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  • 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…

  • 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 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 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israeli jobs head to Jordan: Is this a win-win situation?

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (JTA) — The peace process isn’t the only crisis that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is facing. In December, the premier was booed during a trip to the development town of Ofakim, where unemployment has risen to nearly 15 percent. More recently, a one-day strike was held in several Druze villages to…

  • 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…