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Jerusalem Is Worried About Talk Of Linkage

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Israeli leaders fear that increasing international efforts to link Iraq’s troubles with Israel’s will lead to American pressure on Jerusalem for concessions.Fueling these fears is the Bush administration’s determination to stand by the United Nations special envoy to Iraq, Lakhdar Brahimi, even after he partiallyRead More


Israeli Visions of ‘New Dawn’ Clouded by Storm Over Gaza

By Ofer Shelah

TEL AVIV — Buoyed by a drop in terrorist attacks, rising economic indicators and a general feeling that a break may be coming in the deadlocked conflict with the Palestinians, Israelis celebrated their nation’s 56th birthday last Tuesday with a display of joie de vivre of the sort not seen in three years, since the intifada broke outRead More


Israel Criticizes Report On Swiss Holocaust Funds

By Nathaniel Popper, With Reporting From Jta.

Lawyers for the State of Israel issued a strongly worded rebuke of recommendations submitted to a U.S. federal court last week on how to distribute any remaining money from the $1.25 billion Swiss bank settlement.Israel sent a memorandum to the court Tuesday criticizing last week’s report by Judah Gribetz, the court’s “special master” orRead More


Newsdesk April 30, 2004

WJC Pushes ResolutionThe World Jewish Congress has launched a campaign to get the United Nations General Assembly to pass a resolution condemning antisemitism at its next meeting this fall. The WJC has obtained the support of Secretary of State Colin Powell and a promise from Senator Hillary Clinton, a New York Democrat, toRead More


Former UJC Official, 65

Arthur Naparstek, former head of a department at the United Jewish Communities, died at 65. Naparstek died April 24 of complications from lung cancer. Naparstek headed the UJC’s Israel and Overseas Pillar from 2001 to 2002. An expert in urban redevelopment, Naparstek for a time was dean of the School of Applied Sciences at Case Western ReserveRead More


Geneva Coalition To Push Peace Initiative

By Marc Perelman

The authors of the Geneva peace initiative are trying to revive their advocacy campaign just as the Bush administration is endorsing Ariel Sharon’s Gaza disengagement plan.The group, an ad hoc coalition of Israeli and Palestinian politicians, academics and retired military and security officials, is opening an office in New York thatRead More


Envoy’s Daughter Resigns From CNN

CNN announced in Atlanta this week that reporter Rym Brahimi, the daughter of U.N. envoy Lakhdar Brahimi, had resigned from the network last Friday. Her resignation followed the announcement that she was engaged to a Jordanian prince, the Associated Press reported.Brahimi is engaged to Prince Ali, a half-brother of KingRead More


In a Time of Dissent, Jewish Conservatives Close Ranks

By Nathaniel Popper

A lone dissenter was left yelling his support for the settlers in Gaza at Sunday’s panel discussion hosted by the Jewish Policy Center, an offshoot of the Republican Jewish Coalition. The man was angry about how quickly the conservative panelists had dispensed with a question about the morality of forcing Israeli settlers out of Gaza.OneRead More


Its Leaders Liquidated, Hamas Looks to Tehran For Guidance on Terror

By Alex Fishman and Ori Nir

TEL AVIV — Even though he had been targeted for death since last fall, Israeli defense officials say the assassination of Abdel Aziz Rantisi became an urgent priority only in the last month, after he became the head of Hamas and began upgrading Iranian involvement in the organization.Rantisi, 54, was killed April 17 by an IsraeliRead More


Handing Over the Reins

By Gus Tyler

On April 12, in one of his rare press conferences, President Bush laid out a road map on America’s approach to Iraq’s future. Just two days later, he agreed to change — really reverse — the route. What happened?Much of Bush’s opening statement at the press conference consisted of what was once famously labeled “glitteringRead More


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