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  • 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?
     
  • Washington Now Linking Iraq, Lebanon

    By Ron Kampeas

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    A funny thing is happening on Israel's way into Lebanon: Its war with Hezbollah is converging politically with the civil war now convulsing Iraq.

    In Baghdad, tens of thousands of Shiite marchers swore allegiance last week to their Hezbollah co-religionists; some even pledged their...

  • One More Casualty in Crisis—Unilateralism

    By Leslie Susser

    July 27, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    More than two weeks into the war in Lebanon, there is a growing consensus that one of the chief casualties will be Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's plan for a unilateral Israeli withdrawal from the West Bank.

    Pundits on the right and left argue that the war in Lebanon and fighting...

  • 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...

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  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    April 13, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, April 15

    The bread don’t rise, but spirits may. Two events tonight focus on Passover through music and comedy. Celebrate Chol Hamoed Pesach at Stephen S. Wise Temple with this evening’s “Let My People Sing” series event, “Tears, Laughter and Spirit.” Comedian Joel...

  • The Ones Left Behind

    By Uriel Heilman

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The bus bounces its way along the road from Axum to Shire, generating a huge cloud of dust as it barrels through the brown, rocky highlands of Tigray.

    Bombed-out tanks that were brought to a standstill 20 years ago by Tigrean rebels fighting Ethiopia's communist government still...

  • Hezbollah Faces Identity Crisis

    By Gil Sedan

    May 19, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Hezbollah's most valuable asset in Lebanon's election campaign is none other than its historic foe, Israel.

    On the eve of elections, scheduled to begin May 29, Hezbollah is trying to retain its pose as the ultimate guardian of Lebanese interests vis-á-vis Israel, stoking a flare-up...

  • Israel Assesses Syrian Withdrawal

    By Gil Sedan

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

  • Assad Faces Trouble on All Fronts

    By Gil Sedan

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Syrian President Bashar Assad is confused and worried. The heat is on, and it's not clear he can take it.

    Israel points a menacing finger at Syria for hosting terrorists, accusing it of enabling last Friday's deadly terrorist attack in Tel Aviv, which has been blamed on the...

  • Sharon Spurns Syria Peace Talks Push

    By Leslie Susser

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Syria's President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father.

    But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks -- or at least saying he wants them.

    ...
  • Idea of Israeli-Syrian Tie in Killing Grows

    By Dan Baron

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The notion of an Israeli-Syrian alliance against terror may strike some as ludicrous, but after the killing of a Hamas mastermind this week in Damascus, that idea is gaining traction.

    Hamas called Sunday's killing of Izzadin Sheik Khalil a "despicable crime" and blamed it on the...

  • Israel Distrusts Syria Peace Talks Proposal

    By Leslie Susser

    September 16, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Under strong pressure from Washington to pull Syrian forces out of Lebanon and prevent cross-border terror against U.S. troops in neighboring Iraq, Syria's President Bashar Assad has again been talking about a readiness for peace with Israel.

    The Israeli establishment, however, is...

  • Bush Slaps Several Sanctions on Syria

    By Matthew E. Berger

    May 13, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    President Bush has imposed sanctions on Syria, heeding the call of lawmakers and American Jews who wanted the Bush administration to get tougher on Syrian President Bashar Assad.

    The president imposed several sanctions Tuesday, banning U.S. exports to Syria, except for food and...

  • World Briefs

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Syrians Struggle at U.N.

    A Syrian-led draft resolution condemning Israel is not getting support at the U.N. Security Council. Syria has been unable to convince Security Council members to vote on the resolution. Introduced Sunday, it criticizes Israel's attack that morning on a...

  • Cooking Middle Eastern Memories

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    September 25, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    "A Fistful of Lentils" by Jennifer Felicia Abadi (Harvard Common Press, 2002).

    Reading "A Fistful of Lentils" is like wandering through a family album. Instead of food photos you find dozens of family portraits, touching stories and the fascinating history of a rich and unique...

  • Bush Expands Mideast Agenda

    By Matthew E. Berger

    September 25, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    With the death toll mounting in Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian "road map" plan in tatters, the Bush administration and Congress want to put out other Middle East fires before they get out of control.

    Administration officials and lawmakers recently launched initiatives to sanction...

  • Briefs

    By World Briefs

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    SARS Kills Toronto Jews

    A Jewish couple from Toronto died of SARS. The elderly couple apparently contracted SARS when the man was hospitalized for an unrelated heart condition and was placed in the same room as a SARS patient, according to the Jerusalem Post. The man's wife then...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    January 16, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Report: Saudi Sponsorship Hidden

    Saudi Arabia's sponsorship of an anti-Israel radio campaign in the United States last year was reportedly hidden. The Saudi government, through a Washington public relations firm, Qorvis Communications, spent $679,000 alone on anti-Israel radio...

  • World Briefs

    By JTA Staff

    December 27, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    U.S.: Syria willing to stop terror

    Syria reportedly said it will look into ways to shut down terrorist organizations operating out of Damascus. American officials informed Israel of the new Syrian position after Jerusalem raised the problem of terror in Syria and Lebanon...

  • Ethel Lozabnick: Community Leader

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A community activist, whose commitment to the Jewish community and Zionist causes was locally and nationally recognized, passed away Aug. 17, 2001. Lozabnick had served as National Vice President of Hadassah the largest woman's volunteer organization in the United States and the...

  • Pope Blasted For Silence

    By Michael J. Jordan

    May 10, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    When the Western-educated Bashar Assad succeeded his father, Hafez Assad, as president of Syria last summer, Israeli officials hoped the changing of the guard from the Lion of Damascus to the Optometrist of Damascus would usher in a gentler approach toward Israel.

    Young Assad has...

  • Yom Kippur II

    By Eric Silver

    October 12, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    I first met Maurice Singer on the far bank of the Suez Canal during the second week of the Yom Kippur War, soon after Israel had counter-attacked across the waterway. The British-born, 28-year-old machine-gunner was grimy and sweating on his clanking, dust-encrusted half-track, the...

  • After Assad

    By Eric Silver

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Avraham Hamra met both Hafez Assad and his son, Bashar. As chief rabbi of the Jewish community of Syria until 1994, he had four audiences with the late president between 1972 and 1992. He was received by the heir when he led a delegation of Syrian Jewish leaders paying a condolence...

  • Crumbling Coalition

    By David Landau

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The coincidence could hardly have been lost on Ehud Barak: As President Hafez Assad was laid to rest in Syria, Israel's Shas Party appeared to lay the premier's "peace coalition" to rest.The fervently Orthodox party's Council of Sages, headed by spiritual leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef,...

  • Surprised by Assad

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The first report on Assad's death caught me by surprise. It was from Eric Silver, our Jerusalem correspondent (see page 20), and it recounted his interview with the former chief rabbi of Syria, Avraham Hamra, who now lives in Israel.

    Apparently in 1992 Assad had "opened the gates for...

  • Rally for the ‘Iran 13’

    By Tom Tugend

    April 20, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The Passover theme of liberation took on new meaning when more than 1,000 people rallied Sunday to demand freedom for the 13 Iranian Jews, imprisoned in Shiraz a year ago and facing trial for alleged espionage.

    The vigil in the outdoor memorial court of the Museum of Tolerance...

  • Border Bravado

    By Naomi Segal

    April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Israel is downplaying threats that it will suffer cross-border attacks once it withdraws its troops from southern Lebanon.

    Ever since the Cabinet approved the withdrawal a month ago, there has been speculation that Hezbollah gunmen would attack communities in northern Israel.

    This...

  • Dealing With Syria

    By Eric Silver

    March 23, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    This weekend's Swiss summit between Bill Clinton and Hafez al-Assad is a make-or-break moment in the quest for peace between Syria and Israel. The American president will soon be a lame duck. The septuagenarian Syrian president is sick and eager to hand over the reins to his son,...
  • Upping the Ante

    By David Landau

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak has placed his latest bet in the strange and frustrating poker game between Israel and Syria.

    Now it is up to the Syrians to either see the bet and resume the stalled peace negotiations -- or fold and walk away from the game, perhaps for many years...

  • Hezbollah: Israel fight continues with or without Syria peace deal

    By Douglas Davis

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Hezbollah will turn its attention to resisting normal relations with Israel if Syria and Lebanon reach a peace settlement with the Jewish state, according to the Shi'ite group's leader.

    "We will continue to consider it an illegitimate, alien and cancerous entity which we cannot...

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