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  • Dems win won’t hurt Israel but could impact Iran

    By Ron Kampeas

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The tone of the U.S.-Israel relationship remains the same whoever controls Congress, but Democratic pledges to stringently oversee the Iraq war could affect how the United States confronts Iran. Democrats won control of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate in Nov. 7...
  • Requirements for peace—NATO troops, action on Palestine

    By Bernard Avishai

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "How can Israeli soldiers fight a 10-year-old boy who wants to die? Or a teenager at the wheel of an exploding truck, smiling because he knows that in 10 seconds he will be in Heaven?
     
  • Al Qaeda urges Israel attacks; Israeli Arab lawmakers represent Hamas in court

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Al Qaeda Urges Israel Attacks
     
  • Salman Rushdie Q & A: there's a fascination with death among suicide bombers

    By Erich Follath

    September 14, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Salman Rushdie, 59, has spent many years thinking and writing about terrorism. In this interview with political author Erich Follath, which appeared last month in Der Spiegel and is reprinted here with permission, Rushdie reflects on why apparently normal young men turn to terror,...
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  • Letters to the Editor

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Bill Boyarsky

    Bill Boyarsky's article ("Needed: Rational Discussion," Aug. 18) was inaccurate and mean-spirited. He had the opportunity to dissent and speak up at the meeting of more than 400 attendees, but instead chose to vent to Journal readers who were not there and who could...

  • Can Artwork Mend Fences?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 24, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Before the Beirut airport closed during Israel's recent war with Hezbollah, a shipment of pillows, shawls and jackets sewn by Palestinian women living in Beirut refugee camps was sent off to Los Angeles' Craft and Folk Art Museum.

    These objects, all exquisitely ornamented, were...

  • Letters to the Editor

    August 17, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The Left

    Gary Wexler ("Left-Leaning Jewish Groups Out-of-Touch Now," Aug. 4) ought not to be surprised by the wrath of his former compatriots in last week's Letters to the Editor. It is the standard fury against an apostate.

    Instead, he is to be commended for doing what too few of...

  • Attacking Syria Would Ensure Cease-Fire in North

    By Michael B. Oren

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 40 years ago, Israel and the Arab world fought a war that altered the course of Middle Eastern history. Now, as the region teeters on the brink of a new and potentially more violent cataclysm, it is important to revisit the lessons of the Six-Day War, a conflict that few...

  • ACLU Dispute Shows Tension Among Interfaith Friends

    By Marc Ballon

    July 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    As local pro-Israeli and pro-Arab groups hold ever larger and more heated demonstrations, relations among Los Angeles Muslim and Jewish groups threaten to go into a deep freeze. In one reflection of the changing climate, a longtime Jewish member of the American Civil Liberties Union...

  • NGOs Feel Sting of Hamas Ban

    By Uriel Heilman

    June 22, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly three months since Hamas took control of the Palestinian Authority, Western governments aren't the only ones trying to figure out how to deliver aid to the increasingly needy Palestinian population without inadvertently supporting its extremist government.

    Nongovernmental...

  • UCLA Jews, Muslims Alter Protest Tactics

    By Tom Tugend

    June 1, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Like Moses upholding the Tablets of the Law, Rabbi Chaim Seidler-Feller stood on the steps of UCLA's Ackerman Union last week, his outstretched arms grasping a large, hand-lettered cardboard sign, which proclaimed:

    Peace for Israel
    Peace for Palestine
    Share the Hope

    Milling near...

  • Israel’s Teens Get Ironic ‘Inheritance’

    By Robert David Jaffee

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Inheriting the Holy Land: An American's Search for Hope in the Middle East," by Jennifer Miller (Ballantine Books, 2005).

    Amos Oz has explored the subject in novels. Amos Elon has penned essays about it. Politicians as varied as Abba Eban, Mahmoud Abbas, Bill Clinton and even Ariel...

  • Challenges Loom for New Olmert Regime

    By Dan Baron

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Just in time for Israel's 58th Independence Day, Ehud Olmert has clinched his new coalition government.

    But while the prime minister promises to set the Jewish state's borders and to calm, if not end, the conflict with the Palestinians, domestic realities post serious challenges.

    ...
  • WEB EXCLUSIVE:  Q&A with Moshe Arens

    By Karmel Melamed

    April 20, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Following a career as Israel's ambassador to the United States in the 1980s and as Israeli defense minister in three separate governments, Moshe Arens left politics to serve as the chairman of the board of governors at the "College of Judea and Samaria," located in the West Bank city...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Scholar, Not Rabbi, to Head Conservative Seminary

    With Conservative Judaism at a crossroads, the movement's flagship institution has chosen a scholar of American Jewry to guide it. The new leader of the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS), announced this week, is Arnold Eisen, a Jewish...

  • The Unsettling Struggle

    By Gershom Gorenberg

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Who is responsible for Israel's settlements in the territories? Gershom Gorenberg's just released history, "The Accidental Empire: Israel and the Birth of the Settlements, 1967-1977," explores in gripping narrative the original interweave of political ambition, religious entitlement...

  • Olmert Receives U.S. Thumbs-Up

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Low-key, detail-oriented, a master of the backroom deal: The same qualities that make Prime Minister-elect Ehud Olmert uninspiring for some Israelis are the ones that Americans who deal with him find exciting.

    Olmert's attention to the fine print and his less-than-mythic status in...

  • Israel Tames but Doesn’t Halt Torture

    By Larry Derfner

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last November, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), while campaigning to ban the U.S. government from using torture, told the "Today" show: "The Israeli Supreme Court outlawed torture, outlawed cruel and inhumane treatment. And I have talked to Israeli officials, and they say they do very...

  • Lawyer Floats Own Peace Plan at UCLA

    By Tom Tugend

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Josef Avesar is a successful Encino lawyer who has a plan to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. It may be a pipe dream, he acknowledged, but the concept was intriguing enough to keep 300 Israelis, Arabs and Americans engaged during a recent three-hour symposium at UCLA.

    They...

  • A Question of Fairness

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    As Washington and the West weigh a cutoff of aid to a Hamas-led Palestinian Authority, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) could become a crucial lifeline to millions of Palestinian refugees who depend on it for vital services.

    However, the recent Palestinian...

  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • Refugee Chief Faces Toughest Test

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The honeymoon was sure to end sooner or later. Since Karen Koning AbuZayd took the reins nearly a year ago of the U.N. relief agency for Palestinian refugees, Israeli officials had praised her for steering clear of the politics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

    However, the...

  • Where in the World Is ‘Paradise’?

    By Tom Tugend

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When the controversial film "Paradise Now" is introduced at the March 5 Oscars ceremony, the live and television audiences may wonder not just whether it will win, but exactly where it came from.

    In the listing by countries of the five nominees for foreign language film honors, the...

  • Shlomo’s World

    By Howard Blume

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Shlomo Wollins begins his narration well before we reach Hebron, a city on the very fault line of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. His tour, by car and by foot, on this late January day is an entry into a worldview of The Chosen and The Other, in which Jews, God's Good Guys, are the...

  • U.S. Must Refocus Democracy Building

    By Julia Fromholz

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The past few weeks have seen massive voter turnouts at two free, fair and largely peaceful elections. Yet neither election led to an inspiring outcome. Only muted hopefulness greeted Haiti's election, while the results of the Palestinian elections were outright alarming.

    These two...

  • Marlborough Defuses Anti-Israel Claim

    By Julie G Fax

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    A private girls' school in Hancock Park has defused accusations of anti-Israel bias in the wake of an English teacher's speech on the Mideast at an all-school assembly.

    The controversy arose at Marlborough School after Laura Rochette, who teaches English and Arabic literature at the...

  • Mideast’s New Reality

    By M.J. Rosenberg

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    It's not often that Mel Weiss is heard complimenting President Bush. But after hearing the President's response to the victory of Hamas in last week's Palestinian elections, that's just what Weiss did.

    Weiss -- one of the country's most prominent lawyers, a longtime Jewish community...

  • History Behind What Makes Hamas Tick

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Hamas, which will form the next Palestinian Authority government, has an ideology that is based on the destruction of Israel through jihad, or Muslim "holy war." The group's 1988 charter states that "Israel will exist and will continue to exist until Islam will obliterate it, just as...

  • Give Peace a Shot

    By Shira Kaplan

    February 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Mahmud, 24, and I, met at a Moroccan falafel place near Dupont Circle on a surprisingly sunny December afternoon. I'd guarantee that even if you looked carefully around the D.C. area, you would find very few "couples" like us -- a Palestinian from Nablus, and an Israeli from...

  • Will Violence Again Flare Up in 2006?

    By Dan Baron

    January 5, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Will the Palestinians start the new year with a renewal of violence?

    That has been the question asked by many nervous Israelis in the final weeks of 2005, as the "truce" declared by Palestinian terrorist groups early last year came to an end.

    True, there was never a complete...

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