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  • Paradoxes characterize life in Israel

    By Yossi Klein Halevi

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    To be an Israeli at the time of the state's 60th anniversary means to be resigned to living with insoluble emotional and political paradoxes. It means living with a growing fear of mortality, even as we celebrate our ability to outlive every threat. We are almost certainly the only...
  • Through the looking glass with Friends of Sabeel

    By Tom Tugend

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Covering a meeting of Friends of Sabeel is a strange experience. "Strange" as in walking through the looking glass and encountering a reverse universe on the other side.

    While we celebrate the 60th anniversary of Israel's independence, they are mourning six decades of the nakba, the...

  • Israel: A work in progress

    By Glenn Yago

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    From the birth of the Zionist movement more than a century ago through its 60 years as a Jewish state, Israel has come of age amid a vastly changing world: two world wars, the technological revolution and economic globalization with all its attendant challenges.

    The creation of...

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  • Briefs: Drug and immigration bust at kosher meat plant, Israel says no Hamas truce without Schalit

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Feds: Drugs Made at Kosher Meat Plant

    Federal authorities charged that a methamphetamine laboratory was operating at the nation's largest kosher slaughterhouse and that employees carried weapons to work.

    The charges were among the most explosive details to emerge following the...

  • How to answer the most common anti-Israel charges

    By John L. Rosove

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some charges criticizing Israel are distortions and slanted, based on faulty information and half-truths, animus, and even classic anti-Semitism. However, the situation and history are complex, and unfortunately, Israel is not perfect.

    Here are some answers in a nutshell:

    The...

  • Israel faces challenges on three fronts

    By Sergio DellaPergola

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Israel at 60 faces three major challenges: identity, technology and politics. The future Israel will have to strive and struggle to maintain a credible role as the cultural and spiritual center of Jewish peoplehood. Demography will continue to play a fundamental role here, but the...
  • Nation might not be safest but it’s the most interesting

    By Stuart Schoffman

    May 15, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Not too far from my home there's a street named for the German poet Heinrich Heine, a baptized Jew and metaphorical Marrano. Sometimes on Shabbat afternoons, I take a long Jerusalem walk with my son, soon to be a soldier, and Lizzie, our German shepherd, a breed of dog that in my...

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