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Labor Pains Over Two-State Solution

Herzog argues for unilateral moves, which creates a firestorm on the left.

02/16/2016 - 17:45
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — Ever since Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres signed the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians back in 1993, Israel’s Labor Party has championed bilateral negotiations toward a two-state solution.

Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is being criticized from within the party for seeming to abandon the two-state solution. Getty

Washington Post Jerusalem Bureau Chief Briefly Detained For ‘Incitement’

02/16/2016 - 11:52

Jerusalem — Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth was detained by Israeli Border Police in Jerusalem.

Washington Post Jerusalem bureau chief William Booth speaking to Israeli Border Police outside the Damascus Gate. JTA

Charedi Man Burns Reform Prayer Book At Western Wall

02/10/2016 - 12:42
Editorial Intern

Not everyone celebrated last month’s intra-religious Western Wall compromise. A charedi man added fuel to the fire when he burned to a Reform prayer book used by Women of the Wall during their prayers Wednesday morning.

Charedi men protest during a Women of the Wall prayer service at the Kotel. Getty Images.

In South, Tunnel Fear ‘Enters Your Psyche’

In kibbutz along Gaza border, residents looking for elusive answers to Hamas deadly tactic.

02/09/2016 - 15:56
Contributing Editor

Kibbutz Nahal Oz, Israel — The members of this Israeli farming commune remember the gunfire and then hiding in their bungalows. It was the 2014 war with Hamas, and a band of fighters from Gaza had infiltrated Israeli territory through a subterranean tunnel that reached to the wheat fields just beyond the kibbutz perimeter fence.

Yael Raz Lachyani stands inside the perimeter fence of Nahal Oz. Next to her are soldiers manning a monitoring device.

Israeli Jewish Boy, 11, Stabbed And Wounded Allegedly By Arab Teen

02/08/2016 - 12:27

Jerusalem — An 11-year-old boy was stabbed several times in the back with scissors in the central Israeli city of Ramle.

Paramedics arriving at the scene of a stabbing in Ramle, Israel, Feb. 8, 2016. JTA

Ari Shavit and Roger Cohen

The world no longer sees Israel in a 'David and Goliath' struggle.

Jewish Teen Sentenced To Life, Accomplice To 21 Years In Killing Of Palestinian 16-Year-Old

02/04/2016 - 11:43

Jerusalem — A Jewish teen was sentenced to life in prison and a second teen to 21 years for kidnapping and murdering a Palestinian teen by burning him to death.

Police escorting Yosef Haim Ben-David, one of the three Jewish suspects in the murder of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. JTA

Border Police Officer, 19, Dies From Wounds In Jerusalem Attack, Another Injured

02/04/2016 - 11:35

Jerusalem — Two Israeli Border Police officers were seriously wounded in a Jerusalem attack by three Palestinian assailants, who were shot and killed.

Israeli border police-women patrol a street following an attack by three Palestinian assailants at Damascus Gate. Getty Images

Prayer Deal Opens Rift Among Jewish Feminists

Idealists vs. pragmatists on accepting Kotel compromise.

02/03/2016 - 09:13
Contributing Editor

Jerusalem — The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to create an official, government-funded Western Wall prayer section for mixed-gender prayer and women who want to read from the Torah has gratified non-Orthodox Jews seeking government recognition. But the move has left some supporters of Women of the Wall feeling disappointed, even betrayed.

Israeli police arresting Anat Hoffman in 2012 after she said the Shema prayer at the Kotel. Women of the Wall

After Historic Deal At Kotel, Next Steps Seen As Elusive

Liberal streams hail egalitarian prayer at holy site, but push for greater religious pluralism faces strong headwind.

02/03/2016 - 09:03
Staff Writer

The Israeli government’s decision Sunday to approve a compromise expanding the egalitarian prayer section of the Western Wall is being hailed as a historic moment by leaders of the Reform and Conservative movements.

Mixed-gender prayer gets boost at Western Wall. Getty Images
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