Taking yet another shift to the right on the Israeli – Palestinian conflict, the Republican Party is poised to drop reference to Palestinians from its platform and to reinforced the call for keeping Jerusalem “undivided” under Israeli rule.
In its last round of debates, the Democratic Party once again refused to insert language seen as pro-Palestinian into its platform.
Rejecting decades-old policy, the Republican Party approved on July 12 a platform that does not include a call for a two-state solution to the Israeli–Palestinian conflict. Instead, it defers to Israel to determine whether it is interested in negotiating a deal with the Palestinians, and omits any reference to a solution that would establish an independent Palestinian state alongside Israel.
Women of the Wall has more influence over prayer at the Kotel than ever. So why do some members accuse the movement’s leaders of selling out its most cherished ideals?
The Western Wall rabbi requested that haredi Orthodox girls not fill the plaza for the next Women of the Wall service.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The ongoing drama over prayer at the Western Wall encapsulates all that divides the Jewish people — and what can unify us.
A new prayer platform next to the Western Wall is framed by its creators as a step forward for women’s access to the holy site. That’s not how Women of the Wall see it.
FORWARD EDITORIAL: The parties’ platforms reflect their philosophies. Both parties have shifted rightward on domestic issues since 1980, but the GOP has taken a sharper turn.
There are three lessons from the Democrats’ Jerusalem platform snafu, J.J. Goldberg writes. Jews still matter. Israel matters to Jews. And Muslim Americans are emerging as a political force.