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

By Ha’aretz

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.Read More


Gaza Tensions Mount After Suicide Bombing

By Ha’aretz

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


Israeli Lecturer Killed Shielding Virginia Tech Students

By Ha’aretz and JTA

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.Read More


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

By Ha’aretz and Forward Staff

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.Read More


Court’s Conversion Ruling Satisfies Few

By Mitchell Ginsburg, With Reporting by Jta and Ha’aretz.

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 orRead More






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