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Deal on Temporary Settlement Freeze Hinges on What Happens Afterward

By Nathan Guttman

Attempts to finalize a deal on a settlement freeze are entering the final stretch, although significant differences still exist between American and Israeli negotiators.Read More


Israel Poised To Pass National I.D. Database Law

By Nathan Jeffay

Israel may become the only democratic country to take biometric information from all citizens and store it in a database.Read More


Survivor Wins Holocaust Studies Ph.D. With Ground-breaking Study

By Nathan Jeffay

Like many Holocaust survivors, Eliezer Schwartz kept quiet for decades about his experiences carrying out forced labor for the Nazis.Read More


New Government Gaza Report Cites International Law To Defend Actions

By Gal Beckerman

Israel’s formal response to the onslaught of criticism it has absorbed over its winter military campaign in Gaza finally arrived late last month. And though the report is exhaustive, its reply to the hail of human rights and war crimes charges has essentially boiled down to one crucial point: Intent.Read More


Amos Kenan, Israeli Writer and Artist, Dies at 82

By JTA

Amos Kenan, the Israeli artist and writer who scandalized his countrymen with his iconoclasm, has died at 82.Read More


Lieberman Says He Will Resign If Indicted

By JTA

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said he would resign his position if he is indicted in a money-laundering scheme.Read More


Knesset Won’t Put a ‘For Sale’ Sign on Israeli-Owned Land

By Nathan Jeffay

An unlikely alliance of settler leaders on the right, Arab parties on the left, student groups, Likudniks and many others across the political spectrum has united to scuttle a plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to privatize state-owned land.Read More


Diplomats Don’t Eat Treyf, and Other Issues

By Lisa Goldman

It was during a midnight repast of shrimp couscous at a gay bar in Tel Aviv that I discovered Israel’s Foreign Ministry does not reimburse diplomatic staff for non-kosher, work-related meals in Israel. But that was just the beginning of my problems.Read More


Israel Plays Key Role in N.J. Corruption Case, But Holds Off on Own Probe

By Nathan Jeffay

Israel plays a prominent role in the charges of money laundering and human organ black marketing that have swept five rabbis into a New Jersey federal corruption investigatiRead More


‘Unvarnished’ Messages From the Past

By Rukhl Schaechter

Among the first sites that tourists visit during a tour of Jerusalem is the Wailing Wall, whose name stems from the old Jewish practice of coming to the site to mourn the destruction of the Temple. Even non-Jews place notes in the wall’s crevices to express their respect and awe for the Jewish holy site.Read More





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