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  • Knesset passes bill requiring referendum to cede land within Israel

    March 13, 2014 | 10:46 am

    Israeli voters must approve any surrender of sovereign Israeli territory under a bill passed by the Knesset.

    The referendum measure approved Thursday becomes part of the country’s Basic Law, which makes it difficult to change or legislate around, and requires an absolute Knesset...

  • Netanyahu says he would put peace deal to referendum

    May 2, 2013 | 9:15 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday he would put any peace deal with the Palestinians to a referendum, raising expectations that direct negotiations might soon resume following a two-year stalemate.

    It was the second time in just three days that Netanyahu...

  • Religious “No!” to Proposition 8

    October 28, 2008 | 8:59 pm

    "My Christian friends say homosexuality is a sin. Isn't Judaism based on the same Old Testament bible?  How does our synagogue welcome homosexuals with acceptance and equality?"
     
    I was substituting for our rabbi in our 10th grade confirmation class.  Homosexuality is not a...
  • Abortion notification Prop. 4 draws opposition

    By Lilly Fowler

    October 23, 2008 | 12:29 am

    In February 1994, a 15-year-old girl from Texas named Sarah walked into an abortion clinic. The procedure the young woman had hoped would help solve her problems went drastically wrong, and Sarah walked out of the doctor's office with a torn cervix and a serious infection. She would...
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  • Rabbis on anti-gay marriage Prop 8: Yes, no, maybe

    By Tom Tugend

    October 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    "Prop. 8 is presently the most crucial battle of the culture war here." -- Penny Harrington, legislative director, Concerned Women for America in California

    The arguments and epithets surrounding state Prop. 8 are rising in volume and intensity as the Nov. 4 election draws near, so...

  • Big Bay Area Jewish turnout for gay weddings

    June 22, 2008 | 4:53 pm

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—Three years ago, Sharon Papo and Amber Weiss stood under a chupah in a Santa Cruz redwood grove and recited their vows before 100 relatives and friends.

    They stomped on a glass, stood nose to nose wrapped in a tallit and sipped from a kiddush cup—Jewish rituals...

  • Sharon’s Knesset Win Could Be a Loss

    By Leslie Susser

    October 28, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Tuesday, Oct. 26 may well go down as one of the more important, and bizarre, dates in the annals of Israeli politics.

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon won a resounding victory in the Knesset for his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, but the vote ended with...

  • Fate of Sharon, Gaza May Hang on Vote

    By Leslie Susser

    October 21, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    With opposition mounting among settlers and in his own Likud Party, Ariel Sharon's political future and the fate of his plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank may be decided in the Knesset next week.

    The Israeli prime minister hopes to win a decisive majority in...

  • Pullout Plan Sparks Clash on Legitimacy

    By Leslie Susser

    September 23, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    As Prime Minister Ariel Sharon powers ahead with plans for disengagement from the Gaza Strip, charges are flying between proponents and naysayers determined to gain monopolies on legitimacy, each side accusing the other of trampling democratic norms.

    The settlers claim Sharon does...

  • One Voice Gets Alexander’s Vote

    By Dina Kraft

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    For Jason Alexander, best known as Jerry Seinfeld's hapless sidekick, George Costanza, a grass-roots peace initiative to promote Israeli-Palestinian peace is more than just "yadda yadda yadda."

    Alexander visited Israel this week to help launch One Voice, a project that hopes to...

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