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January 9, 1999 | Associated Press
Leaders of the Reform and Conservative branches of North American Judaism have asked members to mobilize against proposed legislation in Israel that would restore Orthodox rabbis' exclusive right to perform religious conversions. The bill would overturn a December ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that validated conversions by non-Orthodox groups within Israel. The government's Interior Ministry plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
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May 3, 2001 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It has been 118 years since the death of Richard Wagner, Hitler's favorite composer, but the playing of his music in Israel continues to be a matter of epic emotion. A special session of the Israeli parliament on Wednesday unanimously demanded that organizers of the upcoming Israel Festival cancel a Wagnerian concert. The 19th century German composer was an outspoken anti-Semite and an ideological and musical inspiration to Adolf Hitler.
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January 13, 1998 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A group of prominent American Orthodox Jews stepped into the fray over Jewish conversion Monday, urging the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to maintain Orthodox control over religious affairs in Israel. With the Israeli government facing a Jan. 31 deadline to find a compromise on the sensitive conversion issue, the group's three-day visit is part of a new Orthodox effort to block any decision that would grant equal rights in Israel to Reform and Conservative Jews.
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July 4, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Michael Melchior is an Orthodox rabbi and a Cabinet minister in the government of Prime Minister Ehud Barak. When a bitter debate opened in parliament Monday on a controversial bill that enshrines military exemptions for religious men, Melchior serenely gave it his support. Melchior's son Yair is 17 and will soon be drafted into the Israeli army. Outside the halls of parliament, Yair is leading a movement against the bill his father advocates.
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June 8, 2000 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN and TRACY WILKINSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the most serious threat yet to his 11-month-old government, Prime Minister Ehud Barak suffered an embarrassing defeat Wednesday when Israel's rebellious parliament gave preliminary approval to a call for early elections. The move plunges the government into a sticky crisis and undermines the Israeli leader precisely as he faces a potentially historic crossroads in making peace with the last of Israel's Arab enemies.
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April 19, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six days after the Supreme Court rejected the practice, Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday ordered new legislation that would allow Israel to hold enemy fighters as pawns to gain information on missing or captured Israeli soldiers. At the same time, Barak and his security Cabinet granted the release of 13 of 15 Lebanese detainees whose case was the subject of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling last week.
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April 2, 1997 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Israeli parliament on Tuesday gave preliminary approval to a bill to recognize only Orthodox conversions performed here, dealing a blow to Reform and Conservative Jews hoping to win official status for their movements inside Israel.
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February 7, 1994 | From Associated Press
Health Minister Chaim Ramon resigned Sunday after Labor Party apparatchiks blocked his attempt to reform Israel's health system. "I told the Cabinet that I can no longer take responsibility for the health system," Ramon said on Israel Radio. The resignation, made in writing and read out by Ramon at the weekly Cabinet session, goes into effect Tuesday. Ramon's proposal aimed at guaranteeing citizens basic medical services regardless of income or employment status.
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October 17, 1997 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu prepares for a visit to the United States next month, a simmering controversy over the role of non-Orthodox Jews is again threatening to erupt here that could set off a new crisis with American Jews.
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September 24, 1993 | CAREY GOLDBERG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Knesset, rocked by anxious lawmakers shouting at full voice, approved the Israeli-Palestine Liberation Organization peace accord on Thursday in a 61-50 vote that gave Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin a mandate to stay in power and push forward with talks. "Now, we will build a new Middle East," Foreign Minister Shimon Peres said after the historic decision. Members of the Knesset, or Parliament, outdid their usual raucous debate as they wound up 32 hours of discussions on the accord.
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June 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel's parliament gave preliminary approval to a law that would jail indefinitely two top Lebanese guerrillas who are seeking release by the courts after years of detention without trial. The human rights group B'Tselem said passage of the government-sponsored legislation, by a vote of 22 to 6, means Israel is on the way to becoming the first country to sanction by law the holding of hostages.
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June 8, 2000 | BATSHEVA SOBELMAN and TRACY WILKINSON, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
In the most serious threat yet to his 11-month-old government, Prime Minister Ehud Barak suffered an embarrassing defeat Wednesday when Israel's rebellious parliament gave preliminary approval to a call for early elections. The move plunges the government into a sticky crisis and undermines the Israeli leader precisely as he faces a potentially historic crossroads in making peace with the last of Israel's Arab enemies.
NEWS
April 19, 2000 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Six days after the Supreme Court rejected the practice, Prime Minister Ehud Barak on Tuesday ordered new legislation that would allow Israel to hold enemy fighters as pawns to gain information on missing or captured Israeli soldiers. At the same time, Barak and his security Cabinet granted the release of 13 of 15 Lebanese detainees whose case was the subject of the Supreme Court's landmark ruling last week.
NEWS
March 2, 2000 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak suffered an embarrassing setback Wednesday when members of his coalition deserted him in a parliamentary vote seen as a key test of his government's ability to make peace with Syria.
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September 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Parliament approved Prime Minister Ehud Barak's new peace deal with the Palestinians, hours after he asked lawmakers to "give peace a chance." Israel moved quickly to implement the agreement and began freeing 200 Palestinian prisoners today, a day ahead of schedule. Earlier, the Cabinet voted, 17-1, to approve another initial step in the accord--handing over 7% of the West Bank to Palestinian control. The withdrawal was expected to take place by Monday.
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January 27, 1999 | REBECCA TROUNSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a blow to religious pluralism in Israel, parliament Tuesday narrowly approved a bill aimed at preventing Reform and Conservative Jews from playing an active role in everyday religious affairs. The legislation, which passed by a single vote after a long opposition filibuster, requires members of government-funded local religious councils to pledge fealty to the Orthodox Chief Rabbinate.
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September 9, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Parliament approved Prime Minister Ehud Barak's new peace deal with the Palestinians, hours after he asked lawmakers to "give peace a chance." Israel moved quickly to implement the agreement and began freeing 200 Palestinian prisoners today, a day ahead of schedule. Earlier, the Cabinet voted, 17-1, to approve another initial step in the accord--handing over 7% of the West Bank to Palestinian control. The withdrawal was expected to take place by Monday.
NEWS
June 22, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Israel's parliament gave preliminary approval to a law that would jail indefinitely two top Lebanese guerrillas who are seeking release by the courts after years of detention without trial. The human rights group B'Tselem said passage of the government-sponsored legislation, by a vote of 22 to 6, means Israel is on the way to becoming the first country to sanction by law the holding of hostages.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 1999 | Associated Press
Leaders of the Reform and Conservative branches of North American Judaism have asked members to mobilize against proposed legislation in Israel that would restore Orthodox rabbis' exclusive right to perform religious conversions. The bill would overturn a December ruling by the Jerusalem District Court that validated conversions by non-Orthodox groups within Israel. The government's Interior Ministry plans to appeal the ruling to the Supreme Court.
NEWS
November 18, 1998 | TRACY WILKINSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Israeli officials Tuesday accepted Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat's "retraction" of an apparent call to arms, and their U.S.-brokered peace agreement veered back on course--for the moment, at least. Legislators in the Israeli parliament, meanwhile, yelled and pointed their fingers at each other before approving the land-for-security accord after a two-day debate. As expected and despite the heat of the arguing, the deal passed by an overwhelming margin.
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