Israel’s ambassador to the United States has called on Congress to “finally” and “very soon” move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing praise from those who have pushed the sensitive issue for years on Capitol Hill.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman is facing criticism from the pro-Israel community following a Tuesday article that incorrectly asserted that Israeli settlers had assassinated former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
The New York Times Jerusalem bureau chief Jodi Rudoren is under renewed criticism from the pro-Israel community for articles critics say slant toward the Palestinian Authority and misrepresent U.S. policy towards Israel.
Here’s an interesting story you may not have heard: Since 2008, Israel has reworked its tax code, a la New York City and Vancouver, to encourage film studios to shoot movies there. As of 2011, the government is offering up to $400,000 in tax breaks per project, and Jerusalem is prepared to provide more than $12 million in additional subsidies.
Barkat recently visited Hollywood to promote Israel’s juicy film production incentives. Making films and television in Jerusalem is “not only good business, it’s good Zionism,” Barkat told The Hollywood Reporter.
Former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch recently expressed disappointment in President Obama’s treatment of Israel, telling a Jewish crowd last weekend that no one “can rightfully say that President Obama is the best president” for Israel.
A new advertisement scheduled to run in Florida makes the case that President Obama has pushed the Democratic Party to embrace anti-Israel policies, according to a copy of the ad obtained by the Free Beacon.
When David Wolpe, a well-known Los Angeles Rabbi, was asked last week to deliver the benediction at the Democratic National Convention, he could not have known that his words would be spoken in the midst of an intense controversy over the status of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
JERUSALEM—Ari Shavit, one of Israel’s most influential journalists, made the four-hour drive up to the Golan Heights from Jerusalem last month and parked on high ground overlooking the broad plain stretching towards Damascus, 35 miles to the east.
Democratic delegates are unhappy with the party brass’s decision to include Jerusalem and God in the party platform.
A number of Democratic delegates were perplexed by the spectacle that took place on the convention floor in Charlotte on Wednesday, when a loud majority appeared to vote down amendment to include “God” in the official party platform and recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.