Israel

Israel-U.S. tensions over Iran boiling over

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — Between the red lines, the deadlines, the diplomacy and the dress downs, the vaunted cooperation between Israel and the United States on whether and when to strike Iran seems to be in a free fall.

In an unusually blunt outburst, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu...
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First Israeli gay couple seek divorce

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The first Jewish Israeli male couple to marry has filed for divorce in a Tel Aviv rabbinical court that never recognized the marriage. It is unknown if the rabbinical court will provide a divorce for Uzi Even, the first openly gay Knesset member, and Dr. Amit Kama,...
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Israeli planes hit Gaza terror sites in response to rocket attacks

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israeli airstrikes hit four terror-related Gaza sites. The early Monday morning strikes by the Air Force on a weapon manufacturing facility, a terror activity site and a terror tunnel in the northern Gaza Strip, as well as a smuggling tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip, were in “direct...
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In the debate heating up on Iran attack, a who’s who of the players

By BEN SALES

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The debate over an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities has heated up in recent weeks, with several current and former Israeli security chiefs coming out against an attack. Here are some of the debate’s most prominent figures, plus what President Obama and his...
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Israeli daily Maariv reportedly sold to right wing nationalist

JERUSALEM (JTA) — The Israeli daily newspaper Maariv reportedly was sold to the publisher of the right wing nationalist newspaper Makor Rishon. The $21 million sale, which does not include Maariv’s debts or publishing house, will be completed by October, the Israeli business daily Globes reported Sunday. Israeli businessman Nochi Danker...
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Democrats to return Jerusalem-as-capital language to party platform

By RON KAMPEAS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (JTA) — Democrats are returning language affirming Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to their party platform at President Obama’s behest, a Jewish campaign surrogate told JTA. Two sources confirmed to JTA that the party’s platform committee was meeting in Charlotte, the site of this year’s Democratic...
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Egypt withdraws tanks from Sinai

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Egypt withdrew some 20 tanks from Sinai in response to Israel’s security concerns, according to an unnamed Egyptian official. The official spoke Monday to The Associated Press about the withdrawal, which comes a month after Egyptian troops, including tanks and other hardware, entered the Sinai in order to...
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In dismissal of Rachel Corrie suit, one small question is key

By BEN SALES

HAIFA, Israel (JTA) — The verdict by an Israeli court in the case of Rachel Corrie, an American activist killed in Gaza by an Israeli military bulldozer in 2003, may have captured international attention and touched on a range of ethical issues at the center of Israel’s...
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Abbas denies Jerusalem’s Jewish heritage

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem’s identity is Arab, and the city’s and Christian holy sites must be protected from Israeli threats, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said. Abbas also said that Israeli authorities want to build a Jewish Temple on the site of the al-Aksa mosque and Dome of the Rock,...
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OU also condemns Israeli attacks on Arabs

A statement released this afternoon by the Orthodox Union (OU), the largest Orthodox Jewish umbrella organization in the U.S., echoed earlier calls of condemnation from the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) on recent attacks against Arabs attributed to Israeli youths. The statement read: “As Orthodox Jews, we are guided...
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