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  • Poll: Swiss not ashamed of WWII

    NEW YORK, March 15 (JTA) — A large percentage of the Swiss are not troubled by their nation’s treatment of Jews during World War II, according to a just-released poll. The survey’s results appear to indicate that despite several years of accusations about Switzerland’s wartime record — as well as the critical findings of two…

  • Israel’s human rights record improves

    NEW YORK, Feb. 28 (JTA) — Israel’s human rights record improved last year while that of the Palestinian Authority grew worse, according to the U.S. State Department. The findings were included in the department’s annual report on human rights, which covered 194 countries. Both Israel and the Palestinian Authority “were responsible for serious human rights…

  • Spain gets out of Israel’s way at U.N.

    NEW YORK, Feb. 27 (JTA) — Israel came a step closer to full participation at the United Nations when Spain dropped its objections to letting the Jewish state join the European regional bloc at the world body. Spain became the last E.U. country to drop its objections, Vice President Al Gore told Jewish leaders Sunday….

  • Jews compete for Iran Parliament seat

    NEW YORK, Feb. 16 (JTA) — There is a hotly contested “Jewish seat” in this week’s Iranian parliamentary elections. Four people, including one woman, are seeking the vacant spot in Friday’s vote. One of them is the incumbent, Manouchehr Eliasi, who currently represents the community of about 35,000 people in the Majlis, the Iranian parliament….

  • Barak ponders when to withdraw from Lebanon

    NEW YORK, Feb. 13 (JTA) — Prime Minister Ehud Barak has to make a difficult calculation. Months ago, he vowed to withdraw Israeli troops from southern Lebanon by July — with or without an accompanying peace deal with Syria. That vow was widely credited with bringing Damascus back to the negotiating table in December. But…

  • Peace talks deadlocked on two fronts

    NEW YORK, Feb. 6 (JTA) — Israeli-Palestinian talks appear to be getting nowhere fast, and prospects for reviving Israeli-Syrian negotiations appear equally grim. U.S. Middle East peace envoy Dennis Ross returned home over the weekend after several days of talks with Israeli and Palestinian negotiators failed to secure any breakthroughs. He had come to the…

  • Israel to recall ambassador if Austrian deal goes through

    NEW YORK, Feb. 2 (JTA) — Israel has threatened to recall its ambassador to Vienna if Austria’s president approves a coalition that includes far-right leader Jorg Haider’s Freedom Party. “If such a coalition arises, there is no place for an Israeli ambassador in Austria — period,” Israeli Foreign Minister David Levy told Israel Army Radio…

  • Israel wants Golan residents to stay

    NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (JTA) — Israel wants Syria to allow Jewish residents of the Golan Heights to remain there in the event of an Israeli troop withdrawal from the region, according to a U.S. document published by an Israeli newspaper. The Israeli position is spelled out in the document, which U.S. mediators reportedly gave…

  • Israeli-Syrian talks take hiatus

    NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (JTA) — The latest round of Israeli-Syrian negotiations has come to an inconclusive end, with no indication that the two sides bridged any of their differences. But in an hopeful indication of the two nations’ willingness to continue the process, the U.S. State Department announced Monday that the talks would resume…

  • Israeli-Syrian talks take hiatus

    NEW YORK, Jan. 10 (JTA) — The latest round of Israeli-Syrian negotiations has come to an inconclusive end, with no indication that the two sides bridged any of their differences. But in an hopeful indication of the two nations’ willingness to continue the process, the U.S. State Department announced Monday that the talks would resume…