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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 Confrontation in West Bank highlights tension over settlers

    JERUSALEM, April 21 (JTA) — It could have been a scene out of the American Wild West: Jewish settlers and Arab shepherds confronting each other violently this week in the Hebron hills over a piece of land. Both the settlers and shepherds made the all-too-familiar claim: This West Bank land is my land, and mine…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Palestinians mark jubilee with ceremony of ‘disaster

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 17 (JTA) — Palestinians are looking upon Israel’s jubilee year with despair. Had the political circumstances been different, the leadership may not have placed the “nakba,” the Arabic word for disaster, at the top of the public agenda. But recent events have ripened the sour feelings among Palestinians: * The peace process is…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Raising hopes for tourism, a casino rises in biblical Jericho

    JERICHO, West Bank, June 29 (JTA) — Two giant buildings grow out of the arid terrain near this ancient town. Tall, newly planted palm trees flank the entrance to the complex. These new additions to the landscape presage the opening of a casino scheduled to open here this fall — the first legal gambling house…