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Contrasting Views: J Street and AIPAC on U.S. Stance Toward East Jerusalem Construction

J Street has launched a campaign supporting Washington’s firm stance against Israel’s latest building plan in East Jerusalem, in sharp contrast to a statement criticizing the U.S. stance by the mainstream American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Gaza Tensions Mount After Suicide Bombing

The conflict in Gaza heated up again Tuesday in response to a suicide bombing in the Israeli town of Dimona on Monday.

Syria To Attend Annapolis, Olmert To Present Vision for Peace

The implementation of the road map peace plan is imperative, and terminating terrorist activity in the Gaza Strip is an inseparable part of the plan’s first stage. That, according to sources close to the prime minister, will be the theme of Ehud Olmert’s address tomorrow at the Annapolis international peace summit.

Israeli Lecturer Killed Shielding Virginia Tech Students

An Israeli lecturer killed in Monday’s massacre at Virginia Tech saved the lives of several students by blocking the doorway of his classroom from the approaching gunman.

In Minor Breakthrough, Rice Coaxes Olmert, Abbas Toward Bargaining Table

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas have agreed to meet every other week for talks that could include discussions about the formation of a Palestinian state, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said here this week.

Newsdesk May 19, 2006

Chomsky, Militants MeetNoam Chomsky met with Hezbollah’s leader, the Al-Manar TV network reported. The terrorist group’s station broadcast that the American linguist and Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor met with Sheik Hassan Nasrallah in Beirut this week, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute.

Peres’s Curse: Another Election Is Lost

Let’s put it this way: Even if he were running for head of the tenants committee of an isolated lighthouse in which he was the only tenant, Shimon Peres would lose by 0.6%. And after a long sleepless night of uncertainty, at the end of which he would show up with his face crestfallen — as he has done every decade since the middle of the last

Rabbi Faces Off With Protesters

Rabbi Shlomo Aviner, a prominent leader of Israel’s religious Zionist camp and a staunch critic of the Gaza withdrawal, found himself in a violent tussle — with other opponents of the pullout.The trouble started Monday night at about midnight, when hundreds of youngsters in Neve Dekalim came to the entrance gate and blocked Gush Katif’s main

Dialogue With Russia To Reach New Peak With Putin Visit

JERUSALEM — The white, blue and red flags flying in the streets of Jerusalem this week signaled a historic visit: the arrival of Russian President Vladimir Putin, the first head of state from Moscow to visit since the establishment of the State of Israel.The improvement in the political atmosphere since the death of Yasser Arafat has brought

Court’s Conversion Ruling Satisfies Few

JERUSALEM — Israel’s Supreme Court touched off a wave of cheers and jeers with its 7-to-4 decision last week to recognize a new category of non-Orthodox conversions to Judaism.The March 31 ruling ordered the government to recognize the Jewish status of 17 Israeli residents who had traveled abroad for conversion by Reform or