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  • Cease-fire with Hamas appears imminent

    By Leslie Susser

    June 17, 2008 | 3:51 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—A six-month cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, due to go into effect Thursday, could help create conditions for wider peacemaking between Israel and the Palestinians.

    But there are two huge potential stumbling blocks: Israeli generals doubt whether the “tahadiyeh,”...

  • Volume 23, Number 17

    June 15, 2008 | 8:35 pm

  • Olmert in D.C.: Iran talk, not goodbyes

    By Ron Kampeas

    June 8, 2008 | 1:03 am

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—Expressions of love, walks down memory lane, even the rain lashing the capital’s monuments.

    The latest meeting between Ehud Olmert and George Bush played out like the end of a movie romance. Only the Israeli prime minister says he’s not going anywhere because there...

  • Obama, Clinton on same page at AIPAC parley

    June 5, 2008 | 12:40 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA)—After months of seeking to paint each other as opposites on Middle East policy, U.S. Sens. Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton were on the same page Wednesday at the AIPAC policy conference as they ripped into the Bush administration and John McCain on several fronts.

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  • Tepid response to Olmert at AIPAC

    June 4, 2008 | 9:54 pm

    WASHINGTON (JTA) – Dogged by political scandal at home, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert headed here this week in search of a friendly crowd at the annual AIPAC policy conference.

    While his tough talk on Iran drew strong applause from the pro-Israel audience, his calls for peace...

  • All signs point to Olmert’s ouster

    By Leslie Susser

    June 2, 2008 | 2:46 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The media and the political establishment in Israel already have decided: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is through.

    The cover on Ma’ariv’s weekend political magazine shows a framed portrait of a sad-looking Olmert on the wall of a government office with the caption...

  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

  • Briefs: Some West Bank settlers would agree to leave, Israel OKs Palestinian police stations

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some West Bank Settlers Would Leave If Offered Government Support, Poll Finds

    Approximately one in five Israelis living east of the West Bank security fence would leave if offered government support, a poll found. According to an internal government study, whose results were leaked...

  • Lauder letter to Olmert urging Disapora role in Jerusalem negotiations stirs passions

    By Jacob Berkman

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The president of the World Jewish Congress (WJC) has roiled the organization's branch in Israel by writing to Prime Minister Ehud Olmert with a plea to allow Diaspora Jews a voice in any decisions on Jerusalem's future.

    Ronald Lauder, in his Jan. 8 letter on WJC letterhead, wished...

  • Israel obligated to consider Diaspora views on Jerusalem

    By Morton A. Klein

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Do Jews outside Israel have the right to criticize Israeli policies relating to defense and security matters or eternal issues, like concessions on Jerusalem?

    Some argue that while Diaspora Jews may debate a range of Israeli policies, national security and defense policies should be...

  • Briefs: More Ethiopians allowed to make aliyah, Jerusalem stage for Anglican ‘schism’

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Court Will Allow More Falash Mura

    Israel may allow 1,400 additional Ethiopian Falash Mura to immigrate to Israel. In a court hearing Sunday, a panel of three Israeli High Court judges recommended that Israel bring 1,400 or so more Ethiopians to comply with a 2004 government decision...

  • Scandals and war fallout cast doubt on Olmert’s leadership

    By Leslie Susser

    January 25, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Following the sudden but not unexpected resignation of the Israeli army's chief of staff, pundits are asking how much longer Ehud Olmert, the country's beleaguered prime minister, can survive in office.

    Under investigation for corruption and with his approval ratings at an all-time...

  • Arab’s nomination to Israel’s Cabinet stirs up simmering controversy

    By Dan Baron

    January 18, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    The naming of the first Arab minister to the Israeli Cabinet was billed as an event underscoring hope of securing racial harmony in the Jewish state, though it may long remain mired in regional conflict.

    But the nomination of Raleb Majadele instead has merely served to uncover...

  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...

  • Can Olmert’s goodwill gestures kick-start peace?

    By Leslie Susser

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After the plethora of goodwill gestures Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made in his meeting Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, politicians and pundits on both sides are asking one question: Will it be enough to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian...
  • U.K. Jews in danger; Olmert in Jordan; Israel in British Commonwealth?

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert visits Jordan

    The Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem announced Tuesday that Ehud Olmert had made an unpublicized visit to Jordan for talks with King Abdullah II, a key regional power-broker. The two leaders discussed bilateral issues and developments in the Palestinian...

  • U.S., Israeli officials see conflicting Iraq study ideas

    By Ron Kampeas

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    American and Israeli government officials agree on two things: Iraq has nothing at all to do with Israeli-Arab issues.

    Except when it does.

    From President Bush and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on down, the leadership of the Israeli and U.S. governments are simultaneously embracing...

  • Israel grows impatient with terror-filled Gaza

    By Dan Baron

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's patience with the growing menace from the Gaza Strip appears to be wearing thin.

    Government and military officials spoke openly Sunday of the need to move fast to stop Palestinian terrorists from turning the coastal territory into a "second Lebanon" threatening southern...

  • Israelis, Palestinians deserve US/Euro push for peace

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The other day, I read excerpts from a speech given in Israel by professor Robert Aumann, an Israeli who emigrated from the United States and who won last year's Nobel Prize in Economics.

    The thrust of Aumann's speech was that he doubted that Israel would survive another half...

  • A way to peace: carrot-and-stick approach might break impasse

    By Gidi Grinstein

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We seem to be at an impasse. Israel is in dire need of a new political architecture regarding the Palestinians. While it remains of existential importance to end Israel's control over the Palestinian population, there now seems to be no viable way to do so. It looks as if there is...
  • Israel, U.S. Act on Request for Renewable Energy

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel and the United States will pool their scientific brainpower to find and develop alternative energy sources under a bill passed by the House and now wending its way through the Senate.

    Under the proposed U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Act, scientists and engineers from both...

  • Tallying Success and Failure

    By Leslie Susser

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As a U.N.-brokered cease-fire takes effect after 33 days of fighting between Israel and Hezbollah, criticism is growing of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's handling of the war.

    Some politicians and opinion-makers are calling for his resignation. Israelis are also asking more searching...

  • Final Reckoning—Israel’s Defeat

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    However hard Ehud Olmert tries to spin it, the U.N. ceasefire that began this week is a disaster for Israel and for the war on terrorism generally. With an unprecedented green light from Washington to do whatever necessary to uproot the Iranian front line against Israel, and with a...
  • One More Casualty in Crisis—Unilateralism

    By Leslie Susser

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    More than two weeks into the war in Lebanon, there is a growing consensus that one of the chief casualties will be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

    Pundits on the right and left argue that the war in Lebanon and fighting...

  • Israeli Strategy Under Fire

    By Leslie Susser

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Beyond the immediate escalation, the recent Palestinian attack on an Israeli army outpost near the Gaza border raises serious questions about Israel's security and foreign policies.

    Right-wing politicians argue that the incident, coupled with months of incessant rocket fire from...

  • Abbas-Hamas Showdown Looms

    By Leslie Susser

    June 8, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Three and a half months after fundamentalists swept to power in the Palestinian elections, the Islamicist Hamas and the secular Fatah are on the brink of a major showdown that could have far-reaching implications for Israel and the government's plans for a unilateral withdrawal from...

  • Nation World Briefs

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Ground Troops in Gaza

    Israel sent troops into the Gaza Strip for the first time since it withdrew from the territory. Commandos entered northern Gaza on Monday night and attacked a Palestinian squad about to launch a rocket into Israel. Four suspected terrorists were killed and...

  • Abbas’ Move Challenges Olmert

    By Leslie Susser

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As Prime Minister Ehud Olmert presses ahead with plans for another unilateral withdrawal from the West Bank, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas is determined not to be sidelined by Olmert's go-it-alone approach.

    In late May, as Olmert tried to convince President Bush of...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    May 11, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Investor Buys Israeli Company

    American tycoon Warren Buffett invested $4 billion in an Israeli manufacturing firm. In what Israeli media hailed as the "deal of the decade," Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway corporation bought an 80 percent interest in Iscar, an international metalworks...

  • Israel Holds Off on Bombing Response

    By Dina Kraft

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials have blamed the Palestinian government of Hamas for the Tel Aviv suicide bombing this week that killed nine and injured scores of others. However, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert stopped short of ordering an offensive against the Palestinian Authority.

    Instead, Israel...

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