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Orthodox Convert Nixed On Aliyah

Conversion by NY rabbi rejected by Chief Rabbinate in defiance of earlier agreement on immigration.
12/12/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — In an apparent about-face on a deal hammered out earlier this year among Israel’s Interior Ministry, the Jewish Agency and the Chief Rabbinate, an Orthodox convert whose conversion took place in New York was threatened with expulsion from Israel, The Jewish Week has learned.

Seth Farber

Israelis Stung By Official U.S. Criticism

Are comments by Panetta, Clinton and envoy a problem for Obama?
12/05/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — A cartoon in the newspaper Yisrael Hayom shows three men in white robes standing in a street in an ultra-Orthodox Jewish neighborhood. They are staring at two signs: one says “Women” with an arrow pointing left, the other “Men” with an arrow pointing right.

Seeing the robed men on their street, one chasid tells another, “The Muslim Brotherhood has come here to learn from us.”

Egypt Votes, Israel Frets

Fear of Muslim Brotherhood’s influence balanced by sense that peace treaty will hold.
11/28/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israelis watched elections in Egypt with the same ambivalence it has viewed the Arab Spring: historic images of Egyptians casting ballots for the first time were accompanied by troubling commentary by officials and analysts that the election is likely to empower an Islamist leadership that is more hostile to the Jewish state.

The anticipated victory by the Muslim Brotherhood and other Islamic parties is expected to further complicate the 32-year-old peace between the neighbors, while boosting political Islam in neighboring Jordan and the Palestinian territories.

Egyptians cast votes this week in a historic election, but one that leaves Israel anxious. getty images

Can Tel Aviv Become A Center For Fashion?

Inaugural Tel Aviv Fashion Week has industry observers wondering.
11/28/2011 - 19:00

Tel Aviv — For Israeli fashionistas, last week’s inaugural Tel Aviv Fashion Week proved what they’ve known for years: Israeli fashion is creative, current and worthy of worldwide attention — and, hopefully, sales.

“I wanted to help my business and help my country,” said organizer Ofir Lev, deputy CEO of the Israel Textile and Fashion Association and a former model. “I wanted to show that there is fashion and creativity in Israel.”

Israeli designer Dorit Bar Or, acknowledging applause with models at the close of her show at Tel Aviv Fashion Week.

Will Hamas And The PA Put Aside Their Differences

Israeli pundits skeptical unity will last, especially with pressure from U.S. and Jordan.
11/21/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Hamas and the Palestinian Authority may announce this week that they have overcome differences that delayed implementation last May of a new unity government, but Israeli analysts doubt the rapprochement will last.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets in Ramallah with Jordan’s King Abdullah.Getty Images

Israel Shifting Tone On Iran

After threats of an attack, a change as the rhetoric softens this week.
11/14/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

After much saber rattling about possible military action to halt Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, Israeli officials have changed tactics following the release of a report on Iran’s nuclear ambitions. 

“Now we’re not seeing talk of unilateral action but a call for a broader approach,” said Gerald Steinberg, a political science professor at Bar-Ilan University.

Abbas Stands At A New Crossroads

Will additional UN moves do more damage than good for the PA president?
11/14/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — For months the Palestinian Authority rode a wave of international anticipation over its bid for United Nations statehood recognition and the possibility of domestic protest. The mere mention of “September,” the timing of the UN General Assembly, was enough to make Israeli politicians uncomfortable.

Abbas: His next move carries great risks. Getty Images

As UN Push Fizzles, Abbas’ Path Ahead Unclear

Speculation that something dramatic is in the works.
11/07/2011 - 19:00

Jerusalem — Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ statehood push at the United Nations may be fizzling, but his supporters insist that he can find a way out of the impasse.

“Abu Mazen is a powerful leader and is very persuasive,” said Ahmad Tibi, an Arab member of Israel’s Knesset, using Abbas’ nom de guerre. “He has managed to convince the majority of the Palestinian people that the way to reach statehood is through nonviolent means.

PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Fresh Attacks On Abbas Splitting Israeli Gov’t

In wake of UNESCO vote, Lieberman-led criticism is raising questions about where cabinet stands.
10/31/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman last week launched a no-holds-barred attack on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, disparaging him in an unprecedented six-page memo to the diplomatic community as an obstacle to peace and more extreme than his predecessor, Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat.

This week, in the wake of Monday’s vote by the United Nations cultural arm, UNESCO, to grant the Palestinians member-state status, Lieberman stepped up the attack, going as far as to say that Israel should consider severing ties with the Palestinian Authority.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, left, suggested a severing of ties with PA President Mahmoud Abbas.

Bar-Ilan Opens First Medical School In The Galilee

10/31/2011 - 20:00

Bar-Ilan University opened Israel’s first medical school in the northern region of the country, in Safed, this week. Seen as a national priority, the launch is in response to a nationwide shortage of physicians and the need to upgrade medical services and infrastructure in the north.

It is the first medical school opening in the country in 40 years and, according to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, it is “the only one in Israel which allows those who began their studies abroad to return home to complete them.”

Two youngsters from Safed present the president of Israel, Shimon Peres, Prime Minister Netanyahu.
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