Israel

AJC Poll: Jews Remain Centrist

10/30/2009

The poll describes a Jewish community capable of filtering out the static generated by extremists on both sides and coming to independent, reasoned conclusions.

Listen to the pundits, and it’s easy to come to the conclusion U.S.-Israel relations are on the rocks. But American Jews don’t buy that — despite the efforts by some to stir up conflict.

Haaretz Editor Urged Rice To ‘Rape’ Israel

David Landau: Crude language over the top, or well placed?

12/28/2007
Editor and Publisher
Israelis are known for being direct and blunt. But comments made by David Landau, editor of the Israeli daily, Haaretz, to Condoleezza Rice about Israel needing to be “raped” by the U.S. to achieve a Mideast settlement caused quite a stir among the 20 or so attendees at a confidential briefing with the secretary of state on a recent visit to Israel.

You've Got Kvitlach

10/03/2003
Staff Writer
Is it a sign of high-tech spiritual devotion, or just another step in the melding of Israelis and their cell phones? Reuters reports this week that an enterprising Jerusalem company is offering a text-message service for those who can't make it to the Western Wall, where Jews traditionally deposit handwritten prayer notes in the ancient crevices. They are called p'takim in Hebrew, but more commonly referred to in Yiddish as kvitlach.

Child Without A Country

09/19/2003
Staff Writer
Precisely where 1-year-old Menachem Zivotofsky was born seems unlikely to be a matter that could impact U.S. Mideast policy or the peace process. But Menachem's father, Ari, is hoping to use the baby's American passport to shift the way the State Department views Jerusalem and revise its longstanding ambiguity about the city's status. The passport, issued in December 2002 at the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, lists Jerusalem as Menachem's place of birth with no reference to a country. Officials refused a request by his mother, Naomi, to add Israel.

Stronger Iran Sanctions, or Strike?

Pressure’s on Iran after secret nuke revelation.

09/30/2009
Staff Writer

No alternate text on picture! - define alternate text in image propertiesThe revelation that Iran had a secret nuclear site deep in the arid mountains near the holy city of Qom and protected by anti-aircraft missile batteries has dramatically increased the likelihood of strong sanctions against the Tehran regime, but it is unlikely to change a strategic calculus that does not favor U.S. or Israeli military action.

Will Israel Remain A Jewish State?

05/05/2000
Editor & Publisher
With increasing attention being paid to the anti-Israel nastiness of Palestinian textbooks, and amid demands that the curriculum be overhauled, consider the following comments about Israel from a prominent academic: “the garbage heap of Europe,” a “site of experiments … in ethnic cleansing,” and “a regime that produces and distributes evil systematically.”

Albright Into Mideast Lion's Den

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Mideast trip, scheduled for next week, isn’t shaping up the way administration officials had hoped. And the rumbles of discontent in Washington, along with the implied threat that she could cancel the

08/27/1999
Washington Correspondent

Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s Mideast trip, scheduled for next week, isn’t shaping up the way administration officials had hoped. And the rumbles of discontent in Washington, along with the implied threat that she could cancel the visit entirely, may have played a part in this week’s sudden flurry of Israeli-Palestinian diplomacy.
The State Department is making it clear that despite Palestinian demands for more direct U.S. intervention, Albright will be mostly assessing the status of Israeli-Palestinian talks, not serving as an intermediary.

First Lady’s Tricky Trip

Peace process opponents are hoping her upcoming trip to Israel will prove a political and diplomatic minefield for first lady Hillary Clinton, not a boost to her expected 2000 Senate campaign in New York.

06/11/1999
Washington Correspondent

Peace process opponents are hoping her upcoming trip to Israel will prove a political and diplomatic minefield for first lady Hillary Clinton, not a boost to her expected 2000 Senate campaign in New York.
But supporters say Clinton, burned once over her support for Palestinian statehood, is a skilled politician who will tread very lightly during her trip to Israel and Jordan, which begins on June 26.

Clinton Administration Running Out of Patience as Israel Votes

05/14/1999
Washington Correspondent

Administration officials are straining to keep up their public facade of impartiality as the election campaign in Israel heads toward a noisy conclusion. But just below the surface are mounting concerns about the impact of a victory by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the promised U.S. effort to revive the Israeli-Palestinian talks — and a growing realization that even a victory by his chief opponent, Labor leader Ehud Barak, is no guarantee that a new U.S. initiative will advance quickly.

`Free Iran’ Rally At UN: Deja Jew

Walking through the crowd at the “Free Iran” rally outside the United Nations this afternoon, one would think the Jewish community had spent a good deal of time, effort and money to provide hundreds of day school and yeshiva students with a summer camp reunion and social hour.

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