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  • Shas threatens to bolt coalition

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 27 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak may lose his biggest coalition partner, potentially leaving his government with a minority in the Knesset during peace negotiations with Syria and the Palestinians. The Shas Party’s announcement Monday that it is pulling out of Barak’s government came against the backdrop of an ongoing dispute…

  • Barak: Peace carries ‘heavy territorial price

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 13 (JTA) — A peace accord with Damascus will require “painful concessions” on the part of Israel, Prime Minister Ehud Barak told the Knesset on the eve of renewed Israeli-Syrian negotiations. The Israeli leader appealed to the nation to entrust him with protecting the country’s security and interests. “With full awareness of the…

  • Israel insists it made no concessions to Syria

    JERUSALEM, Dec. 9 (JTA) — As preparations began for Israeli-Syrian peace talks in Washington next week, leaders here insisted that Israel had made no concessions to Syria’s demand for a full Golan Heights withdrawal. “The government did not commit to anything or concede on any issues — not on settlements, water, the border line and…

  • Report: Child poverty in Israel rose sharply during last 20 years

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (JTA) — Troubling statistics on poverty and unemployment in Israel have been released. According to a government study reported Tuesday, an estimated 417,000 children live below the poverty line — a four-fold increase over the course of 20 years. The total came out one day after the employment bureau reported that 166,789…

  • Israel postpones West Bank withdrawal

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 16 (JTA) — A planned Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank has hit a snag. Israel postponed its redeployment from an additional 5 percent of the West Bank, originally slated to take place Monday, when Palestinian officials complained about some of the lands being turned over to them. After negotiators for the two…

  • Negotiators shake hands, start talking final peace

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 8 (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have launched talks aimed at achieving a final peace agreement. The final-status talks, which began Monday — nearly four years later than originally envisioned in the 1993 Oslo accord — took place amid the all- too-familiar landscape of a terror attack that occurred a day earlier….

  • Pipe bombs injure dozens in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 7 (JTA) — Terror struck inside Israel one day before Israeli and Palestinian officials were to begin final-status negotiations. Israeli officials said they would fight terrorism and advance peace moves with the Palestinian Authority despite a triple bombing in the northern coastal town of Netanya. No group claimed responsibility for the three pipe…

  • Israel moves peace process forward

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 26 (JTA) — Israel took several key steps toward advancing peace efforts this week, with two key diplomatic appointments and the opening of a safe-passage route for Palestinians between the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. At the same time, tensions were high in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, where riots continued…

  • Palestinians dislike safe-passage security checks

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 25 (JTA) — Five years after it was first envisioned by Israeli and Palestinian negotiators, Israel has opened a safe- passage route for Palestinians traveling between the West Bank and Gaza Strip. Monday’s move should bolster Palestinian confidence in the peace process, Israeli officials said. The route’s opening brought mixed reactions from Palestinians….

  • Israeli police ethics questioned

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (JTA) — Israeli police are investigating allegations that an Israeli business tycoon ordered three murders. Word of the police probe came after a court gag order was partially lifted last Friday, revealing that Ofer Nimrodi, publisher of the Ma’ariv newspaper and chief executive officer of the Israel Lands Development Corp., was suspected…