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The Panic Retreats

By Larry Derfner

February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

After being caught up in a wave of initial panic,the Israeli public seems to be calming down a bit over thepossibility of an Iraqi missile attack.

There has been a backlash against panic.... read full article

  • Discussing Israel, Zionism and Peace

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As American Jews join in marking the 50th birthday of the State of Israel and the 100 years of the Zionist movement, there is cause for both celebration and concern.

    "As we rejoice in the accomplishments of Israel, Zionism and American Jewry, they each face their own, though...

  • Getting Stoned

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I got stoned onmy way to Jerusalem yesterday. I am neither reporting use of acontrolled substance while driving nor quoting a T-shirt maxim butrather identifying a minor episode in the Jews' Hundred Years Warwith the Arabs of Palestine.

    There were three of us in the car at 8...

  • ‘We Were There’

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    As the American Jewish community celebrates the50th anniversary of Israel's independence, those of us who went overto fight as volunteers in the fledgling country's armed forces canlook back with special pride and remembrance.

    We were privileged to take part not only in amomentous...

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  • Warring Tribes

    By Larry Derfner

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Theoriginal idea, born after the 1948 War of Independence, was that allJews in Israel would be equal. No poor, no "ethnics," no excessivelyreligious people unless they were too stubborn to change. The nearly2 million Jewish immigrants (at first chiefly from Middle Easterncountries,...

  • Digging Behind Yesterday’sHeadlines

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Readers of the Los Angeles Times on Saturday,May 15, 1948, saw this headline stretching across the top of fivecolumns on Page 1.

    "Jewish State Recognized by U.S. in SurpriseMove, Air Raiders Bomb Tel Aviv"

    Underneath the headline were threestories - one dealing with President...

  • Missing America

    By David Margolis

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Here in Israel,immigrants from the States love to reminisce about the Old Country,where, for example, workmen care about doing a good job and clerksare helpful. From here, even the DMV looks good, compared to Israel'sbaroque bureaucracy: To learn to drive in Israel, you are required...

  • Caring and Controversy

    By Rob Eshman

    January 4, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Two olive trees grow somewhere in downtown LosAngeles. They are the lasting fruits -- cynics would say the only fruits --of a peace demonstration organized by local Jews and Arabs at theoutbreak of the Palestinian uprising, or intifada, in 1989.

    They are also a living...

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