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  • Briefs: Some West Bank settlers would agree to leave, Israel OKs Palestinian police stations

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Some West Bank Settlers Would Leave If Offered Government Support, Poll Finds

    Approximately one in five Israelis living east of the West Bank security fence would leave if offered government support, a poll found. According to an internal government study, whose results were leaked...

  • Briefs: Governator opens new Saban Free Clinic, Weisenthal Center pressures Swiss on Iran deal

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Free Clinic Named in Honor of Sabans

    The Los Angeles Free Clinic was renamed the Saban Free Clinic this week in honor of Cheryl and Haim Saban, who last month pledged a $10 million gift to the health care facility that treated Cheryl Saban some 25 years ago, when she was a divorced...

  • Israel is still fighting for independence

    By Rep. Elton Gallegly

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    On May 14, Israel will celebrate 60 years of independence. It's never been an easy independence. Israel is surrounded by regional instability and Israelis have needed to regularly fight their neighbors to maintain their independence -- if not their very existence.

    Despite those...

  • Houseguests for Hosni

    By Steve Greenberg

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

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  • Israeli strategists weigh Gaza options

    By Leslie Susser

    January 31, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    The collapse of the border wall between the Gaza Strip and Egypt has done much more than break Israel's siege of the Hamas-run strip. It also has opened up new, far-reaching strategic options for Israel while exposing it to grave new dangers.

    Some strategists say Israel should use...

  • Lessons of gratitude

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 27, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the course of a lifetime, we encounter any number of friends.

    Some are friends by happenstance -- friends who happen to attend school with us, happen to work where we do or reside near us. When we graduate from school, change careers or relocate, most such friends slowly...

  • New summit produces nothing new—as usual

    By Mona Eltahawy

    December 6, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Whenever the Arab League gets together for its biannual meetings, journalists in Cairo—where the pan-Arab body is based—joke that they can write the final communiqué themselves, as they wait for the officials to come out of their meetings and talk to the media. Seven years might...

  • Israel booming but helicopters may be an omen of trouble ahead

    By Jack Weiss

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    On a recent morning, as Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak ratcheted up warnings that Israel was preparing to launch a major operation in the Gaza Strip, I stand on an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) lookout a few hundred yards from Gaza, as two dark Apache helicopters swoop down and...
  • Israel’s Arab neighbors may hold key to summit’s success

    By Leslie Susser

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than an asset.

    Egypt, Syria and Turkey have been complicating efforts to hold what...

  • The Well-Blessed Person

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    August 30, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This week's portion, Ki Tavo, is best known for its bikkurim (first fruits) passages, the verses we are commanded to recite when bringing our first fruits to the Kohen at the Temple in Jerusalem (Devarim 26:5-10). You will recognize the text as one of the most frequently quoted...
  • What use were all the wars?

    By Mona Eltahawy

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If turning 40 isn't challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you're as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it's difficult not to take the humiliation personally.

    My birth at...

  • ‘Hamastan’ in Gaza is a big challenge for Egypt, too

    By Uri Dromi

    June 28, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The emergence of "Hamastan" in Gaza sent leaders in the Middle East and elsewhere scrambling for an answer: Whose fault is it? Is it reversible? Will the same thing happen in the West Bank? What should and could be done now?

    In this soul-searching process there is plenty of blame...
  • A Pyrrhic victory for Hamas?

    By Gidi Grinstein

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Hamas coup in Gaza last week might seem like a victory for Iran and its followers, who now have a foothold on Israel's doorstep. But if Israel plays its cards wisely, it might turn things around.

    Since the 1979 Israel-Egypt Camp David accords, Israel has been on a quest to end...

  • Why ‘peace camps’ do not make peace

    By Judea Pearl

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israeli society took a hard look at this pivotal turning point in its history.

    Silver-haired generals, retired politicians, journalists and analysts were the week's favorites on Israeli TV programs, as they...
  • Bittersweet legacy of the Six-Day War

    By Leslie Susser

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm


    Universal Newsreel from 1967 recaps the Six-Day War
    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel's place in the Middle East and its long-term survival?

    Forty years on, the jury is still out.


    In the war's immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel's sweeping victory would...
  • From Darfur to Israel: A Family’s Perilous Exodus

    By Yosef Israel Abramowitz

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "We left Sudan, took a boat on the Nile to Aswan and went to Cairo to seek protection at the United Nations office," said Ahmed, sitting in Ketziot, a maximum-security Israeli prison near the Egyptian border.

    Some 150 miles away, sitting in the office of a women's crisis center in...

  • Can Olmert’s goodwill gestures kick-start peace?

    By Leslie Susser

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    After the plethora of goodwill gestures Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made in his meeting Saturday with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, politicians and pundits on both sides are asking one question: Will it be enough to kick-start the stalled Israeli-Palestinian...
  • For Cryin’ Out Loud

    By Rabbi Karen Deitsch

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Upon analyzing Vayigash, one of my bar mitzvah students commented: "Joseph sure cries a lot ... it's kinda weird."

    Well put. In fact, Joseph does not simply cry -- he weeps. A lot! "Aloud [so] that all of Egypt and the house of Paro heard."

    He turns on the waterworks upon revealing...

  • Israel grows impatient with terror-filled Gaza

    By Dan Baron

    October 26, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Israel's patience with the growing menace from the Gaza Strip appears to be wearing thin.

    Government and military officials spoke openly Sunday of the need to move fast to stop Palestinian terrorists from turning the coastal territory into a "second Lebanon" threatening southern...

  • Priorities

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    We love to play Jewish Geography. Whenever we meet a fellow Jew for the first time, we try to find mutual people or places we might have in common.
     
    I was leading a Jewish history tour to Prague when our group encountered a group of seniors from Israel. We immediately began to...
  • Song of the Sons

    By Rabbi Perry Netter

    June 29, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The centerpiece of the third section of the Tanach, the section known as Ketuvim (the Writings), is the Book of Psalms. The Book of Psalms contains some of the most majestic poetic images in the history of the Hebrew language. They express awe at the artistic power of the Creator and...

  • We Must Treat Others With Kindness

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I often give young people advice on dating, occasionally without their asking. I tell young women not to judge a man by his car, since you will not end up living with the car but with the man who drives it. I advise men, when they take a woman to a restaurant, to sit facing the wall,...

  • Paper on ‘Israel Lobby’ Poses Threat

    By Jonathan Rosenblum

    April 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Are we Jews too sensitive to what non-Jews say about us? The haggadah, which we just read on seder night, hints at the answer. The telling of the story of our enslavement in Egypt begins, "The Egyptians [spoke] evil about us" (usually mistranslated as "the Egyptians did evil to us"),...

  • First Person - A Coming Out (of Egypt) Story

    By Jeff Bernhardt

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sixteen years ago this month, I planned to take the Passover message of liberation to heart. I was going to come out of the closet to my sister and my parents and, in doing so, free myself from the bondage of keeping this huge and personal part of me from them. I was going to...

  • A Nod to Heroes of Past and Present

    By Simon Greer

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The holiday of Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt, but the Haggadah doesn't mention

    Nachshon ben Aminadav.

    Who was this man?

    According to the biblical account of the Exodus, the people have no sooner left Egypt than they encounter a...

  • Let My People Watch TV

    By Tom Tugend

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The story of the Exodus from Egypt makes for great cinema and stunning visual effects, as Cecil B. DeMille and Charlton Heston proved half a century ago.

    Now a new version of "The Ten Commandments," with its timeless themes of slavery and freedom, faith and doubt, adultery and...

  • Travel Briefs

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Music Festival Celebrates Jewish New Orleans

    Hot on the heels of Mardi Gras, a recovering Big Easy will soon play host to the inaugural New Orleans International Jewish Music Festival. The two-day gathering on April 1-2 will celebrate the rebuilding of Jewish New Orleans following...

  • The Ones Left Behind

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • The Officer’s Grin

    By Emanuel Cohn

    October 27, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Gaza 1995. Though my tank brigade is stationed in the Jordan Valley, I am deployed to Rafiah. Rafiah lies in the southern Gaza

    Strip, on the Israeli-Egyptian border.

    Together with some of my colleagues, I am charged with the mission of delivering weapons to the Palestinian...

  • Lulav Shortage Shakes Jewish World

    By Chanan Tigay

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    American legislators, Israeli officials and Jewish groups are working diplomatic channels in an effort to stave off a looming lulav shortage ahead of Sukkot.

    Their efforts follow a surprise move by Egypt, which -- after years as the world's primary supplier of the palm fronds that...

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