Israel

Is Trump Your Guy?

You want settlement construction on the West Bank to "keep moving forward" without interference or objections from the US government?  Trump's your guy.

Democrats’ Support For Israel Declining

05/18/2016 - 09:24
Editorial

While presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders continue their race to the Democratic convention, the former secretary of state remains the presumed candidate despite the Vermont senator’s string of primary victories. Another disconnect within the party — one with direct impact on the Jewish community — is that it is losing pro-Israel voters to the Republicans by a disturbingly wide margin.

Laying Blame For ‘The Israel Problem’

Maybe it’s not Israeli policy after all, argues a leading conservative.

05/11/2016 - 08:56
Editor and Publisher

The growing drift between American Jews and Israel is not a result of Jerusalem’s right-wing political policies, as many believe. Rather, it’s because American Jews are, well, less Jewish.

Gary Rosenblatt

When Yes Means No

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week unequivocally rejected the French proposal for a Middle East peace conference involving some two dozen nations to be held in Paris this summer.  He said the only way to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is by "direct bilateral negotiations" and he's "ready immediately to begin" talks "without any preconditions."

That may be what he said, but it's not what he meant.

The French say their goal is to revive negotiations for a two-state solution.

Israel Rift Seen Moving Beyond N.Y.

In wake of Sanders’ critical comments, growing fault lines in the community.

04/20/2016 - 08:46
Staff Writer

The divide in American attitudes towards Israel became most pronounced last week during the Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, when Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders criticized Israel – and his supporters cheered.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at last week’s debate in Brooklyn.  Getty Images

Accessibility: Freedom To Be In Nature

Nearly two years have passed since I completed my national service as a guide with LOTEM in Jerusalem but every time that I return to guide a group, that amazing feeling of being part of something big comes back to me.  LOTEM’s outings to nature impact so many people with special needs and essentially give them the ability to experience a sense of normalcy--what they deserve as human beings who live in this beautiful world that surrounds us. 

Lotem participants. Courtesy of Lotem

Bauhaus And Beer Tours, Anyone?

04/12/2016 - 15:57
Travel Writer

This modernist apartment building in Tel Aviv is part of architectural tour of the city. Ross Belfer

Are you interested in the Tel Aviv art market, but unsure which galleries to explore? Heard about the city’s nightlife scene and wish you knew a local to take you somewhere cool? Find yourself in Israel on business or for the 14th time, wondering what could make this trip memorable?

Tel Aviv, a city with intoxicating energy and industry, plus incredible architecture. Ross Belfer

How Does The Media Cover Israel?

Painstakingly and controversially, based on a two-day conference on news coverage of the Jewish state.

04/06/2016 - 08:54
Editor and Publisher

Waltham, Mass. — As Jerusalem bureau chief for The New York Times for four years, Jodi Rudoren was used to dealing with sharp criticism of her reporting from both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Gary Rosenblatt

Is Bibi's Snub A Payback?

Benjamin Netanyahu became the first Israeli prime minister to reject an invitation from the President of the United States to meet at the White House, and he didn't do it through diplomatic channels but by a leak to reporters.

The move was seen widely in Washington and Jerusalem as a personal expression of contempt for this president and very much in character with this prime minister. It is hard to see what he thinks he would achieve by insulting Israel's most important ally and the leader of the world's only superpower.

What Surprises Await Biden In Israel?

The Israeli government is touting tomorrow's visit by Vice President Joe Biden as an expression of the "strong relations" between the two countries.

This will be Biden's second trip to Israel since 2010 when he was blindsided by the announced of major settlement construction in annexed east Jerusalem at a time when the Obama administration was seeking a settlement freeze and trying to revive the peace process.

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