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Unrest in Egypt Could Lead to Israel’s Worst Nightmare

01/31/2011
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- For Israel, the popular uprising against the Mubarak regime raises the specter of its worst strategic nightmare: collapse of the peace treaty with Egypt, the cornerstone of its regional policy for the past three decades.

Israel Denies Sending Riot Gear to Egypt

01/31/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel has denied an Al Jazeera report that Egypt had requested Israel to send riot-dispersal gear and that two airplanes had landed in Cairo with the equipment.

Israel's Foreign Ministry on Monday denied both that Egypt had made the request and that Israel had sent the equipment.

Some 250,000 protesters gathered Monday in Tahrir Square in Cairo as Egypt entered its seventh day of protests against the government of President Hosni Mubarak.

Hoenlein: ElBaradei a ‘Stooge’ for Iran

01/31/2011
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WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The director of the U.S. Jewish foreign policy umbrella called Mohammed ElBaradei, the opposition leader emerging from the Egyptian ferment, a "stooge of Iran."

Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice-president of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, accused ElBaradei of covering up Iran's true nuclear weaponization capacities while he directed the International Atomic Energy Agency, the U.N. nuclear watchdog.

Obama Administration: Egypt Events of "Deep Concern"

01/28/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Events in Egypt are of "deep concern," the Obama administration said, and its government should show restraint.

"Events unfolding in Egypt are of deep concern," P.J. Crowley, the state department spokesman, said Friday through the Twitter social network. "Fundamental rights must be respected, violence avoided and open communications allowed."

Video posted on the Internet has depicted indiscriminate Egyptian police violence against protesters, and authorities have shut down much Internet access.

Is Hezbollah Now in Charge of Lebanon, and What Does it Mean for Israel?

01/27/2011
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JERUSALEM (JTA) -- With Lebanon in turmoil and a Hezbollah-backed prime minister poised to take power in Beirut, Israel is concerned at the prospect of a tectonic shift in the regional balance.

For the moment, however, Israeli officials do not expect Lebanon’s political turmoil to trigger a new round of fighting on the Israel-Lebanon border.

Rice Calls for Removal of U.N.’s Palestine Rapporteur

01/26/2011

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called for the removal of its special rapporteur on the Palestinians.

Susan Rice issued the call after the rapporteur, Richard Falk, wrote on his personal blog that an independent investigation of the Sept. 11 attacks is in order.

Chabad Emissaries at Bombed Moscow Airport: “It Was a Horrifying Scene”

01/24/2011

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who responded to the bombing at Moscow's busiest airport described a "horrifying scene."

In an e-mail to JTA, Rabbi Sheah Deitsch, one of a group of Chabad-Lubavitch emissaries who are first responders on behalf of the Moscow Chief Rabbinate, said that "families were screaming and wailing."

"They asked to speak to the Jewish rabbis, and we tried to uplift their spirits and told them that we were there for them for whatever they needed," he wrote.

Peru Recognizes Palestinian State

01/24/2011

(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

01/24/2011

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.

Federations Launch $5.5 Million Campaign for Ethiopian Aliyah

01/24/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- The Jewish Federations of North America is launching a $5.5 million fundraising campaign for Ethiopian immigration to Israel.

The campaign comes at the behest of the Israeli government, which agreed last November to bring up to 7,846 additional Ethiopians to Israel. Like Israel’s commitment, the federation’s campaign comes with an eye toward concluding mass Ethiopian aliyah; it’s called “Completing the Journey.”

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