Jewish Journal

Sunday Mourning

By Rabbi Daniel Gordis

December 6, 2001 | 7:00 pm

Israeli girls cry at the site of a double suicide bombing that killed 10 young Israelis at the Ben Yehudah pedestrian street in the center of Jerusalem. Photo by Brian Hendler/JTA

It had been quiet for a while. Shootings every day, of course, and a couple of people killed every week, but nothing "major." We'd gone to sleep pretty early on Saturday night. And since I'd... read full article

  • Diplomatic Train Wreck

    By James D. Besser

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli officials were stunned by Monday's stern State Department rebuke over Israel's stepped-up military effort against the Palestinian Authority. And the fact they were surprised hints of deeper trouble to come along the U.S.-Israel axis.

    Put simply, the government of Israeli...

  • Caught in the Cross- fire

    By Sheldon Teitelbaum

    October 18, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    During the first weeks following the terror attacks on New York and Washington, Israel's Foreign Ministry in Jerusalem instructed officials charged with explaining Israel's position to avoid, when possible, interviews and media queries. Meirav Eilon Shahar, Israel's consul for...

  • Muted Response

    By Eric Silver

    October 11, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is on high alert to meet any reprisal attacks by Palestinian or Lebanese supporters of Osama bin Laden. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's office announced immediately after Britain and the United States launched their air offensive on Afghanistan: "Israel has taken all the...

  • Israel’s Tightrope

    By Rob Eshman

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    If you want to understand Israel's role in America's new war on terror, think back to a time when the World Trade Center was still standing. In 1974, the French aerialist Philippe Petit walked on a tightrope suspended between the twin towers. Israel is now Philippe Petit.


  • Cease-Fire Hangs by Thread

    By Gil Sedan

    October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The flimsiest of cease-fires continued in name only last week, as Israelis absorbed two brutal terror attacks and struck back at the Palestinians Authority.

    Even when Foreign Minister Shimon Peres and Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat met last week at the Gaza airport to...

  • Lessons from Israel’s War on Terror

    By Larry Derfner

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When President Bush talks of fighting a war against terror until victory, of stamping out terror, it's probably worth looking at Israel's decades-long attempt at doing the same. The results obviously do not add up to victory. Over the last year Islamic fundamentalist suicide bombers...

  • New Airline Safety Takes a Cue from El Al

    By Eric Silver

    September 20, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    El Al, Israel's national carrier, is proud of its reputation as the world's safest airline, but it prefers others to do the boasting for it. "One of the ways we maintain the security of our passengers," a spokesman said in the wake of the Twin Towers bombing, "is not to talk about...

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