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Despite Resignation, Longtime Peace Negotiator Erekat Carries On as Before

By Nathan Jeffay

When representatives of the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations — known collectively as the Middle East Quartet — arrived here for crucial meetings in March, they met, as usual, with the Palestinians in Ramallah. And, as usual, Saeeb Erekat, the indefatigable Middle East negotiator who has led the Palestinian side in peace talks since the mid 1990s, represented the Palestinians.Read More


Settlers Blame Left For Itamar Murders

By Nathan Jeffay

Some tragedies lead to nations pulling together. But in Israel, the March 11 terrorist attack that left five Israelis, including three children, dead in their home in the West Bank settlement of Itamar has led to bitter sectarian arguments.Read More


Israeli Government Rejects Orthodox Converts’ Bids To Immigrate as Jews

By Nathan Jeffay

When New Yorker Bruce Smith prays three times a day for a “return to Zion,” it’s a very personal plea. He is desperate to immigrate to Israel with his wife, Fanny, and their three children, but he can’t: Fanny is an Orthodox convert to Judaism.Read More


Extradited to L.A., the Abergils Get Ready To Face the Music

By Rex Weiner

Hayyim Nahman Bialik, Israel’s first national poet, defined Zionism’s aspiration to make the Jews a normal people via statehood: “We will be a normal state only when we have the first Jewish prostitute, the first Hebrew thief, and the first Hebrew policeman.” But in the 21st century, it’s not enough to be a local thief; you have to go global. And the upcoming Los Angeles trial of Itzhak and Meir Abergil promises to update Israel’s “normalization” when it comes to crime in a way that befits the times.Read More


A Day in the Life of an Israeli Hospital, Cutting Edge Meets Ordinary Problems

By Joy Resmovits

As the rest of my family spent the day shopping in this picturesque port city on the Mediterranean, I was a few miles away in the hospital — not as a patient, thankfully, but as an observer. In an attempt to learn as much as possible about Israel’s emerging medical technologies, I passed the day at Rambam Health Care Campus, a large government hospital with a renowned trauma center.Read More


Netanyahu’s New Nominee for U.N. Ambassador Awaits Vote by a Divided Cabinet

By Nathan Guttman

The recent showdown at the United Nations Security Council over a proposed resolution condemning Israel’s settlement policy did more than highlight Israel’s isolation in the international body. It also reminded many that for the past six months Jerusalem has been lacking a permanent ambassador to represent its interests in the most public arena of international politics.Read More


Top Genocide Scholars Battle Over How To Characterize Israel’s Actions

By Gal Beckerman

Did Jews commit genocide in 1948? The question is provocative, and the answer for most people is an unequivocal no. But a debate over this idea has formed the crux of a heated argument among the most eminent genocide scholars in the world, and led recently to the censure of an Israeli professor by the field’s leading academic association.Read More


A JNF Drive To Make the Desert Bloom Means Destruction for a Bedouin Village

By Nathan Jeffay

In American Jewish memory, the Jewish National Fund’s historic blue pushkes, or charity boxes, evoke warm images of hard-earned pennies given to the group’s mission of redeeming the Land of Israel through planting trees. But to the Bedouin of Al-Arakib, a village in the Negev, the group’s current forestation plans mean the destruction of their homes and what they say is the theft of land they have owned since the beginning of the 20th century.Read More


Three Years Old, J Street Still Struggles For Acceptance

By Nathan Guttman

Several recent setbacks for J Street are refocusing attention on the dovish Israel lobby’s ongoing struggle to gain acceptance both in Washington and within the broader Jewish community. J Street’s opposition to an American veto of a United Nations Security Council resolution condemning Israeli settlement activity cost it the support of a key member of Congress and strained its ties with Israeli officials in Washington.Read More


The Chinese Discover Jews and Israel and Can’t Seem To Get Enough

By Nathan Jeffay

Back in 1991 Chen Yiyi was, as he puts it, a “bored” law student at Peking University. At the time, China was in the process of formalizing relations with Israel, and the Chinese Education Ministry and Israel’s Foreign Ministry selected his university as the site of China’s first Hebrew course taught by visiting Israeli teachers. When the class fell short of its eight-student enrollment target, Chen was persuaded to sign up to boost its numbers.Read More





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