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Young Israel’s Eviction Plans Draw Criticism

By Nacha Cattan

A national organization charged with aiding Orthodox synagogues plans to sell its building and evict two congregations in the process.In a statement, leaders of one of the congregations accused the National Council of Young Israel of driving the synagogue “out of existence” by deciding to sell its main office building to a realRead More


U.S. Favors Small Team To Monitor Road Map Progress

By Marc Perelman

The Bush administration is finalizing plans to send a team of monitors to verify the implementation by Israel and the Palestinians of the “road map” peace plan. The size and composition of that team, though, is a source of disagreement.While the administration appears ready to settle on a small CIA team, as Israel would prefer, the otherRead More


In Post-Saddam Middle East, Now Is the Time for a Separated Peace

By Alon Pinkas

While it is still too early for an accurate assessment of how America’s toppling of Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq will change the Middle East, one thing is certain: The strategic landscape in the region has changed significantly, and is inexorably on course to further change.From Israel’s regional perspective, Iraq has been eliminated as aRead More


No Discussion Of Settlements, Diplomats Say

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite the road map’s requirement of Israeli steps toward a settlement construction freeze, Israel and the United States have not held any detailed discussions of the steps that would be involved in such a move, senior Israeli diplomatic sources said. American administration sources confirmed the Israeli account.The text of theRead More


U.K. Looks Inward as Its Boys Turn Up as Suicide Bombers

By S.A. Greene

LONDON — The disclosure that two British citizens were involved in a Tel Aviv suicide attack has come as a shock to Britain. It has not, however, come as a surprise for British Jews.“I think we are saddened but not surprised,” said Henry Grunwald, president-elect of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, the country’s main JewishRead More


White House Is Aiming To Raise Iranian Nukes At U.N. Security Council

By Marc Perelman

In a possible softening of its attitude toward the United Nations, the Bush administration has decided to bring the issue of Iran’s nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council.While it bypassed the world body to deal with Iraq militarily and is trying to handle North Korea’s recently revealed nuclear capability through regional talks, theRead More


Chief Rabbi Pick Opposed on Corruption, Abuse Charges

By Forward Staff and Ha’aretz

TEL AVIV — Israel’s Supreme Court has been asked to block the installation of the nation’s newly elected Ashkenazic chief rabbi, because of allegations that include incompetence, extorting money from marrying couples, forging signatures on marriage contracts and sexual abuse of women and boys.The rabbi, Yona Metzger, currently a neighborhoodRead More


Prolific Writer Awarded for Letters to the Editor

By Max Gross

Stephen A. Silver knows how to get his name in print.He is the recipient of a media watch group’s Letter Writer of the Year Award because of the dozens of letters he published in numerous magazines and newspapers around the world on behalf of Israel.Silver, who lives in Concord, Calif., is one of more than 3,500 American members of theRead More


Israeli Ambassador Gets Down to Business at the U.N.

By Marc Perelman

UNITED NATIONS — In the aristocratic world of the United Nations, where diplomats land appointments only after slowly climbing the ranks of their foreign services, Israeli ambassador Dan Gillerman is a maverick.Gillerman is no career diplomat. He is a businessman who has agreed to forgo shares and profits for a while and instead fight overRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Alternate Route: “The Oslo accords, which were produced by direct negotiations, have collapsed and have been replaced by a violent interaction that the two sides cannot end by themselves,” Martin Indyk writes in the May/June issue of the prestigious journal Foreign Affairs. “Without some form of effective international intervention, IsraelisRead More





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