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  • Israeli high court ruling defuses confrontation over Orient House

    JERUSALEM, May 11 (JTA) — Israel’s High Court of Justice has defused an issue that could have prompted violence days before Israel’s elections. The high court on Tuesday delayed implementation of a government order to close three offices at Orient House, the Palestinians’ de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem. Ruling on a petition filed by…

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise over order to close Orient House

    JERUSALEM, May 10 (JTA) — The Palestinians’ de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem has become the focal point of tensions that could lead to violence only days before Israel holds its elections. Israel on Monday served closure orders on three Palestinian offices operating out of Orient House after the two sides failed to reach a…

  • Israeli-Palestinian tensions rise over order to close Orient House

    JERUSALEM, May 10 (JTA) — The Palestinians’ de facto headquarters in eastern Jerusalem has become the focal point of tensions that could lead to violence only days before Israel holds its elections. Israeli and Palestinian officials made a final bid Monday to reach a compromise regarding three offices at Orient House that Israel charges are…

  • U.S. tries to defuse standoff over closing Palestinian offices

    JERUSALEM, May 6 (JTA) — Hoping to avoid possible bloodshed over the closure of Palestinian offices in Orient House in eastern Jerusalem, Israeli Public Security Minister Avigdor Kahalani said he would delay the order for at least a day while the two sides try to work out an agreement. The delay came in response to…

  • Palestinian leaders vote to delay declaration of independent state

    JERUSALEM, April 29 (JTA) — PLO leaders last Wednesday voted to delay unilaterally declaring a Palestinian state amid heavy international pressure to put off the move. On the third day of deliberations in Gaza, the Palestinian Central Council, the mini-Parliament of the PLO, overwhelmingly voted to put off the declaration until after Israel’s elections. At…

  • Israeli police recommend indictment of Ariel Sharon

    JERUSALEM, April 29 (JTA) — Israeli police have recommended that Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon and a business associate be charged with alleged bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice, Israeli media reported this week. Sharon, who denied the allegations against him, called on the state attorney to decide before the May 17 elections…

  • Israeli police recommend indictment of Ariel Sharon

    JERUSALEM, April 29 (JTA) — Israeli police have recommended that Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon and a business associate be charged with alleged bribery, fraud, breach of trust and obstruction of justice, Israeli media reported this week. Sharon, who denied the allegations against him, called on the state attorney to decide before the May 17 elections…

  • Israeli candidates use radio, TV as campaign heads into final weeks

    JERUSALEM, April 26 (JTA) — With slick images and catchy jingles, Israel’s May 17 election campaign has shifted into high gear, as political advertisements began airing on Israeli radio and television stations. Starting Monday and continuing for the next three weeks until May 16, the 33 parties vying in the Knesset elections will run political…

  • Former Shin Bet informant charged with failing to prevent Rabin murder

    JERUSALEM, April 25 (JTA) — An Israeli court has charged a former informer for Israel’s domestic security service with failing to prevent the 1995 assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. According to prosecutors, Avishai Raviv, who was recruited to join the Shin Bet in 1987, failed to inform his handlers that Yigal Amir planned to…

  • High court calls on Israel to explain residency policy

    JERUSALEM, April 22 (JTA) — The High Court of Justice has given the government three months to explain its policy regarding the residency rights of Palestinians living in eastern Jerusalem. Thursday’s move by the high court came after several hundred such Palestinians, accusing the Interior Ministry of discrimination, petitioned the court against Israel’s cancellation of…