Israel

OU Condemns PA Study of Western Wall

11/23/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Orthodox Union has condemned a Palestinian Authority study that says the Western Wall was never a part of the Temple Mount complex.

"This official government propaganda is contemptible, historically false and runs afoul of efforts to achieve peace with the State of Israel," the OU's director of public policy, Nathan Diament, said in a statement Tuesday. "Coming from an official arm of the Palestinian Authority, it is nothing other than official incitement,"

Israel Travel November 2010

Eco-travel on the rise, the new lure of Nazareth, body-and-soul vacations and more.

11/23/2010

Eco-travel on the rise, the new lure of Nazareth, body-and-soul vacations, and more.

Israel Travel November 2010

Same-sex Couple on Israeli ‘Dancing’ Sent Packing

11/23/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israelis voted off the first same-sex partners on "Dancing with the Stars."

The end for television sportscaster Gili Shem Tov and professional dancer Dorit Milman came on the third week of this season, the reality show's fifth on the air.

Shem Tov is a lesbian married to a woman with whom she has a son. Milman, who is not a lesbian, was not aware that she had a female partner until Shem Tov walked into the studio for their first meeting.

School Leaders Arrested for Cheating Israeli Government

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The leaders of six educational institutions accused of using fake identification cards to cheat the government of millions of shekels have been arrested.

In raids on nonprofit organizations' offices associated with the haredi Orthodox institutions, Israeli police reportedly confiscated counterfeit ID cards along with a printer, rubber stamp and laminating machine.

The schools are located in Mea Shearim in Jerusalem, Ramat Beit Shemesh and Betar Ilit in the West Bank.

Israel Begins Building Barrier on Egyptian Border

11/22/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel began construction of a barrier along its border with Egypt.

Engineers were scheduled to fan out along Israel's southern border Monday and prepare the ground of for the construction of the barrier and electronic fence.

The nearly $375 million, 155-mile project is being undertaken in order to prevent migrant workers from entering Israel as well as to deter terrorists and drug smugglers.

Another tough hit on Obama Middle East policies

Isn't this called piling on? Well, sometimes piling on is justified.

Yesterday former U.S. ambassador to Israel Dan Kurtzer heaped what looks to me like well deserved scorn on the Obama administration's attempt to “bribe” Israel back to the peace table, and predicted it will never work.

U.S. Report Highlights Israel’s Religious Freedoms Violations

11/17/2010

(JTA) -- Government allocations favoring the Orthodox, extra legal protection to Jewish holy sites and Orthodox hegemony over life-cycle events are among Israel's religious freedom violations highlighted in a U.S. State Department report.

The Great Israeli Oil Rush

Howard Jonas’ financial dream team–Lord Jacob Rothschild came on board this week–sees Saudi-level potential.

11/16/2010
Associate Editor

Golda Meir often told the old Jewish joke (though hardly thinking it funny), why did Moses shlep us for 40 years to the one place in the Middle East without oil?

Now, from Golda to black gold, an oil rush is on, with some of the top businessmen in the world betting big money on Israeli oil, and the only laugh may be the last laugh.

Rock of ages: Can Israel turn its shale into energy independence?

A different perspective on the Pollard case

Historian and journalist Gil Troy has some hits and misses in his important Tablet essay on the Jonathan Pollard case and what he believes is a nascent mainstream effort in the Jewish community to win his freedom.

A Jewish Heart for Africa

Aaron Herman reports from a Jewish Heart for Africa program in New York City. Jewish Heart for Africa is a non-profit organization that brings sustainable Israeli technologies to rural African villages.   Project Sol arranges for the financing and installation of solar panels to provide power to schools, medical clinics and water pumping systems.

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