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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

Bibi’s Next Act

Jewish Light EditorialPublished April 17, 2019

He faced the biggest political and legal challenges in his long career and endured an election that was too close to call most of the day and night. But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu eventually won enough seats to form a right-far right coalition...

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg

St. Louis rabbi part of Unity Mission that met with Netanyahu

By Eric Berger, Staff WriterPublished October 25, 2018

Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg of United Hebrew Congregation participated in a rabbinic mission to Israel last week. The group of 20 rabbis from the Reform, Conservative and Orthodox movements was able to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The goal...

Kadima Party leader Shaul Mofaz speaking at a news conference in Petach Tikvah about Kadimas reasons for leaving the Israeli government coalition, July 17, 2012.

Israeli political constellation realigns as Kadima quits government

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished July 17, 2012

For the second time in just two months, the Israeli political universe was upended when Shaul Mofaz’s Kadima Party voted to quit Israel’s governing coalition. Kadima's departure, the result of a breakdown in negotiations over reforming Israel’s...

Benjamin Netanyahu and Shaul Mofaz.

Netanyahu promises ‘historical law’ for equal sharing of national service burden

By Israel Hayom, Exclusive to JNS.orgPublished July 12, 2012

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Vice Prime Minister and Kadima Chairman Shaul Mofaz have agreed to establish a team to hash out the new law for equality of the national burden, the replacement to the Tal Law, a statement from the Prime Minister’s...

President Obama drops by a meeting between National Security Advisor Tom Donilon and Deputy Prime Minister Shaul Mofaz of Israel, third from left, in the White House, June 21, 2012.

Mofaz grabs attention in U.S. with hopes of peace talks

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished June 25, 2012

WASHINGTON — With his recent return to the top ranks of Israel’s government, Shaul Mofaz is receiving plenty of attention in high places for emphasizing renewed talk of peace with the Palestinians. It’s yet another high point in a relatively short...

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak during an Independence Party meeting at the Knesset on May 21.

Was Barak’s call for unilateral action with the Palestinians a trial balloon?

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished June 4, 2012

Was Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s recent suggestion that Israel take “unilateral action” to solve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict a hint at a policy under discussion or just an off-the-cuff remark? And how will the response of others —...

A haredi Orthodox man watching Israeli soldiers at an army ceremony at the Western Wall in Jerusalem, Feb. 22, 2012.

For new Israeli coalition, haredi army exemptions issue is front and center

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished May 9, 2012

Israel’s new unity government may not alter Jerusalem’s strategy for curbing Iran’s nuclear weapons program or do much to revive the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. But it could dramatically change something at home about which a huge number...

Editorial: Man in the Mirror

Published May 9, 2012

What will the surprising and sudden deal struck between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Kadima Party to expand the ruling coalition mean for the coming months? According to Netanyahu, it will help him focus on successfully executing...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Kadima Party chairman Shaul Mofaz at a joint news conference in the Knesset announcing that Kadima has joined the coalition government, May 8, 2012.

Likud-Kadima coalition nixes early elections

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished May 8, 2012

JERUSALEM—Israelis went to sleep Monday night expecting early elections in September for the 19th Knesset. They woke up to the news that elections would take place as planned in October 2013. A behind-the-scenes deal clinched overnight between Prime...

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, right, and Defense Minister Ehud Barak are shown at an arrival ceremony for freed Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in October 2011.

Bibi and Barak: Bluffing or committed to war?

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished May 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — Has Israel’s game of chicken with Iran jumped the shark? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Ehud Barak in recent months have been more explicit than ever about the likelihood of an Israeli strike on Iran to...

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with his father, Benzion, at a memorial day for Yoni Netanyahu at Mount Herzl military cemetery in Jerusalem, June 26, 2007.

Benzion Netanyahu’s role in U.S. politics

By Rafael Medoff, JTAPublished April 30, 2012

NEW YORK -- Benzion Netanyahu -- historian, one-time political activist and father of Israel's prime minister -- died Monday in Jerusalem at 102. An accomplished scholar and the patriarch of one of Israel's most important political families, he also played...

Gil Hoffman talks with guests during an informal meeting held by the Jewish Light and Anti-Defamation League.

‘J Post’ analyst discusses Israel politics

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished April 25, 2012

The recent political defeat of Kadima Party leader Tzipi Livni could be a “positive development” for a possible new unity government in Israel and for the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process, according to Gil Hoffman, chief political correspondent...

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