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    Olmert to visit White House on Monday Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert will meet with President Bush at the White House on Monday. According to a White House statement, Olmert and Bush will discuss “the strong bilateral relationship between the United States and Israel,” as well as “continuing, mutual efforts to bring peace to the… More ▸

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    Reports: Olmert, Barak met secretly with Abdullah Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak met secretly with Jordan’s King Abdullah in Amman, an Israeli daily is reporting. The king asked the leaders during the Tuesday night meeting not to launch a military operation in Gaza, which he said could hurt Jordan as… More ▸

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    Execs protest Gaza media ban Top media executives are protesting Israel’s decision to prevent journalists from entering the Gaza Strip. The letter of protest filed with Israel’s prime minister Wednesday was signed by leaders of news outlets such as the Associated Press, Reuters, The New York Times and CNN. “We are gravely concerned about the… 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 ▸

  • Obama, Abbas Talk About Peace Process

    Barack Obama reiterated his support for a Palestinian state during a phone conversation with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erakat said that during the call Obama pledged to continue to push MIddle East peace efforts and emphasized his strong support for a Palestinian state side by side with Israel, according to… More ▸

  • Before Leaving Office, Olmert Addresses U.S. Jews

    In a normal year, an address by the Israeli prime minster would be treated as the centerpiece of a gathering of American Jews, especially one being held in Jerusalem. But the context of Ehud Olmert’s appearance at the opening plenary of the United Jewish Communities General Assembly on Sunday was anything but normal. Olmert, who… More ▸

  • Israel to Allow Gaza Aid Despite Rockets

    Israel planned to allow humanitarian aid into the Gaza Strip despite continuing rocket attacks. At least eight Kassam rockets struck in the western Negev Monday. No one was injured but several homes on a kibbutz in the Eshkol Regional Council sustained damage, according to Ynet. Ha’aretz reported that Israel allowed a limited amount of humanitarian… More ▸

  • Israel to Free 250 Palestinian Prisoners

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised to free 250 Palestinian prisoners during a meeting with Mahmoud Abbas. The prisoner release will take place at the beginning of December to coincide with a Muslim holiday, and is meant as a goodwill gesture to the Palestinian Authority president. Olmert and Abbas met Monday in Jerusalem. The prisoners… More ▸