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  • Israel’s clumsy message to Israel’s Arabs

    By Shmuel Rosner

    December 31, 2015 | 3:54 am

    Israel is a complicated place. Relations between Jews and Arabs in Israel are complicated. Thus, understanding these relations could be tricky. And two events of the last 48 hours could serve as a fantastic example of this trickiness.

    On the one hand, Israel just decided to...

  • Kerry to New Yorker: Israel doesn’t know what it wants

    December 15, 2015 | 10:01 am

    John Kerry hasn’t given up on a two-state solution. But the party responsible for making it happen, the secretary of state and his subordinates make clear, is Israel.

    A lengthy profile in the New Yorker traces Kerry’s work with Iran, Syria, Israel and the Palestinians, as well as...

  • The space for Arabs in a ‘Jewish and Democratic state’

    November 12, 2015 | 8:59 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    Increasingly, Israel is a country debating its desire to be both democratic and Jewish. The direction the state chooses will have far reaching consequences for all of its citizens – Arabs as well as Jews. A new survey reveals the...

  • Netanyahu pledges to protect non-Orthodox streams

    November 10, 2015 | 12:58 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to bolster rights for non-Orthodox Jews in Israel.

    “As prime minister of Israel, I will always ensure that all Jews can feel at home in Israel — Reform Jews, Conservative Jews, Orthodox Jews,” Netanyahu said, earning...

  • Are you a Jew or a Democrat?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 9, 2015 | 3:58 am

    A few days ago, yet again, the false choice was put before Jewish Israelis: do you want Israel to be more “Jewish” or more “democratic”? It is a question that pollsters use, and this time they asked Israeli Jewish high schoolers to take their pick (this was for The Dov Lautman...

  • At Tel Aviv’s first Limmud, participants confront Israel’s raucous politics

    May 18, 2015 | 8:50 am

    The debate over Jewish law’s role in Israel’s government has raged for 70 years. Should the state, above all, be Jewish, or should it put its democracy first?

    Addressing a crowded room Thursday, Yotam Yizraeli argued that Jewish tradition suggested a third option: no government...

  • Israel’s majority-minority problem

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 27, 2015 | 4:12 am

    Last week, at 67, Israel celebrated its Independence Day as a majority-minority country. And this is becoming a problem. A country needs a majority to lead it, to establish a narrative that guides it, to be able to make necessary reforms, and to tame trends that disrupt further...

  • Israel’s ‘Jewish state’ proposal is cheap political posturing

    December 3, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    In recent days, Israel’s Cabinet has engaged in an unedifying debate over proposed legislation for a new “Basic Law” that aims to enshrine Israel’s character as the nation-state of the Jewish people. The discussion has little to do with Israel’s essence and much to do with cheap...

  • Making Israel’s Jewish status the law: Does it matter?

    November 21, 2014 | 12:44 pm

    On Sunday, Israel’s Cabinet is set to advance a controversial bill that if passed by the Knesset would enshrine into law Israel’s status as a Jewish state. The nation-state law, as it is being called, has support from much of Israel’s governing coalition but has faced opposition...

  • Peres at Rabin memorial: Ruling over others against Jewish values

    November 3, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Israel cannot protect its Jewish and democratic character without peace, former President Shimon Peres said at a memorial for Yitzhak Rabin.

    “Peace has become a derogatory term. There are those who say that those who believe in peace are naive, not patriots, delusional,” Peres...

  • Netanyahu wants law defining Israel as Jewish state

    May 1, 2014 | 11:12 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he will seek a law that would officially make Israel the national state of the Jewish people.

    “The Declaration of Independence sets, as the cornerstone in the life of the state, the national Jewish identity of the State of Israel,” Netanyahu...

  • Kerry interrupts Rome visit to salvage Mideast peace talks

    March 26, 2014 | 9:56 am

    Secretary of State John Kerry broke from a visit to Italy on Wednesday to try to salvage Israeli-Palestinian peace talks, even as Arab leaders declared they would never meet Israel's core demand to be recognized as a Jewish state.

    Kerry flew to Jordan to ask Palestinian Authority...

  • Arab League declares ‘total rejection’ of Jewish state recognition

    March 26, 2014 | 9:49 am

    The Arab League announced on Wednesday its full backing of a Palestinian refusal to meet Israel's demand to be recognized as a Jewish state, a condition Jerusalem says it requires for peace.

    "We express our total rejection of the call to consider Israel as a Jewish state," read a statement from the final day of the Arab summit in Kuwait.

    Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has reiterated the call for the Palestinians to recognize the Jewish character of Israel as a requirement for a peace agreement.

    Read more on JPost.com.

  • Palestinians and Israel as the ‘Jewish State’: Symptoms of neurosis

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    March 19, 2014 | 11:28 am

    Two more views on the issue of calling Israel the Jewish State:
    The problem won’t go awayTwo definitions, two implications

    Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat, in an interview quoted in The New York Times, repeated his objection to recognizing Israel as a Jewish state:...

  • Scars of Israel’s ‘Numbered’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In “Numbered,” the new documentary by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, a journalist and Holocaust survivor named Ruth Bondy describes how in the early days of the Jewish state, sabras condescendingly stared at the serialized number the Nazis had tattooed on her forearm at Auschwitz.

  • Israel and Nov. 29

    By Tom Tugend

    December 5, 2012 | 3:47 pm

    “The Vote,” the best show in town, opened at 7:45 p.m. on Nov. 29 and, after 23 acts, closed down 60 minutes later.

    During that one hour, speakers, actors, musicians, singers and dancers commemorated the day, 65 years ago, when the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to partition...

  • Hagai Amir, freed Israeli brother of Rabin gunman says he’s “proud”

    By Aaron Wood

    May 4, 2012 | 8:20 am

    Hagai Amir, the brother of the man who assassinated late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, said he was proud of his own role in the murder plot after he was freed from prison on Friday.

    Amir was released after serving 16 years for helping his brother murder Rabin,...

  • Obama offers Netanyahu assurances over Iran

    March 5, 2012 | 10:30 am

    President Barack Obama, aiming to head off any premature Israeli strike on Iran, sought to assure Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday that the United States would always “have Israel’s back” but said there was still time for diplomacy.

    Netanyahu, in a show of unity with an...

  • Obama and Netanyahu will meet under the shadow of Iran and their own histories

    March 5, 2012 | 8:32 am

    As if their own fraught history and the prospect of a nuclear Iran weren’t enough, Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu will bring to their meeting on Monday each nation’s vexing and at times self-contradictory relationship with war.

    Obama, facing what could be a tough reelection...

  • Abbas says he will never recognize a Jewish state

    November 1, 2011 | 12:55 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said that he will never recognize a Jewish state during an interview on an Egyptian television channel.

    Abbas also told Dream 2 TV in an Oct. 23 interview that capturing Gilad Shalit was a “good thing.”

    A transcript of the interview was...

  • Romney would up defense aid to Israel

    October 7, 2011 | 1:13 pm

    Mitt Romney said he would increase defense assistance to Israel, raise the U.S. military profile near Iran and recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and frontrunner in the bid to secure the Republican nomination for president, delivered the...

  • Israeli forces state to change “Jewish” classification

    October 7, 2011 | 9:05 am

    Yoram Kaniuk, a rambunctious 81-year-old author, was hailed by Israeli secularists this week for winning a court victory that compelled the state to stop listing Judaism as his “religion” while keeping “Jewish” as his “ethnicity.” He is the first Israeli Jew to have done so.


  • Abbas asks for Palestinian state [VIDEO]

    September 23, 2011 | 11:01 am

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas applied for statehood recognition at the United Nations in New York on Friday morning.

    Abbas handed his application to Secretary General Ban Ki-moon at about 11:30 a.m., various media reported, minutes ahead of his planned speech to the...

  • Abbas: PA Won’t Recognize Jewish State

    August 31, 2011 | 9:33 am

    The Palestinian Authority will not recognize Israel as a Jewish state, President Mahmoud Abbas said.

    “Don’t order us to recognize a Jewish state. We won’t accept it,” Abbas warned the international community on Saturday.

    Abbas also said Saturday in a speech to Muslim...

  • Knesset considering bill recognizing Israel as ‘Jewish state’

    August 3, 2011 | 5:01 pm

    The Knesset is considering a bill that will officially recognize Israel as a Jewish state and the homeland of the Jewish people.

    Avi Dichter of the Kadima Party and Zeev Elkin of Likud introduced the bill Wednesday and have received 42 supporting signatures. The measure needs 61...

  • Palestinians reject offer of recognition in exchange for freeze

    October 11, 2010 | 1:16 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would reinstate a West Bank construction freeze if the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state.

    Netanyahu made the offer Monday in a wide-ranging speech at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session.

    “If the Palestinian leadership...

  • Abbas says he will not compromise

    September 7, 2010 | 1:39 pm

    Mahmoud Abbas said he will not compromise during peace negotiations on core issues such as final borders and the status of Jerusalem.

    The Palestinian Authority president also said in an interview with the Jerusalem-based Al-Quds newspaper that he rejects Israeli Prime Minister...

  • Chanukah— the pink elephant of Annapolis

    By Judea Pearl

    December 20, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    I spent the last week of November in Israel and watched the Annapolis show unfold through the lens of Israeli TV. As expected, everyone in Israel watched that show with both nervous curiosity and cynical dismissal.

    But the event that truly captured the public imagination and...

  • Call for ‘new’ spiritual Zionism stirs debate

    By J.J. Goldberg

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Zionism has meant many things to many people over the past century. To Theodor Herzl and the founders of the Zionist movement, it meant creating a national home to gather in the Jewish people -- to some minds, as a refuge from anti-Semitism, for others, as a fulfillment of an ancient...
  • Ex-Israel President Weizman Dies at 80

    By Dan Baron

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    He was the ultimate Israeli high-flier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm.
    And although Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal,...

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