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  • The fourth Gaza War: 5 predictions

    By Rob Eshman

    October 14, 2014 | 11:24 am

    Now that the international donor conference on behalf of Gaza has wrapped up in Cairo, it is time to make predictions about the next Gaza War.

    1. First, let’s try to guess when it will begin. The first Gaza War ran from December 2008 to January 2009, lasting three weeks. The...

  • Young Americans and Israel

    By Rob Eshman

    September 3, 2014 | 6:15 pm

    The new concern in the American-Jewish community is the number 25. According to a Gallup poll conducted in the midst of the Gaza war, 42 percent of all Americans supported Israel’s action. Among people aged 18 to 29, that number was 25 percent.

    This set off all the usual alarm...

  • End of Gaza war doesn’t translate into peace

    September 2, 2014 | 10:00 am

    A week after the guns fell silent in the Gaza war, Israel and the Palestinians seem to have little appetite or incentive for a return to U.S.-sponsored peace and statehood talks that collapsed five months ago.

    With conflicts raging in Ukraine, Iraq and Syria – and the future of...

  • Three noteworthy post-war trends: Israelis, Jews, Americans

    By Shmuel Rosner

    September 1, 2014 | 4:22 am

    1. Israelis

    Three weeks ago, when the war in Gaza was still raging, I briefly explained that dividing Israelis into the customary groups of "hawks" and "doves" doesn't fit this conflict. My suggestion was to divide them instead into "pessimists" and "optimists".

    The pessimists...

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  • Did we win or lose at the end of this good-for-nothing summer?

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 27, 2014 | 4:07 am

    Israelis - if you'd like to summarize how they feel this morning in just two words - are relieved and bitter, not necessarily in that order. They are relieved for a good reason: the cease-fire that was agreed upon and announced yesterday seems more serious and, hopefully, more...

  • All you need to know about the state of the Gaza war in 7 very short notes

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 26, 2014 | 3:56 am

    1.

    Last week I asked: so you want to know what happens next? My updated answer, based mostly on what I’ve been hearing from Israeli officials: a renewed cease fire. It can take a couple of days to get there (update: it only took a few hours until a cease fire was announced early...

  • Israel’s secret weapon: Patience Dome

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 25, 2014 | 4:04 am

    As the latest cease-fire settles in at press time on Aug. 26, the question remains: What do we call a round of fighting that is 50 days long and counting?

    It is a serious question.

    One thing to consider is that the definition has legal implications. MK Nachman Shai of the Labor...

  • Dozens of Israelis defy police to protest Gaza war

    August 9, 2014 | 7:40 pm

    More than 150 Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday against a Gaza war entering its second month, in defiance of a police ban on the assembly that cited military restrictions on public gatherings in cities within range of rocket fire.

    The relatively small turnout was similar...

  • Israelis do not – do not! - trust the US to mediate negotiations with Hamas

    By Shmuel Rosner

    August 7, 2014 | 3:26 am

    1.

    Pollster Menachem Lazar of Panels Politics predicted in our conversation yesterday that Israelis would be inclined to trust Egypt more than they trust the US when it comes to the cease fire talks. He just didn't predict how wide the trust-gap would be. Thus, when he saw the...

  • Los Angeles community reacts to violence in the Gaza war

    August 6, 2014 | 4:05 pm

    Two simultaneous events in Los Angeles last week that focused on Israel’s war in the Gaza Strip revealed a community split between progressives who expressed some criticism of Israel even as they supported its efforts at security, and more unconditional supporters of the Jewish...

  • Letters to the editor: The Gaza conflict and cycles of war

    August 6, 2014 | 10:21 am

    United Under Fire

    I have always enjoyed reading David Suissa’s columns, but this last one ... it really touched me as a Jew and as a human being (“Gaza War: Taking Sides,” July 25). You wrote words out of my mouth — just better than I would have.

    Sheila Ellman via email

    That...

  • When Friends Become Anti-Semites

    By Dr. Afshine Emrani

    July 23, 2014 | 6:05 pm

    This week, all diversity training and tolerance enhancing programs failed.  It’s like when you prepare for an earthquake with a drill, but don’t really care.

    We are all guilty.  We all whisper words of bigotry in the privacy of our homes.  But, in today’s social media, we have...

  • Peace Peace: A Prayer During War

    July 18, 2014 | 12:06 pm

    Rachel is crying for her children


    She refuses to be comforted


    From beyond the grave she cries


    Through the centuries


    Her tears flow


    Hagar cries too


    From beyond the grave
  

    Their tears intermingle


    The tears of the mothers


    Grieving over dead sons and...

  • For Israelis under siege, a night different from all other nights

    By Danielle Berrin

    July 9, 2014 | 6:06 pm

    It’s the middle of the night in Israel but hardly anybody can sleep.

    Rockets and missiles are crackling across the dark sky. BOOM. Sirens are sounding throughout the land. Tanks are massing near the  Gaza border. BOOM. BOOM. The thud of explosives hitting the ground has the whole...

  • Photo of dead Palestinian children wins international prize

    February 15, 2013 | 6:48 am

    A Swede won the 2012 World Press Photo prize for a photograph of two Palestinian children who were killed during Israel's operation in Gaza.

    Paul Hansen, a photographer for the daily Dagens Nyheter, won the prize on Friday , the Associated Press reported. According to the report,...

  • Americans for Peace Now backs Palestinian U.N. bid

    November 27, 2012 | 2:12 pm

    Americans for Peace Now called on President Obama to support the Palestinians’ bid to upgrade their status in the United Nations to non-member observer state.

    The stance by the left-wing group issued in a statement Tuesday places it at odds with others in the pro-Israel...

  • Israel taking steps to mobilize up to 75,000 reservists

    November 16, 2012 | 9:54 am

    Defence Minister Ehud Barak sought government approval on Friday to mobilize up to 75,000 reserve troops for Israel's Gaza campaign, political sources said, in a sign of preparations for a possible ground offensive.

    The sources, speaking after Palestinian rockets were fired at Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, said ministers were being polled by telephone by the cabinet secretary to approve the call-up.

    Reporting by Maayan Lubell; Writing by Jeffrey Heller, Editing by Crispian Balmer

  • Palestinian media praises terrorist leader Jabari as ‘martyr’

    November 15, 2012 | 11:27 am

    The day after the targeted killing of Hamas terrorist chief Ahmed Jabari, the Palestinian media lead with headlines praising his “martyrdom,” despite his long history of involvement in terrorism against Israeli civilians.

    According to Palestinian Media Watch (PMW), the...

  • Paris university president apologizes for Gaza exam question

    June 14, 2012 | 1:48 pm

    The president of a prestigious university in Paris apologized for an exam question that said a 2009 Israeli bombing in Gaza may have been a war crime.

    Vincent Berger, president of Paris Diderot University, wrote a letter expressing his “dismay” and “regret” at the inclusion...

  • Israeli commanders won’t be charged in Cast Lead killings

    May 2, 2012 | 8:49 am

    Israel’s military said it will take no legal actions against the commanders who ordered the attack on a compound that resulted in the deaths of 21 members of a Palestinian family.

    In a letter Tuesday to the human rights group B’Tselem, which had filed a complaint against the...

  • Palestinian kids’ art exhibit cancelled

    September 12, 2011 | 11:19 am

    An exhibit of Palestinian children’s artwork illustrating the Gaza War, slated to be shown at a children’s museum in California, has been cancelled.

    The exhibit scheduled to go on display at the Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland on Sept. 24 was cancelled due to pressure from the...

  • IDF strikes kill nine in Gaza as barrage of mortars hits Israel

    April 8, 2011 | 11:42 am

    Israeli air strikes in the Gaza Strip killed four Hamas militants and five Palestinian civilians on Friday as a fresh spike in cross-border violence continued for a second day.

    The Israel Defense Forces said it had “identified two terrorist squads from Hamas” and hit them from the...

  • U.N. Human Rights Council: Goldstone Report stands

    April 5, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The United Nations Human Rights Council said it will continue to use the Goldstone Report as written, despite its author’s retraction of a key finding.

    Council spokesman Cedric Sapey told the Israeli daily Yediot Achronot on Monday that the Op-Ed written by Richard Goldstone...

  • After bombshell Op-Ed, questions for Richard Goldstone and Israel

    April 5, 2011 | 8:33 am

    Richard Goldstone’s original U.N. report on the Gaza war of 2008-09 landed like a bombshell in the PR war over Israel, damaging Israel’s reputation around the world with its finding that Israel potentially committed war crimes and crimes against humanity during its three-week war...

  • Dear Mr. Goldstone: Six months until Kol Nidre

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2011 | 6:34 pm

    Dear Mr. Goldstone:

    You really screwed up. You screwed up so badly that Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic says you contributed, more than any other individual, to the delegitimization and demonization of the Jewish state.

    The deliberate killing of innocent civilians is the...

  • Israel launching drive to void Goldstone Report

    April 3, 2011 | 11:17 am

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel would launch an international campaign to cancel the Goldstone Report after its author, ex-South African Judge Richard Goldstone, wrote in an Op-Ed in the Washington Post that Israel did not intentionally target civilians as a policy...

  • Go protest Iran’s regime…it’s the real culprit behind the Gaza war

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 7, 2009 | 3:07 am

    During the past week and several days I have read of reports of thousands of people protesting in the Middle East and elsewhere worldwide against Israel’s efforts to defend itself against Hamas terrorists in Gaza that have been launching rockets into civilian populations living in...

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