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Concern Rising Along Israel-Egypt Border

02/06/2011 - 19:00
JTA

BE’ER MILKA, Israel (JTA) -- Driving along the Israel-Egypt border near this southern Israeli town, rusted metal posts strung with barbed wire give way to sand dunes and an exposed, open border as wide open as the question of what will become of the countries' relations now that Egypt is in turmoil.

During a break between border patrols, which have been stepped up since the recent protests in Egypt began, a few Israeli soldiers climbing into a Hummer say they have been told to be on alert for possible trouble.

Knesset Approves Panels to Investigate Left-Wing NGOs

02/01/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Knesset House Committee has approved the establishment of parliamentary panels to probe the funding and activities of left-leaning human rights groups and NGOs.

The vote to establish two commissions of inquiries passed the committee Wednesday by a vote of 10 to 6.

One committee will investigate foreign governments' involvement in the funding of Israeli left-wing organizations and the other will investigate Israeli organizations attempting to delegitimize the Israel Defense Forces.

For Israelis, Eyes On Jordan, Egypt

02/01/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Is Jordan next?

As Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s government teetered amid a week of mass demonstrations, Israelis were nervously casting their eyes at neighboring Jordan, with speculation of a regional domino effect that could weaken the Jewish state’s strategic alliance with the Hashemite monarchy and boost an Islamist opposition.

But even as King Abdullah dismissed his government on Tuesday, Israeli analysts predicted that it was unlikely that the Egyptian uprising could be replicated on the eastern bank of the Jordan River.

Jordan’s King Abdullah sacked his government Tuesday. Getty Images

Grad Rockets From Gaza Strike Israel

01/31/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Rockets fired from the Gaza Strip struck southern Israel.

Long-range Grad missiles fired Monday night struck the cities of Ofakim and Netivot. In Netivot, four people were treated for shock, and a parked car and a road were damaged when the rocket landed near a residential neighborhood.

The rocket landed near a hall where a wedding was taking place, according to Ynet, sending guests running for cover, Ynet reported.

Also Monday, a Kassam rocket landed in an open area in the Eshkol regional council, reportedly causing no damage.

Upheaval On The Borders

Demonstrations in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon have Israel watching nervously.
01/24/2011 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Israel is watching with concern the street demonstrations that erupted this week in neighboring Egypt and Lebanon. The fear is that an Iranian proxy-state could emerge in Lebanon and that in Egypt the autocratic rule of aging President Hosni Mubarak could be overthrown.

Lebanese soldiers guard the streets in Sidon.

Excavation on Ancient Jerusalem Tunnel Completed

01/24/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Israel Antiquities Authority completed the excavation of an ancient tunnel that runs from the City of David in eastern Jerusalem to near the Temple Mount.

Officials fear Palestinians may riot, believing that the project is an attempt to damage the Al Aksa Mosque.

The road in the tunnel was used by travelers making pilgrimages to Jerusalem some 2,000 years ago, according to the Israel Antiquities Authority. It was discovered during excavations on a water channel used for drainage during the Second Temple period.

Work Resumes at Shepherd Hotel Site

01/18/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Work on the construction of a Jewish housing project at the site of the Shepherd Hotel in eastern Jerusalem resumed following the dismissal of a halt work injunction.

An Interior Ministry appeals committee said Wednesday that work could continue on the site after rejecting a complaint filed Sunday with the Jerusalem municipal building committee by The Muslim Committee, a new nongovernmental organization that describes itself as seeking to preserve Muslim sites in Israel. Work was ordered stopped after the complaint was filed, pending Wednesday's hearing.

Barak Stumbles Out Of The Gate

Facebook fiasco and public mistrust in his motives mark Independence effort as coalition is realigned.
01/17/2011 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Within hours of its surprise breakaway from the Labor Party, Ehud Barak’s new Knesset faction, dubbed “Independence,” was quick to roll out its own official Facebook page, complete with a party logo.

But the first exercise in social networking boomeranged as it was overrun by hundreds of Israelis who used the site to ridicule Barak and the rest of the Independence faction.

Ehud Barak announcing his defection from the Labor Party this week to form a new political party.

Israel Plans ‘Leapfrog’ Growth to Stem Brain Drain

01/17/2011 - 19:00
JTA

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- It was at a conference 15 years ago in the raw months following Yitzhak Rabin's assassination that an unlikely Israeli trio -- a young Navy officer, a leading businesswoman and a senior bureaucrat -- hatched a plan for Israel's future.

It wasn't exactly a plan for the future, but a plan to plan for the country's future in an entirely new way: one focused on long-term strategic thinking to propel Israel into the world's top 15 socioeconomic powers.

Quash Bill Probing NGOs, Peres Tells Knesset

01/17/2011 - 19:00

JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli President Shimon Peres called on the Knesset to reject proposed legislation that establishes a committee to investigate the funding of left-leaning human rights groups.

By a vote of 47-16, the Knesset earlier this month gave preliminary passage to the measure. The parliamentary panel would probe the funding and activities of left-wing and human rights organizations and NGOs.

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