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At Conference, Evangelicals Take On Netanyahu's Fight

By Nathan Guttman

Evangelical Christian supporters of Israel are taking on the Netanyahu government’s fight to ease mounting pressure from the Obama administration on the settlement issue. A three-day conference of Christians United For Israel (CUFI) held in Washington this week mobilized supporters, who according to organizers represent millions of followers throughout the country, to push back against what they see as unfair and uneven demands being imposed on Israel.Read More


Obama’s New Emphasis On Reciprocity Also Pressures Arabs

By Nathan Guttman

Freezing the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank was once seen as a unilateral Israeli obligation. But the Obama administration is now treating this as part of a package that will require concessions from Arab states, as well.Read More


Livni’s Leadership Faces Challenge From Inside and Outside Her Party

By Nathan Jeffay

The stage looks set for a war over the future of Kadima, in which party leader Tzipi Livni could be forced to defend her leadership and the unity of the party.Read More


The Group Behind IDF Abuse Charges

By Nathan Jeffay

To some, they are courageous heroes bringing transparency to the conduct of the Israel Defense Forces. To others, they are a collection of turncoats who publish unaccountable and unverifiable reports, motivated by politics and a hatred of their military.Read More


Illegals in Limbo, Now Cast Out of Israel’s Center

By Nathan Jeffay

They are the inhabitants of Israel who live in limbo. Since 2005, an estimated 12,500 people have arrived in Israel, seeking asylum from Sudan and Eritrea. One group, the Sudanese, are suffering because their native country is Israel’s enemy; the Eritreans, because their country is Israel’s friend. Israel refuses to give residency to people from enemy states, and therefore will not consider Sudanese for refugee status. The only exception was in 2008 when Israel gave temporary residency to 450 arrivals from the war-torn Sudanese region of Darfur as a one-time humanitarian gesture, though without granting them official refugee status.Read More


Israel’s Politician as Super Woman

By Netty C. Gross

“Another soldier,” Anastasia Michaeli Samuelson said, patting her belly proudly when asked the sex of her soon-to-be-born eighth child.Read More


Clashes Over Sabbath Parking Lots Reveal Divisions Among Jerusalem’s Jews

By Nathan Jeffay

Now a regular fixture on the front pages of Israel’s Sunday newspapers, pictures of parking protests by sometimes violent Haredim seem to chronicle a simple and familiar problem: religious-secular friction. In reality, the photos tell a different, more complicated story.Read More


Graffiti War Erupts Over Israel’s Road Signs

By Daniel Estrin

On a recent night in this ethnically divided city, an Israeli and two American Jews patrolled the streets, armed with a ladder, adhesive spray and a pile of handwritten placards. Every few minutes, they hopped out of the car, slapped a sticker onto a road sign and snapped a picture.Read More


No Longer in Exile: Overhaul of Diaspora Museum Reflects a New Zionist Narrative

By Nathan Jeffay

It has long epitomized the Jewish state’s superiority complex toward Jews who live abroad. Tel Aviv’s Museum of the Jewish Diaspora was theoretically about the Jews living dispersed around the globe, but its narrative had them all ending up in Israel.Read More


International Journalists Union Expels Israel After Fight Over Politics and Money

By Alex Weisler and Nathan Jeffay

The expulsion of an Israeli journalists’ union from the International Federation of Journalists is mired in a murky cocktail of politics and money.Read More





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