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Clinton: U.S. will renew peace effort

04/12/2011 - 20:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The United States will renew its push for Israeli-Palestinian peace, Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

The U.S. secretary of state was outlining strategies for addressing the turmoil currently sweeping the Middle East in an address Tuesday to the U.S.-Islamic World Forum.

Report: Palestinian Authority wants $5 billion to build state

04/12/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Palestinian Authority is asking Western countries for nearly $5 billion in order to develop a Palestinian state.

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was set to make the pitch to representatives of Western countries during a meeting Wednesday in Brussels, Reuters reported.

The plan, obtained by Reuters, calls for $1.467 billion in 2011, $1.754 billion in 2012 and $1.596 billion for 2013. It reportedly will be presented formally to donor countries at a pledging conference in June.

Senators Press Clinton On Palestinian Incitement

03/16/2011 - 20:00
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A bipartisan letter circulating in the Senate calls on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to detail steps the U.S. is taking to end Palestinian incitement against Israeli civilians. The letter is in response to Friday’s stabbing massacre of five members of a Jewish family in the West Bank settlement of Itamar.

Knesset committee to discuss J Street

03/09/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli Knesset committee will hold a hearing on the activities of J Street.

The Knesset Immigration, Absorption and Public Diplomacy Committee said Wednesday that the hearing on J Street, which calls itself a "pro-Israel, pro-peace" organization, will be held as soon as next week.

Americans for Peace Now said it was outraged by the hearing.

Ketubah prepared for Britain’s newest royal couple

03/09/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A British artist has prepared a ketubah, or Jewish marriage contract, for Britain’s Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton.

Michael Horton, who has Israeli citizenship, designed the ketubah for the couple’s April 29 wedding, according to The Associated Press. The language, in Hebrew and English, has been altered to be egalitarian and nonreligious. Neither the prince nor Middleton are Jewish.

Israel postpones deportation of foreign workers’ children

03/09/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has postponed the deportation of hundreds of children of foreign workers by several months.

Interior Minister Eli Yishai announced his decision Wednesday, saying he did not want to disrupt the children's school year, according to reports.

"I have instructed the enforcement regarding families with children learning in Israeli schools to be postponed by a number of months," Yishai said.

Obama taps Shapiro for U.S. envoy to Israel

03/09/2011 - 19:00

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- President Obama nominated Daniel Shapiro to be the United States ambassador to Israel, signaling an intensification of U.S. involvement in the region.

Obama made the formal announcement on Wednesday; it had been rumored for weeks.

Shapiro, currently the top National Security Council official handling Israel and the region, would replace James Cunningham.

Shapiro, 41, is active in the Washington D.C. Jewish community and he would be the first Jewish ambassador to Israel since Daniel Kurtzer, who served from 2001 to 2005.

At Berkeley campus, Jewish students from left to right on Israel talk about their motivations

03/07/2011 - 19:00

 BERKELEY, Calif. (JTA) -- It’s March, which means the days get longer and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict heats up on campuses across North America with the annual staging of Israel Apartheid Week.

Kissinger calls for Pollard clemency

03/07/2011 - 19:00

(JTA) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has called for the release of convicted spy Jonathan Pollard.

Kissinger sent a letter to President Obama requesting that he commute Pollard's sentence to time served.

Pollard was a U.S. Navy analyst when he passed classified information to Israel. He has been in prison since 1985.

40 dead as northern Israel burns

At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.
12/01/2010 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- At least 40 people have been killed in a massive brush fire in northern Israel.

The fire, which broke out Thursday morning in the Carmel Mountains near Haifa, has destroyed thousands of acres of natural forest. Winds and dry conditions helped to send the fire out of control.

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