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  • 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:...

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  • 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.

    Israel...

  • 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,...

  • Israel Can’t Ignore Divestment Threats

    By James D. Besser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    American Jewish leaders see it as a dire threat, but in Jerusalem, the current push for divestment by mainline Protestant groups eager to punish the Jewish state is a nonissue -- so much so that at a recent conference, Israel's foreign minister admitted he didn't have a clue about...

  • Pursuit of Peace Requires New Coalition

    By Leonard Fein

    June 3, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    We have long since learned to swallow hard as the Israelis persist in policies that are ill-conceived and ill-executed, policies that threaten the entire Zionist enterprise.

    There are so many of these that we try to ignore and even justify targeted killings, "collateral damage," a...

  • Who Causes Anti-Semitism?

    By Leonard Fein

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There is a gathering hysteria in the American Jewish community that is dangerously self-destructive. Life as a Jew these days may not be -- is not -- a bed of roses, but neither is it a bed of thorns. Yet to hear some in our community tell it, thorns are all there are.

    Consider:...

  • Holy Gifts for a Good Cause

    By E. B. Solomont

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Jonathan Koch was trying to decide between two pairs of shoes when he happened to notice that one pair was made in Israel. That sealed the deal for him.

    Koch figured that others would choose to buy Israeli products if given an opportunity. So the self-described "serial...

  • Olmert Withdrawal Plan Stirs Up Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In a single passionate interview recently, Ehud Olmert, Israel's deputy prime minister, managed to do what most politicians only dream about -- recast a nation's political and diplomatic agenda.

    Although Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has been talking vaguely about "unilateral steps,"...

  • Israeli History the Dershowitz Way

    By Adam Rubin

    October 16, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "The Case For Israel," by Alan Dershowitz (John Wiley & Sons, $19.95).

    Alan Dershowitz's new book describes an Israel no Israeli would recognize, an impossibly virtuous country whose intentions are always pure, whose conduct is forever above reproach, and whose rare misdeeds can be...

  • Food Poverty Grows in Israel

    By Loolwa Khazzoom

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When, not so long ago, the director of an Israeli nonprofit organization noticed that an employee would appear at work every Sunday morning so fatigued that he could barely function, he issued him a stern warning to "stop partying so hard on Saturday nights."

    The gaunt-looking...

  • Muskin: Man on a Mission for Israel

    By Amy Klein

    May 29, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Back in November, when the war in Iraq was looming, Rabbi Elazar Muskin planned a Passover mission to Israel.

    "We didn't know when the war was going to begin and end, but we were determined to go to Israel," said Muskin, the leader of Young Israel of Century City (YICC), speaking...

  • Stalin’s Jewish State

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 27, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Yale Strom was growing up in a traditional, socialist-Zionist home in Detroit, he was riveted by his father's tales of a Jewish state founded 20 years before Israel in a Siberian swamp.

    Three decades later, he remembered the obscure Jewish geography lesson to make the...

  • Travel Machismo

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    As Israeli-Palestinian violence makes daily life in the Jewish state a living (as opposed to a virtual) nightmare, American Jews are raising the ante on expressions of loyalty. A rabbi recently told me he wants every Jew to travel to Israel this year. A lay leader puts his name on...

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