Natasha Mozgovaya (Haaretz) and Haaretz Service

Anti-Circumcision Comic Books Called 'Anti-Semitic'

The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) on Friday strongly condemned a comic book created by supporters of an anti-circumcision movement in San Francisco, saying it contained “grotesque anti-Semitic imagery and themes.”

Obama Endorses Two States Based on 1967 Borders

President Barack Obama said Thursday that the U.S. endorses the Palestinians’ demand for their future state to be based on the borders that existed before the 1967 Middle East war.

U.S.: New Settlement Construction Hurt Peace Efforts

Israel’s continued West Bank settlement construction runs counter efforts to resume Middle East peace negotiations, a statement by the U.S. State Department said on Sunday, a day after the government approved 500 new settlement housing units as a response to deadly Itamar attack.

Bibi: Palestinians Must Recognize Israel as a Jewish State

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reiterated his demand that the Palestinians recognize Israel as a Jewish state, saying that only then they will be ready to end the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, Army Radio reported Friday.

U.S.: Settlement Freeze Will Be Discussed During Upcoming Peace Talks

The possibility of extending, or ending Israel’s moratorium on West Bank settlement construction will be discussed within the context of upcoming direct Middle East peace talks between Israel and the Palestinians, a senior U.S. official said Monday.

Pressure Builds Against Unilateral Declaration of Statehood

The Palestinian Authority is coming under increasing pressure ­ from Israel and the international community ­to back down from its threat to unilaterally declare a state without first concluding a peace agreement with Israel.

Oren Ducks Question of J Street Conference Attendance

The October 25 conference in Washington D.C. of left-leaning lobby group J Street is just one week away, but Israel’s ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, is still not saying whether he will attend or not. President Shimon Peres has written a welcoming letter to conference participants, J Street said, with his apologies for not being able to attend.

Katie Couric Confronts Ahmadinejad With Holocaust Photos

Hours before addressing the United Nations on Wednesday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad gave an exclusive interview to CBS’s Katie Couric. During the course of the interview, the CBS anchorwoman accused the Iranian leader of denying the Holocaust, and showing him photographs of dead bodies of Jews killed by the Nazis during World War II.