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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Israelis grieve for King Hussein as they recall his path of peace

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 7 (JTA) — Israelis around the country lit candles in their homes. Some even braved the bad weather to light candles outside the Jordanian Embassy near Tel Aviv. By government decree, the Israeli flag was flown at half-mast to symbolize the nation’s grief over the death of Jordan’s King Hussein. Indeed, Sunday’s death…

  • THE ROAD TO ISRAEL’S ELECTIONS Israeli Arabs mull best chance of swaying vote for new premie

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 1 (JTA) — Israeli Arabs found themselves with a new political party this week when the owner of an advertising firm in Jaffa founded The New Arab. While the latest entry in Israel’s political arena does not stand much of a chance, its founder, Makram Mahoul, sent a clear message: The needs of…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Israelis react with caution to Jordan’s decision on new heir

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (JTA) — Israeli officials are reacting cautiously to Jordanian King Hussein’s decision to name a new successor. Hussein’s eldest son Abdullah — who now replaces the King’s brother, Crown Prince Hassan, as heir to the Hashemite throne — is largely an unknown entity, particularly with regard to Israeli-Jordanian relations. Reserve Col. Shalom…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Two years after Hebron pact, Israelis and Arabs remain wary

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Two years after Israeli troops withdrew from most of Hebron, the West Bank town remains a powder keg. Some 150,000 Palestinians live side by side with about 500 Jewish settlers as they have for years — warily. Each group claims a historical right to live there, and each group denies…