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  • Primary Candidates’ List Causes Row in Likud Party

    Likud officials charged the Israeli media this week with exaggerating a reported rift in the party between leader Benjamin Netanyahu and Knesset member Dan Meridor. Reports of the rift came in the wake of the publication this week of a list of recommended Likud candidates in the primaries, which did not include Meridor or Knesset… More ▸

  • Reports: Diplomat in Moscow Was Spy

    An Israeli diplomat expelled from Moscow at the beginning of the month was spying for the Mossad, Israel’s foreign intelligence service, according to reports from Russia. The Israeli reportedly was discovered to be a spy when a Russian citizen was arrested in December after being accused of passing the diplomat classified documents in exchange for… More ▸

  • Soldier Guilty of Weapons Possession

    Israeli Staff Sgt. Arik Schwartz was convicted by a military court of the illegal possession of army weapons and of unbecoming behavior. Schwartz confessed to passing on weapons to brothers Yigal Amir, the confessed assassin of Yitzhak Rabin, and Hagai Amir, who is accused of conspiring to kill the prime minister. Schwartz’ sentencing has not… More ▸

  • Call Issued Against Terror Means

    Israel and 18 other countries have called for an international alliance against the means used in terror attacks. The joint statement was issued at the end of a meeting in the Philippines. In addition to the Jewish state, representatives from the United States, Russia, Pakistan and Indonesia attended. The participants called for measures to combat… More ▸

  • Czech Jewish Leaders Divided over Possible Visit by Arafat

    The date has not yet been set, but the mere prospect of a visit here by Palestinian Council President Yasser Arafat has touched off a fiery debate. Similar visits to other countries have also sparked divisions between those members of the Jewish community with long memories of Arafat’s past and those whose thoughts focus more… More ▸

  • Israeli and Palestinian Leaders Deny Report of Final Agreement

    Israeli and Palestinian officials have denied a newspaper report that they secretly drew up a draft document resolving such major issues as the future of Jerusalem and the establishment of a Palestinian state. The Israeli daily Ha’aretz reported this week that two architects of the self- rule accords, Israeli minister Yossi Beilin and Palestinian official… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Report Suggests Changes in Former Soviet Union

    A new report about the Jewish Agency for Israel’s activities in the former Soviet Union could change the way the agency functions in Russia, Ukraine and elsewhere. The report received a mixed response this week when the agency’s Board of Governors’ Committee on the FSU and Eastern Europe met during the quarterly meetings of the… More ▸

  • New Jewish Campus, Funded by Lauder, Opens in Budapest

    The new campus of a Jewish school, funded with a grant of $4.5 million from the Ronald S. Lauder Foundation, was inaugurated here this week. The first school campus to be privately built in Hungary since the end of World War II, the Lauder Javne Jewish Community School houses a kindergarten, elementary school and high… More ▸