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  • Gaza operation begins with bombings, Olmert calls for unity, U.S. blames Hamas

    December 27, 2008 | 11:05 pm

    Olmert to Israelis: Unite around Gaza operation


    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- No country should have to live under constant threat of missile barrages, Ehud Olmert told the Israeli people.

    In an address Saturday night, Israel's prime minister, flanked by Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni and...

  • Despite diplomas, Ethiopian Israelis can’t find jobs

    By Dina Kraft

    December 26, 2008 | 12:15 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Asaf Negat, 29, made his way to Israel from Ethiopia as an 11-year-old boy and worked hard to find his way in a new land and learn to speak a new language. Eventually, Negat graduated with a business degree from one of the country's top universities.

    However, since...

  • Analysis: New Hamas Gaza rocket attacks pose dilemma for Israel

    By Leslie Susser

    December 25, 2008 | 11:55 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- The renewal of intense Palestinian rocket attacks on Israeli civilian areas has put Israelis in a somber mood during the usually festive week of Chanukah.

    The new fighting erupted Friday -- the day a six-month truce between Hamas and Israel expired and the Islamist...

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  • Briefs: Quartet says Palestinian-Israeli Agreement ‘Irreversible’

    December 18, 2008 | 2:51 am

    Quartet: Palestinian-Israeli Agreement 'Irreversible'

    Palestinian-Israeli peace gains are "irreversible," the international grouping guiding the peace process said.

    "The Quartet expressed its considered view that the bilateral negotiations process launched at Annapolis is...

  • Analysis: Unchecked settler violence sparks fears of new intifada

    By Leslie Susser

    December 11, 2008 | 12:31 am

    JERUSALEM (JTA) -- Concerned by settler violence against Palestinians and Israeli soldiers, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered Israeli security forces to apply a zero-tolerance policy toward extremist settlers.

    Olmert and the country's top security officials fear that unchecked...

  • Leo David: From Israel soldier to soldiers’ friend

    By Tom Tugend

    December 10, 2008 | 1:11 am

    Leo David likes to think big.

    Shortly after he founded the Western regional branch of the Friends of the Israel Defense Forces in 1981, he started planning for the initial dinner gala and scouted for some appropriate entertainment.

    He flew to Las Vegas, twisted the arm of Sammy Davis...

  • Meet the IDF: Shimon Siso, 23, Golani Infantry Brigade

    By Meredith Price Levitt

    December 10, 2008 | 1:06 am

    Born in Nahariya, a few kilometers from Israel's northern border with Lebanon, Shimon Siso dreamed of one day being a soldier in the Golani infantry brigade.

    "Everybody in school wanted to be in that unit because it's the best. I wasn't the only one," he said, taking his weapon off...

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