Israel

On Rotem Conversion Bill, Focus Should Be On Israel

Conversions of Russians trump concern over Chief Rabbinate hegemony.

08/04/2010
Editor And Publisher

 I’m having second — and third — thoughts about the wisdom of rejecting outright the controversial conversion bill in Israel.

Before you get too worked up about that statement, please hear me out.

Gary Rosenblatt

A Long, Hot Mideast Summer

08/03/2010
Editorial

This long hot summer is a lot more than just sweltering temperatures on America’s East Coast. New rocket attacks against Israeli targets and Tuesday’s big flare-up along the Israel-Lebanon border point to a region precariously close to yet another deadly war.

Beinart To Publish Full Book on Zionism, 2011

Many Jewish journalists, myself included, spent a good deal of this past spring discussing Peter Beinart's provocative essay on liberal Zionism.  If you thought that horse died, think again: Publisher's Weekly just announced that Beinart struck a deal with Times Books to

Israeli, Lebanese Troops Exchange Fire

08/03/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli and Lebanese soldiers exchanged tank and artillery fire on Israel's northern border.

Residents of Israel's North were ordered to enter bomb shelters early Tuesday afternoon.

The soldiers were conducting routine operations in an area that lies between the international recognized border between Israel and Lebanon and the security fence, which is considered Israeli territory, according to an Israeli army statement.

Report from Middle America: who cares about foreign policy?

During 12 days away from the news – in the middle of Iowa, if you can believe that - I was reminded of the curious bubble that those of us who live and work in the midst of the American Jewish world inhabit.

In that time, I didn't hear Israel, the Middle East or Iran raised a single time –unless I raised it.

Israel hits Gaza targets in retaliatory airstrikes

07/27/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli airstrikes reportedly destroyed a weapons manufacturing site and two smuggling tunnels in the Gaza Strip.

Monday's attacks were in response to rocket and mortar fire from Gaza on southern Israel over the weekend, according to an Israel Defense Forces statement.

No Israeli troops were injured, according to news reports.

Four rockets were fired from Gaza into Israel on Saturday. One reportedly was manufactured outside of Gaza and can be aimed with much better accuracy, according to reports.

A Third Lebanon War?

There has been a steady and disturbing barrage of reports lately prediciting another war, sooner rather than later, between Israel and Hezbollah, the militant Islamic group that controls most of southern Lebanon and is firmly entrenched in the Lebanese parliament.

Large oil field identified in Israel

07/22/2010

 JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A commercially sized oil field has been identified in central Israel, an oil prospecting firm said.

 Tests on the Meged Five drill site near the central town of Rosh Ha'ayin have determined that the site can produce about 470 barrels of oil a day, the Givot Olam Oil prospecting and production firm announced late Wednesday.

The well will be ready for production by Aug. 15, the Israeli business daily Globes reported.

 

 

Unfortunate Dating Experience? Why Not Arrest Him!

Quick. When you hear the phrase "consensual sex," what comes to mind?

Rape? How about "Rape by deception."

Because that is what one unfortunate Arab man is convicted of for having had the misfortune of sleeping with the wrong Jewish woman. His crime? Pretending he was a Jew. His punishment? Two years of house arrest and a possible 18 months in jail.

Journalist David Twersky Dies

07/20/2010

(JTA) — David Twersky, a veteran journalist and former kibbutznik, died last Friday night at his home in West Orange, N.J., following a long battle with cancer. He was 60.

Twersky opened the Washington, D.C., bureau of the Forward in 1990, at the end of the first President George Bush’s administration.

Following his stint in Washington, Twersky was named editor of the New Jersey Jewish News, which he led from 1993 to 2002. He later joined the New York Sun as foreign editor and columnist.

David Twersky: A “remarkable journalist,” he previously served as an adviser to Abba Eban.
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