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Newsdesk August 1, 2003

Israel, Austria Renew TiesIsrael is resuming full diplomatic ties with Austria and will soon appoint an ambassador to Vienna, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom announced Tuesday at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with his Austrian counterpart, Benita Ferrero-Waldner.Israel downgraded relations with Austria in February 2000 after the far-rightRead More


Community Head: France No More Antisemitic Than U.S.

By Marc Perelman

The message is crystal-clear.Point one: French society is not more antisemitic than American society. Yes, there is anti-Jewish violence in France, but nearly all of it comes from socially estranged Arab youths, inflamed by the intifada. And in France, unlike America, no Jews have been killed or seriously wounded.Point two: American JewishRead More


The Return of the Deficit

By Gus Tyler

The federal budget deficit for fiscal 2003 will be the largest in American history, according to the White House. The estimate is that the deficit will run to $455 billion for the year. It breaks all records by billions. The highest deficit up until this year was $290 billion in 1992 when George Bush Sr. wasRead More


AJCommittee Stands Alone on Controversial Nominees

Two high-profile nomination battles have left the American Jewish Committee in a lonely position: out front on behalf of a Middle East scholar condemned by Democrats and Arab groups and on the sidelines in the fight against one of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees.Of the three so-called Jewish defense agencies, a listRead More


Bronfman Criticizes Security Fence

The president of the World Jewish Congress criticized Israel’s security fence in a letter to President Bush.The fence, which Israel says is necessary against terrorist infiltration, is “complicated and potentially problematic,” Edgar Bronfman wrote to Bush on Monday. The letter is co-signed by Lawrence Eagleburger, a former secretaryRead More


The Do-It-Yourself Ethos of ‘I Do’

By Lisa Keys

Michael Endelman’s parents couldn’t quite recall their wedding canopy; a cursory look at wedding photos illuminated a beige cloth adorned with “some kind of greenery” and daisies. Like most standard-issue chupahs, it was pretty — and unremarkable.But when Endelman, 27, marries later this month in Marin County, Calif., he’ll standRead More


Abbas, Jewish Leaders Talk About Peace

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — A meeting between Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas and about 50 Jewish community leaders in Washington last week left most of the activists convinced of Abbas’s commitment to peace. The meeting also underscored the growing support for President Bush’s Israeli-Palestinian peace initiative among theRead More


Arrest of Settlers On Terror Charges Inflames Hebron

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A pair of Jewish settlers from Hebron, arrested on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell, remain behind bars this week following legal maneuvers that have pitted many hard-line settlers against Ariel Sharon’s government.Yitzhak Pass — father of Shalhevet Pass, the 10-month-old killed by a sniper’s bullet in Hebron on MarchRead More


Immigrant Policy Eyed as German Community Swells

By Nathaniel Popper

BERLIN — Barely two generations after the Holocaust, Germany may be edging Israel aside as the world’s most sought-after refuge for Jews fleeing persecution.That, at least, is the impression created by figures released this month showing that Germany had outpaced Israel last year for the first time ever as the main destination ofRead More


Lobbyists Quiet Before White House Visits

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — On the eve of back-to-back White House visits by the Israeli and Palestinian prime ministers, and with pressure mounting for Israeli gestures to strengthen the Palestinian leader, Washington lobbyists for Israel were keeping an uncharacteristically low profile this week.With a handful of exceptions on the right and left, lobbyistsRead More


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