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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Crisis with Iraq reverberates despite inspections agreement

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 24 (JTA) — It appeared for a while this week that Israel and its neighbors were the only countries unable to get used to the idea that there might not be a Gulf War after all. Frustrated Palestinians and Jordanians proceeded this week with violent demonstrations to show solidarity with Iraq — as…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Turkey once again seeks Jewish help in Washington

    ANKARA, Turkey, March 10 (JTA) — What a difference two years make. In the summer of 1996, Israel — and Jews around the world — were worried about Turkey. The first Islamic-led government in modern Turkey’s history had just taken power — and the new prime minister, Necmettin Erbekan, wanted to strengthen Turkey’s ties with…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli Arab’s bid to buy land tests equality in Jewish state

    JERUSALEM, May 25 (JTA) — A powerful legal team has lined up to block an Israeli Arab from purchasing property in a Jewish community — and Israel’s highest court does not want to touch the case. Leaders of Katzir, a small community in central Israel, maintain that they have the right to decide who can…