JERUSALEM - With Israeli Prime Minsister Benjamin Netanyahu retaining power in last month's election, future construction in the E1 area will remain at the forefront of international controversy. The most visible battle between Israelis and Palestinans in the past few months, the issue arose after the Palestinian bid for upgraded, “non-member observer state” status at the United Nations. Following this, PM Netanyahu announced plans to develop homes for Israeli citizens in an area referred to by the Israeli government as E1 ("East 1").
Posted February 6, 2013 04:53
TEL AVIV - It is sacrosanct that bagels, mandel bread, and corned beef are Jewish foods. Yet, in Israel, exactly none of them are considered particularly Jewish. Maybe it can be chalked up to the intentional distancing that Israel's founders wanted to make from their Ashkenazi origins, but Israelis tend to be much more eager to go for Jachnun (a Yemenite pastry) on the weekend than a bagel and lox.
Posted February 4, 2013 01:41
TEL AVIV - As salsa rhythms spill out onto the street, passersby are drawn in by the dim lighting set against the faded brick exterior, which displays a Cuban flag painted on its visage. Inside, glasses filled with sticks of sugar cane and mint line the bar. Spanish words buzz through the air as the staff confirms orders with one another.
Posted January 30, 2013 13:15
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TEL AVIV - When Israelis go to the polls today, people around the world will be watching with anticipation. Rabbi Ariel Konstantyn, from Long Island, will be waiting to see if he has a new job, as a member of the Knesset, working to reform the very nature of the Jewish state.
Posted January 24, 2013 00:48
JERUSALEM - In early January, Combatants for Peace held a small discussion at the Beit Shmuel Hotel, in the shadow of the Old City of Jerusalem, with two of its members sharing their stories. In attendance were guests from Allegheny College and various other schools in the United States.
Combatants For Peace was started in 2005 and is a joint Israeli-Palestinian movement predicated on using non-violence in an attempt to end Israeli control of the area known alternatively as the West Bank or Judea and Samaria. The group was once solely comprised of former combatants from both sides, but now includes individuals who never fought.
Posted January 23, 2013 03:20
TEL AVIV - Israelis will go to the polls today to vote for their next Prime Minister and members of parliament (Knesset). Compared to the United States, the electoral system in Israel differs greatly, to say nothing of how campaigns are actually conducted.
In Israel, the political party system is far more volatile than in the U.S. This is true even though, with few exceptions, the leaders of the Labor (left) and Likud (right) parties, including their precursors and instances in which those parties have allied with others, have been the prime minister.
Posted January 23, 2013 00:29
It's Christmas Eve and, yes, everything in TA is open...
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate-
Posted December 24, 2012 10:13
NETANYA, Israel - About 6,000 miles separate Netanya, Israel and East Lansing, Michigan. Yet, for former Michigan State basketball star and current Barak Netanya star Raymar Morgan, the distance seems much shorter.
"Adjusting wasn't really too hard. When I first got here, I was most surprised by just how Americanized it is, it's not too much different than America, looking at all aspects of it. The game is not too much different. Socially, everyone speaks English, so when you want to go to the store, or go out, it's easy to adjust and to adapt," Morgan said.
Posted December 19, 2012 14:38
Meeting tomorrow with Former Michigan State Basketbal Star Raymar Morgan, who is now playing for Israeli pro team Barak Netanya. Check back soon for a look into how the game differs abroad as well as insights regarding daily life in Israel-
Photos from the 2009 NCAA Final Four, in which Morgan went for 18 points in a win against UConn in the national semifinals:
Posted December 12, 2012 03:36