Jewish Journal

  • Israel facing grim threat assessment for 2009

    By Leslie Susser

    November 26, 2008 | 5:24 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Delivering a grim threat assessment for 2009, the Israeli National Security Council (NSC) said that Israel in 2009 may well find itself alone, facing Iran on the threshold of nuclear power, fighting rocket attacks on two fronts and without a Palestinian partner for...
  • Jewish Agency wants changes in Israel conversion policy

    November 20, 2008 | 3:19 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The Jewish Agency Assembly adopted resolutions calling on the Israeli government to establish an independent authority on Jewish conversions and special courts of Jewish law to "allow the conversion process to move forward."

    The twin resolutions were adopted by the...

  • Discovery of King David-era fort stirs debate on size of kingdom

    By Dina Kraft

    November 20, 2008 | 3:12 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Under a sky of darkening clouds on a hill above the valley where tradition says David and Goliath battled, archaeologist Yosef Garfinkel triumphantly rests his hands on a 10-ton limestone rock, part of a newly discovered second gate to an ancient fortified city he...
  • Quiet ends in Sderot as rocket attacks resume

    By Mark J. Joffe

    November 20, 2008 | 3:07 am

    SDEROT, ISRAEL (JTA) --Elior Levy was trying to get some rest Monday night.

    Living in Sderot, the working-class town on the front line of Israel's battle with rockets from Gaza, Levy is no stranger to having his sleep interrupted by middle-of-the-night Qassam salvos. Usually a Code...

  • First female Israel ambassador to U.N. shows humor, optimism

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2008 | 2:42 am

    Gabriela Shalev is a self-declared optimist, which is a useful personality trait if you are Israel's recently appointed ambassador to the United Nations.

    Since the United Nation's default position is to condemn Israel, while warmly applauding the appearance of Iranian President...

  • It’s time for words to lead the peace process

    By Judea Pearl

    November 20, 2008 | 1:57 am

    It is now clear that no peace agreement, not even on principles, will be signed by the Israeli-Palestinian negotiating team before some time in 2009, after the new American administration takes charge, the Israeli election runs its course and the fate of Mahmoud Abbas' presidency is...
  • Briefs: Secular candidate new Jerusalem mayor, Netanyahu would nix talks

    November 13, 2008 | 12:19 am

    Poll Shows Barkat Winning Jerusalem Mayoralty

    Secular businessman Nir Barkat appeared to be the new mayor of Jerusalem, according to exit polls.

    Channel 1 TV showed Barkat with 50 percent of the vote Tuesday to 42 percent for Rabbi Meir Porush, an ultra-Orthodox Knesset member. The...

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