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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…

  • Nuclear spy wanted to expose Israel’s program

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 24 (JTA) — Israel has allowed the publication of previously secret court documents from the trial of convicted nuclear spy Mordechai Vanunu. During his closed-door treason trial, Vanunu said he had exposed the secrets of Israel’s nuclear program to force the government to bring it under closer scrutiny, according to documents published by…

  • Israel may end 51-year-old state of emergency

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 21 (JTA) — Israel may soon cancel the state of emergency that has been in effect since the state’s founding. “Today the government approved the request to extend” the order “by only six months, a move it has never asked the Knesset to do. It generally asks that the order be extended by…

  • Officer fired for comparing liberal Jews to Nazis

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 22 (JTA) — The Israeli army’s chief of staff has fired an officer for telling an audience of soldiers that Judaism’s Conservative and Reform streams have been more harmful to the Jews than the Nazis. Lt. Gen. Shaul Mofaz ordered the firing upon the recommendation of the army’s chief education officer, Brig. Gen….

  • 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…

  • Israel helps victims of Turkey’s latest quake

    JERUSALEM, Nov. 14 (JTA) — Israel has joined the international rescue effort battling the cold to reach survivors of the second devastating earthquake to strike Turkey in three months. Over the weekend, Israel dispatched a 300-member rescue team to search for survivors. It also sent a medical team to set up a field hospital. At…

  • 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….