But American reporters are curious: if US Christian Zionists, who have significant overlap with the US anti-choice movement, love Israel so much, shouldn’t they be up in arms about the country adopting one of the world’s most expansive abortion policies?
The Daily Beast’s Jonathan Krohn set out to find out (“You would expect conservative groups to go ballistic when it comes to taxpayer funding of abortions,” reads his lede) and got a number of vague answers which suggested that US anti-choicers don’t feel particularly inclined to export the abortion wars to Israel. But Americans United for Life’s Charmaine Yoest, who is Christian, ventured into a suggestion that perhaps the Israelis were getting their own religious laws wrong:
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, the CEO of Americans United for Life (AUL), decided to use Jewish law as a defense, saying “In a meaningful passage, the Talmud teaches that ‘Whosoever preserves a single soul…, [it is] as though he had preserved a complete world.’ Unborn lives are rich with possibilities and worth saving and government should never be used to harm life and harm women.”
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has died aged 85 after spending eight years in a coma following a stroke.
Mr Sharon was a giant of the Israeli military and political scene, but courted controversy throughout his long career.
He was being treated at the Sheba Medical Center outside Tel Aviv. A hospital statement is expected shortly.
On Thursday doctors announced that Mr Sharon’s condition had deteriorated.
Making “Cycle” was an amazing experience. it was created for the Israeli contest Maratoon 2013, in which we were giving five days to create a short animation from start to finish on the subject of bicycle. “Cycle” won second place! We are very thankful and happy that we had this wonderful platform on which to create this one of kind short film.
Here’s some news that has to be causing serious cognitive dissonance among America’s normally very pro-Israel religious right, as the Israeli government decides to pay for all abortions for women aged 20 to 33, regardless of circumstance.
Until now, subsidized abortions for women of all ages were available in medical emergencies or in case of rape and sexual abuse. Women under the age of 20 or over 40 were also eligible for abortion funding even when the reason was personal.
Despite the new funding, which was recently approved as part of Israel’s state-subsidized “health basket” for 2014, women will still have to appear before a state committee before terminating a pregnancy.
On one level this is great news because everyone wants to see a resolution of some kind. But it’s a bit difficult to get very hopeful after the last, oh, two decades or so: US Says Israeli-Palestinian Talks to Start Monday.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The State Department says Israeli and Palestinian negotiators will resume long-stalled direct peace talks on Monday.
The department announced Sunday that the two sides had accepted invitations from Secretary of State John Kerry to come to Washington “to formally resume direct final status negotiations.” The department said two days of initial meetings will begin Monday evening.