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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Political conflict over Jerusalem again has Orient House at center

    JERUSALEM, April 25 (JTA) — A stately 100-year-old mansion in eastern Jerusalem has repeatedly been the focal point of Israeli-Palestinian tensions over the city both sides claim as their capital. Now, with Israeli elections only a few weeks off, and with Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat still mulling whether to declare statehood when the interim…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli officials caught in middle as controversy erupts in Nazareth

    JERUSALEM, April 18 (JTA) — Eight months before the start of a new Christian millennium, Israel finds itself squarely in the middle of a Christian- Muslim conflict centered on a town traditionally associated with Jesus. The conflict in Nazareth, if left unresolved, could have worldwide repercussions, not the least of which would be the cancellation…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli Arab candidate for premier gets little boost from his community

    JERUSALEM, April 12 (JTA) — The first Israeli Arab to run for prime minister of the Jewish state is getting little support from the nation’s Arabs. Azmi Beshara is making history by running in the May 17 elections. But his fellow Israeli Arab politicians are concerned that his campaign to become premier may help the…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES History and politics influence Israeli debate over NATO action

    JERUSALEM, April 5 (JTA) — Israelis are divided over NATO’s military campaign against Serbia — and opinions and policy are being informed as much by history and the Holocaust as by current political realities. Israeli sympathy for the Serbs, who were fellow victims of the Nazis during World War II, is countered by the images…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arafat gambit nets big payoff with E.U. ‘Balfour Declaration

    JERUSALEM, March 28 (JTA) — The Palestinian people have gotten a Balfour Declaration of their own. But while the original declaration, which recognized the right of the Jewish people for a national homeland, was the work of Great Britain alone, the statement backing Palestinian statehood emerged last Friday from the 15 members of the European…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Water shortage threatens Israeli-Jordanian relations

    JERUSALEM, March 22 (JTA) — Israeli-Jordanian relations have hit one of their lowest points since the signing of their peace accord over an issue that perpetually looms as a threat to regional peace: water. The crisis erupted last week, when Israel’s water commissioner, Meir Ben-Meir, met in Jerusalem with his Jordanian counterpart, Dureid Mahasneh, and…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Gaza violence sparks question: Is Arafat facing internal intifada?

    JERUSALEM, March 15 (JTA) — Is Yasser Arafat losing his grip on power? The sight of Palestinians protesting against Palestinians last week in the streets of Gaza — where police shot and killed two protesters and the air hung thick with the smoke of burning tires — prompted some to wonder whether Arafat had a…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli Arab seated on high court, 17 years after idea is first floated

    JERUSALEM, March 8 (JTA) — For the past 20 years, Abdel Rahman Zuabi served as a judge with the Nazareth District Court. He never hid his disappointment that he was not appointed president of that court, yet he often dreamed of getting a higher appointment — to Israel’s Supreme Court. That day came last week,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Lebanese workers in Israel fear a withdrawal of forces

    METULLA, Israel, Feb. 16 (JTA) — Every morning before sunrise, Ehud Neustadt, a farmer from this small town at one of Israel’s northernmost points, travels to pick up eight workers at the Lebanese border. The workers, residents of southern Lebanon, are an indispensable part of the operations at Neustadt’s apple orchard. “I am very dependent…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Kurdish attack at Berlin consulate marks low point in ties with Israel

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 22 (JTA) — Last week’s storming of the Israeli consulate in Berlin by Kurdish demonstrators marked a low point in the Jewish state’s little- known history of relations with the Kurdish people. The demonstration — which resulted in the shooting deaths of three protesters by Israeli guards at the consulate — was prompted…