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  • Released Palestinian prisoners get P.A. payout, monthly stipend

    November 18, 2013 | 10:51 am

    Palestinian terrorists who were released from Israeli prisons in a goodwill gesture by Israel to restart the peace process were granted large payouts and monthly stipends from the Palestinian Authority.

    Upon their release from Israeli prison, each of the prisoners received a...

  • Release of Palestinian prisoners no threat, says former Shin Bet head

    By Jared Sichel

    October 29, 2013 | 1:47 pm

    Ami Ayalon, the former head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service, says he’s not concerned, from a security perspective, about Israel’s scheduled Oct. 30 release of 26 Palestinian prisoners who had been involved in terror attacks.

    In an Oct. 27 interview with the Journal in...

  • Palestinian prisoner release on track after High Court ruling

    August 13, 2013 | 9:14 am

    Israel was set to free 26 Palestinian prisoners within hours to help underpin renewed peace talks, after its High Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal against their release by relatives of some of the Israelis they killed.

    Authorities planned to transport the group from jail in...

  • Palestinians escalate hunger-strike in Israel jails

    May 11, 2012 | 8:07 am

    Hundreds of Palestinians on hunger strike in Israeli jails said on Friday they would shun vitamin supplements and prison clinics in an escalation of their mass protest against detention conditions.

    “We swear we will not retreat. We are potential martyrs. Either we live in dignity or...

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  • Hamas says it will not go to war for Iran

    May 10, 2012 | 1:25 pm

    The Islamist movement Hamas will not let itself be dragged into a war against Israel if it attacks the nuclear facilities of Hamas ally Iran, Gaza leader Ismail Haniyeh said on Thursday.

    “Hamas is a Palestinian movement that acts within the Palestinian arena and it carries out its...

  • U.S.: Impediments to prosecuting Shalit prisoners remain

    March 20, 2012 | 3:46 pm

    A U.S. Department of Justice official reiterated that there are “significant impediments” to pursuing criminal charges against Palestinian terrorists freed in exchange for captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    In a March 16 email sent to members of the Parents Forum for...

  • Are Palestinians ‘partying’ in Israeli prisons?

    November 1, 2011 | 9:15 pm

    In the wake of Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit’s release after being held captive in Gaza by Hamas for five years, Israelis are grappling with the question of what to do if another Israeli soldier or civilian is kidnapped. Currently, one of the most popular ideas being bandied about...

  • Gilad Shalit is Home and Yes, I am Excited

    By Ilana Angel

    October 18, 2011 | 6:02 pm

    I wrote a blog last week when we heard Shalit would be freed, and some felt my use of the word “excited “ was an inappropriate emotion to be feeling, when you factor in the release of the Palestinian prisoners.  I wavered on the use of the word, but now that he is home, and we...

  • Netanyahu: Israel to toughen conditions of Palestinian prisoners

    June 23, 2011 | 6:09 pm

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Thursday that he plans on toughening the conditions of Palestinian security prisoners in Israel’s prisons.

    “I have decided to change Israel’s treatment of terrorists sitting in prison,” Netanyahu said during the closing statements at the...

  • The plot to kill Hitler becomes a Tom Cruise thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2008 | 3:19 am

    "Valkyrie" is a historical thriller of considerable merit that mines the seemingly inexhaustible supply of movie plots rooted in Hitler's reign and World War II.

    Directed by Bryan Singer and loaded with Tom Cruise's star power, as well as exploding ammunition, the film reconstructs...

  • First Person: Rivky and Gabi were truly special people

    December 4, 2008 | 1:00 am

    Many of you first heard of the Holtzberg family four days ago when news of the Mumbai hostage situation emerged. I feel compelled to write this because I want the world to know who Rivky and Gabi Holtzberg were in life and to tell you what I witnessed of their accomplishments in...
  • Iran gets away with murder

    August 27, 2008 | 11:45 pm

    Radovan Karadzic's arrest last month in a Belgrade hideout was more than just a finishing point to 12 years of a fugitive's life. Renowned as the face of "ethnic cleansing" in the Balkans, Karadzic was especially sought for having ordered the execution of more than 7,000 Muslim men...
  • Zell it, Sam; Cool it, Orit; 40 million Frenchmen

    August 7, 2008 | 12:06 am





    Sell It, Sam

    Nice editorial on the demise of the L.A. Times as we have known it and loved to hate it all these years ("Sell It, Sam," Aug. 1).

    Didn't anyone realize when Sam Zell bought the Tribune Co. that real estate value was at the top of his list?

    And as to the problems of...
  • Lebanon prisoner swap deal—morale issue forces a hard choice

    July 30, 2008 | 11:20 pm

    The existential reality of an Israeli context, where governmental decisions often have a life and death valence, has been brought home to millions of people these past few weeks, as the Israeli Cabinet made the agonizing decision to authorize the release of the murderer Samir...
  • Briefs: Obama to visit Israel this month, Hezbollah swap inches forward

    July 9, 2008 | 11:26 pm

    Obama to Visit Israel This Month

    The presumptive Democratic Party candidate Sen. Barack Obama is expected to arrive in Israel on July 22 or 23 for a two- or three-day visit, Yediot Achronot reported.

    Obama, who is seen as keen to boost his security credentials and support among...

  • No simple answer on return of Israeli POWs

    By Uri Dromi

    July 3, 2008 | 11:35 am

    In the summer of 2006, two Israeli soldiers -- Eldad Regev and Ehud Goldwasser -- were abducted by Hezbollah. Israel reacted by launching a war against this Lebanon-based terrorist organization. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert declared then that one of the main war aims was to return the...
  • Lawsuit re POW swap involves L.A. family; Student writes guide for U.K.

    July 2, 2008 | 9:55 pm

    Lawsuit Filed to Block Israeli Prisoner Swap Involves L.A. Family's Missing Son

    A day after the Israeli government agreed to trade five Lebanese prisoners for the bodies of two Israeli soldiers whose kidnapping sparked the 2006 war with Hezbollah, a lawsuit was filed in Jerusalem by...

  • Mixed emotions in Israel as Cabinet approves MIA swap

    By Roy Eitan

    June 30, 2008 | 1:15 pm

    JERUSALEM (JTA)—Two years after they disappeared into Lebanese captivity, Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev are returning to Israel.

    But it’s unlikely to be a happy homecoming for the army reservists.

    According to Israeli assessments, Goldwasser and Regev died as a result of the...

  • Israel cabinet to vote on Hezbollah swap, Canada downplays reports of Hezbollah sleepers

    June 25, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    Cabinet to Vote on Hezbollah Swap

    Ehud Olmert will ask his Cabinet on Sunday to approve a prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

    Karnit Goldwasser, whose husband, Ehud, and fellow Israeli soldier Eldad Regev were abducted by the Lebanese militia in a July 2006 border raid, said Tuesday...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • Rabbi Carron brightens prisoners’ darkest days

    By Nick Street

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Daniel, a blue-eyed 24-year-old who was a few credits shy of finishing his undergraduate degree at UCLA last spring, is now an inmate in unit 131 at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles.
     
    When Rabbi Yossi Carron arrives for his meeting with Daniel -- not...
  • 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...

  • Cease-Fire Appears on Verge of Collapse

    By Leslie Susser

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Just three months after it was ushered in at a peace summit in February, there are growing signs that the cease-fire between Israel and the Palestinians may be on the verge of collapse.

    There has been a dramatic increase in the number of terrorist attacks in the Gaza Strip, there...

  • Bombing Creates Quandary for All

    By Leslie Susser

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    The late February suicide bombing in Tel Aviv shattered a three-month lull in terror and brought key Israeli-Palestinian peacemaking issues into sharp relief.

    The terror attack, which came just three weeks after Israeli and Palestinian leaders declared an end to more...

  • How to Be Religious in Prison

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 20, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    California state prison inmate Raymond Morrison was forced to wear paper clothes, had his personal property taken from him, spent months in "the hole" (a.k.a. administrative segregation), was denied telephone calls and family visits, all because of his adherence to a halachic tenet....

  • Israel Swaps With Hezbollah

    By Dan Baron

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Free at last, but at what price? That was the question on some Israelis' minds over the weekend after a German mediator helped seal the deal on a long-awaited prisoner swap between Israel and Hezbollah, the Lebanese militia group.

    Barring last-minute delays, an Israeli businessman...

  • Key Points in Geneva Peace Proposal

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The following are some of the main points of the Geneva accord, the unofficial Israeli-Palestinian peace proposal launched Monday:

    A state of Palestine would be created roughly along Israel's pre-1967 borders. The two countries would recognize each other, and Palestine would end...

  • Haven of Refuge

    By Nathan Ezra

    July 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    For centuries, most people have viewed Siberia as a dreaded prison of frozen tundra, the closest cold spot on earth to the gloom of purgatory.

    But for the Jews of Asia and Europe, Siberia has represented something far more attractive: a great escape. The targets of deadly...

  • Shinui Weighs in on Releasing Prisoners

    By Leslie Susser

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Even after Shinui became the third-largest party in Israel in last January's Knesset elections, shrewd political observers tended to dismiss its electoral success as a flash in the pan.

    Not anymore. After months of being derided as a passing fad with little substance, Shinui, whose...

  • Sound of Silence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So, maybe we should get to know each other."

    My husband Glenn's voice cracked like an adolescent as he broke the hour-long quiet inside the car. Glenn looked expectantly toward Jacek, a partner at a Warsaw-based software company and Glenn's business contact.

    When I had decided to...

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