Avigdor Lieberman to Address U.N.

09/13/2010 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Avigdor Lieberman will become the first Israeli foreign minister to address the United Nations General Assembly.

Lieberman will travel to New York at the end of the month to address the international body, according to Israel Hayom.

He will be addressing the General Assembly instead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu due to the latter's commitments to the relaunched direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.

American Jewish Right Muted Ahead of Possible Extension of West Bank Settlement Freeze

09/13/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Don't expect a familiar American echo now that West Bank settlers are gearing up to fight the possible extension of Israel’s settlement freeze.

Activists on the left and right in Israel usually get their allies in the American Jewish community to fight for the cause of the day with congressional lobbying and protests to Israeli and American officials.

Michael Oren, Making the Case for Obama

09/11/2010 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Michael Oren outlines what may be his toughest assignment: Making the case to a skeptical public for a leader who's hard to pin down.

Pitching Bibi to the Americans?

No, that's an easy one.

The real problem for the Israeli ambassador to Washington is how to make Israelis understand President Obama.

"Obama often doesn’t get the credit he deserves in Israel," Oren said in a pre-Rosh Hashanah interview with the U.S. Jewish media. "I think it’s important at some point that he visits us."

Sanctions shortened for Muslim student group

09/07/2010 - 20:00

SAN FRANCISCO (JTA) -- A Muslim student group at the University of California, Irvine, had a yearlong suspension shortened to four months.

The Muslim Student Union (MSU) on the Irvine campus will be barred from operating this fall semester, the Jewish Journal of Greater Los Angeles reported.

Presidents Conf. again calls for U.N. walkout on Ahmadinejad

09/07/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- A major Jewish umbrella organization again has called on the ambassadors of United Nations member states to walk out on a speech by Iran's president.

Anticipating that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad again will seek to address the General Assembly this year, leaders of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations sent letters asking delegates to leave should Ahmadinejad be allowed to speak before the international body.

The Man Who Made the Deserts Bloom

At 80, Israeli scientist Daniel Hillel thought his work with water management was behind him. But global warming has made it more necessary than ever.
Staff Writer
09/07/2010 - 20:00

If there is such a thing as rock star status in the world of soil physics, then Daniel Hillel has attained it. As a pioneer in the field, the 80-year-old Israeli scientist can still walk into a conference anywhere in the world and fall prey to a veritable stampede of oncoming fans. Graduate students, agricultural engineers, climatologists, political scientists—all of their work his has somehow affected.

With drip irrigation, water was sent through perforated pipes and fed slowly, drip by drip, to plant roots.

Among Arabs And Jews, Resignation On The Street

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Israel’s malls were packed this week with Jewish and Arab shoppers gearing up for Rosh HaShanah and Eid al Fitr, the culmination of Ramadan. Parents tried their best to rein in boisterous kids while shopping for new clothes, traditional holiday foods and heaping gift baskets.
Gazing at the frenetic scene, one would think that Israelis had nothing more to worry about than whether to cook a lamb or a brisket.

Israelis’ ability to compartmentalize has translated into frenetic days at the mall — this one in Ma’aleh Adumim.

Media Watch: Time Says, ‘Israel Doesn’t Want Peace’

09/06/2010 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Never has a Jewish star looked more like the crosshairs of a target than it did on Time’s cover (Jan. 13), with the headline, “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.”

Soros Giving $100 Million to Human Rights Watch

09/06/2010 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Billionaire philanthropist George Soros will give Human Rights Watch $100 million to expand its work throughout the world.

The gift, announced Tuesday, is the largest ever by Soros and the largest received by Human Rights Watch, The New York Times reported.

Soros, 80, told the Times that the gift is the first of a series of large gifts that he plans to make.

Soros this year has donated some $700 million to several causes. He earned $3.3 billion from his hedge fund in 2009, the Times reported.

It’s About`Time” For An Apology To Israel

I have long been a defender of the general media to pro-Israel supporters who believe the press – from the New York Times to the television networks – is biased against Israel. But I’m having a harder time of it these days.

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