In wake of historic fire, should Jewish money from U.S. pay for Israeli government’s ‘incompetence?’
Assistant Managing Editor
As Jewish organizations scramble to muster aid to a northern Israel scorched by a wildfire the government was hard-pressed to contain, the relief effort has triggered a debate over who should pick up the tab for an evident lack of preparedness.
While the now-extinguished fires in northern Israel were an unimaginable catastrophe for the tiny nation — which, more than almost any other, cherishes its trees — there were heartening aspects of the fatal disaster.
It’s hardly surprising that U.S. efforts to coax Israel into extending its West Bank settlement freeze seem to have derailed. What was unclear from the initial reports: does the Obama administration have a Plan B, or does this represent the effective end of its efforts to find a route to peace for Israel and the Palestinians?
From the beginning, it never made much sense to us to invest U.S. prestige in an unbecoming effort to lure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu back to the peace table with a rich package of incentives that included F-35 warplanes.
(JTA)—The teen arrested after admitting to starting the Carmel Forest fire was released from police custody to house arrest.
The teen admitted to smoking a nargila water pipe and dumping its embers into an open area before returning to school last week, the day the blaze erupted, near his Druze village of Ussfiya.
ROI recruits alumni to help with fire relief fund.
Much ink has been spilled about the younger generation of Jews, a generation (older people tend to gripe) that is marked by entitlement.
This moniker has oft been applied to members of the ROI Community, an international group of 550 young Jewish leaders whom philanthropist Lynn Schusterman has treated to an all-expenses paid trip to Israel, including lodging at a nice hotel, sumptuous food and lavish entertainment (in recent years, participants were asked to pay a nominal fee of a few hundred dollars).
I will never again pull an all-nighter, or even half-nighter, if I can help it!
Last night, I was up past 1 a.m. trying to finish writing an article about Israel education and advocacy in the United States. Whenever I write about Israel, my head starts spinning and my own opinions dart all over the ideological spectrum depending on what I’ve read most recently.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The United States accused Syria of arming Hezbollah with advanced ballistic missiles, a new document released by WikiLeaks showed.
The document was released by the site Tuesday, the same day that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange turned himself in to London police and was arrested under a European Arrest Warrant over allegations of sex crimes in Sweden. Assange was denied bail by a British court .
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The former wife of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard was brought to Israel for assistance.
Anne Pollard and her elderly father arrived in Israel on Monday after being found living in a one-bedroom apartment in New York in dire financial and physical condition.
Pollard reportedly called the Israeli Consulate in New York requesting help and saying that she had not eaten in six days. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, upon being apprised of the situation, ordered her to be taken care of.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In the aftermath of the deadliest fire in Israel’s history, Israelis this week set to the task of burying the dead, cleaning up and figuring out what exactly went wrong -- and who is to blame.