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  • Op-ed: Reforms Vital to Israeli Political Stability

    As the United States looks forward to a presidential inauguration, Israel is facing another general election. A little more than a month ago, the new leader of Israel’s Kadima Party, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, failed to establish a coalition government following the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The breakdown of coalition talks forces Israel… More ▸

  • Inauguration Pastor Under Fire for Syria Praise

    Bloggers uncovered praise for Syria by the evangelical pastor who is slated to deliver the invocation at President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration. “Syria’s a place that has Muslims and Christians living together for 1,400 years,” Rick Warren said during a 2006 visit in a tape uncovered by the conservative Web site World Net Daily. “So it’s… More ▸

  • Bibi to Sarkozy: West Has ‘duty’ to Stop Iran

    Benjamin Netanyahu met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to stress the dire global threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and discuss plans for Israeli-Palestinian peace. The leader of Israel’s right-leaning Likud Party, speaking Dec. 18 to a crowd hosted by the Jewish umbrella group CRIF, said that in his meeting with Sarkozy he evoked the “duty”… More ▸

  • Israel Urges Moscow to Halt Iran Sale

    A senior Israeli defense official visited Moscow in an attempt to dissuade Russia from selling missile defense systems to Iran. Amos Gilad, the head of the defense ministry’s Security-Diplomatic Bureau, traveled to the Russian capital Wednesday to explain Israel’s opposition to the deal. At the same time, Israeli defense officials continued to waver on the… More ▸

  • Israeli Police Officers Injured in Drill

    More than 50 Israeli police officers were hurt during a mass police drill. The exercise involving 6,000 officers simulating a mass riot was held Thursday at a southern Israeli military base. Police acting as rioters and as peacekeepers used excessive force, causing the injuries, which did not require hospitalization, according to reports. In addition, five… More ▸

  • Olmert to Discuss Syria in Turkey

    Ehud Olmert will meet with Turkey’s prime minister to discuss progressing to direct peace talks with Syria. The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to fly to Turkey Monday to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been mediating indirect talks between Israel and Syria. According to Olmert’s media adviser, the two leaders will meet in… More ▸

  • Culture Wars Emerge Around Israeli ‘big Brother’

    From Internet chat rooms to household dinner tables, the Israeli version of the reality TV show “Big Brother” has all but taken over the national discourse here. With its mansion in the hills of Jerusalem stacked with Israelis representing every token stereotype in the country, the show sparked a 21st-century cultural showdown between Ashkenazic and… More ▸

  • Investigators Visit Eilat Crash Scene

    A special team was appointed to investigate a bus crash near Eilat that left 24 Russian tourists dead. Traffic police investigators visited the scene Wednesday morning as relatives of the victims began arriving in Israel. The Transportation Ministry also is investigating. The driver of another bus who passed by the ill-fated tour bus immediately before… More ▸

  • ‘painful Compromises’ Needed, Olmert Tells London Jews

    Ehud Olmert told leaders of the London Jewish community that Israel must make “painful compromises” or risk one state for two people. Speaking here Tuesday night, the Israeli prime minister admitted that he was one of the “dreamers” of greater Israel. But now, he said, “the real choice we have is peace that will require… More ▸

  • Kiev Marks Sholom Aleichem’s 150th Birthday

    A Kiev museum kicked off national observances of the 150th anniversary of the birthday of Yiddish writer Sholom Aleichem. An exhibition on the Jewish writer, who was born in Ukraine and spent much of his life there, opened last week at the Kiev Museum of Books. His birthday will be celebrated on the state level… More ▸