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  • Evangelical support for Israel—good for the Jews?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Zev Chafets, a native of Pontiac, Mich., left for Israel in 1967 but arrived too late for the Six-Day War. Nevertheless, he stayed on for the next 33 years, served as director of the Government Press Office under Prime Minister Menachem Begin and was a founding editor of the...
  • Attention Israelis: Please stop kvetching

    By Larry Derfner

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Excerpt from Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    Click on the BIG ARROW to view.

    ::::::::::::::::::::: Security in Israel now is about as good as it gets. Suicide bombings have become a rarity; just the threat...
  • Faith-based foreign policy faces perils ahead

    By James D. Besser

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ideology is fine for campaigners, bloggers and talk show hosts, but it often wreaks havoc in the real world, where effective policy requires flexibility, not rules dreamed up in think tanks and advocacy groups.

    That lesson has defined Israeli policy for decades, but it is being...

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  • IFF: Engaging in disengagement—five horrible days in Gaza

    By Amy Klein

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first news stories I covered in Jerusalem 10 years ago was the excavation of holy artifacts by the city. Ultra-Orthodox Jews were protesting the excavations, because they said they were disturbing ancient Jewish graves upon which the entire city was built. It was a common...
  • Olmert-Rice-Abbas summit meets low expectations

    By Leslie Susser

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    No one expected this week's tripartite American-Israeli-Palestinian summit to make any startling breakthroughs. For days, spokesmen for U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas had been lowering...
  • IFF: One Israeli’s ‘War Within’

    By Tom Tugend

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Shemi Zarhin, the director and writer of "Aviva, My Love," seems unfazed by missing a shot at the Oscar.

    The film, a huge box office and critical success, tied in the Israel academy balloting with "Sweet Mud," a fairly downbeat coming-of-age story set in a kibbutz. In a...

  • IFF: Belarus actress returns with a hat trick

    By Yana Ivrii

    February 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    After an absence of several years, Belarusian-born actress Yavgenia Dodina has returned to Israeli cinema -- and in a big way, releasing two films in the final months of 2006 and preparing for the release of a third early this new year.

    No one needs you when you're down, the actress...

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