In State of the Union, Obama Misses Some Jewish Domestic Priorities, Ignores Israel

01/25/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Civility? Check. Clean energy? Check. Health care? Check. Immigration? Check. Education? You bet.

Isolating Iran? That’s in there.

Poverty, guns, reproductive rights? Israel? Ummm …

President Obama’s State of the Union speech Tuesday night was as notable for what it excluded as what made it in.

Do West Bank Realities Defy Perceptions?

New settler leader says coexistence is working, let the diplomats take a break.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Editor And Publisher

Naftali Bennett doesn’t fit the perceived profile of a leader of the Israeli settler movement.

He initially believed the Oslo plan would bring peace; he is a man of wealth, having helped found and serve as CEO of a hugely successful computer startup that he and his partners sold for $145 million in 2005; and he lives in Raanana, an upscale modern city of about 80,000, inside Israel proper.

Gary Rosenblatt

Upheaval On The Borders

Demonstrations in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon have Israel watching nervously.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israel is watching with concern the street demonstrations that erupted this week in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon. The fear is that an Iranian proxy-state could emerge in Lebanon and that in Egypt the autocratic rule of aging President Hosni Mubarak could be overthrown.

Lebanese soldiers guard the streets in Sidon.

Ackerman vs. J Street and the U.N. settlements flap

 What ticked off Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY) so much about J Street's position on a pending UN resolution slamming Israel's settlements policies that he decided to break ties with the pro-peace process group?

According to sources in the group, J Street “reluctantly” called on the Obama administration not to veto a pending UN resolution labeling Israel's settlements in both the West Bank and eastern Jerusalem “illegal” and condemning activities “aimed at altering the demographic composition, character and status of the territory.”

Ackerman Cuts Off J Street

01/24/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman severed ties with J Street over its call on the Obama administration not to veto a U.N. Security Council resolution on settlements.

Israel's Iran credibility problem

Catching up on the Iran issue, my attention was snagged by a Ha'aretz report today that the new head of Israel's Military Intelligence says Iran could have nuclear weapons “within one or two years.”

Israel Travel January 2011

Jerusalem: The new capital of cool. Plus: apartment swaps for the cost-conscious traveler, boutique hotels spreading, and more.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Israel Travel January, 2011

Excavation on Ancient Jerusalem Tunnel Completed

01/24/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Antiquities Authority completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem to near the Temple Mount.

Officials fear Palestinians may riot, believing that the project is an attempt to damage the Al Aksa Mosque.

The road in the tunnel was used by travelers making pilgrimages to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It was discovered during excavations on a water channel used for drainage during the Second Temple period.

Peru Recognizes Palestinian State

01/23/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Peru joined several Latin and South American states in recognizing a Palestinian state.

“Today the government communicated to the ambassador of Palestine in Lima recognition of the Palestinian state as free and sovereign,” Peruvian Foreign Minister Jose Antonio Garcia Belaunde said Monday, according to reports.

Belaunde did not specify the borders of the state endorsed by Peru.

Two New Flotillas to Head to Gaza

01/23/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Two more flotillas will attempt to break Israel's blockade of Gaza, organizers said.

The new convoys, organized by the Free Gaza movement and the Turkish pro-Palestinian organization IHH, will leave in the spring and have been dubbed Freedom Flotilla 2, according to reports. An official announcement will be made later this week, Haaretz reported Monday.

The groups also organized the May 31 flotilla that was intercepted by Israeli naval commandos, with the ensuing violence leading to the deaths of nine Turkish activists.

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