Israel

Dueling exit polls, Sestak-Toomey and the eternal J Street debate

The dust has settled from Tuesday's electoral earthquake, which was about a 6.2 on the political Richter scale, and  the spinmeisters are hard at work telling us how to interpret the piles of rubble.

As promised, I've been looking at exit polls about the high-profile Senate race in Pennsylvania. The exit polls aren't exactly conclusive – and aren't exactly in agreement.

Another Cab Driver Loves Me More Than Life Itself

Since when did the cabbie become the new bartender?

I mean, when they aren't robbing you blind or heaping curses upon your head, they sure as hell are a shoulder to lean on, which, for better or worse is just what this American in Israel needs!

Avi Chai’s Last Will And Testament?

As the foundation prepares for dissolution, it focuses on partnerships benefiting day schools and camps.
11/01/2010 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In its latest round of grants, The Avi Chai Foundation has demonstrated a new strategic approach to its funding, one that reflects the reality of a foundation preparing to spend-down its nearly $600 million endowment by 2020.

“We acting with the understanding that our legacy depends on the success of institutions who will survive us,” says Avi Chai’s

Lebanon sentences Israel spies to death

11/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Lebanese military court sentenced three of the country's citizens to death for spying for Israel.

Two of the alleged spies had fled the country, reportedly for Israel, and were sentenced in absentia. The third man, Jawdat el-Hakim, admitted to working for Israel for 10 years beginning in 1999, Ynet reported.

The men can appeal the sentence to a higher court.  

Israeli university students protest yeshiva stipend

11/01/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Thousands of Israeli university students gathered in Jerusalem to protest a bill that would provide stipends to yeshiva students.

Up to 10,000 students from universities around the country arrived by chartered buses to the capital Monday evening for the protest march from the prime minister's official residence to Zion Square.

The protesters carried signs reading "We're not suckers" and "Haredim – go to work," and chanting slogans such as "Students are worth more" and "We're hungry for bread too."

In the war on breast cancer, Israel leads

10/31/2010 - 20:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Irit Paneth, in and out of remission from breast cancer for more than a decade, was among the thousands who wound their way like a giant pink-and-white ribbon through Jerusalem's streets in the first Susan G. Komen Foundation’s Race for the Cure held in Israel.

"What's important here is to raise awareness," Paneth said during the Oct. 28 march, wearing the pink T-shirt reserved for breast cancer survivors.

A most un-illuminating election

Question: what have the congressional election campaigns told us about the state of the debate over U.S. Middle East policy?

Answer: Nothing good.

The fierce, bitter midterm campaigns have demonstrated once again that a small but vocal minority in the Jewish community thinks only of partisan concerns – partisan support for a political faction in Israel, or for the Republican party in this country – and not much about the need to strengthen U.S.-Israel ties or to ensure support for Israel is a bi-partisan affair, not just another partisan wedge issue.

Netanyahu, Biden to Meet in New Orleans

10/30/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA)-- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet in the United States with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden.

Netanyahu told his Cabinet Sunday that he will discuss with Biden and other senior administration figures "a series of issues, including – of course – the resumption of the diplomatic process in order to reach a peace agreement with security for the future of the State of Israel."

Significant GOP gains in the Nov. 2 elections will make President Obama:

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