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Roy Eitan

  • Candidate Profile: Shaul Mofaz, the hawkish centrist

    September 8, 2008 | 5:01 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- If Shaul Mofaz succeeds Ehud Olmert as the head of the Kadima Party and, eventually, as Israeli prime minister, he may have Iran to thank.

    Fifty years after Mofaz left his native Tehran for the fledgling Jewish state, the retired general-turned-politician has made...

  • Israeli swimmer’s Olympic dreams marred by father’s death

    August 7, 2008 | 8:17 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Israeli swimmer Alon Mendel realized his father's dream when he qualified for the Olympic team.

    Sadly, his father won't be there to see his son compete after an accident at the family's Netanya home claimed Costa Mendel's life.

    In a tragic irony, Alon, 20, was in...
  • Hezbollah swap muddies Shalit talks

    July 20, 2008 | 7:43 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—The long-awaited resolution to the Lebanese hostage crisis has cast a pall over efforts to retrieve the Israeli soldier held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

    Gilad Shalit was abducted to Gaza shortly before Hezbollah snatched Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev to Lebanon in...

  • Olmert seen as lackluster at Paris

    July 15, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    PARIS (JTA) -- As a career politician with a love for the urbane, Ehud Olmert might have been expected to shine at the Union for the Mediterranean conference on Sunday.

    But the Israeli prime minister, faced with a spiraling corruption scandal at home, appeared subdued -- some said...

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  • Three dead in Jerusalem terrorist bulldozer attack

    July 2, 2008 | 9:53 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – The deadly terrorist attack by an Arab bulldozer driver on a crowded street here Wednesday raised questions anew about how Israeli authorities can protect against attacks by lone assailants from eastern Jerusalem.

    At least three people were killed and dozens...

  • Mixed emotions in Israel as Cabinet approves MIA swap

    June 30, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Two years after they disappeared into Lebanese captivity, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are returning to Israel.

    But it’s unlikely to be a happy homecoming for the army reservists.

    According to Israeli assessments, Goldwasser and Regev died as a result of the...

  • Israel-Hamas truce begins and Israelis are ready if it fails

    June 24, 2008 | 8:39 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- While nowhere near coexistence, Israel and Hamas are trying out an accommodation of sorts with an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip.

    The deal came into effect at dawn on June 19 and seemed to be holding until late Monday night, when a Palestinian mortar...

  • Now that there’s a truce, what about Gilad Shalit?

    June 23, 2008 | 8:02 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) – The Hamas-Israel cease-fire’s fiercest critics are those some expected to be its greatest beneficiaries: the parents of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    Having pursued a largely low-key campaign for the liberation of their son since he was abducted by...

  • As Israel-Hamas truce begins, Israelis warn war may follow

    June 20, 2008 | 1:00 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—While nowhere near coexistence, Israel and Hamas are trying out an accommodation of sorts with an Egyptian-brokered truce in the Gaza Strip.

    The deal came into effect at dawn Thursday and appeared to be holding despite an 11th-hour flurry of cross-border violence.

    ...
  • Thousands mourn as yeshiva terrror attack victims are buried

    March 6, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Thousands of mourners turned out Friday for the funerals of the eight students, aged 15 to 26, killed in Thursday's attack at a prominent yeshiva in Jerusalem.

    With Thursday's shooting, Palestinian terrorists brought the bloodshed that had been limited to an ever-growing area around...

  • With security focus on Gaza, terror strikes a Jerusalem yeshiva

    March 5, 2008 | 5:00 pm


    While Israel's eyes were focused on the security threat from the Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip, terrorism struck in the heart of the Jewish state.

    A gunman stormed into the Yeshivat Mercaz Harav complex in west Jerusalem late Thursday, mowing down students who had gathered in the dining...

  • Shalom, sports fans—it’s time for some respect!

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After decades of dealing with war and terrorism, Israel appears to be waking up to a new security threat: sports hooliganism.

    Back-to-back incidents of extreme unruliness by soccer and basketball fans have stirred debate here over whether violence somehow has become innate to the...

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