Terror attack comes on eve of first direct talks in 20 months.
It was no coincidence that the terror attack Tuesday in which four Israelis were ambushed in the West Bank and shot dead at point-blank range in their car occurred just two days before direct Israeli-Palestinian peace talks were to begin in Washington after a 20-month hiatus.
That was the view of Jonathan Peled, a spokesman for the Israeli Embassy in Washington, moments after news of the slayings flashed across Israeli newspaper Web sites.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Four Jewish Israelis were killed when gunmen opened fire on the car they were riding in at the entrance to Kiryat Arba, near Hebron.
Tuesday night's attack in the West Bank comes on the eve of the opening of peace talks in Washington between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- On the eve of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, the spiritual leader of the Shas Party wished for the demise of Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
"Abu Mazen and all these evil people should perish from this world," Rabbi Ovadia Yosef reportedly said during his weekly Saturday night sermon at a Jerusalem synagogue. "God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians."
Yosef also called the Palestinians "evil, bitter enemies of Israel."
Group that attacked New Israel Fund now under close scrutiny.
Im Tirtzu, the Israeli organization that has launched several attacks on left-wing Israeli groups over the past year, went a step too far when it threatened to mount a divestment movement against Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.
Experts divided on prospects of talks, but some suggest prime minister may be willing to bring in Kadima.
If the Palestinians are serious about a peace agreement with Israel, many analysts believe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has the desire and ability to deliver it — even if it means having to change his coalition.
“If [Mahmoud] Abbas decides to move forward and do what is doable, he will have a partner in Netanyahu,” said Jonathan Rynhold, a senior lecturer at the Begin-Sadat Center for Strategic Studies.
Demand for stylish modest clothing seen on the rise.
Jerusalem — When Sharon Hymans, a 33-year-old resident of Beit Shemesh, about half-way between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, goes swimming, she does so in a swimsuit that allows her to swim while maintaining religious modesty.
The suit, by HydroChic, an Israeli manufacturer of modest swim- and sportswear, is attractive but not revealing, and exactly what Hymans, an Orthodox Jew who immigrated to Israel from England five years ago, was looking for.
Israeli group Bat Kol to launch English website as ‘life-net’ for those struggling with acceptance.
Like so many newly religious American immigrants to Israel, 20-year-old Sarah Weil immersed herself in Torah studies and the intricacies of Jewish law, learning intently with the strictest chasidic rebbetzins in various Jerusalem seminaries.
“I desperately wanted to keep Torah and mitzvot and be in the Orthodox world,” said Weil, who made aliyah in 2005.
As clock runs down on building moratorium, West Bank residents in limbo about Bibi’s next move.
Beit El, West Bank — Two months ago this settlement was the site of a violent clash, when residents sought to block Israeli security forces from enforcing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s settlement freeze by demolishing the foundations of a building.
Hezbollah seen as possible provocateur in clash between Israeli and Lebanese armies, but larger conflict seen unlikely as peace talks near.
Hezbollah may have instigated the most serious border clash between Israeli and Lebanese troops in four years Tuesday, a skirmish that killed one Israeli soldier and four Lebanese. But one Middle East expert believes the conflict is not likely to escalate.