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  • 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: Syria and Israel talking again, Israeli colleges want Palestinian students

    July 30, 2008 | 2:05 am

    Indirect Israel-Syria Talks Resume

    Two advisers to Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert are scheduled to travel to Turkey Tuesday to begin a fourth round of negotiations, AFP reported, citing an anonymous Israeli source. Turkish officials shuttle between the two sides during the...

  • On eve of prisoner swap, Israel recalls 2006 Lebanon war

    July 16, 2008 | 1:29 am

    (JTA)—For many Israelis, the timing of this week’s scheduled prisoner swap with Hezbollah serves as a bitter reminder of the failings of the Second Lebanon War.

    Two years since the 34-day conflagration—sparked by Hezbollah taking two Israeli soldiers captive in a cross-border...

  • Olmert seen as lackluster at Paris

    By Roy Eitan

    July 15, 2008 | 2:44 pm

    PARIS (JTA) -- As a career politician with a love for the urbane, Ehud Olmert might have been expected to shine at the Union for the Mediterranean conference on Sunday.

    But the Israeli prime minister, faced with a spiraling corruption scandal at home, appeared subdued -- some said...

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  • Assad snubs Olmert at Sarkozy’s Mediterranean summit

    By Devorah Lauter

    July 14, 2008 | 6:22 pm

    PARIS (JTA)—It was the snub of the day.

    Despite overtures by Israel’s prime minister to Syrian President Bashar Assad, Assad refused to acknowledge, shake hands, be photographed with or listen to Ehud Olmert when the two shared a conference room at Sunday’s Union for the...

  • Negotiating with Syria, still with the Rev. Wright brouhaha, Museum of Tolerance expansion

    June 5, 2008 | 2:32 pm


    Talks With Syria

    M.J. Rosenberg opens with the unqualified claim that former Israeli Ambassador Dore Gold is "appalled" by Israel's negotiating with Syria. ("Israeli Talks With Syrians Make Sense," May 29). False. Gold has expressed no such view.

    Indeed, he actively participated...
  • Israeli talks with Syrians make sense

    May 29, 2008 | 2:30 pm

    Dore Gold, a former official in several Likud governments, is appalled at reports that the Israeli government has entered into serious negotiations with Syria.

    "In a period in which Iran is on the march and extending its influence from Lebanon to Iraq, for Israel to consider giving...

  • U.S., Iran are obstacles in new Israel-Syria talks

    By Leslie Susser

    May 28, 2008 | 10:54 pm

    In their sixth major peacemaking effort since the unsuccessful 1991 Madrid peace conference, Israeli and Syrian negotiators face even tougher challenges than their failed predecessors.

    All the old questions -- borders, security arrangements, the nature of the peace, water, the...

  • Briefs: CIA lifts lid on Israeli raid on Syrian reactor; Iranians raze Tehran shuls

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    CIA: Syria Could Have Made Two Nukes

    Israel destroyed a Syrian nuclear reactor that was nearly ready to produce two bombs, the CIA chief said.

    Michael Hayden said Monday that the secret, unfinished reactor that the United States believes Israel bombed Sept. 6 in northeastern Syria...

  • The other refugees

    By David Suissa

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm



    Is there a more loaded word in the Arab-Israeli conflict than "refugee"? Is there anything more visceral or emotional than the sight of millions of Palestinians living in miserable refugee camps for three generations?

    If any one thing has symbolized the Palestinian cause and put...

  • New U.S. administration won’t mean new Mideast policy

    By Michael Young

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    For months, we've been hearing the presidential candidates promise American voters "change." But as the U.S. primaries move beyond their half-way point, here is a prediction:
    Whoever becomes president in 2008 will pursue the same policies as the Bush administration in the Middle...
  • What did Israel really bomb in Syria?

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 4, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    The answer to many of the questions associated with Israel’s summer air raid of a Syrian military facility remain unknown but to a few high-level Israeli and likely American officials, according to Seymour Hersh, who was on “Talk of the Nation” tonight discussing the “act of war,”...

  • Will Annapolis momentum spur a regional thaw?

    By Leslie Susser

    November 29, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas may have bridged the necessary gaps to issue a joint commitment to pursue peace, but their words in Annapolis revealed the substantial distance they have yet to travel.

    President Bush announced the hoped-for agreement early in the day on Tuesday, saying...

  • A beautiful day in the neighborhood

    By Steve Greenberg

    November 15, 2007 | 7:00 pm

  • The Pearl Fellow

    By Rob Eshman

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Ramy was my first Syrian.

    We didn't meet cute, as people do in the movies. We met awkward.

    Ramy Mansour came to The Journal offices last week as a Daniel Pearl Fellow. As part of its effort to increase understanding between Islam and the West, the Foundation, named after the slain...

  • Israel’s Arab neighbors may hold key to summit’s success

    By Leslie Susser

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    As the Annapolis peace parley rapidly approaches, some of the Arab and Muslim players expected to play a key role in creating conditions for a favorable outcome are proving to be more of an obstacle than an asset.

    Egypt, Syria and Turkey have been complicating efforts to hold what...

  • Briefs: Clinton backs Israel attack on Syria, Abbas to Hamas: Never Again

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Clinton Backs Israel Attack on Syria

    U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) backed what she said was an Israeli attack on a Syrian nuclear target. "What we think we know is that with North Korean help, financial and technical and material, the Syrians apparently were putting...

  • Syria in charge of U.N. nuclear watchdog

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    September 21, 2007 | 9:08 am

    People say the United Nations is a joke. But what a punchline:

    Two weeks after Israel’s alleged bombing raid in Syria which some foreign reports said targeted North Korean nuclear material, the UN’s nuclear watchdog elected Syria as deputy chairman of its General Conference on...

  • Was Israeli strike in Syria a repeat of 1981 Iraq anti-nuke mission?

    By Leslie Susser

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    With Israel refusing to discuss the apparent airstrike two weeks ago against Syria, observers have begun to suggest that a major event may have taken place.

    The apparent bombing run might have been akin to Israel's bombing of the Iraqi nuclear reactor at Osirak in 1981, if...

  • Briefs: Olmert numbers rise after mystery Syria raid, Bolton backs Iran attack

    September 20, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Poll: Olmert Boosted by Syria Raid

    According to Tuesday's Yediot Achronot survey, 35 percent of Israelis rate Prime Minister Ehud Olmert performance as "good" following the reported Sept. 6 strike against a strategic military target in northern Syria. Sixty-three percent called...

  • What use were all the wars?

    By Mona Eltahawy

    August 9, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    If turning 40 isn't challenging enough, try preparing for this milestone when you're as old as one of the worst defeats Arab armies ever suffered at Israeli hands. Wars mark time and generations in the Middle East, so it's difficult not to take the humiliation personally.

    My birth at...

  • Bush flirts with peace talks but won’t commit to Palestinians

    By Douglas Bloomfield

    July 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The rug that Syrian President Bashar pulled out from under his widely reported but vaguely defined peace offensive last week was a Persian weave.

    He had been talking for months about unconditionally resuming negotiations with Israel over the Golan Heights, and it seemed like...

  • The Second Lebanon War—one year later

    By Leslie Susser

    July 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One year after the Second Lebanon War, Israel's northern front is quiet, U.N. forces are patrolling the border area and Hezbollah fighters have been pushed back deep inside Lebanese territory.

    That's the good news.

    On the other side of the equation, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is...

  • Briefs: Now Olmert wants to talk; Hamas loots Arafat's abode; Syria invites Israelis in Golan to stay -- under Syria

    June 21, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert ready for 'final status' talks

    Ehud Olmert said Tuesday he was ready to take steps toward final-status negotiations with the Palestinians.

    "We have to have the groundwork that will enable us to start, soon I hope, negotiations for a Palestinian state," the Israeli prime...
  • Why ‘peace camps’ do not make peace

    By Judea Pearl

    June 14, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Last week marked the 40th anniversary of the 1967 Six-Day War, and Israeli society took a hard look at this pivotal turning point in its history.

    Silver-haired generals, retired politicians, journalists and analysts were the week's favorites on Israeli TV programs, as they...
  • Briefs: Mass Shoah grave discovered in Ukraine; Report: Israel wants to talk with Syria; German Jews decry aliyah push

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Mass Grave Discovered in Ukraine

    The Associated Press reported Tuesday on the discovery in May of a previously unknown mass grave in southern Ukraine that may contain remains of thousands of Jews killed by the Nazis. The report says that the finding came by accident, when gas...
  • Pelosi’s delegation to Syria—who said what to whom?

    By Ron Kampeas

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Did Rep. Nancy Pelosi drop the ball in the Middle East? Was she fouled? Was there a ball at all?

    Pelosi, the speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, earned White House vituperation -- unusual for its intensity in even these partisan times -- after delivering what she said was...
  • Pelosi-Palooza

    By Rob Eshman

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    One of the first things Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-San Francisco) did on her controversial trip to the Middle East was meet with the families of the three Israeli soldiers held captive by Hamas and Hezbollah. The families gave Pelosi dog tags printed with their loved ones' names.

    When...
  • Bitter Harvest

    By Steve Greenberg

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • Attention Israelis: Please stop kvetching

    By Larry Derfner

    March 1, 2007 | 7:00 pm


    Excerpt from Israeli TV show "Ktzarim": some troubled people meet for group therapy.
    In Hebrew with English subtitles.
    Click on the BIG ARROW to view.

    ::::::::::::::::::::: Security in Israel now is about as good as it gets. Suicide bombings have become a rarity; just the threat...
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