To establish its independence, Israel had to win a war against the combined might of the Arab nations in 1948.
Israelis and Jews around the world are awaiting the Palestinians’ push at the United Nations for statehood with trepidation.
China says it supports a Palestinian plan to seek full membership in the United Nations next month.
Israel could support a Palestinian state before September under the right conditions, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after meeting with French President Nicolas Sarkozy in Paris on Thursday.
The path to international recognition of Palestinian statehood by September — when the Palestinians plan to bring the matter before the U.N. General Assembly — seems clear. The question before Israel and its supporters who oppose such recognition is how to create a detour.
The difficulties of being in an interfaith family.
Excerpted from "Common Prayers: Faith, Family and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year" by Harvey Cox. (Houghton Mifflin, $24).