Judea, Samaria communities won’t be evacuated in peace deal, Netanyahu says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said at a Likud Party faction meeting on Monday that there would be no evacuation of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria in a peace deal resulting from the U.S.-brokered Israeli-Palestinian conflict negotiations. “A settlement freeze during negotiations is not on the agenda,” Netanyahu said. “The talks are not about… Read More

Palestinians sign $1.2 billion gas deal with Israel

The co-owners of the Leviathan gas field off the coast of Israel has signed an agreement with the Palestine Power Generation Company for the sale of $1.2 billion in natural gas over 20 years. As part of the agreement, the PPGC, which is slated to construct a power plant in Jenin, will purchase 4.75 billion… Read More

Psagot Criminals Captured

Two Arab men responsible for the Oct. 5 attacking and stabbing of an Israeli girl in Psagot were arrested by Israeli Police and Shabak, the army announced Sunday. Abdallah Shahadeh Abu Kabitah, 22, and Shabel Atef Karan, 20, both residents of El-Bireh, a Ramallah suburb adjacent to Psagot, were arrested for attacking Noam Glick, 9,… Read More

Somewhere In The Middle


“What we have now are politicians and not statesmen,” said Hillel Schenker, co-editor of the Palestine-Israel Journal. “Statesmen [are people] who are ready to take risks for the long term — on both sides.” Think Pericles of Athens, Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill; for all three men, their bedrock of principles rested on the ideal… Read More

Holocaust Survivors Teach Israeli Chefs


When Itzik Yaacobi was a hungry teenager in the Auschwitz concentration camp, he used to dream about food he didn’t have — a pear, an apple, a watermelon — but he never dreamed that one day he would cook with a dean of Israeli chefs, in this case Shalom Kadosh. Yaacobi is sitting in Kadosh’s… Read More

Increased Sanctions Proposed For Iran


Defying the Obama administration’s push for a diplomatic way to end Iran’s nuclear weapons program, 26 U.S. senators introduced legislation calling for increased sanctions if Iran violates an international six-month agreement that has yet to go into effect. The legislation introduced last week requires further reductions in purchases of Iranian petroleum and applies additional penalties… Read More

An Academic Exercise


Four months into his tenure as CEO of Hillel International, Eric Fingerhut says he understands several things. “Everyone understands that the discussion about Israel on campus has gotten complex. There are legitimate areas for discussion, and Hillel wants to foster robust dialogue and build [the students’] connection to Israel, which is my ultimate goal.” In… Read More

A Unique Community


South Africa is a captivating country that offers a multitude of experiences from wildlife spotting and whale watching to spectacular scenery. Travelers can trace the history of humans with a visit to the caves at the Cradle of Mankind. They can ride a cable car to the top of Table Mountain in Cape Town or… Read More

JDC Centennial Event


Thanking one Asian country for its kindness toward Jews faced with annihilation 75 years ago and warning another not to even think about harming Israel, top Jewish officials at a Dec. 11 dinner wrapped up three days of meetings that marked the 100th anniversary of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC). Jose L. Cuisia,… Read More

Jacob Ostreicher Released


Jacob Ostreicher, the Orthodox father of five who had been held against his will in Bolivia for more than two years, is back in the United States at an undisclosed location, his family announced on Tuesday, Dec. 17. “I am not sure of the details,” said his daughter, Chaya Weinberger. “I still have not heard… Read More