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  • AOL pays a record price for Israeli software company

    JERUSALEM, June 9 (JTA) — The world’s leading online service has turned three young Israeli software programmers and a venture capitalist into multimillionaires. In the biggest-ever foreign acquisition of an Israeli software company, America Online announced this week that it would purchase Mirabilis, a small Israeli company that develops technology for the Internet, for $287…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Religious, secular Israelis taking stock in culture war

    JERUSALEM, May 25 (JTA) — Dana International’s triumphant visit to the Knesset was something of a surprise in the world of Israeli politics. To many secular Israelis, the appearance earlier this month of Israel’s raven-haired transsexual singing star before the legislature’s Education and Culture Committee was a victory in what Israeli newspapers recently dubbed an…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 Israelis look beyond flags to find meaning in jubilee

    JERUSALEM, April 20 (JTA) — Blue-and-white flags are sprouting from the antennae of Israeli cars, just as they do every Independence Day. But after a year of haggling over 50th anniversary celebrations, and amid mounting tensions within society, Israelis are preparing for next week”s jubilee celebrations with mixed feelings. As Yom Ha”atzmaut approaches — the…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Showdown or compromise? Time will tell for Ne’eman effort

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Showdown or compromise? Orthodox and non-Orthodox Jews in Israel are preparing for both as a committee working to find a solution to the conversion bill crisis closes in on its deadline. Tensions mounted as the committee, headed by Finance Minister Ya”acov Ne”eman, was expected to finish its work by Jan….

  • Reform delegation dismayed by premier’s conversion stance

    JERUSALEM, June 14 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called for patience from a visiting delegation of U.S. Reform movement leaders. But by the time his meeting with the delegation was over last Friday, the premier seemed to have succeeded only in angering the visitors. During the meeting, which focused on the government’s…

  • ISRAEL AT 50 High-tech companies drive Israel’s fast-growing economy

    TEL AVIV, April 6 (JTA) — Israeli start-up companies showed off their wares from behind sleek, futuristic booths adorned with state-of-the-art multimedia presentations. Magicians and scantily clad young women promoted the latest in high-tech products. Representatives of some of the world’s leading technology giants talked business behind closed doors — indeed, 3Com, a manufacturer of…

  • Netanyahu looks right to bolster his coalition

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is thinking of adding a far-right party to his governing coalition. The premier confirmed during a press briefing Tuesday that he is engaged in talks with the Moledet Party with that goal in mind. The party, which holds two Knesset seats, opposes the Oslo accords….

  • Orthodox ad campaign seeks to influence the Israeli public

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (JTA) — On billboards, buses and in full-page newspaper advertisements, Israelis are being introduced to a new movement with a pro-Orthodox message on the conversion bill conflict. The campaign, which has support from some secular individuals, is an effort to get a pro-Orthodox message across to an Israeli public that has grown…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Religious pluralism battle moves to claims over wall

    JERUSALEM, June 15 (JTA) — One of the holiest sites in Judaism has moved front and center in the battle over religious pluralism in Israel. Orthodox officials boycotted a tour Monday that was aimed at finding a site for egalitarian and women’s prayer groups to worship at the Western Wall. The tour was organized by…

  • New campaign exhorts Israelis to donate funds

    JERUSALEM, March 24 (JTA) — In a television advertising campaign launched this month, Israelis are being asked for the first time to donate to a program for elderly Jews run by the Jewish Agency for Israel. The Israel campaign, hopes Avraham Burg, chairman of the Jewish Agency Executive, will eventually become the Israeli counterpart of…