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Knesset Hearings on J Street Up Ante in Debate About ‘Pro-Israel, Pro-Peace’ Lobby

03/14/2011 - 20:00
JTA

WASHINGTON (JTA) -- Is turnabout fair play when Israel examines the critics who would examine its actions?

Groups on the Jewish left expressed outrage last week after the Knesset subcommittee on public diplomacy voted to convene hearings on J Street, the Washington-based lobby that calls itself “pro-Israel, pro-peace.”

The hearing is set to take place next week, and J Street director Jeremy Ben-Ami and Davidi Gilo, an American Israeli who is a major funder of the group, have agreed to testify.

Israel seizes ship carrying weapons for Gaza

03/14/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel's Navy intercepted a ship bound for Egypt that the military says was smuggling weapons for use by terror organizations in the Gaza Strip.

The Liberian-flagged cargo ship "Victoria" was seized on Tuesday, in the Mediterranean Sea 200 miles west of Israel.

"The various weaponry on-board the vessel was intended for the use of terror organizations operating in the Gaza Strip," the Israel Defense Forces said in a statement

Olmert to be Charged in Real Estate Scandal

03/13/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is among 18 people who will be indicted in Israel's largest real-estate scandal.

The Tel Aviv District's Prosecutor's Office announced the indictments on Monday. Among the others indicted are former Olmert chief aide Shula Zaken and ex-Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski, in the Holyland apartment project affair following a court hearing.

An Israeli police investigation completed last August recommended Olmert's indictment.

Abbas Denounces Murders in Itamar on Israel Radio

03/13/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called the killing of five members of a Jewish family "despicable," "inhuman and immoral."

"A human being is not capable of something like that," Abbas continued in Arabic during an interview Monday morning on Israel Radio. Abbas' words were translated into Hebrew by the interviewer.

Forces Search for Killer of Parents, 3 Children in West Bank Settlement

03/12/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli military and police forces continue to scour the West Bank for a suspected Palestinian terrorist who stabbed a Jewish couple and three of their children to death in their West Bank home.

The forces were also deployed throughout the West bank Sunday to prevent revenge attacks by Israeli settlers.

Palestinian terrorist kills parents, 3 children in West Bank

03/12/2011 - 19:00

 March 12, 2011 (JTA) -- An Palestinian terrorist stabbed a couple and three of their children to death in their home in a West Bank settlement.
"Israel will not stand by idly after such a despicable murder and will act vigorously to safeguard the lives of the citizens of Israel and punish the murderers," Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a statement released after the Sabbath eve attack in Itamar in the northern West Bank.

Barak says Israel might ask for more aid

03/08/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel may ask the United States for $20 billion more in security aid, Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak told The Wall Street Journal.

The aid is needed to help manage threats arising from the recent uprisings in the region, the Journal reported.

Barak called the region's popular uprisings "a movement in the right direction," but said that Israel was concerned that Iran and Syria would come late to the regional unrest.

Debate Over How Far Bibi Can Go In Speech

Bid to stave off ‘isolation’ would likely contain proposal for borders.
03/08/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Under pressure from the United States and Europe, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is working on a peace proposal that would pave the way for a Palestinian state with temporary borders.

But just how far-reaching his proposal will go is anybody’s guess.

“Nothing is finished,” Zalman Shoval, a former Israeli ambassador to Washington and foreign policy adviser to Netanyahu, told The Jewish Week. “Ideas are floating around and some ministers have their own views. He is absorbing them and the final product is not at all clear.”

A lot seen riding on upcoming speech by Netanyahu, above. getty images

Sundays Off For Israel?

Proposal in the Knesset would introduce a Monday-Friday workweek.
03/07/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — As the manager of a busy downtown flower shop, Avraham Elharar, a 35-year-old father of three, works six full days a week. On Friday afternoons, when even workaholics close up shop for Israel’s Friday-Saturday weekend, Elharar must prepare bouquets for the pre-Shabbat rush.

“I work from Sunday morning till 5 p.m. on Fridays and have only one day to rest and spend time with my family,” the ponytailed Elharar said as he scooped up a bouquet of perfect white roses. “And that one day is Shabbat.”

Avraham Elharar, manager of a Jerusalem flower shop.

Israel, UNESCO to jointly promote Holocaust education

03/07/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israel and UNESCO have signed an agreement to promote Holocaust education and combat its denial.

The agreement signed Monday in Paris between Israel and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization commits to the establishment of a center within the organization devoted entirely to developing and promoting Holocaust education and combating its denial worldwide. The new center will function in accordance with resolutions adopted at the U.N. General Assembly in New York and UNESCO, according to Israel's Foreign Ministry.

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