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‘Cultural Intifada’ As Artists, Celebrities Cancel Israel Plans

JERUSALEM - Actress Meg Ryan's decision to cancel her appearance at this week's Jerusalem Film Festival didn't garner the same attention in Israel as British rocker Elvis Costello's nixing his Israel concert this spring.

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   CNN's senior Middle East affairs editor yesterday professed her "respect" for an anti-American Islamic extremist who was an ideological guide to the Hizbullah...

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   The Obama administration is set to pressure Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to ease the blockade of the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip during the...

Former Israeli Chief Justice Looms Large At Kagan Hearings

NEW YORK - It was an unexpected development in an otherwise relatively mundane U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process. Failed Reagan nominee Robert Bork grabbed headlines last week when he spoke out against President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the high court. At the top of his complaint list: As dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan once referred to former Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak as her "judicial hero."

Former Israeli Chief Justice Looms Large At Kagan Hearings

NEW YORK - It was an unexpected development in an otherwise relatively mundane U.S. Supreme Court confirmation process. Failed Reagan nominee Robert Bork grabbed headlines last week when he spoke out against President Obama's nomination of Elena Kagan to the high court. At the top of his complaint list: As dean of Harvard Law School, Kagan once referred to former Israeli Chief Justice Aharon Barak as her "judicial hero."

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   The U.S. extracted concessions from Israel in exchange for American opposition to the establishment of a United Nations commission to investigate Israel's commando...

Israeli School Controversy Brings Secular-Haredi Tensions To Boil

JERUSALEM - -The showdown between the Israeli Supreme Court and the parents of students at a haredi Orthodox school found guilty of discriminatory practices against Sephardic girls has brought already strained secular-religious relations in Israel to a fever pitch.

EU Hosts Pres. Rivlin for Talks on Security Cooperation

The European Union is determined to convince Israel to cooperate with a peace plan that has already proved dead on arrival.

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   The Egyptian government believes July will be a decisive month that may see an Israeli military strike against Iran's nuclear facilities, according to...

U.S., Israel Adopt ‘Agree For Now’ Mode

WASHINGTON - The relationship between the Obama administration, the Netanyahu government and the pro-Israel community is ensconced on all fronts in "agree for now" mode.

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   The group behind the Gaza flotilla that engaged in deadly clashes with Israeli commandos counts among its top supporters the friends and associates...

Two More Boats On Way To Gaza

JERUSALEM - In the wake of Israel's military operation against the Mavi Marmara (see main story, page 1), IDF General Staff Operations Commander Col. Itzik Turjeman told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Tuesday that two additional Hamas-supporting ships were on their way to Gaza. He said they too would be intercepted, hinting that electronic means might be used.

Israel Grapples With Widespread Condemnation Over Flotilla Attack

JERUSALEM - With nations around the world condemning Israel for the deaths of nine activists aboard a Gaza-bound ship, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu canceled a planned visit to the White House.

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   A U.S. plan envisions stationing international troops along Israel's border with a future Palestinian state, this column has learned.    Palestinian Authority officials privy...

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   If Israel and the Palestinians fail to reach an agreement to create a Palestinian state, the Obama administration will look into imposing a...

Why ‘Peace Process’ Champion Changed His Mind

WASHINGTON - Depending on your view of the Middle East and the Obama administration, Aaron David Miller is either a hero or a turncoat.

The Challenge Weiner Never Expected

Believing that incumbent Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY) no longer effectively advocates on behalf of his constituents, and that our sacred democratic process is for naught should he run unopposed, Joseph Hayon, a 32-year-old father of two, has joined the race for New York's 9th congressional seat. Hayon, a former retail manager, service coordinator, entrepreneur, and elementary school teacher - and self-described "regular American citizen, never before involved in politics" - is pitting himself against one of New York's most seasoned political figures.

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President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan, has argued that certain forms of speech that promote "racial or gender inequality" should be illegal, this column has found.

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   A Muslim extremist who earlier warned that TV's "South Park" creators should be "afraid for their lives" for insulting Islam's prophet Muhammad now...

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   Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu agreed to quietly halt all Jewish construction in eastern Jerusalem (see related news brief, page 3) as a "confidence-building...

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Rumored potential Supreme Court pick Elena Kagan has advocated for an increased presidential role in regulation, which, she conceded, would mean an extension of...

RCA Parley To Address Women’s Leadership Roles

With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbinical conference is expected to draw its largest crowd in years.

RCA Parley To Address Women’s Leadership Roles

With a high-profile discussion scheduled on women's leadership and two proposed rules aimed at marginalizing rabbis who deviate leftward on hot-button issues, an upcoming Orthodox rabbinical conference is expected to draw its largest crowd in years.

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      Former New York Mayor Ed Koch, a Democrat who campaigned for President Obama in 2008, slammed the U.S. leader's recent treatment of Israel...

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   In an unprecedented move, the U.S. under the Obama administration has been conducting negotiations with Israel on behalf of the Palestinian Authority, according...

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