Israel News

Call To Give Settlers Cash Incentives

12/05/2007
Staff Writer
Israel “has to declare in the near future” that it will compensate settlers living east of the security barrier if they were to leave now, according to Israeli Vice Prime Minister Haim Ramon. “It’s our moral obligation to offer [compensation] to them now,” Ramon said at the annual dinner of the Israel Policy Forum here on Monday night. That position is at odds with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, who until now has viewed such a move as premature, according to Asaf Shariv, Israel’s consul general in New York.

Trying To Break The Syria-Iran Link

11/28/2007
Staff Writer
The summit in Annapolis is being seen by some observers as a success -- not just because it set the stage for a promised 13 months of serious Israeli-Palestinian peace talks but because of what some believe is a new Middle East dynamic on the horizon. Others, though, insist this is nothing more than a mirage. “It’s not every day you see an Israeli prime minister speak and the Saudi foreign minister applaud,” said Asaf Shariv, Israel’s consul general in New York.

‘You Cannot Divide The Heart’

11/28/2007
Staff Writer
Uri Lupolianski has been the elected mayor of Jerusalem since 2003 after having served for 14 years as a member of the Jerusalem City Council and holding the position of deputy mayor under then-Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert. Lupolianski, 56, was in New York to speak at last weekend’s annual convention of the Agudath Israel of America. Jewish Week: Prime Minister Olmert has suggested ceding as many as six Arab neighborhoods on the periphery of Jerusalem as part of a final peace agreement with the Palestinians.

‘A Total Waste Of Time’

11/20/2007
Staff Writer
As Israeli and Palestinian negotiators worked this week on a joint statement ahead of their upcoming Annapolis summit, the Arab League prepared to meet Friday in Cairo to discuss which if any of them would attend the meeting. And Israeli political observers scoffed at the whole thing. “It’s a total waste of time,” said David Newman, a professor of political geography at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev.

Barak Gov’t Teeters

06/09/2000
Staff Writer
The broad-based coalition government handcrafted by Prime Minister Ehud Barak to win support for his peace initiatives began to unravel this week even as Israeli and Palestinian negotiators were slated to resume talks Monday in Washington following a two-week hiatus caused by Palestinian street rioting.

The Gift That Grows

03/18/1999
Staff Writer
Get ready baseball card collectors, Israel Bonds is coming out with its own collectible collection — and it’s guaranteed to make money. Israel Bonds is reaching out to those who give bar and bat mitzvah gifts of $125 or $150 in checks and suggesting they instead buy its new $136 Chai Bonds. They mature in five years at a value of $180.

Soaring To Success

03/11/1999
Staff Writer
In a scene reminiscent of an Andy Hardy movie, Ozzie Goldman remembers walking into a Manhattan hotel room in May 1949 and seeing five men on bended knees hunched over a large map of the world and planning the first flights of a nonexistent Israeli airline.

Sharansky Urges Community to Press Fight Against Terror

04/05/2002
Staff Writer
Saying that Israel has launched a war that pits “terrorism against democracy,” Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Natan Sharansky called on American Jews this week to use their influence to convince the world to allow Israel to finish the job.

Testing Israel’s Ideals

03/06/1998
Staff Writer
Jerusalem — Manal Diab, a single, 26-year-old Arab woman who graduated in June from the Hebrew University, did not think twice before renting an apartment in Jewish West Jerusalem. “I didn’t think whether it was an Arab or Jewish [community], it was cheap and I teach very close to here,” she said. “It has a view of the Old City that I feel I belong to. Arabs were here before ’48.”

South Lebanon Next On Annan Agenda

03/06/1998
Staff Writer
Flush with success over his mediation efforts in Iraq, United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan plans to fly to southern Lebanon later this month to deal with Israel’s pledge to withdraw from its self-imposed security zone there if it is cleared of Hezbollah terrorists.
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