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  • Israel begins to implement proposed conversion solution

    NEW YORK, March 24 (JTA) —The conversion crisis in Israel is well on its way to being resolved. This was the assessment offered this week by the Israeli minister who heads a government-appointed committee that spent seven months seeking a compromise that would be acceptable to the three main streams of Judaism. But according to…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Palestinians on sidelines of U.S.-Israeli negotiations

    NEW YORK, May 10 (JTA) — The Israeli-Palestinian peace process appears to hinge on Israeli-American negotiations. And those negotiations lately seem to have some of the acrimony that for more than a year has characterized talks involving the Israelis and Palestinians. In one sign of that acrimony, Israeli officials blamed American pressure for the collapse…

  • Israeli-Palestinian survey shows accord on separation

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — Israel and the Palestinian Authority may not agree on much these days, but a recent poll shows that their respective peoples agree on at least one thing — the need to create a complete separation between them. According to the survey, conducted jointly by a Tel Aviv University research…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS U.S. report shifts spotlight to other wartime ‘neutrals

    NEW YORK, June 2 (JTA) — This week”s release of a long-awaited report about the role of six so-called neutral nations in the Nazi war effort means that Switzerland no longer stands alone under the microscope. But have Swiss government and banking officials been let off the hook? Swiss officials had been looking forward to…

  • Swiss blast report alleging wartime pro-Nazi influence

    NEW YORK, June 10 (JTA) — Swiss Jewish leaders and government officials have lambasted a report alleging that Switzerland was “thoroughly saturated” with Nazi sympathizers during World War II. The report, released here Wednesday by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Center, claims that there was a close relationship between senior Swiss government officials and Swiss…

  • Hussein, gentle champion of peace, succumbs to cancer

    NEW YORK, Feb. 7 (JTA) — The most-fitting summation of King Hussein bin Talal”s nearly five decades as Jordan”s ruler may well come from the title of his own 1962 autobiography: “Uneasy Lies the Head.” His reign would certainly have been less uneasy had he possessed more cards to play in the region”s shifting sands…

  • European firms latest to join rush to settle Holocaust claims

    NEW YORK, Aug. 25 (JTA) — In a major step toward settling wartime claims, four European insurance companies signed an agreement this week that will eventually provide millions of dollars in compensation to Holocaust survivors. The agreement, signed here Tuesday by the insurers, Jewish officials and U.S. insurance officials, comes one week after Italy’s largest…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Swiss settlement adds momentum to Holocaust-era claims in Europe

    NEW YORK, Aug. 17 (JTA) — The $1.25 billion settlement agreed to by Switzerland”s leading banks has created a momentum that will likely lead to additional agreements to settle Holocaust-era claims against European companies and governments. In the wake of last week”s agreement, officials with the World Jewish Congress believe that the focus will now…

  • Timetable for payments uncertain after Swiss settlement agreement

    NEW YORK, Aug. 13 (JTA) — Estelle Sapir had mixed emotions. “My heart is very happy,” the 73-year-old Holocaust survivor said in a slight voice outside the Brooklyn federal courthouse where Switzerland”s leading commercial banks had just agreed to a $1.25 billion settlement of Holocaust-era claims. But at the same time, Sapir, who fled a…

  • Arafat’s party calls for end to Israel on group’s Web site

    NEW YORK, Aug. 11 (JTA) — The Web site of Yasser Arafat’s mainstream Fatah movement contains a constitution that supports armed struggle against Israel instead of a negotiated peace. The group’s constitution — posted in www.fateh.org — says Fatah opposes “any political solution offered as an alternative to demolishing the Zionist occupation in Palestine.” The…