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On eve of prisoner swap, Israel recalls 2006 Lebanon war

By Uriel Heilman

July 16, 2008 | 1:29 am

Soldiers returning to Israel on July 27, 2006 after rescuing the bodies of their comrades killed in battle with Hezbollah guerrillas in South Lebanon. Brian Hendler

(JTA)—For many Israelis, the timing of this week’s scheduled prisoner swap with Hezbollah serves as a bitter reminder of the failings of the Second Lebanon War.

Two years since the 34-day... read full article

  • Israel's clean tech advances attract foreign investors' green

    By Dina Kraft

    July 15, 2008 | 2:29 am

    TEL AVIV (JTA) -- From cutting-edge geothermal power deep underground to wind turbines and solar panels capturing energy from the sky above, foreign investors are pouring money into Israel's growing clean tech sector.

    And it's not just Jews.

    "Every day I get calls from people asking...

  • VIDEO: Ben Gurion proclaims the State of Israel and then says a ‘shechecheyanu’

    By The Web Guy

    July 14, 2008 | 10:09 pm

    Sound footage of Ben Gurion proclaiming the State of Israel on May 14, 1948—and then everyone says a “shecheyanu!

    Amazing! Amen!

  • Assad snubs Olmert at Sarkozy’s Mediterranean summit

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    PARIS (JTA)—It was the snub of the day.

    Despite overtures by Israel’s prime minister to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Assad refused to acknowledge, shake hands, be photographed with or listen to Ehud Olmert when the two shared a conference room at Sunday’s Union for the...

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  • Sarkozy’s summit gets every* Arab country to sit with Israel

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 2:57 am

    PARIS (JTA)—While the French-initiated summit for the Union for the Mediterranean did not produce any major breakthroughs, French President Nicolas Sarkozy recognized one achievement.
    “The fact that we were all in the same room is already a lot,” Sarkozy said at a news conference...

  • Masorti join fight for religious pluralism in Israel

    By Joel Rembaum

    July 9, 2008 | 11:50 pm

    June 2008 witnessed two developments in the Masorti/Conservative community in Israel that have significant implications for the drive for religious pluralism in the Jewish state, an issue that is high on the agenda of Zionist Jews around the world.

    They relate to two controversies...

  • Israel invests in clean tech as energy crunch looms

    By Dina Kraft

    July 2, 2008 | 10:24 pm

    At a lab in Rehovot, the man who developed the Arrow missile is consumed with his next mission: making Israel energy independent by using cheap solar power.

    "The issue of energy is the greatest danger to Israel, because in 30 years there will be no energy means, no oil and no gas,...

  • Lawsuit re POW swap involves L.A. family; Student writes guide for U.K.

    July 2, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Israeli Prisoner Swap Involves L.A. Family's Missing Son

    A day after the Israeli government agreed to trade five Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping sparked the 2006 war with Hezbollah, a lawsuit was filed in Jerusalem by...

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