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'Take Us Seriously'

Jewish journalists plead with Israeli government not to treat them like PR operatives.

07/02/2014
Editor and Publisher
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The underlying tension between the Israeli government sponsors of last week’s Jewish Media Summit in Jerusalem and many of the 140 attendees — Jewish journalists from 32 countries — rose to the surface at the very first panel of the four-day program.

Gary Rosenblatt

Lost Teens Still With Us

Vigil for ‘our boys’ united us in concern and caring.

07/02/2014
Associate Editor
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As we say in the Prayer for Dew (“the symbol of youthful promise”), with the boys in another world, “With His consent I shall speak of mysteries.”

Aryeh Kalb, 13, attends a vigil in New York in remembrance of three Israeli boys who were kidnapped and murdered. Getty Images
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After The Anguish, Few Good Options Seen

As right wants to ‘eradicate’ Hamas leaders, Netanyahu in bind on retaliatory measures.

07/01/2014
Israel Correspondents
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Tel Aviv — As emotionally spent Israelis on Tuesday buried three teenagers discovered murdered in the West Bank, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was left to grapple with the question of how to craft a response — in a crisis that has become a crucial moment in his administration.

Israelis rallied for the boys' release before the news of their deaths broke. Getty Images

More Than A Kidnapping

When is a kidnapping more than a kidnapping?  When politicians and others exploit a tragedy to further their agendas. It can also be an opportunity to repair damaged relations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.

All of Israel wants to see the three teenagers-- --Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel --  kidnapped near Hebron two weeks ago returned safely to their families, and the government and security forces are devoting enormous energy to that task.

Israel's PR War

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Bret Stephens talks about the threats to Israel, and its world image, at a JW forum.

Record-Setting Shabbat

2,226 people gather for challah and chicken in a Tel Aviv hangar.

06/24/2014
Staff Writer
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On one recent Friday night, the people sitting at some 80 long tables in Hangar 11 of the Tel Aviv Port made kiddush.

Then they made history.

Courtesy of White City Shabbat

Not All Orthodox Rabbis Oppose Civil Marriage In Israel

06/24/2014
Special To The Jewish Week
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The Jewish Week reported last month on an initiative called iREP, created by the Jewish Federations of North America, to “limit or end Orthodox control of personal-status issues such as marriage, divorce, conversion and burial,” beginning with support for civil marriage in Israel.

Elli Fischer

Syrian Chemical Weapons Removed. Maybe

After weeks of delay and excuses, the last of Syria’s known stocks of chemical weapons have been shipped out of the country for destruction abroad, according to the U.N. monitoring organization, the New York Times reported today.

Is Fatah-Hamas Marriage On The Rocks?

It appears the marriage between the two leading Palestinian factions may be on the rocks even before it had a chance to be consummated.

Behind the break-up is the Palestinian Authority’s condemnation of the kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers, believed to be the work of Hamas, and the cooperation of PA and Israeli security forces in the search for the boys.

Palestinians avoid U.S. Aid Cutoff, For Now

New Palestinian Cabinet ministers are not connected to Hamas, but that could change in next election.

06/11/2014
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Washington — Is the new Palestinian government kosher under U.S. law?

A range of American Middle East policy analysts and current and former U.S. officials say that Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas threaded the needle last week and created a government of technocrats untainted by Hamas and not subject to its influence, although Hamas has declared its backing of the government.

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