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  • Israelis send mixed signals about coming to Washington

    JERUSALEM, May 6 (JTA) — Suspense shrouds the possibility of Israeli- Palestinian peace talks moving to Washington next week. After two days of inconclusive talks in London, U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat to come to Washington — on the condition they were…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Gingrich visit does little to alter political realities

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — Before and during U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s visit to Israel this week, there were fears that he would set off a series of diplomatic land mines. But as the Georgia Republican concluded meetings with Israeli officials on Tuesday, it appeared that he did little to alter the realities of…

  • Orthodox in Israel warn of revolt because of decisions on religion

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Israel’s Supreme Court has ordered stepped-up security for its justices after several fervently Orthodox leaders lashed out at recent court rulings, calling the judges anti-religious. One of those leaders, Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, the spiritual leader of the fervently Orthodox Shas Party, called the justices “oppressors of Jews” during a televised…

  • Shooting of Palestinian raises new concerns of disturbances

    JERUSALEM, April 7 (JTA) — Israeli security forces were preparing for possible disturbances after a Palestinian was shot dead after running a roadblock. Israeli police, already on heightened alert following the death last week of Hamas’ chief bomb-maker, said they shot Muhammed al-Salaimi late Monday after he refused to stop at a roadblock north of…

  • Rabbis’ rejection of proposal seen as a ‘declaration of war

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 9 (JTA) — Reform and Conservative movement leaders are denouncing the Israeli Chief Rabbinate’s rejection of a key component of a compromise proposal aimed at resolving the controversial issue of conversions in Israel. The Chief Rabbinate “declared war on the Reform and Conservative movements,” the heads of those movements in Israel said in…

  • Museum’s ‘no’ to Arafat ignites a heated debate

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 19 (JTA) — Two Israeli Holocaust memorial sites have extended invitations to Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat — after the Washington museum dedicated to those who perished at the hands of the Nazis said it would not receive Arafat in an official capacity. The position taken by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum set…

  • Netanyahu taps military officer to head — and overhaul — Mossad

    JERUSALEM, March 4 (JTA) — The newly appointed head of Mossad will have some daunting work ahead of him. Ephraim Halevy, a former deputy head of the foreign intelligence service, will oversee an overhaul and rehabilitation of the organization. Mossad’s vaunted image has been tarnished over the past several months, which saw the bungled attempt…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Visit by British official reignites Israeli anger

    JERUSALEM, March 17 (JTA) — Fifty years after Great Britain relinquished the Palestine Mandate, the British are back — and once again, Israel wants them to go away. Israeli officials likened this week”s visit by the British foreign secretary to someone throwing a match on a tinderbox. So angry were Israeli officials over Robin Cook”s…

  • Barak angers the Orthodox with bill on draft deferments

    JERUSALEM, May 11 (JTA) — With one fell swoop, Israel’s opposition leader has upped the ante in the debate over draft deferments for yeshiva students and alienated Orthodox politicians he might need in future elections. Labor leader Ehud Barak presented a bill to the Knesset speaker on Monday that would require that more fervently Orthodox…

  • Israelis, Palestinians clash over construction in Old City

    JERUSALEM, May 26 (JTA) — Clashes over building in Jerusalem’s Old City have marred a festive atmosphere marking the anniversary of the city’s reunification. Israeli police clashed with Palestinians demonstrators Tuesday who had torn down one of nine tin shacks erected overnight by members of Ateret Cohanim in the Old City’s Muslim Quarter. Several members…