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  • Sabbath transport crisis is resolved for now, but turbine issue still churns

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 29 (JTA) — Fervently Orthodox political parties withdrew their threats to pull out of the government over the transfer of power plant parts on the Jewish Sabbath, but demanded a clear government policy to prevent future violations of Shabbat. The second of four massive parts of a power plant made the trip from…

  • Reports: Israelis, Palestinians reach compromise on withdrawals

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 26 (JTA) — Chief Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat has delayed talks with U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright in Washington amid reports that Israel and the Palestinians had agreed to a timetable for further Israeli withdrawals from the West Bank. According to reports, the sides agreed that Israel would complete in January withdrawals…

  • Israeli official defends plea bargain for American teen accused of murder

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 25 (JTA) — Israel’s attorney general is rejecting U.S. prosecutors’ criticism of a plea bargain reached with an American teen-ager who fled to Israel after a 1997 murder in Maryland. Elyakim Rubinstein told a news conference Wednesday that the deal, in which Samuel Sheinbein agreed to plead guilty to the brutal murder of…

  • Israel, Palestinians report progress ahead of Albright’s visit to the region

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 24 (JTA) — Israel is trying to build support in the Arab world for its position in negotiations with the Palestinians before U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright visits the region Sept. 1. Israel Radio reported that Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy dispatched a senior ministry official to Morocco to explain Israel’s stand…

  • Israeli girl buried in quake rubble recovering after dramatic rescue

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 22 (JTA) — In a rescue operation that defied shrinking odds, Israeli rescue teams have saved a 9-year-old girl who had been trapped for four days in earthquake rubble in Turkey. Doctors said Shiran Franco was dehydrated but in good condition when they reached her early Saturday morning. Her mother, Iris, who was…

  • Israelis, Palestinians disagree on when withdrawals will start

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 11 (JTA) — When exactly Israel will begin withdrawing from more West Bank territory has provoked a new round of disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The dispute stemmed from a comment Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made Sunday, when he said Israel would begin implementing the Wye accord in September. At first…

  • Israelis, Palestinians disagree on when withdrawals will start

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 9 (JTA) — When exactly Israel will begin withdrawing from more West Bank territory has provoked a new round of disagreement between Israeli and Palestinian officials. The dispute stemmed from a comment Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak made Sunday, when he said Israel would begin implementing the Wye accord in September. At first…

  • Barak warns peace talks will end if Palestinians don’t stop terrorism

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 4 (JTA) — Israeli-Palestinian negotiations may be suspended entirely if the Palestinian Authority does not clamp down on terrorism, Prime Minister Ehud Barak has warned. The warning, issued after two settlers were wounded Tuesday in the West Bank town of Hebron, came at a time when Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking efforts had already been complicated…

  • Israelis, Palestinians put talks on hold and launch war of words

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 2 (JTA) — Israeli and Palestinian leaders are publicly criticizing one another after peace talks ended in disagreement with no new date set for them to reconvene. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Monday criticized the Palestinians’ “rigid” rejection of his proposal to delay a troop withdrawal Israel promised under the Wye accord…

  • Shas halts turbine transport in the latest Shabbat war battle

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 1 (JTA) — Pressure from fervently Orthodox members of Prime Minister Ehud Barak’s government has prompted Israel’s electric company to cancel the scheduled transport of a massive turbine over the Sabbath. The issue became political when, in the heat of the negotiations to reschedule the move, Shas Party members said its legislators would…