Separate — but not equal

Israel’s self-described interim solution covering where and how women can pray at the Western Wall hasn’t stopped Jews from all sides of the issue from wanting to hit their heads against a wall. A 4,840-square-foot platform designed to accommodate up to 450 worshippers at a time was just installed. The new prayer plaza, connected by a… Read More

Heeding Kerry’s peace call, Jewish groups rap Bennett’s two-state obit

By Ron Kampeas It’s almost boilerplate: The American Jewish community asks a foreign leader with whom it has cultivated a close relationship to kindly tell firebrands in the leader’s government to pipe down and fall in with an established policy that happens to be embraced by the U.S. government. Greece? Romania? Hungary? Russia? Try Israel…. Read More

What’s John Kerry doing here?

Mark Landler and Jodi Rudoren at the New York Times ask a question that’s been puzzling Israeli journalists and analysts for weeks: With Egyptians rioting and Syria getting only bloodier, why is the U.S. secretary of state focusing on Israel and the Palestinians? Even if John Kerry succeeds in the apparently herculean task of getting… Read More

Report: Shalit could have avoided captivity

Gilad Shalit’s capture was the result of his operational failures and those by other members of his tank crew, interviews with Shalit revealed. Shalit, the only member of a three-man crew who survived a cross-border, guerrilla-style attack on June 25, 2006 by armed Palestinians from Gaza, failed to seize several opportunities to fire on his… Read More

Tamar field in northern Israel yields natural gas

Natural gas started to flow from a Tamar field that is expected to meet Israel’s domestic needs for at least the next 20 years. The gas, which began flowing from an offshore rig in the Mediterranean Sea, was expected to reach an intake center in Ashdod in southern Israel on Sunday afternoon. Some 9 trillion… Read More