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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 Resignation marks latest twist in David Levy’s political career

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 6 (JTA) — When David Levy resigned as Israel’s foreign minister this week, he finally received what has long eluded him: center stage in Israeli politics. Since the Moroccan-born construction-worker-turned-politician first entered the public eye when then-Prime Minister Menachem Begin appointed him to the Cabinet in 1977, Levy has often used the threat…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Turkey’s Jews remain wary of Islamists’ political strength

    ISTANBUL, March 16 (JTA) — Nine months have passed since a group of Turkish legislators took action that brought down the first Islamist-led coalition in modern Turkish history. The leader of the deserters was Cefi Kamhi, the only Jewish member of the Turkish Parliament. “I was Ciller’s Trojan horse,” Kamhi said in an interview, referring…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Popular Israeli products could suffer from boycott

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — Ahava cosmetics are among the popular Israeli products that are at the heart of a growing dispute between Europe and the Jewish state. Ahava products, which are sold in stores around the world, are produced in Mitzpeh Shalem, a West Bank settlement. Since they are not produced within Israel’s pre-1967…