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Proposed Fruit and Vegetable Tax Threatens Healthy Food Culture, Say Critics

By Nathan Jeffay

While most of the world is fixated on Jerusalem’s take on the settlements and peace negotiations, inside Israel, lawmakers have found time to fight over a very different cause: a plan to tax fruits and vegetables.Read More


Jewish Activists Part With Bibi On Settlements

By Nathan Guttman

Israel’s change of tone toward the Palestinian peace process under its new government has caught Jewish supporters in the United States off guard, leaving them to grapple with a policy shift that now stresses the need to limit future Palestinian sovereignty and avoids discussing a two-state solution.Read More


Conservative Jews Decry Bias in IDF

By Nathan Jeffay

When Gabrielle Pollack sought to say kaddish for her recently deceased grandmother, the young female soldier found that in the Israeli Army, it can be daunting to be a Conservative Jew.Read More


Bibi Backers Push to Rebuild Settlements

By Nathan Jeffay

It was not only Barack Obama who was bringing demands to bear upon Benjamin Netanyahu.Read More


Pope’s Shoah Words: Did He Fall Short?

Former Israeli Ashkenazic chief rabbi Israel Meir Lau was among those who were critical of Pope Benedict XVI’s address at Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial. Below are the texts of the addresses the two pontiffs made at Yad Vashem, Benedict XVI on May 11, and John Paul II on March 23, 2000.Read More


As German-born Pontiff Visits Jewish State, Sharp Reactions

By Tovit Nizer

The outcry started even before he arrived. One week prior to Pope Benedict XVI’s four-day visit to the Holy Land, Israeli Knesset Member Michael Ben Ari of the right-wing National Union party called on Israeli officials to boycott the visit.Read More


Livni Is Learning To Lead Again, This Time As the Loyal Opposition

By Jane Eisner

Tzipi Livni, who twice nearly became the prime minister of Israel, walked into a chic, crowded Madison Avenue café with little fanfare, save for a few security guards, and had to wait for a table. She had come to New York fresh from Washington, where her address to the annual conference of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee was evidently deemed so unimportant that it wasn’t even posted on the organization’s Web site.Read More


Netanyahu's Pick For New Israeli Envoy Often at Odds With U.S.

By Nathan Guttman

Michael Oren, a prominent historian widely seen as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s imminent pick to represent Israel in Washington, is a highly regarded writer and an articulate and telegenic speaker. But his public viewpoints on a number of key issues clash sharply with those of the Obama administration, to which he soon may be credentialed.Read More


On Torture, Israel Is Symbol to Both Sides

By J.J. Goldberg

With President Obama’s recent release of four classified Bush Justice Department memos sanctioning what most observers call torture, it was almost inevitable that Israel’s experience would soon become part of the debate.Read More


Israel Near Nixing UN Probe On Gaza Headed By Sympathetic Jewish Jurist

By Nathan Jeffay

In the past, when Israel blocked United Nations inquiries into its actions, it could sometimes point to the pro-Palestinian sympathies of those doing the probing.Read More





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