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Growing Gulf Between U.S. And Israeli Jews on Obama

By Nathan Jeffay

He swept to power with the support of 78% of American Jews. But has Barack Obama become the bane of Israeli Jews?Read More


Some See Extended Olive Branch For Israel In Ross Appointment to NSC

By Nathan Guttman

The promotion of Middle East adviser Dennis Ross to a senior White House position may open the door to a more positive tone by the United States toward the Israeli government, experts believe.Read More


Why Defining ‘Natural Growth’ Is So Confusing, On Purpose

By Nathan Jeffay

Givat Ha’eytam, a lonely hill in the Israeli occupied West Bank, seems like anything but a natural part of the bustling 8,000-person Jewish settlement of Efrat. Indeed, the stony outcrop, with its view of Efrat’s buildings in the distance, soon will be cut off from that settlement by the separation barrier Israel is building across the length of the West Bank, ostensibly to protect Israelis from Palestinian terrorism.Read More


Unrest in Iran Poses Dilemma For Israel

By Nathan Guttman

Iran’s descent into instability has confronted Israel and its American supporters with a dilemma in choosing between two competing approaches: one based on human rights, and the other on realpolitik.Read More


16 Yemeni Jews Immigrate to Israel, But Most Remain Behind

By Anthony Weiss

A new group of émigrés from Yemen’s tiny Jewish population arrived in Israel, but the fate of a controversial plan to evacuate a larger contingent to the United States remains up in the air.Read More


Waving Israel’s Rainbow Flag Abroad

By Nathan Jeffay

In stark contrast to the U.S. Army’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on homosexuality, the latest edition of the official Israel Defense Force’s magazine B’Machane has a center spread on gay and lesbian officers. A picture shows a new officer getting his stripes, his commander’s hand on one shoulder and his life partner’s hand on the other.Read More


Is Seaside Construction Causing Israel’s Cliffs To Crumble?

By Nathan Jeffay

A debate about whether construction along the Israeli coastline is playing a key role in causing more seaside cliffs to collapse has been reignited by the death of a camper whose tent was pitched below a sand pillar that crumbled.Read More


Debating, Again, the Founding of Israel

By Nathan Guttman

As the Obama administration deepens its outreach to the Muslim and Arab world, it faces the difficult task of countering Holocaust denial without reinforcing an increasingly popular anti-Zionist narrative that ties the legitimacy of the State of Israel to Jewish suffering in Europe.Read More


Literary Lesson: Authors, Poets Write the News

By Daniel Estrin

It was on an average Wednesday that a very serious Israeli newspaper conducted a very wild experiment. For one day, Haaretz editor-in-chief Dov Alfon sent most of his staff reporters home and sent 31 of Israel’s finest authors and poets to cover the day’s news.Read More


Pollsters Find Israeli Public Less Supportive Of Settlements

By Nathan Jeffay

In previous decades, an American president who pressured Israel to freeze settlement growth, as President Obama has done, would have riled large sections of Israel’s Jewish population. But public sympathy for settlers and the settlements is currently at an all-time low, adding a new dimension to the sometimes tense relationship between Washington and Jerusalem.Read More





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