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  • Israel, Jordan take steps to repair strained relations

    JERUSALEM, March 10 (JTA) — Israel and Jordan appear to be engaged in some serious fence-mending. A series of meetings this week — capped by a session in Tel Aviv between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jordan’s Crown Prince Hassan — showed that the two countries are trying to end some five months of strained…

  • ANALYSIS Withdrawal from Lebanon not likely to happen soon

    JERUSALEM, April 1 (JTA) — Israel’s decision to adopt a 20-year-old United Nations resolution calling on Israel to withdraw from southern Lebanon is not likely to result is any pullback in the near future. The goal of U.N. Resolution 425 was an Israeli withdrawal that would coincide with the Lebanese government assuming control over southern…

  • Swiss arrest of Mossad agent further tarnishes agency’s image

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 26 (JTA) — The once-vaunted image of the Mossad has been tarnished again. The latest blow to Israel’s foreign intelligence service came Thursday, when Israeli and Swiss officials confirmed reports that an Israeli Mossad agent had been arrested in Switzerland in connection with an attempt to bug telephones in a building on the…

  • Extremists’ target Netanyahu amid reports of imminent deal

    JERUSALEM, June 7 (JTA) — Posters plastered around Jerusalem depict Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in an Arab headdress and call him “The Liar.” The posters, which appeared amid reports that the premier is on the verge of agreeing to transfer an additional 13 percent of West Bank lands to the Palestinians, are reminiscent of…

  • Israel computer hacker wanted by FBI speaks out

    JERUSALEM, March 11 (JTA) — An Israeli teen-ager wanted by the FBI said he breaks into computer systems just for the fun of it. The youth, who is called the “Analyzer,” is wanted in connection with the recent break-in into the Pentagon’s computer system. He also is wanted for his involvement in hacking into the…

  • Jerusalem suburbanites balk at city plan to expand

    JERUSALEM, March 25 (JTA) — Jerusalem suburbanites are balking at the idea of officially becoming part of the Israeli capital. Authorities are considering a proposal, which is backed by Jerusalem Mayor Ehud Olmert, to expand the city’s boundaries to surrounding Jewish communities has drawn opposition from residents of the suburbs that would be affected. A…

  • 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…