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  • Opinion: The shame in surrendering to evil

    October 18, 2011 | 2:02 pm

    In October 1938, Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain triumphantly returned from Munich carrying an agreement with Adolf Hitler that achieved “peace with honor.” Although the English people were overjoyed, Winston Churchill was less sanguine. In a speech to the House of Commons,...

  • As Israel watches, Gilad Shalit comes home

    October 18, 2011 | 11:40 am

    It seemed that all of Israel breathed a sigh of relief when Gilad Shalit returned to Israel after being transferred from Hamas captivity in Gaza into Egyptian custody.

    After more than five years of campaigning for Shalit’s release, and seeing little of him other than the same...

  • Opinion: Shalit, Israel and rabbinic debate

    October 18, 2011 | 11:22 am

    Political sovereignty in the restored Jewish homeland often means making decisions with life-and-death implications. That reality was brought home last week with the agonizing decision to authorize the terribly imbalanced swap to gain the release of Gilad Shalit.

    The criticisms and...

  • UN’S Ban sees peace process boost from Shalit deal

    October 18, 2011 | 4:49 am

    United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday that he expected the Israeli-Palestinian prisoner exchange to boost prospects for the wider peace process.

    “With this release, it will have a far-reaching positive impact to the stalled Middle East peace process,” Ban told...

  • Gilad Shalit freed in mass prisoner swap

    October 18, 2011 | 3:40 am

    Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned home to a national outpouring of joy on Tuesday after five years in captivity as hundreds of Palestinian prisoners exchanged for him were greeted with kisses from Hamas leaders in the Gaza Strip.

    “I missed my family,” a gaunt Shalit, his...

  • Source: Egypt to fly Palestinians abroad after swap

    October 18, 2011 | 2:23 am

    Egypt’s government is stepping up security at Cairo airport as it prepares to fly Palestinians freed under a prisoner exchange with Israel out of the country, an Egyptian intelligence source said Tuesday.

    Hundreds of Palestinians are being freed in exchange for Israeli soldier Gilad...

  • Opinion: Shalit.com

    By Rob Eshman

    October 17, 2011 | 6:13 pm

    What makes this prisoner swap different from all other prisoner swaps?

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to exchange Israel Defense Forces (IDF) soldier Gilad Shalit for more than 1,000 Arab prisoners instantly became the biggest story of the year out of Israel. It has...

  • Netanyahu writes to families of victims of Shalit-deal prisoners

    October 17, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote to family members of the victims of attacks perpetrated by some of the 1,027 prisoners to be released in return for kidnapped soldier Gilad Shalit.

    In the letters issued Monday, Netanyahu tells the families that he understands their...

  • While some Israelis worry about price, Shalit deal sparks joy

    October 12, 2011 | 12:01 pm

    There was a festive mood among the shoppers running around Emek Refaim Street in Jerusalem’s German Colony doing their last-minute shopping Wednesday before Sukkot, but the mood was about more than just the coming holiday.

    The news late Tuesday night that captive Israeli soldier...

  • Gaza: Cautious joy, sense of victory greets news of Shalit deal

    October 12, 2011 | 11:15 am

    After years of negotiations between Israel and Hamas, a deal that will secure the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit in return for the release of more than 1,000 prisoners being held in Israeli jails, was completed on Tuesday night.  Shalit was captured in June 2006 in...

  • LOCAL REACTION: In US, joy at Shalit's impending release mixed with unease at the price

    October 11, 2011 | 4:57 pm

    Reacting to news of the proposed deal between Israel and Hamas that could see captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit returned to Israel in the coming days, after more than five years in captivity, Israelis in the United States, as well as American Jewish leaders, expressed happiness...

  • Israel, Hamas agree on Gilad Shalit prisoner swap

    October 11, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    Israel and Gaza’s Hamas Islamist rulers agreed on Tuesday to swap more than 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Israeli captive soldier Gilad Shalit, resolving one of the most emotive and intractable issues between them.

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who won overwhelming...

  • Netanyahu says Shalit deal signed by both sides

    October 11, 2011 | 2:17 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas had signed a deal for the release of captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit.

    As he convened his cabinet to approve the deal involving a swap for Palestinian prisoners, Netanyahu said...

  • The breakthrough that led to the Shalit prisoner exchange

    October 11, 2011 | 2:14 pm

    The dramatic cabinet meeting planned to discuss the details of a deal to release abducted IDF soldier Gilad Shalit was convened Tuesday evening after a breakthrough in talks geared at Gilad Shalit’s release over the past few days, in negotiations held in Cairo and mediated by...

  • Biden agrees to meeting on Pollard

    October 6, 2011 | 11:24 am

    Vice President Joe Biden has agreed to meet with Jewish communal leaders to discuss the case of Jonathan Pollard.

    Biden made the commitment at the end of a Rosh Hashanah reception Wednesday at the vice president’s residence, Malcolm Hoenlein, the executive vice chairman of the...

  • Report: Biden prevented Pollard clemency

    October 3, 2011 | 11:22 am

    President Obama was considering clemency for Jonathan Pollard until Vice President Joseph Biden prevented it, The New York Times reported.

    “President Obama was considering clemency, but I told him, ‘Over my dead body are we going to let him out before his time,’ ” Biden said...

  • Petition launches to free Alan Gross

    August 30, 2011 | 5:12 pm

    An online petition to free the Jewish American contractor Alan Gross garnered almost 1,000 signatures in its first day.

    The petition launched Monday appeals to Cuba’s leadership to release Gross on humanitarian grounds before the Jewish High Holidays begin with Rosh HaShanah on...

  • Cuban court upholds Alan Gross sentence

    August 5, 2011 | 2:21 pm

    Cuba’s Supreme Court upheld a 15-year sentence for Alan Gross, the U.S. contractor held for what the Obama administration has said was his Jewish outreach.

    Gross, 62, who was jailed for “crimes against the state,” was convicted and sentenced in May. The high court heard an appeal...

  • Wexler urges Pollard release

    August 5, 2011 | 2:19 pm

    Robert Wexler, one of President Obama’s closest Jewish confidantes, urged him to release Jonathan Pollard.

    The July 25 letter from Wexler, a former Democratic congressman from Florida, was released Friday by advocates for clemency for the imprisoned spy for Israel.

    One of a recent...

  • Pollard supporters shut down White House switchboard

    June 20, 2011 | 10:17 am

    Supporters of Jonathan Pollard shut down the White House switchboard after flooding it with calls urging his release to attend his father’s funeral. 

    Israel also said Sunday that it would officially request that the Obama administration let Jonathan Pollard leave prison for a brief...

  • Giffords released from hospital

    June 16, 2011 | 10:15 am

    Gabrielle Giffords, the Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head in January, was released from the hospital.

    Giffords’ release Wednesday came days after the release of photos of the congresswoman taken in May.

    She reportedly will move to her husband astronaut Mark Kelly’s...

  • Prosecutors appeal Demjanjuk’s release from jail

    May 16, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Munich state prosecutors appealed a district court’s decision to release convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk from prison pending his appeal.

    Monday’s appeal of Demjanjuk’s release, following his conviction on war crimes on May 12, also appealed the five-year sentence handed...

  • Obama decides not to release photos of bin Laden’s body

    May 4, 2011 | 12:59 pm

    U.S. President Barack Obama has decided not to release photos of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden dead, U.S. television networks said on Wednesday.

    “We discussed this internally, did DNA sampling. It was important for us the photos won’t become a propaganda tool,” Obama said, according to White House spokesman Jay Carney.

    “We don’t use this staff as a trophy that’s not who we are. Given the graphic nature of these pictures, it could be used for incitement members of my national security team agreed,” he said.

    Read more at Haaretz.com.

  • Peres hands Obama letter from Pollard

    April 26, 2011 | 10:19 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres handed President Obama a letter from Jonathan Pollard pleading for his release.

    “I write to implore you, Mr. President, in the wake of numerous calls by senior American officials urging you to commute my sentence to time served, and in light of the...

  • No clemency for Pollard, Rumsfeld says

    March 31, 2011 | 3:14 pm

    Former U.S. Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld said Jonathan Pollard should not be granted clemency.

    Rumsfeld, who served under Presidents Gerald Ford and George W. Bush, said during an interview on Israel’s Channel 10 that granting Pollard early release would send the wrong...

  • Carter says he met Gross, pressed for his release

    March 31, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Former President Jimmy Carter met with jailed American contractor Alan Gross and said he believes Gross is “innocent of any serious crime.”

    Carter met with Gross on Wednesday at an undisclosed location, according to reports.

    Carter said Tuesday that he would discuss Gross’ case...

  • Will Carter press for Gross’ release on Cuba visit?

    March 28, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Jimmy Carter is scheduled to visit Jewish leaders during a trip to Cuba, leading to speculation that the former U.S. president will ask the Cuban government to release jailed American contractor Alan Gross.

    Carter, who is well known for his activism on behalf of human rights, will...

  • Jordanian minister calls for murderer’s release

    February 15, 2011 | 10:12 am

    Jordan’s new justice minister participated in a demonstration calling for the release of a Jordanian soldier who murdered seven Israeli schoolgirls.

    Hussein Mujalli, who was named minister last week, served as a defense attorney for Ahmad Dakamseh, who in March 1997 fired on a group...

  • Bibi sends Obama letter requesting Pollard release

    January 4, 2011 | 2:54 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Neyanyahu wrote President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    “At the time of his arrest, Jonathan Pollard was acting as an agent of the Israeli government,” Netanyahu wrote in his letter, sent Tuesday. “Even though Israel was in no way...

  • Clergy, Bibi urge Pollard release

    January 4, 2011 | 10:30 am

    More than 500 clergy signed a letter to President Obama urging clemency for Jonathan Pollard.

    The letter was delivered a day before Prime Minister Benjanim Netanyahu reportedly sent a letter to Obama issuing a formal clemency request. Netanyahu was scheduled to read his letter...

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