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A 'Space' For Russians In Israel

Limmud FSU Festival features history-making cosmonaut and solidarity message for Israel's Russian speakers.
06/02/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Beersheva, Israel - Even 20 years after the end of the Cold War and the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Russia, the fourth Limmud FSU Festival held last week in this sprawling desert city was an often mind-bending coming together of worlds that not so long ago seemed quite irreconcilable.

Space veterans Mikhail Koraiyenko, Garrett Reisman and Alexei Leonov at opening event of the Limmud FSU Festival in Beersheva

Who Will Be Included In Fatah-Hamas Cabinet?

With details expected next week, speculation over the Palestinian choice for prime minister and its potential impact on Israel.
05/31/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The new interim Palestinian cabinet expected to be announced Monday might provide an insight into just how well the rival Palestinian groups — Fatah in the West Bank and Hamas in the Gaza Strip — are functioning after signing a reconciliation pact.

Salam Fayyad, the current prime minister of the Palestinian Authority.

Border Opening A Boon To Israel?

Clean break from Gaza could be strategic benefit of Egyptian move.
05/30/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The initial Israeli government response to Egypt’s decision last week to open its crossing with the Gaza Strip was to stress the danger that weapons and militants would freely pass in and out of the territory controlled by Hamas.

And on Monday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was still echoing that position during testimony before the Knesset as he accused Egypt of strengthening the Islamic militants.

Egypt’s opening of the Rafah crossing has Israel concerned about its security. getty images

‘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

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

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.
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