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  • Religion-state frustrations spark mass Jerusalem demonstrations

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 15 (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has become the focal point of an increasingly heated debate about the roles of religion and state in Israel. Since its founding 50 years ago, a religious status quo defined the boundaries of religious and secular life in Israel. But tensions have increased as the haredi, or…

  • Israel, Palestinians differ on who killed bombmaker

    JERUSALEM, April 5 (JTA) — As the atmosphere of threats, accusations and denials heats up, the circumstances surrounding the death of the Hamas movement’s chief bombmaker remain shrouded in mystery. While Israel has denied any involvement in the death, Hamas officials have renewed their threats to avenge the killing of Mohiyedine Sharif, vowing to strike…

  • Netanyahu insists coalition will survive Levy resignation

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 4 (JTA) — The resignation of Israel’s foreign minister has cast uncertainty over the future of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. But Netanyahu says he will hang on even as the departure of David Levy and his Gesher faction leaves the premier’s coalition government with a thin 61-59 majority. “The coalition is stable,…

  • Palestinian groups protest Jewish moves in Jerusalem

    JERUSALEM, June 9 (JTA) — Israelis and Palestinians have renewed their tug- of-war over eastern Jerusalem. Tensions increased this week, as Palestinians held near-daily protests against actions by Jewish groups to extend their territorial claims in the disputed section of Israel’s capital. On Tuesday, Israel’s Housing Ministry approved a yeshiva’s request to build housing on…

  • Israeli shooting sparks rioting as tension prevails

    JERUSALEM, March 11 (JTA) — The stalled peace process has created a tense atmosphere in which any incident has the potential to set off a regional explosion. A car accident in the Gaza Strip was the spark that ignited the intifada, the 1987-1993 Palestinian uprising. And this week, when Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians in…

  • Albright confronts dim prospects for advancing Mideast peace talks

    JERUSALEM, May 3 (JTA) — It appears unlikely that the stalemated Middle East peace process will spring into motion any time soon. As U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright prepared to hold separate meetings in London this week with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat, both American and Israeli officials…

  • Israel plans to expand Efrat as U.S. still calls for `timeout

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 8 (JTA) — Israeli approval of plans to expand the West Bank settlement of Efrat has roiled the U.S. administration just as it is striving to get Israel and the Palestinians back on a negotiating track. Plans to construct several hundred more homes in the large settlement undermines confidence and does not “create…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Plan to expand Jerusalem spurs international criticism

    JERUSALEM, June 21 (JTA) — Israel”s decision to expand its capital city has prompted a new international dispute over the status of Jerusalem. The Palestinian Authority, as well as the United States and Israel”s closest allies in the Arab world, criticized the move as a provocative act that could deal another blow to the long-stalled…

  • Israeli shooting sparks rioting as tension prevails

    JERUSALEM, March 12 (JTA) — The stalled peace process has created a tense atmosphere in which any incident has the potential to set off a regional explosion. A car accident in the Gaza Strip was the spark that ignited the intifada, the 1987-1993 Palestinian uprising. And this week, when Israeli soldiers killed three Palestinians in…

  • Israeli media go to town with New Yorker profile

    JERUSALEM, May 19 (JTA) — The Israeli media is having a ball. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his wife, Sara, were again thrust into the tabloid limelight this week in the wake of an unflattering profile that appeared in The New Yorker magazine. At the heart of the uproar were remarks attributed to Netanyahu’s senior…