USA

Peace frozen on Kerry-go-round

By Alon Pinkas, April 18, 2013

Unsurprisingly, it didn’t take Israelis and Palestinians long to declare with conviction that US Secretary of State John Kerry’s first “shuttle” trip to the region had failed. Conditions are “unacceptable” and the “obstacles are too big.” And this was before either was asked to do the fundamentally reasonable thing: compare maps delineating the two-state model.

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US Senate pledges military backing for Israel over Iran

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

The US Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee has passed a resolution to support Israel if a conflict with Iran arises.

Resolution 65, sponsored by Senator Robert Menendez and Senator Lindsey Graham, was voted on by the Senate on Tuesday.

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US cemetery director looted tombstone cash

By Zoe Winograd, April 17, 2013

An American Jewish cemetery director has pleaded guilty to stealing $1 million from her institution.

Ilana Friedman, 51, had been pocketing money from bereaved families, causing losses to Staten Island’s Jewish cemetery of over $850,000 between 2005 and 2011.

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Israelis helped prepare Boston hospital for mass-casualty event

By Zoe Winograd, April 16, 2013

An Israeli team has been credited for having prepared the Massachusetts General Hospital for the current influx of victims of the Boston marathon bombing.

Seventeen critically injured people are being treated at the hospital after two explosions in downtown Boston on Tuesday afternoon.

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US and Europe act to prevent resignation of Fayyad

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

American and European officials have asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to postpone a meeting with Prime Minister Salam Fayyad which was meant to take place today.

It is believed that Mr Abbas wanted to discuss the possibility of Mr Fayyad leaving the government.

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Fake rabbi sent to jail

By Zoe Winograd, April 12, 2013

A New York immigration lawyer who pretended to be a rabbi has been sentenced to four years in jail.

Earl Seth David, 49, known as Rabbi Avraham David, used the title of rabbi for 13 years to gain the trust of US immigrants looking to bid for naturalisation. According to sources, David pocketed up to $30,000 per case to forge false immigration papers.

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Good luck, Mr Kerry, the two sides remain divided

By Anshel Pfeffer, April 11, 2013

American Secretary of State John Kerry sounded hopeful this week when he tried to relaunch the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians — but it seems that so far he has only succeeded in highlighting the distance between the two sides and major differences within the Israeli cabinet.

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Opinion divided over Kerry peace talks visit

By Zoe Winograd, April 10, 2013

US Secretary of State John Kerry has left Israel feeling optimistic – but the Palestinians less so - after a three-day shuttle diplomacy visit.

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Family in a viral spiral

By Sipora Levy, March 22, 2013

Helen Schulman’s fifth novel, This Beautiful Life, (Atlantic, £7.99), set in contemporary Manhattan, is a bold exploration of a family at breaking point, with themes of sex, love and morality.

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Perplexed guide for life

By Natasha Lehrer, March 22, 2013

How Should a Person Be?
By Sheila Heti
Harvill Secker, £16.99

This book crashed like a kind of meteorite into the literary landscape when it was published last year in the US. It was hailed as a major literary work of extraordinary originality — and has now been longlisted in the UK for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (successor to the Orange).

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