Mitch Abrams RSS

Latest

  • Israel braces for terrorism after killing of Hamas figure

    JERUSALEM, April 1 (JTA) — Israeli security forces have gone on heightened alert after Hamas threatened to avenge the death of a senior figure in the militant Islamic organization. The body of Mohiyedine Sharif was identified by Palestinian police Wednesday, several days after it had been found next to a bombed vehicle near the Palestinian-controlled…

  • Identity card compromise could stem conversion crisis

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 25 (JTA) — Israel’s Orthodox Chief Rabbinate was slated to convene Monday for what some Israeli legislators viewed as “make-or-break” deliberations on a recommended solution to the crisis over conversions performed in the Jewish state. The Ne’eman Committee, which presented its recommendations to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last Friday, called for the Conservative…

  • Israeli media: Mossad bungled operation in European country

    JERUSALEM, Feb. 25 (JTA) — Two Mossad agents were arrested in Geneva last week for attempting to spy on an embassy there, Swiss media have reported. Swiss diplomatic sources confirmed that the arrests took place, but there were conflicting reports as to whether the agents were attempting to spy on the Iraqi or the Iranian…

  • Albright to discuss peace, Iraq crisis during Israel visit

    JERUSALEM, Jan. 29 (JTA) — Amid the escalating crisis with Iraq, the United States is working to salvage the peace process. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held talks with the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Edward Walker, Thursday, ahead of U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright’s meeting with Netanyahu on Saturday night.. Albright is also expected…

  • 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…