Kissinger, Nixon and the 'it's okay because they helped Israel' argument

 I admit it, after 24 years in this business I was still surprised by the “but-he-was-good-for-Israel” defense of Henry Kissinger I've been reading in blogs, Jewish Week comments and emails.

What Kissinger said, in a White House conversation with that old anti-Semite President Richard Nixon, was this: “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

Diaspora Rabbis Urge Israeli Colleagues to Speak Out on Rental Ruling

12/13/2010 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Over 750 rabbis and cantors of all denominations signed a letter urging their Israeli colleagues to speak out against a ruling by 39 municipal rabbis banning renting to non-Jews.

"The recent halakhic ruling from community rabbis in Israel that forbids leasing apartments to non-Jews has caused great shock and pain in our communities," said the letter, initiated by the New Israel Fund. "The attempt to root discriminatory policies based on religion or ethnicity in Torah is a painful distortion of our tradition."

Livni Says Israel Should Freeze Settlement Building

12/12/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Israel should have instituted a second settlement building freeze in exchange for U.S. guarantees, Israeli opposition leader Tzipi Livni said on ABC News.

Rabbis' Ban Of Renting To Arabs Must Be Condemned

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

Israel is roiled once again in sad and needless moral controversy. Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu of Safed, son of former Israeli Chief Sephardic Rabbi Mordecai Eliyahu, and with the support of 49 other rabbis, has ruled that it is forbidden by Jewish law for Israeli Jews to sell land or rent property to an Arab.

Israel’s First Winter Storm Causes Damage

12/12/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's first real winter storm caused major damage throughout the country, especially to the Tel Aviv beachfront and an ancient pier in Caesaria.

The storm which began Sunday and continued on Monday, included heavy rains and damaging winds of up to 75 miles per hour, which caused huge waves to wash up on Tel Aviv beaches, breaking restaurant windows, throwing café furniture, and scattering a thick layer of sand along the Promenade in Tel Aviv.

Kissinger's 'Despicable' Comments About Gassing Soviet Jews Revealed in Nixon Tapes

'Kissinger, in addition to being the quintessential court Jew, is also a hypocrite.'
12/11/2010 - 19:00
Special to the Jewish Week

I cannot remember reading anything as despicable or callous as Henry Kissinger’s observation, captured for posterity on secret White House recordings newly released by the Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, that “The emigration of Jews from the Soviet Union is not an objective of American foreign policy. And if they put Jews into gas chambers in the Soviet Union, it is not an American concern. Maybe a humanitarian concern.”

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.

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