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  • White House promises don’t matter

    To the Editor: You write that Jewish leaders urged Vice President Biden at a meeting that the Obama administration speak directly to Israelis, presumably about the need to advance the peace process, and that there is a "consensus" among Jewish groups on this issue. To advance peace, Israelis need to hear sincere statements of good… More ▸

  • German-jewish Leaders Criticize Politicians

    Jewish leaders criticized German politicians for condemning Israel’s Gaza operation, while the country’s chancellor called for a political solution. German politicians failed to respond to months of Hamas rocket attacks, but jumped at the chance to condemn Israel’s response, Stephan Kramer, secretary general of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said in a statement… More ▸

  • Israel Seeks to Change the Rules of the Game

    Israel’s retaliation against persistent Hamas mortar and rocket attacks on civilians in southern Israel was far more ferocious than anyone, including Hamas, expected. The first three days of intensive Israel Air Force bombing in Gaza reduced hundreds of Hamas government buildings, military compounds, laboratories, metal workshops and supply tunnels to rubble and left more than… More ▸

  • Video: Off-duty Soldier Shot Gun During Evacuation

    An out-of-uniform Israeli soldier fired gunshots in the air during the evacuation of a disputed building in Hebron, a video shows. The Israeli news service Ynet reported Tuesday that it obtained a video showing Cpl. Nahum Ben-Yaakov, a resident of the West Bank settlement of Kiryat Arba, firing his army-issue gun during the evacuation of… More ▸

  • Britain Warns: Don’t Buy Property in Settlements

    The British government will warn its citizens against buying property in settlements in the West Bank. A spokeswoman at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office confirmed reports that the warning will be published on its Web site early this week, explaining that future peace agreements “could have consequences for that property.” She added that “this is… More ▸

  • Abbas Lauds Bush on Peace

    Mahmoud Abbas praised President Bush for laying the foundations for Israeli-Palestinian peace. “Together we put the fundamental, basic things needed for the peace process,” the Palestinian Authority president said Dec. 19, addressing Bush at a White House meeting, their last before Bush leaves office next month. “There is no doubt that we will continue these… More ▸

  • Big Jewish Names on Clinton Foundation List

    Some well-known pro-Israel activists and a leading Jewish organization are among the large donors to Bill Clinton’s charitable foundation. Haim Saban, an AIPAC activist and the founder of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy, donated $5 million to $10 million to the former president’s nonprofit organization, which raises money to fight poverty and HIV/AIDS…. More ▸

  • Brown: Israel Should Help Palestinian Economy

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met in London with his British counterpart to discuss the prospects for peace with the Palestinians. Gordon Brown, who opened a trade and investment conference Monday with the Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad, called on Israel to help the Palestinian economy. Following Tuesday’s breakfast meeting, Brown invited Olmert to… More ▸