Israel/Mideast

Wednesday, January 17th, 2018

Will Abbas’ rant kill the peace process?

‘Today is the day that the Oslo Accords end,’ Mahmoud Abbas said By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — The Oslo Accords? “Killed,” the Palestinian Authority president says, blaming Israel. The Israeli prime minister says the Palestinians are now “unmasked” — but naturally he blames the Palestinians. Notably, the United States is silent. The P.A. president, […]

Thursday, December 21st, 2017

Israel and American Jews grew apart in 2017

The last six months have seen growing disagreement between Israeli and American Jews By BEN SALES (JTA) — This hasn’t been a good year for Israel and American Jews. The two poles of world Jewry, each boasting about half of the globe’s total Jews, have never quite seen eye to eye on everything from religion […]

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Rabbi Arik Ascherman: A Torah of social justice

Rabbi Arik Ascherman’s criticism of Israel is motivated by his vision of the country living up to our highest Jewish values By MORDECAI SPECKTOR In a widely distributed 2015 web video, Rabbi Arik Ascherman, then the director of Rabbis for Human Rights in Israel, is seen being attacked by a knife-wielding Jewish settler in the […]

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Islamic nations warn Trump on Jerusalem

Trump, who campaigned on a promise of moving the embassy, originally walked it back after assuming the presidency By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital would be an act of “naked aggression” that would cause the United States to lose “its mediating role” in the Middle East, the Organization of Islamic […]

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Political turmoil in Saudi Arabia, Lebanon concerns Israel

Mohammed bin Salman, the recently minted Saudi crown prince, has placed his rivals under house arrest By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — What is MBS? Why did Lebanon’s prime minister resign — and why in Saudi Arabia? What’s Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas doing in Saudi Arabia? Where is Jared Kushner in all this? And […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

Israeli women have been saying ‘Me Too’ for years

The “Gam Ani” movement, much like “Me Too,” is a reference to the notion that nearly every Israeli woman has a story to tell By ANDREW TOBIN TEL AVIV (JTA) — International fashion model Maayan Keret said she was raped at the age of 12. Since then, Keret said, she has been harassed or assaulted […]

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

State anti-BDS laws are hitting unintended targets and nobody’s happy

Anti-BDS laws prohibiting compliance with or support of a boycott of Israel are facing stumbling blocks By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — On May 2, Israel’s Independence Day, Texas state Rep. Phil King stood smiling as Gov. Greg Abbott signed King’s bill banning the state from doing business with boycotters of Israel. “Anti-Israel policies are […]

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

Jared Kushner was in the Middle East. Did Trump’s A team bring a peace plan?

The U.S. administration has yet to describe its preferred framework for peace in the Middle East By RON KAMPEAS WASHINGTON (JTA) — Seven months into the Trump presidency, Israel and the Palestinians, along with other countries in the Middle East and experts on policy in the region, are still waiting for the U.S. administration to describe […]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Israeli-American: Why more Israelis are moving to the U.S.

Last year, Israeli Cabinet members lined up to address a Washington, D.C., conference celebrating Israeli-American identity By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — Six years ago, the Israeli government released a series of controversial ads to show its expatriates that they would never feel at home in the United States. But last year, Israeli Cabinet […]

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

Jared Kushner on Israeli-Palestinian peace: ‘There may be no solution’

“There may be no solution, but it’s one of the problem sets that the president asked us to focus on.” By BEN SALES NEW YORK (JTA) — If Jared Kushner is the only person who can deliver Middle East peace — as his father-in-law Donald Trump said — he comes off as a reluctant savior. […]