Israel

Netanyahu Distances Self From Barak Dividing Jerusalem Remarks

12/11/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu distanced himself from remarks made by Defense Minister Ehud Barak regarding dividing Jerusalem during a Washington forum.

Report: Palin plans Israel visit

12/10/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Sarah Palin reportedly is planning on visiting Israel in 2011.

The former Alaska governor and GOP vice presidential candidate in 2008 wants to visit Israel and Britain next year, the Daily Beast website reported Dec. 9. It would be her first visit to both countries.

Palin is widely believed to be planning a presidential run in 2012.

She wished Jews a happy Chanukah on her Facebook page on Dec. 3.

Poll: Slight Majority of Israeli Jews Unfavorable to Obama

12/09/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- A slight majority of Jewish Israelis has negative views of President Obama, but his supporters are more numerous than previously reported, according to a poll.

The Brookings Institution poll of Jewish Israelis recorded 51 percent responding that they had negative views of Obama and 41 percent responding that they had positive views of the U.S. president.

PA, Israeli Officials in D.C., But Not in Talks

12/09/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Palestinian and Israeli leaders will not meet for negotiations although they will be in Washington this weekend, the U.S. State Department said.

"Right now, I’m not anticipating that we would have Israelis and the Palestinians in the same room at this time," State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Wednesday.

Bibi's Betrayal

12/09/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

The news earlier this week that President Obama had decided to suspend efforts toward curtailing Israeli settlement policy should be seen as a major setback in Middle East peace efforts.

Rabbi Andy Bachman

After the Fires: When Blame is Not a Game

12/09/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Now that the horrific fire in Israel’s Carmel forest has been extinguished and Israel has buried its dead, Israeli politicians and pundits have begun the inevitable process of assessing blame for this unprecedented tragedy. I have heard many referring to it as the “blame game,” as if this can be treated like just another episode in which an oversight or omission on the part of some careless government functionary caused a blackout, or a monumental traffic jam. Find the most likely suspect, the reasoning goes, hang him/her out to dry, and go on with your lives.

Rabbi Gerald C. Skolnik

"Budrus," The Real Thing: Or Why Is Israel Jailing Non-Violent Palestinian Protesters?

There was a lot of hype when the documentary "Budrus," about a nascent non-violent protest movement in the West Bank, opened earlier this year.  But it died down quickly.  Well hats off to Michelle Goldberg, who in today's issue of Tablet, puts the spotlight on a Budrus non-violent activist who's been denied his release from an Israel prison.

Protesters in Jerusalem Rally Against Rabbinic Ruling

12/08/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Protesters rallied in Jerusalem against a rabbis' ban on renting apartments to Arabs.

About 150 demonstrators on Wednesday night took up positions across from Jerusalem's Great Synagogue to protest the rabbinic ruling, issued Tuesday by dozens of Israel's municipal chief rabbis.

"Racism is blasphemy" and "Rabbis' letter – public blasphemy" read the signs carried by some of the protesters.

Art and Israel: Some Sunny News

It was a downer to hear that the U.S.-led Israel peace talks fell through this morning.  But then I was reminded of some sunny news: Israeli artists, one of the bright spots on the country these days, are breaking out far beyond New York.  Adi Nes, Sigalit Landau, Yael Bartana, Mika Rottenberg--all were represented at Miami's Art Basel last weekend.  And then there was fast-rising Elad Lassry, who is having his limelight momen

Sullivan calls for Israel aid cut; ain't gonna happen

Over at the Atlantic, influential blogger Andrew Sullivan yesterday called for an end to U.S. aid to Israel after the collapse of Obama administration efforts to win a 90 day settlement freeze extension in return for a rich package of incentives.

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