Israel

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.

Conversion Controversy: A Perfect Storm (And A Way Out)

07/20/2010

The showdown over a controversial conversion bill in the Knesset will likely be averted for the moment. But any sigh of relief you may hear around the Jewish world is premature. 

Gary Rosenblatt

The Consolation Of The Land

07/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Candlelighting, Readings:

Shabbat candles: 8:03 p.m.

Torah reading: Deut. 3:23-7:11

Haftarah: Isaiah 40:1-26

Shabbat ends: 9:07 p.m.

 

 

Ellen Bernstein

In Bill, Dangerous Precedent Given To Chief Rabbinate

07/20/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Who opposes Knesset member David Rotem’s proposed conversion legislation?

In Israel, Bibi Netanyahu, the Likud prime minister, who has displayed vision and political courage in rebuffing efforts to pass it in its current form this week; and Labor, Kadima and Meretz, joined by a number of Likud members. This opposition reflects something Rotem, a member of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, does not appreciate: a clear recognition of the importance of the Reform and Conservative movement worldwide to Israel and the Jewish people. 

Jewish positions generally unchanged as CUFI, John Hagee begin Washington summit

Vacation plans mean I'm missing this year's Christians United for Israel (CUFI) Washington summit, which begins today. I'm sorry because CUFI puts on a pretty impressive show, and the Jewish community's ambivalence about the meaning of this and other “Christian Zionist” groups is endlessly interesting for journalists.

Israel's Iron Dome Defense System Passes Last Tests

07/20/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Iron Dome missile defense system successfully completed its final round of tests, Israel's Defense Ministry said.

The tests, which include intercepting simultaneous rocket salvoes from different directions, were completed Monday in the Negev Desert.

Israel's Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has built two systems thus far; Israel has not decided how many it will order. The systems are expected to be put into operation in November.

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