Israel

The beginning of the journey

Hi, I'm Sharon Udasin. After three years as a journalist for The Jewish Week in New York, I decided to take a risk and immigrate to Israel, something I had been thinking about pretty consistently for a couple years.

I had little interest in Israel and the Middle East until I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in May 2007 and reluctantly had a taste of the “Birthright Kool-Aid,” so-to-speak.

Meet The New (Interim) Ambassadors

10/19/2010

Meron Reuben, Israel’s new ambassador to the United Nations, moved to New York last month with only three suitcases.

Ido Aharoni, who assumed his job as Consul General of Israel in New York around the same time, came to town with two.

Gary Rosenblatt

Media Watch: Settlers Now ‘Part Of Israeli Mainstream’

Outreach to Arabs, leadership in IDF, reverse militant image.

10/19/2010
Associate Editor

Someone remarked to Gloria Steinem, on the eve of her 50th birthday, that she looked great for 50.

“This is what 50 looks like,” said Steinem.

Rabbis Shlomo Riskin, Aharon Lichtenstein and Menachem Froman are what West Bank settlers look like. From the settlements clustered in Gush Etzion.

Israel Marking Rabin Assassination

10/19/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The assassination of Yitzhak Rabin "must not be forgiven or forgotten," Israeli President Shimon Peres said at a candlelighting ceremony marking the 15th anniversary of the tragedy.

On Tuesday afternoon, on the eve of the Hebrew date of the anniversary of the prime minister's death, Peres spoke about the man with whom he was awarded the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize. Rabin family members, public figures, youth movement members and students attended the ceremony.

The Long And The Short Of Conversation

10/19/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Thousands of years from now, what will human conversation look like? Like the Talmud? A version of Wikipedia?

Last weekend I participated in two fascinating conversations that got me thinking about the future of conversation, and how both new technology and old Jewish ideas might give us a clue.

Daniel Schifrin

A Jewish Imperative to live in the Diaspora?

10/15/2010
Special to the Jewish Week

Living in caravans in a small settlement town during my years learning in Israel, my dream was always to settle the land. As a religious Zionist, I feel that living in Israel is a tremendous and miraculous opportunity, and all Jews can and must consider making this life transition as we are all very familiar with the halakhic obligation of yishuv ha’aretz, the religious obligation to settle the Land of Israel. I would like to suggest, however, that in addition to this well-known imperative, there is also a crucial duty to reside in the Diaspora.

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Six Decades on, American Olim—Some American Again—Reunite on Kibbutz

10/15/2010
JTA

KIBBUTZ GALON, Israel (JTA) – In 1952, a 20-year-old with bright blue eyes who had never seen much of life outside of the Bronx, N.Y., mounted a kibbutz tractor armed with a rifle to plow wheat and sorghum fields bordering the Gaza Strip.

Saul Adelson would live in Israel for eight years before returning to the United States for good.

Israeli Officials Speak of ‘Phased’ Jordan Valley Presence

10/15/2010

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Israel's presence in the Jordan Valley under a peace agreement would be "phased," Israel's U.S. ambassador told an audience of Muslim and Arab Americans.

Michael Oren at a dinner arranged by the Center for Middle East Peace said Wednesday night that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has "stated his commitment to continuing a phased Israeli army presence in the Jordan Valley."

"We understand that this may conflict with the search for dignity on the part of the Palestinians. That is why we stress the word phased," he said.

Jimmy Carter's new "peace" mission: thanks but no thanks

I'm not much for the Jimmy-Carter-is-an-anti-Semitic-Israel-hater line - I happen to believe Israel owes him a debt of gratitude for Camp David -  but after reading today's news I have to ask: what is this guy thinking?

According to wire service reports,  the ex-prez  is embarking on a Middle East tour that will include Syria, Egypt, Jordan, Israel and the West Bank with a group called The Elders  – and including former Irish President Mary Robinson. (As I write this, I'm thinking that "The Elders" probably wasn't a smart name choice for a group of older statesmen heading to Zion).

The goal, the group said in a statement, is to “encourage support across the region for the current final status negotiations with emphasis on the need to reach a just and secure peace."

Well, cool; I'm all for a just and secure peace.

Helen Thomas Says Israel Comments Hit ‘Third Rail’

10/13/2010

JTA) -- Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas told an Ohio radio station that she knew her job would not survive her quote telling Jews to "get the hell out of Palestine."

"I hit the third rail. You cannot criticize Israel in this country and survive," Thomas told reporter Scott Spears of WMRN-AM radio in Marion in an interview broadcast Tuesday.

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