Israel News


Haredi Jews Urged To Avoid El Al

By Nathan Jeffay

Orthodox Jews are being urged shun El Al, Israel’s national air carrier, over its in-flight entertainment — a push that is widely viewed as a gambit in a larger struggle with the airline.Read More


Once Reviled, Black Hebrews Now Fêted

By Andrew Esensten

Elyahkeem Ben Yehuda could have become another statistic, growing up poor, black and fatherless on the west side of Chicago during the 1950s.Read More


Nehanyahu Finds 'Common Ground' With Secretary Clinton

By Barak Ravid (Haaretz) and News Agencies

Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu met with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Jerusalem on Tuesday, saying following their meeting that he had “found common ground with Clinton in attaining the common goals of our two countries.”Read More


Amnesty Report Adds to Calls for Arms Embargo of Israel and Hamas

By Nathan Jeffay

In a report lambasting Israel’s conduct during its recent military offensive in Gaza, Amnesty International, one of the world’s most widely recognized human rights groups, has called on the United Nations Security Council to impose an arms embargo on the Jewish state.Read More


Coalition Negotiations Risky for Netanyahu

By Nathan Jeffay

When it comes to assembling a governing coalition, the last thing Israel Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu wants to see is history repeating itself.Read More


To Sue or Not? Palestinians Face Dilemma After Report On Settlements

By Nathan Jeffay

On paper, it has never been easier for Palestinians whose land has been appropriated by Israeli settlements to have their day in court.Read More


Jewish Leaders Largely Silent on Lieberman’s Role In Government

By Nathan Guttman

Several days before Israelis went to the polls, as it became clear that Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu party was emerging as the nation’s third largest, Harvard University mathematician Dennis Gaitsgory called his friend Josh Tenenbaum, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and told him he could not sleep at night.Read More


Electoral Gridlock: Livni and Bibi Scramble For a Coalition

By Nathan Jeffay

With the complicated, near-deadlock results between Kadima and Likud, it is up to President Shimon Peres, under Israel’s political system, to decide which party should be asked first to assemble and lead a governing coalition.Read More


Beiteinu Now Big Player

By Nathan Jeffay

Tzipi Livni’s Kadima party and Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party may be vying for victory in the election, but a former nightclub bouncer, famed for his verbal attacks on Arabs, made the most dramatic political gain.Read More


Ariel Sharon’s Shadow Still Looms Large Over Political Landscape

By Nathan Jeffay

The man who shaped today’s political landscape perhaps more than any other person enters his fourth year in a comatose state — but, in light of today’s election results, the party he founded in 2005 is poised to remain in power.Read More


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