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  • 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….

  • Israel builds village for Turkish victims

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 25 (JTA) — Some 2,000 victims of August’s devastating earthquake in Turkey have new homes thanks to the efforts of the Israeli government and its citizens. Barak made a one-day visit to Turkey on Monday to mark the opening of the town in Adapazari, one of the areas hardest hit in the quake….

  • U.S. teen sentenced to 24 years in Israel

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 24 (JTA) — An Israeli court has given a 24-year prison sentence to a Maryland teen-ager who fled to Israel after a 1997 murder. Sunday’s decision reflected an August plea bargain Samuel Sheinbein reached with prosecutors in which he admitted to murdering fellow Maryland teen Alfredo Tello Jr. with a friend, then dismembering…

  • 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…

  • Barak says Israelis, Jews worldwide should be prepared for terror attacks

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — Islamic militants could launch a fresh wave of terrorist attacks against Jewish targets in Israel and abroad to undermine momentum in the peace process, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has warned. Citing intelligence assessments and “past experience,” Barak called Monday for a coordinated international effort to combat anticipated terrorist attacks by…

  • Looking for miracle against NBA team, Maccabi Tel Aviv comes up a bit short

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — There was no miracle here in Israel — at least not on Monday night, when the NBA’s Miami Heat defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv by a score of 126-91. The exhibition basketball game was the first between an NBA team and an Israeli team in the Jewish state since Maccabi Tel…

  • Israeli, Palestinian leaders struggle for compromise before Albright visit

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 30 (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian negotiators have been hoping that U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright would attend a signing ceremony for a deal on implementing a land-for- security agreement during her trip to the Middle East this week. But days before the trip, no such document existed. Prime Minister Ehud Barak…

  • Time for Israel to patch things up at the U.N., new ambassador says

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (JTA) — Israel should stop being so defensive at the United Nations, according to the country’s new ambassador to the world body. “I think the defensive approach was derived primarily from Israel’s standing in the region,” Yehuda Lankri told Israel Radio on Sunday. “But for more than two decades, we have been…