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‘This Country Will Never See Peace’

In Jerusalem, both Palestinians and Jews are skeptical about Obama’s latest initiative.
05/24/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Uria Nachmias wishes Israelis and Palestinians could get along as well as his dog, part bulldog, part something else, and the two-week-old kitten he just adopted.

Standing in a Jerusalem pet store as his large dog gently nuzzled the motherless black and white fur ball, Nachmias, a 25-year-old chef, expressed deep pessimism for President Barack Obama’s peace initiative.

Adnan, left, a Palestinian resident of east Jerusalem, and his Israeli friend Ami Cohen, who says the status quo is untenable.

‘Arab Spring’ For Palestinians New Tactic Against Israel

Mass demonstrations in West Bank could follow statehood declaration.
05/17/2011 - 20:00

Ramallah, West Bank — It has surrounded the Jewish state on all sides for months, a roiling wave from Egypt to Jordan to Syria, but this week the Arab Spring came to Israel.

The thousands of Palestinian refugees in Syria and Lebanon who Sunday tried to surge across the border with Israel introduced a new tactic in the Palestinian struggle to reclaim what they see as their homeland. Defense Minister Ehud Barak said he feared it is just the start of a new initiative that could present “far more complex challenges.”

On Israel’s Birthday, Netanyahu Calls For Unity

A disrupted torch ceremony, politicians singing duets and lots of barbecuing — just a typical Yom Ha’atzmaut.
05/09/2011 - 20:00
JTA

Jerusalem — As Israelis celebrated the country’s 63rd Independence Day, they had much more on their minds than barbecues and fireworks.

The carefully crafted official theme of the day, “Looking after one another — the year of mutual care,” raised the hackles of some Israelis who do not believe the state is looking after everyone.

During an Independence Day celebration, Yoel Shalit, was escorted away by security after disrupting the event. jta

Shifting Palestinian Alliances

J Street urges Israel to reserve judgment on Hamas-PA unity and put a ‘realistic’ deal on the table before September’s UN Statehood bid.
05/09/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Just back from meetings with Palestinian officials in the West Bank, the leadership of J Street began lobbying the Netanyahu and Obama administrations to “put a realistic deal on the table” that will end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. getty images

For Israel’s Arabs, Sense of Disenfranchisement as Israel Marks 63rd Birthday

05/09/2011 - 20:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- In an elegant limestone building in a Jerusalem neighborhood that before 1948 was home to the city’s Palestinian elite, a group of Jewish and Arab Israeli academics recently tried to untangle one of Israel’s most complex and charged questions: the status of its Arab minority.

Israel Anxious Over Egypt’s Moves

Questions over the Israeli-Egyptian partnership in wake of recent developments.
05/03/2011 - 20:00

Tel Aviv — For weeks after the resignation of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, Israel held its tongue.

After Egypt’s interim military council reaffirmed Cairo’s commitment to the peace treaty with Israel, officials in Jerusalem were careful not to criticize the Egyptian government in the hope that ties with a key ally would survive the domestic turmoil.

Egyptian Foreign Minister Nabil Al Araby.

Palestinians Search For A ‘New Star’

Arab spin on ‘American Idol’ gives performers a chance to show ‘we are not all Hamas.’
05/03/2011 - 20:00
Special to the Jewish Week

Kfar al-Khadar, West Bank — It’s 20 minutes before show time and the young hopefuls sit together in clusters around cloth-covered tables. Some of the contestants are silent, internalizing their mood before the cameras start to roll, while others laugh and joke aloud to get their tensions out. With their hair and makeup already perfected and their carefully chosen outfits clean and pressed, there is little else to do except focus on the oversized television screen broadcasting the scene from the stage three floors below.

"New Star" contestant Hadil Rishmawi.

The Devil You Know …

U.S., Israel may prefer ruthless but stable Assad in Damascus to an unknown, possibly fundamentalist successor.
04/26/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Despite Syrian strongman Bashar Assad’s attempt to suppress — with massive force and live bullets — the growing rebellion in his country, Syrian experts believe that neither Israel nor the United States want to see him go.

Demonstrators rally in New York in support of opposition movement in Syria. Getty Images

A Chronicle Of Pioneers

Toldot Yisrael, like Shoah Foundation, strives to create a film archive of firsthand accounts of Israel’s birth.
04/26/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Ruth Stern could have lived a life of privilege and security in her native South Africa. Instead, in 1946, at the age of 17, she and two dozen other South African youths boarded a ship bound for Palestine.

Their goal: to study and travel the land for several months before returning home, where they would be expected to spread Zionism.
Seated in a padded armchair in her living room on a warm April day, Stern, now 84, recalled her group’s long sea journey and their arrival in British-ruled Palestine.

Ruth Stern

Fatah, Hamas agree to reconciliation deal

04/26/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- The rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas have agreed to a reconciliation deal.

The surprise deal to form an interim government and hold general elections within a year was reached in secret negotiations in Cairo between the two sides, according to reports. A formal announcement of the reconciliation reportedly will be made next week.

“All points of differences have been overcome," said Taher Al-Nono, a Hamas spokesman in the Gaza Strip, according to Reuters.

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