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  • 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…

  • Holocaust payments may be delayed

    NEW YORK, Dec. 22 (JTA) — Holocaust survivors may have a longer-than-expected wait before they get their measure of justice. Sixteen months after Switzerland’s leading banks agreed to pay $1.25 billion in a court-supervised settlement of Holocaust-era claims, it remains unclear whether payments to survivors will be delayed. Asking Holocaust survivors to be patient would…

  • Peace process chronology: Israeli-Palestinian negotiations

    NEW YORK, Sept. 7 (JTA) – The following is a time line of key events since the Israeli-Palestinian peace process was launched five years ago on the White House lawn. The period was marked by at least 15 bombings of Israeli targets by Palestinian terrorists – as well as numerous drive-by shootings and stabbings of…

  • Greek Jewish Holocaust victims honored with Salonika memorial

    NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (JTA) – Greece has dedicated a memorial to a once-thriving community of Jews who perished in the Holocaust – a move that some said was aimed at repairing the country’s ties with Israel. In a moving ceremony Sunday in Salonika, Greek President Costis Stephanopoulos unveiled the monument dedicated to the approximately…