Israel

Iran Accuses Israel of Attacks on Scientists

11/29/2010

(JTA) -- Iran has accused Israel of attacks on two of the country's nuclear scientists.

One Iranian senior nuclear scientist was killed and another injured Monday in two separate attacks in Tehran. The government of Iran immediately blamed the CIA and the Mossad for the bombing attacks, which reportedly were carried out by men on motorcycles.

Iranian state television blamed "Zionist agents," according to reports.

WikiLeaks Documents Release Not a Problem for Israel, Netanyahu Says

11/29/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The secret documents released by WikiLeaks will not negatively affect Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

Israeli leaders can feel comfortable with what has been revealed in the first batch of documents made public on Sunday because there is very little difference between what it said in private discussions with United States leaders and what it told its citizens.

WikiLeaks and Israel: no bombshells, lots of stuff for foreign policy geeks

On one hand, this weekend's WikiLeaks dump of hundreds of thousands of secret U.S. diplomatic cables was a letdown after all the media hype. There were lots of interesting bits and pieces, few bombshells.

A nervous Israel, it seems, will come away from the information avalanche without much diplomatic damage – not like Saudi Arabia, perhaps, which was revealed to be pushing for a U.S. attack to stop Iran's nuclear weapons program.

U.S. Briefed Israel Before WikiLeaks Documents Release

11/28/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel was briefed by the United States about classified files that were later released by WikiLeaks.

The United States briefed several of its allies on the documents over the weekend. Israel already had been told by the U.S. last week that it could be mentioned in the release of classified U.S. documents.

The WikiLeaks website publishes classified documents from anonymous sources and leaks. It released about 250,000 secret diplomatic cables on Sunday.

Canada to Boycott Durban III

11/28/2010

TORONTO (JTA)-- Canada is boycotting the third U.N. "Durban conference" against racism, citing the charged anti-Israel and anti-Semitic rhetoric at its predecessors.

The conference is slated to mark the 10th anniversary of the 2001 meeting in South Africa aimed at defeating xenophobia and racism. Canada and several other countries walked out of that meeting after Iran and several other countries engaged in Israel-bashing.

Knesset Committee Approves Military Conversion Bill

11/28/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a bill to protect Israeli soldiers who have converted to Judaism through military conversion courts from having their conversions annulled.

The Ministerial Committee on Legislative Affairs on Sunday approved the bill, initiated by lawmaker David Rotem of the Yisrael Beiteinu Party. The bill, if passed, would force all state agencies, including rabbinic courts and the chief city rabbis and other Orthodox marriage registrars, to accept the converts as Jews.

Israel to Open Permanent Trauma Center in Haiti

11/26/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has sent 200,000 doses of medication against cholera to Haiti and will set up a permanent trauma and emergency center there.

IsraAID - the Israel Aid Agency sent an entire field hospital and medical personnel to Haiti in the immediate aftermath of January's devastating earthquake, which left more than 100,000 dead and hundreds of thousands injured. Israeli police also joined the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, to keep order in the area.

Israeli Army Uses Facebook to Catch Female Draft Dodgers

An article in All Facebook, the unofficial Facebook blog, reports that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has been using the social networking site to nab female Israelis who claim to be religious enough to be exempted from army service. Apparently, their activity on Facebook tells a different story -- one the army is interested to learn.

Are these women religious enough on Facebook to forgo their army service?

Media Watch: Rachel’s Tomb Is Now A Mosque — Who Cares?

The Kotel is next, say the Palestinians.

11/23/2010
Associate Editor

Mother Rachel and Yitzchak Rabin are forever linked by adjacent yahrtzeits, hers on Heshvan 11, his on the 12th. They’re linked as well by one of Rabin’s final and finest moments in the Knesset. On Oct. 5, 1995, one day shy of a month before his assassination, Rabin asked the Knesset to ratify Oslo’s cornerstone “Israel-Palestinian Interim Agreement,” and what that meant for Rachel’s Tomb.

Rachel’s Tomb, here in a pre-1996 photo, before Israel built security walls that masked the once-idyllic setting.

Liberal Zionism’s Champion

From inside the Orthodox fold, Peter Beinart is honing his critique about why young Jews are ditching Israel.

11/23/2010
Staff Writer

In America, the lines of debate on Israel are starkly drawn; respected intellectuals cross them at their peril. You need only look at the reputations of the late Tony Judt or Alan Dershowitz — accomplished scholars in their respective fields — whose outspoken views on Israel have become caricatures for either side of the debate: Judt, the anti-Zionist; Dershowitz, the pro-Israel hawk.

The same type of thing might have happened to Peter Beinart.

The tension Beinart feels — between liberal values and unqualified support for Israel — is animating his writing.
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