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  • The 10th Commandment, Tony Kushner, and Me

    By Salvador Litvak

    January 29, 2014 | 6:35 pm

    The Ten Commandments prohibit murder with just two words, while the prohibition on coveting includes fifteen. The no-coveting rule is also the 10th Commandment - the climax of God's revelation at Sinai. It's surprising because we all covet; we can't help it. So why did God make a...

  • The forgotten refugees of Ghouta, Syria

    By Simone Wilson

    December 12, 2013 | 12:24 pm

    The most infamous attack over two-and-a-half years of civil war in Syria – a silent sarin gassing in the city of Ghouta that killed more than 1,500 and sent allied countries to the brink of world war – came in the middle of the night.

    When I woke up, I found that everyone in my...

  • Nelson Mandela, apartheid fighter and former South African president, dies at 95

    December 5, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Nelson Mandela guided South Africa from the shackles of apartheid to multi-racial democracy, as an icon of peace and reconciliation who came to embody the struggle for justice around the world.

    Imprisoned for nearly three decades for his fight against white minority rule, Mandela...

  • EU official lauds Israel for treating injured Syrians

    November 13, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    A European Union official based in Israel praised the Jewish state for providing medical treatment to Syrian civilians injured in their country’s civil war.

    EU Ambassador-designate Lars Faaborg-Andersen on Wednesday visited the Ziv Medical Center in Safed to see the care being...

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  • Syria destroys chemical weapons facilities, watchdog group confirms

    October 31, 2013 | 9:35 am

    Syria reportedly has completed destroying or permanently disabling all of its chemical weapons production and mixing facilities.

    The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, which won the Nobel Peace Prize earlier this month for its involvement in the Syrian chemical...

  • Pakistan’s Malala challenges world leaders to educate Syrian refugees

    September 24, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Pakistani education crusader Malala Yousafzai and other youth activists challenged world leaders on Monday to come up with $175 million to educate 400,000 Syrian children who fled to neighboring Lebanon to escape a civil war in their homeland.

    As leaders gather in New York for...

  • In public shift, Israel calls for Assad’s fall

    September 17, 2013 | 8:37 am

    Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbor's civil war.

    Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current...

  • Obama’s full speech on Syria [VIDEO]

    September 11, 2013 | 11:16 am

    President Barack Obama pledged on Tuesday to explore a diplomatic plan from Russia to take away Syria's chemical weapons, but voiced skepticism about it and urged Americans to support his threat to use military force if needed.

    Faced with resistance in polls and Congress to...

  • Jews helping Syrians: Never invited, always welcome

    By David Suissa

    August 30, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    As President Barack Obama and the world deliberate over how to respond to Syria’s murderous decision to use chemical weapons, a group of Israeli Jews have been fighting the humanitarian crisis the old-fashioned way—by smuggling aid into Syria. For these Jews, a life lost is a life...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • West could hit Syria in days, envoys tell rebels

    August 27, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Western powers could attack Syria within days, envoys from the United States and its allies have told rebels fighting President Bashar Assad, sources who attended the meeting told Reuters on Tuesday.

    U.S. forces in the region are "ready to go", Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said,...

  • Lessons for Brotherhood and why Turkey is still the model for Egypt

    August 5, 2013 | 12:02 pm

    Let me start by saying that Turkey needs to believe that the right thing to do is to act together with Israel, and that it must embrace the language of friendship. If Turkey is allied with Israel, the scourges raining down on the region would be resolved in a short period of time....

  • Four injured Syrians brought to Israel for treatment

    July 24, 2013 | 10:41 am

    Four Syrians injured in their country’s civil war were brought to Israel for medical treatment.

    The injured, including a 15-year-old girl who lost her foot and an 8-year-old girl, were brought to Ziv Medical Center in the northern Israeli city of Safed, according to The...

  • Morsi reportedly ousted by Army

    July 3, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    This story originally appeared on themedialine.org.

    Egyptian state media reported Wednesday night that the army has deposed President Mohamed Morsi. Earlier, a meeting presided over by the Egyptian military that included representatives from political, religious and national...

  • Russia’s Putin torpedoes G8 efforts to oust Assad

    June 18, 2013 | 3:22 pm

    Russia's Vladimir Putin derailed Barack Obama's efforts to win backing for the downfall of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad at a G8 summit on Tuesday, warning the West that arms supplied to the rebels could be used for attacks on European soil.

    After two days of intense talks that...

  • U.S. concludes Assad’s forces used chemical weapons in Syria

    June 13, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    U.S. intelligence agencies have concluded that Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's forces used chemical weapons on a small scale against rebel fighters in Syria's civil war, the White House said on Thursday.

    The assessment, which followed President Barack Obama's demand for...

  • Syrian military threatens Israel following border victory

    June 5, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Syria’s military threatened Israel after reportedly capturing the town of Qusair on the Lebanon border.

    SANA, Syria’s state news agency, said the Syrian army on Wednesday took control of Qusair from rebels who had been fighting government forces and Hezbollah volunteers for more...

  • France says 3,000-4,000 Hezbollah are fighting in Syria

    May 29, 2013 | 1:01 pm

    France said on Wednesday its intelligence services believed 3-4,000 guerillas from Lebanon's Hezbollah militia fighting alongside President Bashar Assad's army in Syria's civil war.

    "As far as Hezbollah militants present in the battlefield, the figures range from 3,000 to 10,000,...

  • U.S., Russia seek new Syria peace talks, rebels skeptical

    May 8, 2013 | 12:45 pm

    Russia and the United States agreed to seek new peace talks with both sides to end Syria's civil war, but opposition leaders were skeptical on Wednesday of an initiative they fear might let President Bashar Assad hang on to power.

    Mindful the conflict may be far from over,...

  • Syria says it would not use chemical arms, even against Israel

    April 24, 2013 | 9:29 am

    Damascus will not use chemical weapons against its own citizens, or in the event of war with its neighbor Israel, Syria's Information Minister was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

    A senior Israeli intelligence officer said on Tuesday that Syrian government forces had used chemical...

  • Ancient Syrian synagogue hit by looting, shelling

    April 1, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Theft and shelling have damaged a 2,000 year-old synagogue in Damascus, one of the oldest in the world, Syrian government and opposition activist sources said on Monday.

    Syria's historic monuments have increasingly become a casualty of the civil war has killed more than 70,000...

  • U.S. to give Syrian rebels medical, food aid, not arms

    February 28, 2013 | 10:09 am

    The United States said on Thursday it will for the first time give non-lethal aid to Syrian rebels and more than double its aid to Syria's civilian opposition, disappointing opponents of President Bashar Assad clamoring for Western weapons.

    The U.S. cast the aid as a way to...

  • Six Syrian rebels hospitalized in Israel returned to Syria

    February 27, 2013 | 9:50 am

    Six wounded Syrian rebels who were treated in an Israeli hospital after being wounded in their country's civil war were repatriated.

    The men were released Wednesday from Ziv Hospital in Safed and returned at an undisclosed location for their own safety, the Israel Defense Forces...

  • On the Golan Heights, Israel braces for consequences from Syria civil war

    February 21, 2013 | 4:53 pm

    A fence made of chain links and rusted barbed wire once was enough to separate the Golan Heights from Syria. That's no longer the case.

    A few feet away from what one area resident called a "cattle fence" -- one easy to jump if not for the electric current running through it -- a...

  • Hollywood’s history lesson: What counts when truth gets in the way

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 19, 2013 | 7:04 am

    The year is 2063. In a Los Angeles classroom, a group of history students awaits the day’s lesson on the Civil War period. The teacher announces that instead of reading from a textbook, the class will watch the movie “Lincoln,” by Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner. The lights dim,...

  • Does anyone give a damn about Syria?

    By Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    January 18, 2013 | 9:28 am

    It’s hard to believe that every day the news reports have Syrians dying like flies and noone seems to give much of a damn. The report yesterday that 80 students were blown to smithereens was particularly galling. They were studying at their University in Aleppo when, apparently,...

  • Israel reportedly told Pentagon about Syria poison gas

    January 8, 2013 | 9:46 am

    Israel notified the Pentagon that Syria was preparing a chemical believed to be deadly sarin gas and loading it into dozens of 500-pound bombs destined for airplanes.

    Israel's warning to the United States at the end of November, involving intelligence showing up on satellite...

  • Israel to build security fence on Syrian border

    January 7, 2013 | 9:41 am

    Israel will erect a security fence along its border with Syria, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

    "We know that on other side of our border with Syria today, the Syrian army has moved away, and in its place, Global Jihad forces have moved in," Netanyahu said Sunday...

  • Assad kept chemical weapons out of hands of extremists, Moshe Yaalon says

    December 5, 2012 | 4:30 pm

    Syrian President Bashar Assad responded to past warnings about the security of chemical weapons by taking steps to keep them out of the hands of militants, Israel's vice prime minister Moshe Yaalon said on Wednesday.

    Yaalon joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making clear...

  • The first Jewish president? Lincoln, in the Abrahamic tradition

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 14, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Abraham Lincoln has been dead for almost 150 years, yet suddenly he’s everywhere. At the Skirball Cultural Center, you can see an original copy of the Emancipation Proclamation, signed by Lincoln, amid an impressive array of founding American documents. The Huntington Library is...

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