Israel/Mideast

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. […]

Tuesday, July 18th, 2017

A silent crowd of thousands

Yom Hazikaron in Israel By CARMEN GARRIGOS My time spent at URJ Heller High in Israel was a semester filled with new and exciting experiences. There was always an adventure to be had, whether I was in class or climbing up a mountain with 60 of my closest friends. Every day was new and filled […]

Wednesday, July 5th, 2017

American Jews vs. the Israeli government

American Jews really care about pluralism, but it’s not just about pluralism By ANDREW SILOW-CARROLL (JTA) — The Great Jewish Revolt of 2017. The Bar Kotel Rebellion. The Diaspora Strikes Back. Whatever you call it, last week’s clash between American Jewish leaders and the Netanyahu government felt louder, angrier and more significant than previous clashes […]

Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Yomi: A good dog’s good life

Raising Yomi the Canaan dog By CATHERINE ORKIN OSKOW Yomi was born in our home November 29, 2003. Her mother Nafti was our daughter’s special dog; her father Barak, an Israel-born Canaan dog, champion in four countries. Right before the Israel Canaan Dog Club of America (ICDCA) National Show, Nafti’s ultrasound showed no pups. Barak […]

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Israel gave Trump the royal treatment

Trump’s visit to Israel brings him multiple standing ovations, while troubles mount back in the States By ANDREW TOBIN JERUSALEM (JTA) — President Donald Trump must have felt like he was back behind his desk at Trump Tower. During his whirlwind visit to Israel and the West Bank on Monday and Tuesday, the U.S. leader […]