Israel News

Blowing Off Bieber

After the teen pop sensation, on an Israel tour, snubs Sderot kids, Bibi cancels meeting.
04/12/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Bieber Fever has spread to Israel — and a group of Bieber-obsessed teens who live in Southern Israel are thanking their lucky stars that they’ve been given free tickets to a sold-out Justin Bieber concert on Thursday at Yarkon Park, in Tel Aviv. (A meeting between Bieber and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu before the concert was discussed by representatives, but didn't come about, with Netanyahu insisting that  children from communities affected by Gaza rocket fire attend the meeting. Bieber's camp said logistics prevented the meeting.)

Teenage singing star Justin Bieber. getty images

Storm Before The Calm

Escalation of violence and ceasefire precede anticipated Netanyahu initiative to restart peace talks.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The three-week rocket, mortar and missile attack on southern Israel by Palestinian terrorists in the Gaza Strip might have been caused by trigger-happy Palestinians, some experts say.

Rocket attacks like this one on April 9, seen from the Israeli side of the Gaza border. Getty images

Lieberman’s Draft Indictment To Go Public

Corruption charges against foreign minister could force him to resign and destabilize governing coalition.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Israel’s political system is bracing for a shock.

More than a year after the police recommended indicting Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman on corruption charges, Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein is expected to make public this week a draft indictment that could result in the resignation of one of the country’s most powerful politicians.

Political observers say there’s even an outside chance that an indictment could destabilize Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s steady coalition and lead to new elections.

Avigdor Lieberman’s Israel Beiteinu party is the largest coalition partner in Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Getty Images

Ex-Shin Bet Head Wants To Double Birthright Quota

Avi Dichter says program leads to connection to Israel for young people and government should pay more.
04/11/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet (internal security service) and a former minister of internal security, is a Knesset member from the Kadima Party. He was one of six Knesset members who spent last week meeting with Jewish leaders here and in Boston to learn about the American Jewish community as part of a new effort launched by the Ruderman Fellows Program and Brandeis University. The Jewish Week caught up with him for a wide-ranging interview touching on everything from diaspora Jewry to the Goldstone report to Israel’s new missile-defense system.

Kadima’s Avi Dichter.

Bibi Cancels Bieber Meeting Over Reported Snub of Beleaguered Kids

04/11/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly has canceled a meeting with pop star Justin Bieber after the singer refused to meet with children from southern Israel.

Netanyahu, who was scheduled to meet Bieber on Wednesday night, a day before his concert in Tel Aviv, invited children living in communities that have been hit by rockets fired from Gaza to join the sit-down. Bieber, however, refused to meet with the children, according to Israel Channel 2, causing Netanyahu to cancel the meeting.

Southern Israeli Kids Getting Free Justin Bieber Tickets

04/10/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Some 700 children from southern Israeli communities that have been hit by rockets and missiles from Gaza were given free tickets to pop star Justin Bieber's concert.

The tickets for Thursday's show in Tel Aviv, as well as transportation, are a gift of The Schusterman Foundation-Israel, The Morningstar Foundation and ROI Community of Young Jewish Innovators.

ROI approached The Schusterman Foundation to help cover the costs of the tickets, which were provided at a discount to help the Israeli children.

First-Ever Translation of Yiddish Cookbook Yields Old World Treasures, New World Advice

04/07/2011 - 20:00

TEL AVIV (JTA) -- When a rare volume of a 1914 cookbook written in Yiddish for American Jewish housewives came into the hands of Bracha Weingrod, the once popular but forgotten book began its long journey from dusty oblivion to celebrated translation.

The thick, worn copy of “Dos Familien Kokh-Bookh,” now newly translated by Weingrod as “The Yiddish Family Cookbook,” appears to be the only Yiddish cookbook now on the market.

Israel: 100 Missiles a Day to Tel Aviv in Next Hezbollah War

04/07/2011 - 20:00

(JTA) -- Israeli officials expect Hezbollah to fire about 500 missiles a day at Israel, including 100 that will reach Tel Aviv, in the next war.

A batch of U.S. diplomatic leaks shared with Israeli newspapers through WikiLeaks were published Friday. Summaries of conversations in 2009 between U.S. officials and Israeli intelligence officials show that Israel expects the next war with Hezbollah to last two months.

Israeli Teen Injured Critically When Gaza Rocket Hits Bus

04/06/2011 - 20:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli teen was critically injured when a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip hit the school bus in which he was riding.

The driver of the bus, which had dropped off all the schoolchildren except for the injured teen, also was wounded by shrapnel in Thursday afternoon's attack, Haaretz reported.

It is unclear whether the bus, traveling near Kibbutz Sa'ad, located next to the Gaza border, was struck by a mortar or an anti-tank missile.

The teen, who was resuscitated at the site of the attack, was airlifted to a hospital in Beersheba.

Making Hay On Goldstone Seen Tricky For Israel

Debate over campaign in wake of Gaza war retraction.
04/04/2011 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Richard Goldstone’s admission that Palestinian “civilians were not intentionally targeted as a matter of policy” by the Israel Defense Forces during its war with Hamas in the winter of 2008-2009, has generated an agonizing dilemma for the Netanyahu government: What to do with his mea culpa?

South African jurist Richard Goldstone: Mea culpa. Getty Images
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