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  • 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…

  • Britain, U.S. work to revive Israeli-Palestinian peace talks

    JERUSALEM, April 20 (JTA) — Israel has downplayed a British offer to host peace talks — a day after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted the offer. British Prime Minister Tony Blair issued the invitation during a visit to Israel, where he met with Netanyahu as part of his first trip to the Middle East…

  • U.S. criticizes reported plan to expand Israeli settlements

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 11 (JTA) — Israel has drawn international criticism for its reported plans to build 30,000 apartments in the West Bank during the next 20 years. The settlement expansion plans, which were reported to be in various stages of approval by the Israeli government, appeared last Friday in the Israeli daily Ha’aretz as U.S….

  • Palestinians, Israelis deride possible referendum proposal

    JERUSALEM, June 22 (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the Israeli public to decide on the next redeployment of troops from the West Bank. But the plan to hold a national referendum has already prompted sharp criticism from the Palestinian Authority and from the Israeli opposition — and even ridicule from Netanyahu’s own…

  • Netanyahu appeals for calm amid violent clashes in Hebron

    JERUSALEM, March 15 (JTA) — Tensions are once again escalating in the West Bank town of Hebron. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu this week called on Hebron’s settler community to “abide by the law” after settlers there claimed responsibility for smashing the windows of Arab-owned cars in the volatile West Bank town. Sunday’s incident came after…

  • Gingrich stirs controversy during visit to Jewish state

    JERUSALEM, May 25 (JTA) — U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich is stirring controversy in Israel. Last week, before he departed for Israel, the Georgia Republican said he would visit the site of the future U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, provoking criticism from Palestinian officials who said the visit would undermine their efforts to secure part of…

  • Hamas terror threat looms as Palestinians clear Israel

    JERUSALEM, April 6 (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority and Hamas may be headed for a confrontation. The possible showdown comes in the wake of last week’s murder of Hamas’ chief bomb-maker, Mohiyedine Sharif, who was found murdered in the West Bank. Hamas blamed Israel for the killing and vowed to avenge Sharif’s death, raising fears…

  • U.S. presses peace talks amid looming Iraqi conflict

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 1 (JTA) — With a possible U.S. military confrontation with Iraq looming, the top American foreign policy official is pressing for progress in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. Madeleine Albright, the U.S. secretary of state, said she expected Israeli and Palestinian leaders to make the “hard decisions” needed to move the process forward. “We…

  • U.S. Orthodox leaders urge adoption of conversion bill

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 13 (JTA) — A delegation of some 75 American Orthodox leaders are lobbying Knesset members to support a controversial conversion bill that would codify into law the Orthodox establishment’s control over conversions performed in the Jewish state. At a news conference Monday, the Am Echad delegation, which is spearheaded by the fervently Orthodox…