously considering President Barack Obama’s request for an additional 60-day building freeze in return for several guarantees from the U.S. administration came as a surprise to many Israelis who had considered the West Bank building thaw a done deal.

To some, Netanyahu’s move was all the more surprising given the public’s mood since the freeze ended.

Netanyahu, center, at Sunday’s cabinet meeting. Photos by Getty Images

Israel To Iran: Time’s Up

Finance minister calls for naval blockade within two to six months.
10/04/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Israeli Finance Minister Yuval Steinitz called Monday for a naval blockade of Iran within two to six months, saying sanctions have failed to convince the Islamic republic to abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Israel’s finance minister, Yuval Steinitz, spoke this week at the Conference of Presidents.

A Freeze On Mideast Politics

10/04/2010 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Haven’t we seen this before?

This past Sunday, one of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ top aides said, “The resumption of [peace] talks requires tangible steps, the first of them a freeze on settlements.”

It’s hard not to be overcome with a sense of déjà vu. Ten months ago, Israel ordered a 10-month freeze on settlement building, with the hopes of resuming peace talks. So what happened? Peace talks did resume, just last month. That was all well and good, until the Palestinians decided to play games.

Palestinians exploiting the settlement freeze issue, argues the author.
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