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  • Israel cabinet to vote on Hezbollah swap, Canada downplays reports of Hezbollah sleepers

    June 25, 2008 | 8:53 pm

    Cabinet to Vote on Hezbollah Swap

    Ehud Olmert will ask his Cabinet on Sunday to approve a prisoner swap with Hezbollah.

    Karnit Goldwasser, whose husband, Ehud, and fellow Israeli soldier Eldad Regev were abducted by the Lebanese militia in a July 2006 border raid, said Tuesday...

  • The Pope is cool; Network Solutions, not so much

    By JewishJournal.com

    March 23, 2008 | 6:22 pm


    As Osama al-Nabi threatens the Pope, Benedict XVI steps up and baptizes Italy’s most prominent Muslim in special Easter ceremonies despite the threats.

    As the same death-worshipping mobs threaten mayhem because of a Danish movie no one has seen, the film’s Web hosting company takes...

  • Shooting at the Seattle Federation—one year later

    By JewishJournal.com

    August 2, 2007 | 2:00 am


    A year ago, Naveed Afzal Haq shot up the offices of the Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle in a rampage that killed one worker and seriously injured five others.

    I’d recently started as Web Director for JewishJournal.com and rushed to figure out how to add a breaking news story...

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  • The promise of ‘Peace in our Time’

    By Dan Gordon

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Iraq Study Group on the face of it seems to be a well-meaning enough document put together buy a well-meaning enough group of elder statespersons.

    One of the Study Group's co-chairs, Lee Hamilton, is a good, decent and principled man. The other co-chair is James Baker, who is...

  • Book Review: Tools to fight terror: big dreams, good friends

    By Robert David Jaffee

    October 12, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," by Jeff Goldberg (Knopf, $25).
     
    The full title of Jeffrey Goldberg's new book, "Prisoners: A Muslim & a Jew Across the Middle East Divide," immediately conjures up notions of a Pinteresque power struggle between two...
  • Lebanon War: Mission Accomplished

    By Dan Gordon

    August 31, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Contrary to what is now the accepted wisdom in the media, Hezbollah, in its recent offensive against Israel, neither badly bloodied the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) nor fought it to a standstill.

    In fact, the opposite is the case.

    By any legitimate measure, the IDF handed a...

  • Who Is A Jew?

    By Rob Eshman

    August 10, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    If you're not Mel Gibson, who correctly guessed that the Malibu sheriff's deputy arresting him at 2 a.m. was, in fact, Jewish -- what are the odds? -- you might want a foolproof tip to discern who's a Jew.

    Here's a hint: the first-person plural. Start up a discussion of the war in...

  • A Different War

    By Rob Eshman

    July 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    I went to bed on June 25 believing that Islamo-facism was our country's most immediate threat. I woke up on June 26 to find out that no, it was The New York Times. That's the day President Bush publicly criticized newspapers that exposed a secret U.S. government program that monitors...

  • Settlers See Grim Future

    By Dina Kraft

    March 30, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Devorah Meitlis walks up a wind-swept hill leading to the small clubhouse-turned-polling station in this West Bank settlement, hoping her home here will still exist by the time of Israel's next election.

    Tuesday's vote, seen as a referendum on Israel's future presence in the West...

  • Camps Spotlight Double Standard

    By Michael J. Jordan

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Armed gunmen roamed freely in U.N. refugee camps. They stockpiled weapons, recruited refugees and launched cross-border attacks.

    In response, opposing forces attacked the camps, aiming for the gunmen -- but sometimes cutting down civilians in the process.

    The international...

  • Inaction Heroes

    By Rob Eshman

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    You want to see a scary movie? Not creepy, jump-out-of-your-seat scary like "Saw" or "Final Destination" but melt-your-face, make-you-almost-cry scary?

    Then wait until Court TV screens, "On Native Soil."

    The one-hour documentary tells the story of the 9/11 Commission, the...

  • Seven Thumbs Up

    By Christine Pelisek

    December 29, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    An unscientific, random sample of moviegoers who turned out for the new Steven Spielberg's film, "Munich," overwhelmingly liked what they saw. All of these patrons saw the film at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood.

    Slow going at first; 40 minutes longer than it had to be. A...

  • ‘Munich’: The Missing Conversation

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    For me, the most telling moment in Steven Spielberg's "Munich" was the final scene, when the young, distraught Mossad team leader,

    Avner, takes a walk along the East River with his Israeli case officer, Ephraim, the man who supervised his mission. With the World Trade Center as a...

  • ‘Munich’ Portrays Real World Issues

    By David A. Lehrer

    December 22, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In recent days, several pundits have criticized "Munich," the new film by director Steven Spielberg and screenwriter Tony Kushner, for drawing a "moral equivalency between the Israeli assassins and their targets -- both explicitly ... and implicitly." Furthermore, they argue that it...

  • Local Shuls Were Alleged Targets

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    The target list of an alleged cell of homegrown terrorists included two synagogues located in the Pico-Robertson corridor, The Journal has learned.

    The target information emerged as a federal grand jury issued four indictments last week in the ongoing probe. It was confirmed by a...

  • Terror Victims Help Other Survivors

    By Tom Tugend

    September 1, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Yaffa Elharar, from Afula in northern Israel, has spent days outside a courtroom in the summer heat of Tampa, Fla., holding a photo of an attractive teenage girl and a sign proclaiming "The Blood of Our Children Calls for Justice."

    Elharar is in the United States as a possible...

  • Nation & World Briefs

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    London, Tel Aviv Bombing Link

    One of the terrorists in the July 7 London transit-system bombings reportedly knew one of the bombers in a 2003 Tel Aviv terrorist attack. Mohammed Siddique Khan knew Omar Sharif, one of the two British terrorists to attack Mike's Place, a Tel Aviv...

  • Analysis - Sharon’s Worries   Over Pullout Mount

    By Leslie Susser

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    With the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza less than three weeks away, right-wing leaders say they haven't yet given up hope of preventing it.

    According to the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF), about 2,000 right-wingers have managed to pass through the army cordon around Gaza, and...

  • The Circuit

    July 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Special Prayers

    Approximately 80 people attended a memorial service July 13 at Beth Jacob Congregation to remember the two Israeli Bnei Akiva counselors murdered in Hebron, in the Gaza Strip, by Fatah terrorists on June 24. Avihai Levy, 17, and Aviad Mansour, 16, were walking in the...

  • Abbas Tries to Prove His Strength

    By Gil Sedan

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Four months after he was elected president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas is fighting for his political life -- and possibly for the survival of the peace process.

    Last week, Abbas fought off militants' attempts to challenge the authority of the Palestinian...

  • Experts See New Violence Brewing

    By Leslie Susser

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Israelis and Palestinians may appear to be on the verge of a new peace process, but Israeli army generals and seasoned observers of the Palestinian scene predict a new round of fighting, perhaps as early as next fall, after Israel completes its withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and...

  • Briefs

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Peace Summit Set

    Ariel Sharon and Mahmoud Abbas will meet in Egypt next week. The Israeli prime minister's office said the Feb. 8 summit with the Palestinian Authority president in the Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheik was proposed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in hope of...

  • Briefs

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    OU Reaches Out to Deaf Community

    The Orthodox Union's deaf outreach came to Long Beach for a Shabbaton gathering of the deaf and their families, a small event that meant a lot to the often-isolated Orthodox deaf community.

    "There wasn't a big turnout, but I think that it's...

  • Israelis Question Army Morality

    By Leslie Susser

    December 16, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    After more than four years of the Palestinian intifada, a debate is raging in Israel over whether the rigors of combat against terrorists who exploit and hide among the Palestinian civilian population is eroding the Israel Defense Forces' (IDF) moral standards.

    The debate follows...

  • Fear or Fury?

    By Rabbi N. Daniel Korobkin

    September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    It's hard to believe that a whole year has passed. Almost one year ago to the day, Dr. David Appelbaum and his daughter, Nava, were murdered when a suicide bomber exploded himself at Cafe Hillel in Jerusalem. Dr. Appelbaum, 50, was the head of emergency medicine at Shaarei Tzedek...

  • Argentina BombingAcquittal Stirs Furor

    By Florencia Arbiser

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    On July 18, 1994, Paola Czyzewski was at the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires when terrorists bombed it, killing the 21-year-old law student and 84 other people.

    Ten years later, the Czyzewski family -- like most of the victims' relatives -- did not go to an Argentine...

  • Material Girl Nixes Israel Dates

    By Gaby Wenig

    May 27, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Has the Material Girl become the new target for terrorists? According to Britain's The Sun, Madonna cancelled the Israel leg of her Reinvention Tour after terrorists allegedly threatened to kill her and her children, Lourdes and Rocco, if she performed in Israel.

    The threats...

  • The Network of Terror

    By Micah D. Halpern

    March 18, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The catastrophic simultaneous terror bombings that rocked Madrid and sent the United States, Israel and other freedom-loving and freedom-seeking countries reeling symbolized more than a small victory of evil over righteousness.

    It was the worse-case scenario for countries at the...

  • Israel Growing as Arms Dealer

    By Leslie Susser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    To every black cloud, they say, there is a silver lining. Under constant threat from terrorists and hostile neighbors, Israel has become an expert in security -- and that expertise is generating huge profits.

    Israel has been one of the world's big arms sellers for more than a decade,...

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