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Israel

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 National Convention, on Wednesday evening to return language in the 2008 platform to this year’s platform.

“They are returning the...

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 combat terrorism emanating from the peninsula and directed at both Egypt and Israel.

The 1979 Camp David peace accords stipulate...

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 military operations. But at its core, Tuesday’s ruling on whether Israel was responsible for Corrie’s death nine years ago hinged...

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, in a statement issued Tuesday on the anniversary of an attempted arson of the Al-Aksa Mosque in 1969 by an...

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 by our Torah principles, among which are the pursuit of peace, the rights of all human beings to justice, and...

Women arrested at Kotel for wearing prayer shawls

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Jerusalem police arrested and detained four women for wearing prayer shawls at the Western Wall.  The women, members of Women of the Wall, were arrested Sunday during morning prayers, which included special prayers for the new Hebrew month of Elul.

Women of the Wall holds a special prayer service at the Western Wall each month for Rosh Chodesh, or the beginning of new month. The group has...

Increased Israel chatter on Iran sends message to Washington

By RON KAMPEAS

WASHINGTON (JTA) — How much noise does Israel’s leadership have to make to get the Obama administration to say what it wants to hear about Iran? It’s a question now preoccupying Israel, along with its corollary: How much noise is too much and risks precipitating a crisis between Jerusalem and its closest ally?

Some Israeli analysts say that pronounced signals from their country’s leadership in recent days...

Knesset confirms Dichter as home front defense minister

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Knesset approved the appointment of former lawmaker Avi Dichter as home front defense minister. The 41-26 vote on Thursday came a day after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Cabinet unanimously approved the appointment. Dichter had resigned from the opposition Kadima Party and the Knesset on Tuesday in order to join the government in a ministerial position. The former director of Israel’s Shin Bet security service and ex-minister of internal...

New emigres joining the military land in Israel

JERUSALEM (JTA) — A charter aliyah flight carrying 127 young men and women who will be joining the Israel Defense Forces landed in Israel. The special Nefesh B’Nefesh-Friends of the Israel Defense Forces flight, carrying a total of 350 new emigres to Israel, arrived early Tuesday morning in Israel. Hundreds of families and friends as well as Israeli dignitaries gathered at Ben Gurion Airport for an arrival ceremony featuring an...

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman heading for Israel

(JTA) — Gold medal-winning gymnast Aly Raisman has accepted an invitation from Israel Diaspora Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein for her and her family to make their first visit to Israel. Raisman, who performs floor routines to the melody of “Hava Nagila,” won an individual gold medal in her floor exercise last week and a bronze on the balance beam after helping the U.S. women’s team take the gold.

The Jerusalem...