World news

Analysis: Recep Erdogan's strategy may soon backfire

By Meir Javedanfar, July 8, 2010

The results of the recent poll conducted by the Israel Project in the United States must have come as great news to the Turks. According to its findings, only 34 per cent of Americans support the Israeli operation against the flotilla, and this is in a country where public opinion is very sympathetic to Israel.

More..

Israeli coalition hit by secret Turkish meetings

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

A meeting between Israeli and Turkish ministers last week, intended to be secret, seems to have done nothing to improve the countries' rocky relations, instead causing at least two crises within Binyamin Netanyahu's coalition.

Trade and Industry Minister Binyamin Ben-Eliezer has close ties with politicians in many Muslim countries and has undertaken delicate diplomatic missions in the past. Following the breakdown of Israel's relationship with the Erdogan administration after the Gaza flotilla incident last month, Mr Ben-Eliezer tried to use back channels to mend fences.

More..

Analysis: Is Barack Obama finally learning to be nice to Israel?

By Jonathan Tobin, July 8, 2010

Both President Barak Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pulled out the stops to show the world that all is well between them this week.

But however much they protested that the US-Israel alliance is as strong as ever, Mr Obama is still convinced that his predecessor's closeness to the Jewish state was a mistake that harmed the prospects for peace.

In response to Washington's cold shoulder, Mr Netanyahu has wisely made concessions, accepting a two-state solution and even a limited settlement freeze.

More..

Analysis: Obama and Netanyahu smile for the cameras

By Anshel Pfeffer, July 8, 2010

The master of oratory was a bit off-form on Tuesday. President Barack Obama said all the right words at the end of his Oval Office meeting with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, but his heart obviously was not in it.

He stuttered slightly, repeatedly failed to make eye contact with the camera and almost fluffed his lines. Mr Netanyahu seemed much more at ease, but then he has a lot more practice than the president at glossing over compromise in public.

More..

Judge orders warring couple to build wall across flat

By Ellen Tumposky, July 8, 2010

She wants him out of the house. He thinks she should be the one to leave.

A judge thinks the solution for a warring Orthodox Jewish couple in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, might be for both of them to stay put.

So he has suggested that they consider building a wall to divide their roomy flat into very distinct "his" and "hers" sections.

Judge Eric Prus of Brooklyn Supreme Court floated the suggestion in the acrimonious and ongoing divorce proceedings between Pinchus and Nechama Gold. The case was most recently in court last week.

More..

Camp David: Ten years on for Middle East peace

July 8, 2010

Ten years after the Camp David summit between the Israelis and Palestinians ended acrimoniously, one of the main architects of the peace plan that emerged from the negotiations is still certain that it presents the only viable solution to the conflict.

More..

CNN editor sacked for Hizbollah "admiration"

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2010

The CNN Middle East editor has been sacked after using Twitter to express her admiration for a Hizbollah cleric.

Beirut-born journalist Octavia Nasr said in a Tweet last week: “Sad to hear of the passing of Sayyed Mohammed Hussein Fadlallah... One of Hizbollah's giants I respect a lot."

A CNN spokesman said that Ms Nasr was leaving because her impartiality had been “compromised”.

The Shia cleric was believed to be the spiritual leader of Lebanese terrorist group Hizbollah, and was one of the top clerics in the country.

More..

Lindsay Lohan and Israeli: just 'friends'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2010

Actress Lindsay Lohan has denied rumours she is dating a former Israeli soldier.

Gossip sites had claimed the troubled star, who has just been sentenced to a three month jail stint for breaching parole, had fallen for Israeli Eilat Anschel

But the Mean Girls actress told her twitter followers that they are not romantically linked.

She tweeted: “Eilat is one of my best friends! and best friend ONLY - just an fyi.”

Ms Lohan, 23, split up with her Jewish girlfriend Sam Ronson, sister of musician Mark Ronson, early in 2010.

More..

Judge bars barmitzvah

By Jennifer Lipman, July 6, 2010

Three children have been barred from having bar and batmitzvah ceremonies because their devout Catholic father does not want them to be committed to Judaism.

A court ruled that the children’s Jewish mother could not arrange for them to participate until they either made their own choice to or the father changed his mind.

The father, known only as Mr Macri, sought the injuction in the Australian court so that his children can pick their religion in a ''voluntary and informed'' way when they are more mature.

More..

Glee creator to make film about Jewish activist

By Jennifer Lipman, July 5, 2010

A play about a Jewish Aids activist is to be made into a film by the creator of television show Glee.

American Jewish playwright Larry Kramer is to adapt his semi-autobiographical 1985 drama The Normal Heart for the screen.

Mr Kramer drew on his experiences as one of the founders of the Gay Men's Health Crisis (GMHC) in the early 1980s to create the part of advocate Ned Weeks.

The GMHC were crucial in challenging the idea that Aids was only a “gay cancer”.

More..