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Mixed Bag On European Bias

05/14/2008
Staff Writer
In England, a prominent politician with a reputation as an anti-Semite is defeated in a re-election bid. In France, three policemen shout anti-Semitic slogans and make the Nazi salute in a bar. In the United States, a leading spokesman for European Jewry brings a cautionary message about the “current state of anti-Semitism” on the European continent.

Is ‘Nixon In China’ Scenario Likely with Netanyahu-Lieberman Government?

03/11/2009
Washington Correspondent

American Jewish leaders are increasingly jittery as Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman moves closer to becoming foreign minister in a right-wing coalition under Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

But most analysts say the appointment is unlikely to significantly disrupt U.S.-Israel relations, despite Lieberman’s reputation as an extremist.

And a right-of-center government with Lieberman at the foreign ministry is already producing speculation about a “Nixon in China” scenario.

Bibi Allies On Hill Gearing Up To Blunt Obama Moves

Netanyahu’s friends on the Hill predict a squeeze on Israel

04/01/2009
Washington Correspondent

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, sworn in on Tuesday as head of a cobbled-together coalition that has produced jitters in Washington, is an old hand at using Capitol Hill as a counterweight to Democratic presidents eager for peace process progress. But Netanyahu will find a changed environment when he makes his inaugural trip to Washington in May.

Lieberman Dilemma Deepens For Obama, Jewish Groups

Even some American supporters of Lieberman, above, say his outspokenness could be a problem.

04/08/2009
Washington Correspondent

Next month’s expected Washington visit by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu could prove awkward for pro-Israel groups here and explosive for the Obama administration, largely because of the early bombshells dropped by his new foreign minister, Yisrael Beiteinu leader Avigdor Lieberman.

Days after taking office, Lieberman summarily discarded the results of the 2007 Annapolis peace conference and warned outsiders not to meddle in Israeli policy and politics.

Dissed! Dissed! Dissed Again!

06/23/2006
Staff Writer
Suddenly, it's open season on diaspora Jews. Jewish leaders had hardly recovered from a recent speech by Israeli writer A. B. Yehoshua dismissing them as irrelevant when they learned that Israel's Chief Rabbinate had put new hurdles in front of conversions performed by many American rabbis. Now, this week comes word that Israel's president, Moshe Katsav, is refusing to refer to the head of American Judaism's largest religious movement as "rabbi."

Netanyahu Seen Tying UN Gaza Report To West Bank Withdrawals

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the Goldstone report claiming Israel committed war crimes in Gaza last winter may limit future Israeli territorial withdrawal from the West Bank.
Although that assessment came Tuesda

10/21/2009
Staff Writer

The United Nations Human Rights Council’s endorsement of the Goldstone report claiming Israel committed war crimes in Gaza last winter may limit future Israeli territorial withdrawal from the West Bank.

Although that assessment came Tuesday from Israeli political analyst Yossi Alpher, a senior Israeli official said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has privately voiced the same view.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

The War, Personalized

07/28/2006
Staff Writer
Full-scale wars, which Israel has fought many times in the past, and major army operations, which Israel has found itself in during recent weeks in Gaza and Lebanon, usually bring stories of troop maneuvers and military analysis, call-ups of the reserves, and civilian sacrifices. The human side of war is often hard to picture from a distance, particularly when the fighting involves Israel, a country that few Americans, even American Jews, have visited.

Mourning A Lost Son Of Israel

07/07/2006
Staff Writer
This past week, while Israel prayed for a kidnapped Israeli corporal and Israeli soldiers struck at Gaza, a future Israeli soldier was buried in Jerusalem.

Abduction As A Weapon

06/30/2006
Staff Writer
As far back as the Munich Olympics of 1972, Palestinian terrorists and their supporters have used kidnapping as a political tool, abducting Israeli civilians and soldiers to be used in potential prisoner swaps and to obtain other concessions from Israel. Following is a chronology of prominent Israeli kidnappings and MIA cases: 1972: Members of the Black September terrorist group sneak into the Olympic Village in Munich and take 11 members of the Israeli delegation hostage. All 11 are killed.

Rape Charge Against Katsav?

04/09/2008
Staff Writer
A new and more serious indictment — possibly including rape charges — may be filed as early as next week against Israel’s disgraced former president Moshe Katsav after his withdrawal Tuesday from a plea deal that would have kept him out of jail. “I want to fight for my innocence,” Katsav told a three-judge panel in Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court. “I have been thinking about this for a long time, and it was finalized in my mind today.”
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