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  • 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...
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  • 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...
  • Olmert to meet Mubarak; Israel Gets Secular Rabbis

    December 28, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert, Mubarak to Meet

    Aides of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said he is scheduled to meet Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak next week at the Red Sea port of Sharm el-Sheik. Mubarak has played a key mediating role in efforts to retrieve Cpl. Gilad Shalit, an Israeli soldier held...

  • Fatah-Hamas conflict forces Palestinians to choose

    By Leslie Susser

    December 21, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    In calling for elections, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has sharpened the choice facing the Palestinian people: Back his Fatah party and have peace with Israel and the promise of economic prosperity, or support the rejectionism of Hamas, whose nine months in office...
  • Ignoring the lessons of the past

    By David Horovitz

    December 7, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Why would Syria, Iran and the terror groups they jointly sponsor so utterly deride the notion that the West will ever unite to effectively deter them? An early case in point is the small matter of Nezar Hindawi and the Syrian bid to bomb El Al.

    In a London courtroom 20 years ago...

  • Assad puts Syria on war footing; Righteous Gentile is Poland’s Nobel nominee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Assad puts Syria on war footing
     
    Syria's president said his country was bracing for a possible attack by Israel. Bashar Assad told a Kuwaiti newspaper last weekend that, in the wake of the Lebanon War, he believed Israel had no intent of pursuing peace talks with Syria.
     
    "Syria...
  • Golan’s Druse live with hope and anxiety

    By Uriel Heilman

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Under a darkening sky in the northernmost corner of the Golan Heights, a small crowd gathers at the town square in this Druse village late in the afternoon and unfurls a few Syrian flags.
     
  • Lebanon war underscores inequality of Arab Israelis

    By Uri Dromi

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Wars, like hurricanes, tend to expose flaws in societies. In Israel, the recent war with Hezbollah revealed lack of preparedness for this kind of war against an elusive enemy, mediocre conduct of the operations, deficiencies in equipment, shortages of shelters for the civilians and...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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