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The Palestinian With A Plan For Statehood

PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad’s determination to build transparent institutions on the West Bank has won many admirers. Can he succeed?
03/10/2010 - 19:00
JTA

Jerusalem — Pundits and politicians have taken recently to comparing Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad to Israel’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion.

No less a figure than President Shimon Peres, one of Ben-Gurion’s foremost disciples, is the latest Israeli leader to offer the accolade.

The reason is simple: Like Ben-Gurion, Fayyad is building institutions of statehood.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad says he is attempting to point his people toward statehood. JTA

Israel’s ‘Macho’ Move

East Jerusalem housing announcement seen marring Biden visit amid ‘proximity’ talk launch.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Israeli approval Tuesday of another 1,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem — coming just hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced in Jerusalem the launching of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — stunned the White House but should not have been surprising, according to Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen.

Burned By The Freeze

With West Bank settlement projects on hold, many families and developers are feeling the pinch.
03/10/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — With five kids and monthly rent topping $1,200, it didn’t take long for Ronen Mizrachi to calculate how much more he would get for his money if he moved his family out of Jerusalem.

So two years ago, Mizrachi, a lawyer, and his wife, an optometrist, purchased a piece of land in Har Gilo, a small, tranquil Jewish settlement-cum-village about five miles south of Jerusalem.

An artists’ rendering of the new building planned by Lev Binyamin.

Biden: Bond with Israel ‘unbreakable’ but U.S. will note misstep

Tel Aviv speech altered after Jerusalem housing announcement
03/10/2010 - 19:00

(JTA) -- The U.S.-Israel bond is unbreakable, but the United States will keep both sides accountable for their actions, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said.

Biden's address Thursday at Tel Aviv University, meant to have been an expression of friendship, was altered in part by Israel's announcement this week that it planned to build 1,600 new housing units in disputed eastern Jerusalem.

Israel’s ‘Macho’ Move

East Jerusalem housing announcement seen marring Biden visit amid ‘proximity’ talk launch.
03/09/2010 - 19:00
Staff Writer

The Israeli approval Tuesday of another 1,600 new housing units in east Jerusalem — coming just hours after Vice President Joe Biden announced in Jerusalem the launching of new Israeli-Palestinian peace talks — stunned the White House but should not have been surprising, according to Middle East expert Stephen P. Cohen.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, greets U.S. Vice President Joe Biden Monday.

A Riff On Coexistence

05/05/2005 - 20:00
Managing Editor

Arnie Lawrence, a veteran alto saxophonist and influential jazz educator who moved to Israel in 1997 to found a jazz center teaching Jewish and Arab musicians, died April 22 in Jerusalem from lung and liver cancer. He was 66. This article first appeared in The Jewish Week in January 2001, when Lawrence was in New York to be honored by The New School's jazz program, which he helped found.

Rumblings Beneath The Cave Of The Patriarchs

Hebron-related protests subside, but the controversy has not blown over.
03/04/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The weeklong Palestinian protests over Israel’s decision to designate two shrines in the West Bank as heritage sites subsided this week, but the controversy has not blown over. 

If the government goes through with a plan to renovate religious sites like the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, there is a risk of an even worse upsurge in violence, claimed the leader of a prominent Palestinian clan in the city.

An Israeli border policeman, center, arrests two Palestinian men Sunday. Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

Rumblings Beneath The Cave Of The Patriarchs

Hebron-related protests subside, but the controversy has not blown over.
03/01/2010 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The weeklong Palestinian protests over Israel’s decision to designate two shrines in the West Bank as heritage sites subsided this week, but the controversy has not blown over.  

 If the government goes through with a plan to renovate religious sites like the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, there is a risk of an even worse upsurge in violence, claimed the leader of a prominent Palestinian clan in the city.

An Israeli border policeman, center, arrests two Palestinian men Sunday.  Gali Tibbon/AFP/Getty Images

A Riff On Coexistence

05/05/2005 - 20:00
Managing Editor

Arnie Lawrence, a veteran alto saxophonist and influential jazz educator who moved to Israel in 1997 to found a jazz center teaching Jewish and Arab musicians, died April 22 in Jerusalem from lung and liver cancer. He was 66. This article first appeared in The Jewish Week in January 2001, when Lawrence was in New York to be honored by The New School's jazz program, which he helped found.

Trailed By Rockets

03/04/2008 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Ashkelon, Israel — When Ruth Sharabane was roused by the missile alert in the predawn silence last Saturday morning, she wondered whether or not to get her three children and grandchild up in a panic.

Then, from the next room, 15-year-old Eden started shouting “Color Red, Color Red,” a teenager’s hurried interpretation of the “Code Red” alert for incoming rocket fire.

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