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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…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israel readies for attack but doubts Iraq will strike

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 2 (JTA) — Israelis are hearing conflicting opinions over the latest crisis with Iraq — and no matter what the experts say, it appears they are preparing for the worst-case scenario. On the one hand, there are the comments by Richard Butler, head of the U.N. weapons inspections team. Butler’s remarks that Iraq…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Palestinian Covenant retakes the stage as matter of debate

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 20 (JTA) — Nearly two years after the Palestine National Council voted to draft a new charter, the subject is still creating a bitter controversy. For months, the charter seemed all but forgotten in the delicate back-and-forth of the peace process. But last week, on the eve of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Palestinians cheer Saddam as if not a thing has changed

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 10 (JTA) — It could have been a scene from the streets of Baghdad. Instead, it was the West Bank towns of Jenin and Ramallah — and the Gaza Strip — where hundreds of demonstrators lined the streets, waving Iraqi flags, holding posters featuring Saddam Hussein and chanting slogans in support of the…