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  • Abbas threatens to resign if talks fail

    September 19, 2010 | 2:24 pm

    Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has threatened to resign if peace talks with Israel fail.

    Abbas made a statement indicating that he would quit over a failure of the recently launched direct peace negotiations at a recent meeting of the Fatah Central Committee, The...

  • U.S. reportedly pushing three-month freeze extension

    September 16, 2010 | 11:11 am

    The Obama administration reportedly suggested that Israel extend its current settlement freeze for three months, which Israel appears to have rejected.

    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton made the suggestion Wednesday night during her meeting in Jerusalem with Israeli...

  • Voight calls Time magazine anti-Semitic

    September 15, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Actor Jon Voight called Time magazine’s Sept. 13 cover story anti-Semitic.

    Voight, in an interview on Fox News Channel’s “Huckabee,” slammed the story titled “Why Israel Doesn’t Care About Peace.”

    “This is anti-Semitism. Who are these anti-Semites who are running Time magazine?” he...

  • 5770 in Israel: Diplomatic crises, but economic prosperity

    September 3, 2010 | 12:02 pm

    For Israel, the Jewish year 5770 was characterized by ups and downs in relations with the United States, growing international alienation and a virtual stalemate in Middle East peacemaking—until the summit meeting in Washington just before Rosh Hashanah.

    Last November, after months...

  • Ahmadinejad: resistance, not peace talks

    September 3, 2010 | 11:06 am

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad marked his regime’s annual anti-Israel rallies by saying that the only path for the Palestinians is resistance, not peace talks.

    In his speech for Al Quds day, the last Friday in Ramadan launched by the late Ayatollah Khomeini in the 1980s as an...

  • Barak, Abbas hold secret meeting

    August 31, 2010 | 9:49 am

    Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak reportedly met secretly with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on the eve of peace talks.

    Barak met with Abbas Sunday night in Amman, Israeli media reported, hours after meeting with Jordan’s King Abdullah at his palace. Barak...

  • Palestinians will leave peace talks over freeze

    August 23, 2010 | 10:44 am

    The Palestinians will withdraw from peace talks with Israel if construction in the settlements resumes, Mahmoud Abbas told the Mideast Quartet.

    In a letter delivered Sunday to representatives of the Quartet grouping of the United States, Russia, the United Nations and the European...

  • U.S.: Direct talks on track, no deadline

    August 19, 2010 | 9:33 am

    An Obama administration official said direct Israeli-Palestinian talks are on track, but would not set a time frame.

    “We are working through the details of what is necessary to get the parties into direct negotiations,” P.J. Crowley, the State Department spokesman, said Wednesday,...

  • Israel will reject preconditions for talks

    August 16, 2010 | 9:12 am

    Israel said it will reject any preconditions set forth by the Quartet of Middle East peace negotiators on resuming direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was among a forum of seven senior Cabinet officials who made the decision Sunday...

  • South Africa likens Israeli restrictions to apartheid

    April 26, 2010 | 10:11 am

    The South African government has compared new Israeli military restrictions on the movement of Palestinians in the West Bank to apartheid pass laws.

    The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation issued a statement condemning the restrictions as “a gross...

  • Israeli army calms Palestinians over order

    April 14, 2010 | 1:14 pm

    A new Israeli military order will not lead to the deportation of large numbers of Palestinians from the West Bank, an Israeli army major said.

    Avichai Adrai, the Israeli army spokesman for the Arabic media, In a conference call Tuesday with Palestinian journalists said that the...

  • Settlers accused of vandalizing Palestinian village

    April 14, 2010 | 12:54 pm

    Residents of a nearby Jewish settlement are accused of vandalizing a West Bank Palestinian village.

    Stars of David and racist slogans were spray-painted early Wednesday morning throughout Hawara, near Nablus, including on the local mosque. Hundreds of olive trees were uprooted and...

  • Palestinian PM to Haaretz: We will have a state next year

    April 2, 2010 | 10:59 am

    RAMALLAH - Next year, “the birth of a Palestinian state will be celebrated as a day of joy by the entire community of nations,” says Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad in an exclusive interview to Haaretz.

    Relaying Passover greetings to the Jewish community, Fayyad...

  • It’s not about settlements, stupid, it’s about trust

    March 16, 2010 | 12:55 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Interior Minister Eli Yishai did more to harm U.S.-Israel relations than all of Israel’s detractors around the world ever could when they decided it is more important to build 1,600 houses in East Jerusalem than to have good relations with...

  • Jane Fonda responds to Toronto backlash

    September 14, 2009 | 8:08 pm

    Follow our complete coverage of the Toronto Film Festival boycotts on our Hollywood Jew blog.

    Reposted with permission of Jane Fonda

    I recently signed a letter protesting the Toronto International Film Festival’s decision to showcase and celebrate Tel Aviv. This in the very year...

  • Israeli, Palestinian leaders pitch rare joint industrial project

    September 1, 2009 | 3:49 pm

    Even as Israeli and Palestinian leaders argue about the conditions that must be in place for a return to the negotiating table, they are striking similar tones on the need for economic development.

    Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad unveiled an economic plan last week...

  • Swedish paper published modern-day blood libel

    August 31, 2009 | 6:55 pm

    With the Palestinian family cited in the Swedish daily Aftonbladet now denying ever claiming that their son’s organs were “stolen” by the Israeli military, maybe the lurid and grotesque accusation published by the newspaper in mid-August will disappear.

    Maybe the idea of an...

  • Netanyahu OK with a demilitarized Palestinian state

    June 14, 2009 | 3:52 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would agree to a demilitarized Palestinian state.

    in a major foreign policy address Sunday at Bar-Ilan University, Netanyahu also said the Palestinians to have a state must recognize Israel as a Jewish state.“It is impossible to...

  • Protesters Block Entrances to Israeli Consulate [VIDEO]

    By Jay Firestone

    January 14, 2009 | 5:16 pm

    Video by Jay Firestone

    At 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, six people from the International Jewish Anti-Zionist Network chained themselves together using piping chain-link to blockade the entrance to the Israeli Consulate building on Wilshire Boulevard on Los Angeles’ Westside.


  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 11, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 12, 2009 | 2:04 pm

    Video by Jay Firestone

    Huge numbers gathered together in Westwood outside the Federal Building on Sunday afternoon, January 11 to support Israel and the recent actions against Hamas.  Among the supporters were several Jewish organizations, elected officials and community members...

  • [VIDEO] Pro-Israel rally in Westwood - Jan. 7, 2009

    By Jay Firestone

    January 8, 2009 | 1:46 pm

    A pro-Israel rally in Westwood brings adults and teenagers together in ruach, advocacy and support for Israel. Though no counter protest was present, several pro-Palestinian rallies are expected to occur throughout the weekend. 

    Brad Greenberg reports from Westwood.

    Video By Jay Firestone and Brad Greenberg

  • The forgotten miracle: Nov. 29, 1947

    By Judea Pearl

    December 18, 2008 | 3:47 am

    I originally planned to write a column about the flood of condemnations that Muslim leaders issued following the massacre in Mumbai, and how disappointed I was not to find a single fatwa in those texts, nor a mention of any religious offense: no "sin," no "hell," nor "apostasy."


  • Freshman Israeli filmmaker earns three Emmy nods

    September 18, 2008 | 1:48 am

    Arranging a telephone interview with Israeli documentary filmmaker Hilla Medalia requires the scheduling dexterity of a flight attendant: She is constantly en route to someplace else -- making movies, promoting various projects and generally wheeling and dealing. And the sense is...
  • VIDEO: This just in—Saudis are Jews in disguise!

    June 22, 2008 | 1:26 am

    Former Lebanese Minister Wiam Wahhab: The Saudi regime Is used by the Jews to avenge the defeat of the Qaynuqa Tribe by the Prophet Muhammad.


    In other words, The House of Saud are Jews in disguise.


  • How to answer the most common anti-Israel charges

    By John L. Rosove

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some charges criticizing Israel are distortions and slanted, based on faulty information and half-truths, animus, and even classic anti-Semitism. However, the situation and history are complex, and unfortunately, Israel is not perfect.

    Here are some answers in a nutshell:


  • Passover in Palestine—memories of seders in an Israel on the cusp of statehood

    By Jessica Steinberg

    April 17, 2008 | 3:00 pm

    On the eve of Passover 1948, Rabbi Moshe Saks, known as Bud to his family and friends, was stationed in Jerusalem's Talpiot neighborhood, trying to figure out how to get Passover supplies and ammunition to the embattled Haganah soldiers in the Makor Haim neighborhood.

    A rabbi from...

  • Diaspora must face painful realities in Jerusalem’s future

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The 'emotional approach': Ofra Haza: Yerushalyim Shel Zahav
    So in the end, it has come down to Jerusalem.

    The Jewish community is now openly discussing whether Jerusalem should be on the negotiating table for a Palestinian-Israel peace agreement.

    • Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky was widely...

  • Rabbi Cooper; Enough with the Spinka; Tuskeegee Airmen

    January 24, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    Bloods, Crips and Rabbis
    In profiling Rabbi Abe Cooper, I'm glad you mentioned his work in combating hate in cyberspace ("The Bloods, The Crips and The Rabbi," Jan. 18). What is particularly noteworthy is how he has resisted the temptation to push for government censorship and...
  • Could Tony Blair be the one?

    By Rob Eshman

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    There was one big question left unanswered when Tony Blair spoke last Monday evening at the opening of American Jewish University's (AJU) 2007 lecture series.

    A day after he stepped down as the British Prime Minister on June 27, 2007, Blair immediately became the Middle East envoy...

  • Bush’s Middle East legacy

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 17, 2008 | 7:00 pm

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