Could Talks With Hamas Lead Anywhere?

A year after the Gaza war, a possibility fraught with problems.

08/25/2015 - 20:00
Contributing Editor

Despite the strong denials from Jerusalem, reports of contacts between Israel and Hamas over a possible cease-fire refuse to die. In fact, it seems more and more certain that Tony Blair has been acting as a go-between and trying to close a 10-year cessation of hostilities, which would bring quiet to Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip.

Peace envoy Tony Blair.  Getty Images

Prominent Jews Back Iran Deal

More than two dozen prominent Jewish community figures signed an ad in today's New York Times urging Congress to support the Iran nuclear deal.

Netanyahu Denies Reported Negotiations With Hamas

08/18/2015 - 20:00

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office denied reports that Israel has been negotiating with Hamas.

A statement from his office Monday was in response to media reports claiming that direct talks took place recently and were in their final stages.

“Israel officially clarifies that there have been no meetings with Hamas. Not directly, not through another country and not through intermediaries,” the statement said, the Times of Israel reported.

Israel, When It Sizzles

08/17/2015 - 20:00

Israeli tourism officials like to brag that their country has become one of the hottest travel sites in the Middle East.

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Time To Mend U.S.-Israel Relations

08/17/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Concluding the nuclear deal with Iran has intensified political arguments not only in Washington but also within the pro-Israel community. Many groups are devoting significant time and resources to opposing the agreement and attempting to prevent its approval by Congress out of a belief that it will leave both the United States and Israel less safe. In view of the political reality however, the energy being spent to fight it is misplaced.

The Case For Nuance On Israel

Liberal Zionists have been sounding the alarm bell about the rise of racist Jewish groups for decades.

08/17/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

There is a wonderful phrase in Hebrew that drips with sardonic, Jewish wit. It is when someone says “gileta et America,” meaning “so you discovered America!” It is said to someone when they say something so obvious that everyone has known if for years, but the person who shared it put the thought out in a way that suggests that they were the first person to uncover this truth.  

Rabbi Sid Schwarz in conversation with Elie Wiesel. Via

Why The Iran Deal Could Be Good For Israel

07/21/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

The agreement over Iran’s nuclear program marks the end of an era. The 20-year-long effort to strip Iran of any ability to dabble in nuclear science or weapons has officially failed.

Mark Lavie

Hinoman Has Big Plans For World’s Smallest Vegetable

Israeli company aims to harvest a new superfood and feed the world’s growing population.

07/16/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Hinoman, an Israeli agritech company, hopes to make mankai the new kale with an innovative hydroponic harvesting method revealed at the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT) Annual Meeting and Food Expo earlier this week. Israel was one of more than 95 countries represented at the event, gathered to present and discuss new developments to ensure sustainable food supplies for people around the world.

Israel was one of 95 countries at IFT’s Annual Meeting and Food Expo. Getty Images

As Starbucks Expands Into Sub-Saharan Africa, Still No Signs of Stores in Israel

Closing Israeli stores was “the right decision for our business,” says the company.

07/14/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Starbucks Corp. still has no plans to reopen Israeli branches of the famed coffee shop, but the company announced Tuesday that it will open its first South African chain next year in Johannesburg through Taste Holdings Ltd. A few stores already operate in Cairo and Casablanca, Morocco, but this will be their first attempt to break into South Africa’s coffee market.

Not every effort to reach customers overseas has been successful for the Seattle-based brand.  Wikimedia Commons

Israeli Teen ‘New Face’ Of Dior

07/14/2015 - 20:00

Move over, Bar Rafaeli — there’s a new Israeli “It girl” model.

Sofia Mechetner, a 14-year-old from Holon, a Tel Aviv suburb, has been signed — seemingly out of nowhere — as the “new face” of Dior, one of France’s top fashion houses. Israel’s Channel 2 accompanied Sofia for several days leading up to Paris Fashion Week, where she opened the show.

Fourteen-year-old Israeli Sofia Mechetner was the first model on the runway at the Dior Paris Fashion Week show. Via
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