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  • Jerusalem Battle Moves to the Magic Kingdom

    By Julia Goldman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The latest round in the battle for Jerusalem is being waged not in the Middle East but in the Magic Kingdom.

    The Arab League and Arab-American groups are planning to meet with representatives of Walt Disney World to discuss their concerns that a special exhibit at Disney's EPCOT...

  • To Live and Die in West Beirut

    By Tom Tugend

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There have been a few Israeli films that dealt with relationships between Arabs and Jews (among them the superb prison drama "Beyond the Walls"), but rarely do we see an Arab movie that tells the story from the perspective of the "other side."

    If only to fill that gap, the screening...

  • When Dialogue Fails

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Our July 16 cover story, "Tense Relations," detailed the friction among local Jewish and Arab groups -- who had once been engaged in dialogue -- over the successful effort on the part of many national Jewish organizations to block the appointment of the Muslim Public Affairs...

  • Trouble in Paradise

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Why did Jewish groups follow the Zionist Organization of America's lead in scuttling Salam Al-Marayati's appointment to a national commission on terrorism? The reason has much to do with politics, extremism and timorousness -- and I'm not speaking of Al-Marayati.

    Recently, Jewish...

  • The Truth About the ZOA

    By Morton A. Klein

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gene Lichtenstein's July 2 editorial misrepresented the positions and activities of the Zionist Organization of America. The ZOA always has been, and remains, a centrist organization, and our efforts on behalf of Israel have broad support among American Jews.

    We are not associated...

  • An Arab Prime Minister?

    By Larry Derfner

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time ever, an Arab citizen of Israel is running for prime minister. He is first-term Knesset member Azmi Bishara, one of the leading intellectuals in the Arab world, and one of the most provocative politicians of any ethnicity in Israel.

    Bishara's candidacy is opposed by...

  • On Winning the Terror War

    March 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Readers' Quiz No. 2: Test your knowledge of Middle East terrorism. Simply identify the following incident:

    It was one of America's most controversial "victories" against international terrorism: a negotiated settlement with a gang of Arabic-speaking hijackers who were holding American...

  • The Human Element of Diplomacy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The all-night sessions, heated confrontations and threats of walkouts that marked the recent Wye Accord negotiations had their parallel 20 years ago, when the Camp David Agreement lay the groundwork for the Egyptian-Israeli peace treaty.

    Back then, as now, the personalities and human...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    A Divided Land

    By Eric Silver, Mideast Correspondent

    Recent murders in Hebron indicate a new trend in extremism

    What the Israeli right likes to call "the battle for the Land of Israel" is in danger of turning into a war of the ultras, Arab extremists...

  • Mideast

    By Larry Derfner

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    King Hussein's battle with lymph cancer leaves Israel hoping for the best


    Israel's Best(Arab) Friend


    By Larry Derfner, Tel Aviv Correspondent

    When Prime Minister...

  • A Drink from the Same Cup

    By  Orit Arfa

    July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    If the pursuit of peace in the Middle East will not unite the parties concerned, then one life-sustaining element may. Israeli, Arab and American researchers and engineers have come together to find ways to produce more potable water for agricultural...

  • Community

    By Beverly Gray

    June 4, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine that it is 1940, and Great Britain is fighting Hitler's Nazi Germany almost alone. Imagine, further, that an American who loves both America and England and hates the Nazis works in American intelligence and has access to secret files concerning Germany that, for whatever...
  • Leaving Lebanon

    By Eric Silver

    March 26, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Israel signed the Oslo peace agreement with itsold enemy, Yasser Arafat, because by 1993 the alternatives had becomeinsufferable. The Palestinian intifada, a revolt of thestreet, was sapping the morale of the Israeli army, fighting a futilesix-year battle with one hand tied behind...

  • 50th Anniversary of ‘Calamity’

    By Larry Derfner

    March 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Palestinians have an official term for whathappened to them when Israel gained its independence 50 years ago:"Nakba," or, in English, "Calamity." In the failed Arab attack on theJews in 1948, some 600,000 Arabs fled the land or, in tens ofthousands of cases, were expelled.

    The Nakba...

  • Federation Matters

    By John Fishel

    February 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In 1948, the world agreed to the creation of the State of Israel in a moment of stricken conscience over its outrageous failure to stop or even attempt to mitigate the effects of the Holocaust.

    Their motives were mostly cynical. The immorality of their failure was so gross as to...

  • Israel’s Best Weapon: Middle East Peace

    By Ofra Bengio

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Anger over the stalled Mideast peace process has clearlycontributed to Arab states' reluctance to help the United Statesdeter Saddam Hussein. That is one reason the United States is nowpressing Israel for a serious and credible plan for withdrawing fromthe West Bank, it has been...

  • Opinon

    By Dennis Prager

    December 4, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Imagine that it is 1940, and Great Britain is fighting Hitler's Nazi Germany almost alone. Imagine, further, that an American who loves both America and England and hates the Nazis works in American intelligence and has access to secret files concerning Germany that, for whatever...
  • Mideast An Understanding Teacher

    By Ruth Mason

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab youth visit Yad Vashem as part of a course onthe Holocaust run by the Ghetto Fighter's Museum at Kibbutz LahameiHageta'ot. Photo by Isaac Harari


    It's a hot summer day and 16 teen-agers are walking through YadVashem in Jerusalem with a handful of adults. The scene is...

  • The View from

    By Larry Derfner

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    On Salah a-Din Street, the main street on the Arab side of thecapital, the spirit was very different. People kept their heads down,aware that they were being watched, aware that the Jews weren't toofond of them these days. But if they were expected to feel remorsefulabout Mahane...
  • Jerusalem, 30 Years Later

    By Eric Silver

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    I first visited Jerusalem with an invited party of foreign journalists in 1966, when it was still a divided city at the end of the line. The nearest we got to a holy or historic site was Mount Zion, an Israeli outpost on the fringe of the Old City, and a scale model of the Second...
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