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  • Security fence near Bil’in being moved

    April 27, 2011 | 10:51 am

    Work to change the route of the security fence near the Palestinian village of Bil’in, the site of weekly protests, is nearly complete.

    The move, which will place more land under Palestinian control, will be completed in two months, the Israeli army said Wednesday. Israel’s Supreme...

  • Letters to the Editor: Ryan vs. Obama, Bibi, Palestine and dancing rabbis

    April 26, 2011 | 5:27 pm

    Paul Ryan vs. Barack Obama

    It is very telling that in both of the articles criticizing Paul Ryan’s courageous budget proposal, many words (and much hand wringing) are expended defending existing entitlements that are bankrupting our nation but not one word addresses the...

  • Holy land revealed

    By Tom Tugend

    April 25, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    With the introduction of photography in 1839, pioneer practitioners of the nascent medium flocked to the Holy Land, expecting the glorious biblical scenes imagined by Renaissance painters, but finding instead mainly dusty villages and a largely ramshackle Jerusalem.

    One disappointed...

  • France considering recognizing Palestinian state

    April 25, 2011 | 10:29 am

    France is actively considering recognizing a Palestinian state, along with other European neighbors.

    “The recognition of a Palestinian state is an option that we are currently thinking about, with our European partners,” Gérard Araud, France’s ambassador to the United Nations...

  • Israeli intellectuals declare for Palestinian state at rally

    April 21, 2011 | 3:53 pm

    A group of Israel Prize laureates and other notable artists and academics endorsed Palestinian plans to declare independence along 1967 lines at a Tel Aviv ceremony.

    Thursday’s rally was held next to the building where Israel’s founders declared statehood in 1948.

    At an event...

  • UN urges bold steps to relaunch Mideast peace talks

    April 21, 2011 | 3:45 pm

    The United Nations called on Thursday for “bold and decisive steps” to relaunch the Israeli-Palestinian peace process as the region awaits a possible new initiative by U.S. President Barack Obama.

    UN political chief Lynn Pascoe and ambassadors of key Security Council countries said...

  • Left and right clash at Tel Aviv rally to support Palestinian state

    April 21, 2011 | 10:30 am

    Leading left-wing cultural leaders, including several Israel Prize laureates, were verbally accosted on Thursday during a rally in support of an independent Palestinian state.

    The rally, taking place outside Tel Aviv’s Independence Hall, was reportedly disrupted by right-wing...

  • Civility 101

    By Rob Eshman

    April 20, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    When you get a moment, go online and read the account by our reporter Jonah Lowenfeld of the April 11 J Street debate at Temple Israel of Hollywood. 

    Jewish Journal columnist David Suissa squared off against Jeremy Ben-Ami, founder and president of the self-annointed “pro-Israel,...

  • Jewish groups strategize for statehood debate at UN

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 20, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    The path to international recognition of Palestinian statehood by September — when the Palestinians plan to bring the matter before the U.N. General Assembly — seems clear.

    The question before Israel and its supporters who oppose such recognition is how to create a detour.


  • Letters to the Editor: Peace, United Nations, Dancing Rabbis, Goldstone Report

    April 20, 2011 | 5:06 pm

    Israelis, Palestinians and Peace

    Congratulations, David Suissa, you finally proposed a peace plan that makes sense to me (“Bibi Needs a Plan, Fast,” April 15). Yes, Netanyahu should offer the Palestinians a peace plan that is essentially the Clinton Parameters. The Clinton...

  • Americans oppose unilateral statehood, poll finds

    April 13, 2011 | 10:58 am

    A majority of Americans oppose a declaration of Palestinian statehood absent a peace agreement with Israel, a new poll finds.

    The poll released this week by the Israel Project showed 51 percent of registered U.S. voters oppose a proposal that the Palestinian Authority “unilaterally...

  • Report: P.A. wants $5 billion to develop state

    April 13, 2011 | 8:45 am

    The Palestinian Authority is asking Western countries for nearly $5 billion in order to develop a Palestinian state.

    P.A. Prime Minister Salam Fayyad was set to make the pitch during a meeting Wednesday in Brussels for representatives of Western countries, Reuters reported...

  • U.S. blocks Quartet peace outline

    April 12, 2011 | 1:36 pm

    The United States reportedly blocked an initiative by other major powers to outline an Israeli-Palestinian peace settlement.

    The three other members of the Quartet guiding Middle East peace talks—the United Nations, the European Union and Russia—had pressed for publication of such...

  • Teen injured in school bus bombing in dire condition

    April 12, 2011 | 10:24 am

    The condition of an Israeli teenager injured in a Palestinian rocket attack on a school bus has worsened.

    Daniel Viflic’s condition was downgraded Tuesday to extremely critical and life threatening, according to the Soroka Medical Center in Beersheba.

    Five days after a rocket fired...

  • Israel’s military ordering more Iron Dome defense systems

    April 11, 2011 | 12:07 pm

    Israel’s military is ordering four more Iron Dome missile defense systems, which successfully deployed during recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip.

    The Israel Defense Forces said Monday that it would order the batteries from the Israel-based Rafael Advanced Defense Systems at a...

  • Netanyahu warns Hamas: You will bear responsibility for attack on school bus

    April 8, 2011 | 10:33 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a sharp warning to Hamas on Friday after an anti-tank missile from Gaza hit an Israeli school bus on Thursday.

    “The attack on a school bus crossed the line. Whoever tries to hurt and murder children, his blood be on his own head,” Netanyahu said at the conclusion of his meeting with the Czech President in Prague.

    On Thursday, Netanyahu said that Israel will take any action necessary in the Gaza Strip after the attack on an Israeli school bus.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Israeli strike kills three civilians

    April 8, 2011 | 10:20 am

    Israeli combat aircraft reportedly killed three Palestinian civilians in a retaliatory attack.

    Palestinian officials were quoted by Israeli media as saying that a 45 year old woman, her 20 year old daughter and a 55 year old man were killed in the attack Friday on the southern Gaza...

  • Hamas official targeted in Sudan attack, Palestinians say

    April 7, 2011 | 10:07 am

    The target of an airstrike on a car in Sudan blamed on Israel was a high-ranking Hamas official, Palestinian intelligence officials said.

    One of the men killed in Tuesday’s attack was Abdul-Latif Ashkar, who coordinated weapons smuggling for Hamas and was the successor of Mahmoud...

  • 'Some West Bank settlers would be willing to evacuate for right price'

    April 6, 2011 | 5:20 pm

    Danny Dayan, the chairman of the Yesha Council of West Bank settlements, told U.S. officials that some settlers would be willing to move to Israel proper in exchange for financial compensation, according to confidential State Department cables obtained by WikiLeaks.

    Dayan also said...

  • Report: Palestinian forces harassing journalists in West Bank, Gaza

    April 6, 2011 | 10:11 am

    The severe harassment of Palestinian journalists by Palestinian Authority and Hamas forces in the West Bank and Gaza has had a chilling effect on freedom of expression, a new report by Human Rights Watch found.

    The 35-page report issued Wednesday documents cases in which Palestinian...

  • Obama: Changes in Mideast make Israel-Palestinian peace more urgent than ever

    April 5, 2011 | 1:19 pm

    United States President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that with the winds of change sweeping the broader Middle East it was “more urgent than ever” to find a peaceful solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    Obama was speaking to reporters after holding White House talks with...

  • Israeli-Arab actor fatally shot in Jenin

    April 4, 2011 | 11:40 am

    Juliano Mer-Khamis, a well-known Israeli-Arab actor, was shot dead by Palestinian gunmen in the West Bank city of Jenin.

    Mer-Khamis, whose mother was an Israeli-Jewish activist for Palestinian rights and father was a Christian Palestinian, was killed Monday after being shot five...

  • Ahmadinejad: Arab world conflicts will lead to collapse of Zionist regime

    April 4, 2011 | 10:32 am

    The latest conflicts in the Arab world would eventually lead to the collapse of Israel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday.

    “The latest conflicts will leave no chance for the Zionist regime [Israel] to survive as all the involved countries are against the occupation of Palestine,” Ahmadinejad said.

    He added that the Arab states should be careful not to rely on the United States and its allies, “as their ultimate aim is to save” Israel.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Egypt’s foreign minister talks tough on Israel

    April 4, 2011 | 8:48 am

    Egypt’s new foreign minister said the days of Israel getting cheap gas and strategic benefits are over.

    In an interview Sunday on Egyptian television, Nabil al-Arabi said Egypt will demand that Israel pay the difference between the reduced prices it received and market value on the...

  • Israel attacks Hamas terror squad, killing 3

    April 3, 2011 | 11:35 am

    Israel’s Air Force attacked what it said was a terror squad planning to kidnap Israelis over the Passover holiday, killing three.

    The Israeli military stuck the men riding in a car in southern Gaza early Saturday morning.

    The IDF said in a statement that the three men killed in the...

  • Facebook sued for $1 billion over Third Intifada page

    April 3, 2011 | 11:31 am

    Facebook and its co-founder Mark Zuckerberg are being sued for more than $1 billion for not immediately taking down a page calling for a Third Intifada against Israel.

    The lawsuit was filed March 31 in U.S. District Court in Washington on behalf of Larry Klayman, an attorney and...

  • Jailed Palestinian engineer denies knowledge of Shalit

    March 31, 2011 | 10:52 am

    A Palestinian engineer secretly captured in Ukraine and jailed in Israel denies having any knowledge of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Didar Abu Sisi, a Gaza electric power plant engineer, has been held in an Israeli prison for more than a month after being arrested in...

  • Palestinian group slams storing rockets in civilian areas

    March 31, 2011 | 10:18 am

    A Palestinian human rights group in the Gaza Strip condemned the storage of rockets used against Israel in civilian populated areas.

    The Palestinian Center for Human Rights in a statement posted on its website Tuesday called on the Hamas-controlled government in Gaza to investigate...

  • U.N.’s Ban: Israel’s ‘occupation’ is ‘morally and politically unsustainable’

    March 30, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    Israel’s occupation of the West Bank is “morally and politically unsustainable, and must end,” U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.

    In a speech delivered Wednesday in Uruguay by his assistant, Ban also praised the Palestinian Authority’s state-building program and criticized...

  • Obama planted seeds of failure

    By David Suissa

    March 30, 2011 | 12:47 pm

    A couple of years ago, I wrote a public letter to President Obama applauding his commitment to peace in the Middle East, but warning that he should be prepared to fail. My reasoning was that he was following Albert Einstein’s definition of insanity: doing the same thing over and...

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