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  • Is BDS working?

    June 24, 2013 | 2:24 pm

    In the United States, the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement against Israel has caused Jewish leaders considerable grief but achieved few tangible results. A handful of college student groups have passed resolutions on the subject, but no far no university has...

  • Israel’s Ultra-Orthodox dead get proper burial

    November 22, 2011 | 5:25 pm

    Ah, the good old days. Stealing corpses before they even got cold, right under the noses of the police and paramedics just about to take them for autopsy, bundling them in the van and driving them out to some secret place in a cemetery — still whole, uncut — for a proper Jewish...

  • JPost fires Larry Derfner for controversial blog post

    August 29, 2011 | 2:43 pm

    The Jerusalem Post fired senior reporter Larry Derfner after he penned a controversial blog post justifying terrorist attacks against Israelis.

    The post, titled “The awful, necessary truth about Palestinian terror,” appeared on a personal blog Derfner shares, Israel Reconsidered. It...

  • Abbas yes, Hamas no

    May 4, 2011 | 10:41 am

    As someone who wants the world to pressure Israel into ending the occupation, who hopes the UN recognizes Palestine in September, and who roots for Palestinian leaders Mahmoud Abbas and Salam Fayyad, I say their agreement Wednesday to form a unity government with Hamas was a blunder....

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  • The Palestinian victim’s mentality

    March 16, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    The topic of the day-long conference was torture, and Palestinians were describing the horrific methods the Shin Bet used in prison to get information out of them. Photos and illustrations of these practices were shown on a screen. Human rights activists, Palestinian and Israeli,...

  • The big con about Iran

    By Larry Derfner

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Despite all the skepticism, the United States and Israel do have a military option in Iran: pre-emptive nuclear annihilation.
     
    The United States and Israel, or the United States by itself, or maybe even Israel by itself, can destroy Iran and its 69 million people, probably in a...
  • Direct Hezbollah rocket hit leaves Israeli/Arab ‘peace school’ in pieces

    By Larry Derfner

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The one school in Acre that took a direct hit from a rocket during the war happens to be the only school in the city that serves both Jewish and Arab pupils -- the el-Mahaba ("love" in Arabic) kindergarten for mentally and emotionally handicapped kids.
     
  • A Solution to Israel’s Demographic Peril

    By Larry Derfner

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Israeli Arabs protest that talk of the "demographic threat" is racist, can Israeli Jews blame them? If non-Jewish professors and politicians anywhere on earth spoke of a Jewish demographic threat to their countries, what would Jews call it? What, for that matter, would decent...

  • Unilateral Withdrawal

    By Larry Derfner

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    I, along with what the polls say is 60 percent of Israelis -- and maybe even Ariel Sharon, too -- trust Mahmoud Abbas' good intentions. More than that, I'm impressed by what he's done on the ground -- by prevailing on Hamas and the other terrorist groups to "cool down" the violence...

  • International Left Rooting for Barghouti

    By Larry Derfner

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Progressives of the world, including those in Israel, have a thing about Marwan Barghouti and with good reason: He's so cool. He's the coolest

    Palestinian since Yasser Arafat first turned up in a keffiyeh and Ray Bans.

    Journalist Patrick Bishop put it just right recently in...

  • Tricked Into

    By Larry Derfner

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Like everyone else, I used to divide the prostitutes smuggled into Israel from the former Soviet republics into two categories -- the good ones who were tricked into it, and the bad ones who knew what they were getting into.

    I think differently now. After meeting one of the "bad"...

  • Showdown Nears in Settlements Battle

    By Larry Derfner

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    It would be hard to exaggerate how fateful, how historic is the drama about to begin at the settlement outposts. Here's where things stand:

    Within a few months, we will pretty well know if Israel's 36-year occupation of the West Bank and Gaza will be on its way out or here to stay.

    ...

  • Going Through Hell For The Dead

    By Larry Derfner

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Natan Koenig was blotting up blood from the floor of the cafeteria named for Frank Sinatra at Jerusalem's Hebrew University. Koenig worked for two hours on that 95-degree afternoon on July 31, arriving soon after a Hamas-made bomb exploded under a table, killing nine people,...

  • Refuseniks in the Ranks

    By Larry Derfner

    February 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The "officers' letter" came out on Jan. 25 in Yediot Aharonot, Israel's largest newspaper -- 52 reserve army officers declared that they would not serve in the West Bank or Gaza for moral and political reasons.

    They detailed acts of brutality -- refusing to allow pregnant woman to...

  • Israel’s Emigration Problem

    By Larry Derfner

    January 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    More than any other Israeli politician, Yossi Beilin has a knack for saying things that many other people are thinking but will not say, and he has just done it again.

    This time the subject is emigration from Israel, which, he told Yediot Aharonot newspaper, is the inevitable result...

  • Israelis Identify With U.S.

    By Larry Derfner

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The contrast between the Palestinian and Israeli reaction couldn't have been more stark -- while crowds of Palestinians were celebrating in the streets of East Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza, Israel was observing an official national day of mourning, with flags flying at...

  • Now It’s Jewish Terrorists

    By Larry Derfner

    July 26, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    The settler movement is in serious denial over last week's killings of three Palestinians, including 3-month-old Dia Tmeizi. While all settlers publicly condemn the killings, even the most "mainstream" don't see any connection between the nighttime ambush near Hebron and the...

  • The Home Front

    By Larry Derfner

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Standing with the crowd in Netanya where, hours before, a Palestinian suicide bomber had killed three Israelis and himself, local carpenter Ya'acov Ohayon was asked if he thought the public -- the home front -- was ready for more of the same, or worse.

    "Are they ready?" he replied....

  • A Rabbi’s Fatwa

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    After Rabbi Ovadia Yosef, ruler of the Shas (Sephardi ultra-Orthodox) party, caused an uproar this week by pronouncing a kind of Jewish fatwa on liberal Education Minister Yossi Sarid, one of Yosef's minions tried to jump into the fray.

    Shlomo Benizri, Israel's minister of health,...

  • Rich Israeli, Poor Israeli

    By Larry Derfner

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For all the recent hubbub over the worsening lot of Israel's poor, and the growing criticism of Prime Minister Ehud Barak's born-again Reaganite economic policies, it should be understood that in many key misery indices, Israel isn't doing too badly.

    Compared to the world's other 25...

  • The Power of Advertising

    By Larry Derfner

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    About 1,000 people crammed into Jerusalem's Kol Haneshama Reform synagogue for Yom Kippur services, while another 500 or so listened in the courtyard outside.

    "My own father couldn't get in," said Rabbi David Ariel-Joel, assistant director of Israel's Reform movement. "Neither could...

  • Ahmed Tibi Switches Sides

    By Larry Derfner

    June 17, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This week, when freshman Member of Knesset Dr. Ahmed Tibi declared his first preference for committee assignments -- Defense and Foreign Affairs, which is briefed regularly by the Shin Bet and Mossad -- right-wing MKs laughed it off. This would be like inviting Saddam Hussein into...
  • Ehud Barak’s Kind of Town

    By Larry Derfner

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak needs to talk things over with Gen. Shaul Mofaz, the military chief of staff, he won't have to go far: Mofaz lives 12 houses away from him in the town of Kochav Yair.

    And when Barak or Mofaz need to talk to the military's number two man, Gen....

  • Is There Room for Shas in Barak’s Tent?

    By Larry Derfner

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    During the wild victory party in Tel Aviv's Rabin Square on Election Night, a chant went up in the crowd: "Just not Shas!" Ehud Barak heard the same chant when he spoke early this week to a gathering of campaign activists. A booth with a fax machine in Kikar Rabin has already sent...
  • Barak’s Tough Choices

    By Larry Derfner

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The tens of thousands of happy secularists who danced Election Night away in Rabin Square may have thought they'd "taken back the country" from the right-wing and religious, but according to all the signs, incoming Prime Minister Ehud Barak has a surprise in store for them.

    Not only...

  • Getting Off the Ground

    By Larry Derfner

    March 18, 1999 | 6:59 pm

    Until the last couple of weeks, the best thing one could say about Ehud Barak's campaign for prime minister was that it couldn't get any worse.

    But, as the May 17 election draws closer, a couple of good things have happened to the Labor Party leader that have finally gotten his...

  • Berkeley Comes to Israel

    By Larry Derfner

    November 26, 1998 | 6:59 pm

    At the beginning of this week, dozens of Israeli university students entered the third week of their hunger strike. The country's 175,000 university students entered the second month of their strike from classes. Along the way students have been clubbed and even horsewhipped by...
  • Bibi’s About-face

    By Larry Derfner

    November 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It's remarkable: Palestinian terrorists set off three bomb attacks in as many weeks, yet Binyamin Netanyahu, of all people, goes ahead with his plans to relinquish 13 percent of the West Bank to the Palestinians.

    There was the grenade thrown at Beersheba's central bus station, the...

  • Israel: A Time of Change

    By Larry Derfner

    September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    On Aug. 9, the "Tel Aviv Serial Rapist," who has the city's women looking over their shoulders in fear, evidently tried to commit his 10th rape in the last six months, but police say he let his pleading victim go, and ran off. On the same day, Police Minister Avigdor Kahalani advised...
  • 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...

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