Jewish Journal

  • No breakthrough in Israeli-Palestinian peace talks


    2 weeks ago

    Israeli and Palestinian negotiators reportedly asked to hold another meeting to prevent the collapse of peace talks following a four-hour session.

    The chief Palestinian and Israeli negotiators asked for the Monday meeting after the talks with the U.S. envoy to the peace...

  • White House: Obama has not decided to release Israeli spy


    3 weeks ago

    President Barack Obama has not made a decision to release convicted Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard, White House spokesman Jay Carney said on Tuesday.

    "Jonathan Pollard was convicted of espionage and he is serving his sentence," Carney said.

    "I don't have any other update to provide you on Mr. Pollard's status. There are obviously a lot of things happening in that arena and I am not going to get ahead of discussions that are under way," he said.

    Reporting by Jeff Mason and David Storey; Editing by Sandra Maler

  • Shalit to Obama: Free Pollard in peace talks gesture


    3 weeks ago

    Former captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit called on President Obama to release Jonathan Pollard as part of peace negotiations.

    Shalit made his plea to the U.S. president in a letter published Monday in the Israeli newspaper Yediot Acharonot that reportedly also was sent to...

  • Israel launches a virtual coin

    by Linda Gradstein, The Media Line

    March 27, 2014 | 10:55 am

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    A virtual currency called “Bitcoin” has become popular in the past few months. Traded digitally, it can be used instead of money. Today, the Bitcoin is trading at about $530.00.

    “Every time I go to buy something the person...

  • The real threat to Ukraine’s Jewish community

    by Mark B. Levin, Reuters

    March 26, 2014 | 10:27 am

    After years of fighting against anti-Semitism in the Soviet Union and later in an independent Ukraine, the Ukrainian Jewish community is now confronting a new threat. This threat comes from an unprecedented effort by the Russian government and others to paint a false impression of...

  • Obama hits closest Putin allies with sanctions over Crimea

    by Steve Holland and Maria Tsvetkova, Reuters

    March 20, 2014 | 2:13 pm

    President Barack Obama raised the stakes in an East-West confrontation over Crimea on Thursday by targeting some of Russian President Vladimir Putin's closest long-time political and business allies with personal sanctions.

    The extension of visa bans and asset freezes into...

  • U.S., EU set sanctions as Putin recognizes Crimea ‘sovereignty’

    by Aleksandar Vasovic and Adrian Croft, Reuters

    March 17, 2014 | 12:43 pm

    The United States and European Union imposed personal sanctions on Monday on Russian and Crimean officials involved in the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine as Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a decree recognizing the region as a sovereign state.

    The moves heightened the most...

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