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  • Israel Facing Grim Threat Assessment for ’09

    Delivering a grim threat assessment for 2009, the Israeli National Security Council said that Israel in 2009 may well find itself alone facing Iran on the threshold of nuclear power, fighting rocket attacks on two fronts and without a Palestinian partner for a two-state solution. The assessment, which will be presented next month to the… More ▸

  • Olmert Recommits to Annapolis

    Ehud Olmert pledged to the Bush administration that he would pursue peace talks with the Palestinians until he leaves office. The Israeli prime minister met Monday morning with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. “The prime minister emphasized that the Israeli government is committed to continue the Annapolis process… More ▸

  • Barak: Hezbollah Three Times Stronger

    Hezbollah is now three times stronger than it was at the end of the Second Lebanon War, Ehud Barak said. The Israeli defense minister told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Hezbollah’s 42,000 missiles can reach Ashkelon, Beersheba and Dimona. He said Lebanon has been unable to stop Hezbollah. “Hezbollah’s involvement in… More ▸

  • Budgets Slashed at Jewish Schools in FSU

    Across the former Soviet Union, Chabad’s outreach network is facing an acute financial crisis that has slashed budgets across the board and left the region’s largest network of Jewish schools scrambling to stay afloat. Accounts of the depth of the financial crisis for Chabad in the former Soviet Union vary widely among rabbis and professionals… More ▸

  • Iran Executes One ‘spy,’ Arrests Another

    Iran executed a man it accused of spying for Israel and arrested another. Iranian media reported Saturday that Ali Ashtari, an electronics salesman, was hanged Nov. 17. Iranian state television broadcast undated video of Ashtari, 45, confessing to spying for Israel. Accusations included sharing with Israel information on defense and nuclear research in Iran. Israel… More ▸

  • Israeli Candidates Stump Before U.S. Jews

    While Israel was one of only three countries in the world where polls before the U.S. presidential election showed a majority of citizens preferred John McCain over Barack Obama, the overwhelming sentiment in Israel following Obama’s election was more envious than apprehensive. Across the ocean, Americans appeared excited by their president-elect and moved by an… More ▸

  • Ujc Resolution Presses Israel on Conversion

    The United Jewish Communities passed a resolution pressing the Israeli government to settle the conversion issue. The resolution, passed Wednesday by the UJC delegates assembly, calls for the UJC to “use its good offices to advocate for the timely conversion of those so seeking,” and “calls upon the Government of Israel to speedily redress the… More ▸

  • Livni: Israel Not Going to Durban Ii

    Israel will not participate in the Durban II anti-racism conference, Tzipi Livni said. Israel’s foreign minister made the announcement during an address Wednesday to the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities of North America. The Durban Review Conference scheduled for Geneva in 2009 is a follow-up to the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination,… More ▸

  • Israeli Diamond Dealer Slain in Johannesburg

    A well-known Israeli diamond dealer was shot dead outside the downtown Johannesburg Diamond Center as he left the building. Michel Rubinek, 50, of Rubinek Diamonds, was attacked Monday evening by five men, one of whom was thought to be Israeli, according to reports. The gunmen opened fire from two cars with AK-47s and 9mm pistols…. More ▸

  • Peres at Parliament Challenges World on Iran

    Shimon Peres in an address to the British Parliament challenged the international community to cooperate to rid the world of the threat of a nuclear Iran. Speaking Wednesday before both houses, the Israeli president said, “The Iranian leadership’s grand design is to convert the Middle East from a region of nations into one religious bloc…. More ▸