Israel

Stymied By ‘The System’

07/04/2008
Editor and Publisher
Looking through my notes from dozens of interviews and from several conferences I attended in Israel last month, I came across a quote from Jerusalem-based venture capitalist Erel Margalit that seemed to jump out at me, crystallizing my findings. “There’s a synergy when the whole is greater than the sum of its parts,” he told me. “But we have the opposite in Israel. We have amazing people doing amazing things, but leadership here — the ability to give it all meaning — is lacking.”

Taking On Israel’s Chief Rabbinate

07/10/2009
Editor and Publisher
Rabbi Benjamin (Benny) Lau does not look the part of a revolutionary. At 47, his youthful appearance, warm smile and engaging personality have helped him become a popular Orthodox rabbinic figure in Jerusalem, where he has revitalized the Ramban community synagogue in Katamon and heads the beit midrash program at Beit Morasha, a communal and educational leadership institute for observant men and women.

Forum Puts Focus On Anti-Semitism In Israel

08/08/2003
Staff Writer
Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told his cabinet Sunday that he has made fighting anti-Semitism a major concern of his government in the wake of a two-day forum in Jerusalem designed to develop a global initiative to deal with the problem. "The prime minister said that until now it had a low profile [in Israel]," said Natan Sharansky, who as minister of Jerusalem and Diaspora Affairs organized the forum. "In Israel, anti-Semitism was seen as a diaspora problem. Now it is understood that that has to be changed."

For Sale: Israel's Goods In N.Y.

05/03/2002
Staff Writer
An indoor street fair of Israeli merchandise - much of it flown over expressly for the occasion - is scheduled for Mother's Day at Congregation Kehilath Jeshurun in Manhattan. It marks just one of a series of events planned for the New York area to help financially troubled Israeli merchants.

Summit Scrambling

The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

10/16/1998
Washington Correspondent
Summit Scrambling The announcement that Israeli and Palestinian leaders will gather in the Washington area this week for a hastily arranged summit sent administration officials scrambling to prepare for the descending diplomatic hordes.

Celebrating Oslo, Somberly

Sunday’s anniversary of the Oslo Accords was marked with a notable lack of ceremony and a growing feeling of dread about what may happen on May 4, 1999 — the date “final-status” negotiations, which haven’t even started except for a ceremonial opening sess

09/18/1998
Washington Correspondent
Five years ago this week, Washington was awash in celebration as Yasir Arafat and Yitzchak Rabin shook hands for the first time on the White House lawn. But Sunday’s anniversary of the Oslo Accords was marked with a notable lack of ceremony and a growing feeling of dread about what may happen on May 4, 1999 — the date “final-status” negotiations, which haven’t even started except for a ceremonial opening session, are due to be completed.

The Activist Ambassador

Zalman Shoval is a man who understands challenges.

08/14/1998
Washington Correspondent
The Activist Ambassador Zalman Shoval is a man who understands challenges. From 1990 to 1993, he served as Israel’s top envoy to Washington during a time of enormous stress in the U.S.-Israel relationship. His tenure encompassed the bitter debate over loan guarantees for Israel; firefights with former Secretary of State James Baker; and the Gulf War, when Shoval’s calm demeanor as Israel’s top U.S. spokesman belied tough behind-the-scenes diplomacy over Israel’s role in the war against Iraq.

Say the Right Thing

Recent administration pressure on Israel may boost the Republican party’s prospects with Jewish voters — as long as GOP candidates learn to say the right things on Israel and moderate their language on social issues.

07/03/1998
Washington Correspondent
Say The Right Thing Recent administration pressure on Israel may boost the Republican party’s prospects with Jewish voters — as long as GOP candidates learn to say the right things on Israel and moderate their language on social issues. That was one conclusion of a major study by Republican pollster Frank Luntz for the National Jewish Coalition, the central group of Jewish Republicans.

Annexation Anxiety

Last week’s move by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to expand the municipal jurisdiction of Jerusalem baffled and angered officials in Washington.

06/26/1998
Washington Correspondent
Annexation Anxiety

New Role For EuropeansIn Mideast Peace Talks?

04/24/1998
Washington Correspondent
New Role For EuropeansIn Mideast Peace Talks? This week’s flurry of Mideast diplomacy, which came during a visit to the region by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, reflected a decision in Washington to continue its mediation role and to avoid an all-out confrontation with the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at least for now.
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