Israel News

Campaign to Bring More Falash Mura to Israel Gains Steam

07/15/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) -- After months of fits and starts, advocates for Ethiopian aliyah are hoping that a visit to the African country this week by Israel’s minister of immigrant absorption will help set in motion a process that will bring some 7,500 additional Ethiopians to Israel.

So far, the Israeli government has committed to checking only 1,800 of them for aliyah eligibility and bringing those who qualify to Israel.

After Netanyahu - Obama Summit, Israelis Wary

After bridge-building efforts by Obama, wondering if détente is temporary.

07/14/2010
Israel Correspondent

 Tel Aviv — Barack Obama’s newfound rapport with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu — and the U.S. president’s effort to speak directly with Israelis through a television interview — have succeeded in easing concerns about an escalating crisis between the two allies.

Career Paths Take A Detour To Israel

Three young New Yorkers with solid jobs make the leap to Jewish state.

07/14/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

 Note: In the third installment of “Aliyah Journal,” we report on three New Yorkers — one married couple and one single woman — who are leaving successful careers to start over in Israel.

 She worked in Mayor Bloomberg’s office. He was a New York City cop.

Their lives couldn’t be more “New York” — until the Serkins decided to fulfill their dream of making aliyah.

 Tracey Goldstein,  shut down her own event planning company to move to Israel.

In Israel, Older Olim Face Ageism Hurdles

Workplace bias is fact of life for over-40 immigrants in youth-dominated marketplace.

07/14/2010
Israel Correspondent

 Jerusalem — When Mike Diamond immigrated to Israel from South Africa a year and a half ago he didn’t expect a job to fall in his lap. But even though he was prepared for some rejection, Diamond was still shocked by the reception he received from recruiters and potential employers. 

“I spoke to a lot of people, to employment agencies,” Diamond, who held a high-level position in a pharmaceutical company back in Cape Town, said of his Israeli job search. 

Ex-New Yorker Devora Renert hopes the year she spent learning Hebrew will pay off with a job. Michele Chabin

Military’s Flotilla Probe Finds Mistakes, Not Failures

07/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- High-level military officials made mistakes in their handling of the Israeli interception of a Gaza-bound flotilla, but there were "no failures," an Israeli military investigation found.

The official Defense Ministry internal investigation report by a committee headed by Maj.-Gen. (Res.) Giora Eiland, the former head of Israel's National Security Council, was handed over Monday to the army's chief of staff and several high-ranking officers.

‘Cultural Intifada’ as Costello, Meg Ryan and Others Cancel Israel Plans

07/12/2010
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Actress Meg Ryan's decision to cancel her appearance at this week’s Jerusalem Film Festival didn’t garner the same attention in Israel as British rocker Elvis Costello when he nixed his Israel concert this spring.

Both, however, were a reminder to Israelis that in the eyes of much of the world, Israel’s politics and culture are inseparable.

Knesset Committee Approves Conversion Reform Bill

07/12/2010

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- A Knesset committee approved a new draft of a conversion reform bill, angering non-Orthodox Jewish movements.

The Knesset Constitution, Law and Justice Committee on Monday approved the bill in a 5-4 vote, clearing its path to the Knesset floor. The bill must pass three readings and votes before it can be approved. Likud Party committee members were absent from the vote.

In Speech to Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Endorses Two-State Solution, Hints at Shift on Jerusalem

07/07/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Appearing before Jewish leaders in New York a day after he met with President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeated  what he has rarely mentioned in more than a year — his commitment to a two-state solution, a pledge he first made in June 2009.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Presidents Conference executive vice-chair Malcolm Hoenlein

In Speech to Jewish Leaders, Netanyahu Hints at Flexibility on Jerusalem

07/07/2010
JTA

NEW YORK (JTA) – It was an otherwise wholly unremarkable stump speech before a friendly audience in New York.

On Wednesday evening at Manhattan’s Plaza hotel, the Israeli prime minister addressed a roomful of about 200 Jews on the subjects of Iran, his government’s eagerness for direct peace talks with the Palestinians, and the swell meeting he had just had with President Obama at the White House.

Birthright Goes To Hebron —Controversially?

07/07/2010
Staff Writer

 An Australian Birthright trip made what is believed to be an unprecedented stop in Hebron last week complete with a post-visit webcast, raising questions about whether the program has shifted policy on visits to the West Bank.

Participants on a Birthright trip last week discussed their stop at the Cave of Patriarchs in Hebron on a webcast.
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