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Newsdesk December 19, 2003

Minister Backs Down on PrizeEducation Minister Limor Livnat on Tuesday night retracted her decision to deny Daniel Barenboim the prestigious Wolf Prize after she heard the maestro tell Israel Radio that he apologizes to anyone who might have been offended by anything he had done.Livnat, who chairs the Wolf Foundation in her capacity as minister ofRead More


Re-election Makes President Bush Run

By Gus Tyler

Recent moves by the White House make it increasingly evident that what makes George W. Bush run is his run for re-election in 2004. Consider his ambivalent antics on steel tariffs. The president imposed tariffs on imported steel. Why did he do it? The universal answer is that he did it to woo the votes of workers in the steel industry inRead More


Rabbis Urged To Quit Alliance

By Miriam Colton

Several rabbis are being urged to drop out of an anti-gay marriage coalition because it includes a Muslim organization with alleged ties to terrorist groups.One rabbi, Marc Gellman, a Reform clergyman best known for co-hosting the interfaith television program “God Squad,” has already severed ties to the Alliance for Marriage, citingRead More


Poll: Support for Israel is Strong

By Nathaniel Popper

By a two-to-one margin, 62% to 31%, Americans believe their government should back Israel even if it leads to an increased probability of terrorist attacks against this country, according to a new survey of American attitudes toward the Middle East sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League.The poll, conducted from December 1- 4, shows strongRead More


In Rare Speech, Shin Bet Chief Cites Iran, Jewish Terror as Threats

HERZLIYA, Israel — In a rare public appearance, the director of the Shin Bet security service this week called Iran the “No. 1 terror state in the world,” urged the government to build the West Bank fence as quickly as possible and admitted the security services, “including the Shin Bet,” had not provided the Israeli public with “theRead More


Worshippers Indicted After Entering Palestinian Areas

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — In a move intended to deter Israelis from entering Palestinian-controlled areas, Israeli state prosecutors have filed charges against a group of Bratslav chasidim who illegally went to pray at Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus last week — and were attacked by Palestinian gunmen as they left the site.Eight of the 16 Jews who enteredRead More


Envoy Under Fire for Discussing Terror Suspect’s Trial

By Sheldon Gordon

OTTAWA — The Israeli ambassador to Canada came under fire last week after publicly disclosing that a Hamas official had allegedly tried to recruit a Canadian citizen of Palestinian origin to assist in terrorist attacks in North America.The Canadian Foreign Ministry called in Israeli Ambassador Chaim Divon to protest comments heRead More


Sen. Santorum Blasts France On Religious Symbol Ban

By Marc Perelman

A leading Republican senator is blasting the French government for its efforts to impose a ban on the wearing of religious symbols or garments in public schools.Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, the Senate’s third-ranking Republican, told the Forward that the French decision was “very dangerous.”“This is further evidence of the postmodernRead More


Jerusalem Buzzes With Talk of Unilateral Moves Ahead of Sharon Speech

By Chemi Shalev

JERUSALEM — Israel’s political establishment, from left to right, is waiting nervously for the expected unveiling next week by Prime Minister Sharon of his long-awaited plan for ending Israel’s current standoff with the Palestinians.Sharon is said to be planning to outline a detailed plan in a speech next Thursday at the conclusionRead More


Cummings Will Endorse Dean

The campaign of former Vermont governor Howard Dean is denying a newspaper report saying that questions about Dean’s support of Israel are delaying the endorsement of an influential black congressman.The Baltimore Sun reported Tuesday that Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the head of the Congressional Black Caucus, was delaying the announcementRead More





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