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  • Jordan’s nuclear chief faces personal meltdown

    May 30, 2012 | 10:57 am

    The chief of Jordan’s nuclear commission and godfather of the kingdom’s nuclear program has come under increasing pressure to resign for allegedly making an insulting reference to local tribes, putting at risk the multi-billion dollar undertaking to solve the country’s energy...

  • Orthodox conversions in Israel down dramatically, study shows

    May 21, 2012 | 2:54 pm

    Orthodox conversions in Israel are down by 31 percent over the past two years, according to a new report.

    “Both demographic changes and bureaucratic hurdles have contributed to this change,” said Rabbi Seth Farber, director of ITIM: Resources and Advocacy for Jewish Life.


  • Ethiopian Israelis demonstrate against discrimination

    January 11, 2012 | 11:03 am

    Hundreds of Israelis of Ethiopian descent and their supporters protested in the southern Israeli community of Kiryat Malachi against housing discrimination.

    Tuesday night’s demonstration, with estimates of up to 2,500 participants, came after what the Ethiopian residents of the city...

  • Jewish Republicans watch nervously as favorites savage one another

    January 10, 2012 | 3:38 pm

    As the Republican primary fight moves from New Hampshire to South Carolina, Newt Gingrich is stepping up his attacks on Mitt Romney and some prominent Jewish Republicans—who have a rich, mutually admiring history with both men—are wondering what happens next.

    Gingrich and a...

  • Israeli, Palestinian negotiators meet again in Amman

    January 10, 2012 | 1:58 pm

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators met in Jordan for the second time in a week.

    The face-to-face meeting Monday was the result of a meeting last week in Amman with representatives of the Mideast Quartet.

    No statements followed Monday’s meeting, also in Amman, after both sides...

  • Gingrich questions Ron Paul about racist newsletters

    December 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on Friday urged rival Ron Paul to explain his links to newsletters two decades ago that carried the Texas congressman’s name and contained racist, anti-homosexual and anti-Israel rants.

    “I think that Congressman Paul has to explain his...

  • Rice tells Jewish leaders: U.N. engagement ‘vital’

    December 15, 2011 | 1:01 pm

    The United States must remain engaged with the United Nations, its envoy to the international body told the Jewish community’s foreign policy umbrella.

    “I hope we never let our justified frustration over the treatment of Israel blind us to the ways in which the U.N. is vital to our...

  • At RJC forum, Republican hopefuls preview their lines of attack

    December 13, 2011 | 4:58 pm

    Iran’s nuclear program appears to be racing ahead. The Middle East peace process is in shambles. And a series of recent flare-ups have highlighted ongoing tensions between the Obama administration and elements of the pro-Israel community.

    It was against this backdrop that six...

  • Jewish activists seize buildings on Jordanian border

    December 13, 2011 | 11:26 am

    Jewish activists seized several buildings near the border with Jordan to protest its interference in Temple Mount affairs.

    Approximately 30 right-wing activists entered the buildings—abandoned churches, according to Haaretz—accompanied by a television crew.

    The activists reportedly...

  • In tough times, relying on the Jewish community for help

    December 12, 2011 | 2:52 pm

    In August, in the heat of the summer, a Boston-area mother of three began to worry about how she would pay for Chanukah gifts. Across the country in San Francisco, a 33-year-old Russian-born mother of six said that thinking about this Chanukah made her cry.

    Both women—Lauren of...

  • Sarkozy explains snipe on Netanyahu

    December 8, 2011 | 10:45 am

    French President Nicolas Sarkozy was quoted as saying he called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “liar” after being sidelined on the Shalit deal.

    Israeli media reported Thursday that Sarkozy, who was embarassed by the publication of an unflattering private discussion...

  • Israeli military chief apologizes for gaffe

    December 7, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The chief of Israel’s armed forces apologized for joking about boycotts by some religious soldiers of female entertainment troupes.

    During an inspection of Golan forces Tuesday, Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz was asked by Defense Minister Ehud Barak about the duties of several female...