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  • 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…

  • Appointment of Israeli Arab creates political controversy

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (JTA) — When an Israeli Arab was appointed to a senior municipal post in Haifa, the move ignited a controversy between the coalition partners in the Israeli port city’s government. It also illuminated the struggle among Israeli Arabs for greater political power. The incident comes as a recent survey, conducted by Elie…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Pakistan’s nuclear capacity worries Israel, thrills Muslims

    JERUSALEM, June 2 (JTA) — What’s wrong with Pakistan’s nuclear capability? Only that it’s not Iranian, according to one Palestinian school of thought. While Israeli officials are reacting with dismay at the possibility that Pakistan’s recent nuclear tests could lead to a Muslim nation in possession of the nuclear bomb, many Palestinians received news of…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Israeli Arab’s water project may aid regional cooperation

    SAKHNIN, Israel, March 23 (JTA)— As the driver of a sewage tanker emptied its contents into a pond, an older man, visibly angry, appeared among the olive trees. “What’s with all this sewage water contaminating my olives?” shouted Rashid Abu-Raya, waving his fists at the sewage container. “There is no law and no justice.” Hussein…

  • 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…