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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

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...

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...

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...

Tzipi Livni, the outgoing leader of Israel’s main opposition Kadima Party, speaking to the media after losing to Shaul Mofaz in the primaries, March 27, 2012.

Livni’s fall followed meteoric political rise

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished April 4, 2012

JERUSALEM—Tzipi Livni’s resounding fall in the leadership vote for Kadima, Israel’s largest political party, was as dramatic as her rise to political power. Ahead of last week’s vote, most polls were predicting that Livni would defeat Shaul Mofaz,...

Haredi Orthodox men clash with police in the Israeli city of
Beit Shemesh, Dec. 26, 2011.
Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Where do Israeli Haredim stand on Haredi violence?

By Uriel Heilman, JTAPublished January 4, 2012

The cascade of condemnations started pouring in almost as soon as the Israeli TV report aired. Its subject was  an 8-year-old girl harassed by Haredi men on the way to her Modern Orthodox girls' school in the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh. The Israeli...

Haredi Orthodox men argue with secular Israelis in Beit Shemesh
following demands that authorities crack down on religious
extremists who want stricter gender segregation in the city, Dec.
26, 2011. Photo: Kobi Gideon / Flash90 / JTA

Haredi violence in Beit Shemesh catches Israel’s attention

BY Marcy Oster, JTA, JERUSALEMPublished December 28, 2011

For several years now, the Jerusalem suburb of Beit Shemesh has been the site of on-again, off-again religious violence. But it wasn't until the plight of a fearful 8-year-old girl from a Modern Orthodox immigrant family from America was broadcast on...

Palestinians from the West bank village of Burqa view the damage
to their mosque from an arson allegedly committed by Israeli
extremist settlers in a price tag attack Dec. 15. Photo: Issam

Attacks by radical settlers spark debate

By Mati Wagner, JTA, YITZHAR, West BankPublished December 21, 2011

Charred tires and boulders pushed to the sides of the road leading to Yitzhar, a West Bank Jewish community near Nablus, were among the signs that residents had made an effort to prevent Israeli soldiers and police from entering the settlement. Patches...

Rep. Russ Carnahan speaks to a group assembled by the Jewish
Community Relations Council last week at the JCC. Rep. Carnahan was
speaking about his recent trip to Israel and Ramallah, where he met
with Israeli and Palastinian leaders. Photo: Kristi Foster.

Rep. Carnahan meets with top Israeli leaders on trip to Jewish State

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished September 7, 2011

After recently returning from Israel, Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-Mo., met with local Jewish leaders last week and stressed that while he has long supported a two-state solution in which Israel would peacefully exist with Palestine, he opposes efforts by the...

Fifteen members of the 33-person St. Louis delegation to the 2011 AIPAC Policy Conference meet with Rep. Todd Akin in his office after the recent Policy Conference in Washington.

St. Louis delegation gets up-close political perspective at AIPAC’s national conference

BY RICK CORNFELDPublished June 22, 2011

Ten thousand pro-Israel activists jammed into the cavernous Washington, D.C. Convention Center last month - Jews and Christians, the observant and the secular, African Americans and Hispanics, Republicans, Democrats and Independents. That was the 2011...

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