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  • The honesty of war

    By David Suissa

    2 days ago

    There’s something about war that can make intelligent people look foolish. I’m thinking right now of all those smart people in Tel Aviv who analyzed the subtleties of peace at the Haaretz Peace Conference—only a few hours before Jew-hating terrorists from Hamas began firing rockets...

  • Life under fire - live reports from people living in southern Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    3 days ago

    I can describe the reality here, I can ask you to imagine what it's like, but no matter what I say, it will be very hard for anyone who's not here to comprehend.

    In the past two weeks, hundreds of missiles were fired at Israel from Gaza, which is ruled by the terror organization...

  • Obama fiddles while the world burns

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    3 weeks ago

    Under President Barack Obama, the world is becoming unglued. Iraq is being overrun by Islamist terrorists, and the United States is now evacuating its Baghdad embassy. The Arab Spring has led to either civil war and mass slaughter, as in Syria, or new Arab dictators, as in Egypt....

  • Life without Keren: an interview with Rivana Tendler, who lost her daughter in Second Lebanon War

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 2, 2014 | 8:35 am

    On this Memorial Day, I would like to tell you the story of Sergeant Major Keren Tendler, who died on August 12, 2006, during the Second Lebanon War. Her mother, Rivana Tendler, told me the story of a bright young girl who suddenly was no more, and shared the reality of life...

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  • Facing the “unaware public”

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 23, 2014 | 11:55 am

    In the past couple of years, I often wrote about the “unaware public.” This is a group of people, the majority of the world’s population, actually, who is politically uninvolved with the conflicted Middle East, and does not find particular interest in the Israeli-Palestinian...

  • When the Israeli Apartheid Week takes place in Israel, there’s a lot for us to worry about

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    March 4, 2014 | 8:45 am

    Last week, the 10th annual Israeli Apartheid Week (IAW) launched in over 200 cities worldwide. This international series of events which includes rallies, lectures, cultural performances, film screenings and multimedia displays — exposed many people who are clueless about Israel...

  • Ukraine mobilizes after Putin’s ‘declaration of war’

    March 2, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    Ukraine mobilized for war on Sunday and Washington threatened to isolate Russia economically after President Vladimir Putin declared he had the right to invade his neighbor in Moscow's biggest confrontation with the West since the Cold War.

    "This is not a threat: this is actually...

  • What is Holiness?

    By Salvador Litvak

    February 9, 2014 | 5:31 pm

    [Remarks delivered Shabbat morning in the Library Minyan, Los Angeles, Feb. 8, 2014 – 8 Adar I, 5774]

    Good Shabbos!

    What is holiness? What does it mean to be holy? I have wrestled with this question ever since I found my way back to Judaism 16 years ago.

    This week’s Torah...

  • A las nueve de la tarde: 1 way terrorism changed me

    By Mahim Maher

    February 7, 2014 | 2:35 am

    In the parking lot a bored young man is painfully scraping off the paint from a TV DSNG van – the kind we use to broadcast live from a location. Each day I drive in to work to see the letter-box red logo of my news organization slowly disappear, inch by inch. The van’s easily...

  • Israel wages ‘war between wars’ as Mideast threats simmer

    January 31, 2014 | 9:38 am

    Watching old Arab enemies reel with sectarian insurgencies and international diplomacy capping the Iranian nuclear drive, Israel's military is confounded by a new challenge: quiet.

    The relative tranquility, for Israel at least, poses its own dilemma for commanders tasked with...

  • Soul Cycle

    By Rabbi Lori Shapiro

    January 29, 2014 | 11:45 am

    White on White, the Soul Cycle storefront is the Apple Store of Fitness. It glows from within like the “Athletes” emerging from their classes. I call them “Athletes”, although I could have as easily called them “Rock Stars” or “Warriors” or “Leaders” because the walls as I enter...

  • The UN launched its “International Year of Solidarity with Palestinians,” in yet another biased act

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 21, 2014 | 12:09 pm

    On Thursday, the United Nations launched the International Year of Solidarity with the Palestinian People. On their official announcement, they stated that senior officials “urging that the observance be used to redouble efforts to achieve a durable peace between Israel and...

  • EU takes step towards launching drone program

    November 19, 2013 | 11:20 am

    European states took a first step on Tuesday towards developing a drone that could challenge U.S. dominance of the unmanned aircraft sector.

    Defence ministers meeting in Brussels instructed the European Defence Agency (EDA), the European Union's defence arm, to start studying the...

  • Netanyahu says ‘bad deal’ with Iran could lead to war

    November 13, 2013 | 11:51 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Wednesday that a "bad deal" between global powers and Iran over its nuclear program could lead to war.

    His government said an offer on the table for what Washington calls a "modest" easing of sanctions would in fact negate up to...

  • The Torah of drones: Examining the complex morality of drone warfare

    By Rob Eshman

    November 6, 2013 | 11:33 am

    In 2009, an Israeli drone flying over the Gaza Strip transmitted back to its command station an image of a telltale rocket trail streaking toward Israeli territory. Many kilometers away, a young Israeli operator, Capt. Y, quickly maneuvered the unmanned aircraft to get a look at...

  • This week in power: Iran sanctions debate and Banksy’s latest message

    By Danny Groner

    October 30, 2013 | 8:08 pm

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    A big meeting
    White House national security advisor Susan Rice and others met with four American Jewish organizations on Tuesday to discuss how the U.S. government can keep them "from...

  • In public shift, Israel calls for Assad’s fall

    September 17, 2013 | 8:37 am

    Israel wants to see Syrian President Bashar Assad toppled, its ambassador to the United States said on Tuesday, in a shift from its non-committal public stance on its neighbor's civil war.

    Even Assad's defeat by al Qaeda-aligned rebels would be preferable to Damascus's current...

  • History and the war in Syria

    By Uri Dromi

    August 28, 2013 | 5:21 pm

    While the bloody civil war in Syria rages on, Israel keeps a watchful eye on the Israeli-Syrian border, making sure the fighting between the rebels and Assad’s forces doesn’t spill over into the Golan Heights.

    One of the rebel groups calls itself the Martyrs of the Yarmouk...

  • World Leaders- stop condemning, start taking action!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 23, 2013 | 10:25 am

    International relations- this small expression unfolds to a complex network of co-dependence based relations between the countries of the world. This means individual gain from economic or technological cooperation, but also obligations and commitments for other countries. There...

  • Meet our future diplomats!

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 21, 2013 | 12:17 pm

    Last week, the IsraMUN conference, the first academic international MUN (Model Uniited Nations*) in Israel, takes place in Rishon LeZion, Israel. This year’s IsraMUN theme is “Modernity and Traditionalism," when the aim of the conference is "to raise awareness to the importance of ...

  • Is it the time to stop looking back and start looking forward?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 31, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    A few weeks ago, I sat in on a deep conversation with Mahmod, a friend of mine from school, and an Arab who lives in Israel. We talked about the current situation between Jews, Arabs and Palestinians in Israel and exchanged opinions about possible solutions.  Up until then, Mahmod...

  • EU adds Hezbollah’s military wing to terrorism list

    July 22, 2013 | 10:26 am

    The European Union agreed on Monday to put the armed wing of Hezbollah on its terrorism blacklist, a move driven by concerns over the Lebanese militant group's involvement in a deadly bus bombing in Bulgaria and the Syrian war.

    The powerful Lebanese Shi'ite movement, an ally of...

  • When the conflict becomes a routine

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    June 25, 2013 | 12:43 pm

    This week, I came across a story that drew my attention: missiles were fired from Gaza into southern Israel. I came across this story from a Facebook status of a friend, and later noticed that it got a very minor coverage in the morning paper the following day.

    When I noticed...

  • Hezbollah takes Syrian center-stage, yet remains in shadows

    June 18, 2013 | 12:58 pm

    The voice crackling over the Hezbollah radios was clear and authoritative, and the guerrillas poised to attack the Syrian border town of Qusair recognized it immediately.

    "As I promised you victory before, I pledge you victory now," Hezbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah said,...

  • Border clashes may make it hard for Israel to steer clear of Syria conflict

    June 10, 2013 | 11:35 am

    For much of the past two years, Israel has taken a singular approach to the Syrian civil war: Stay as far away as possible.

    But with a recent string of victories by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the crumbling of the U.N. peacekeeping force that has kept the peace...

  • Syrian military threatens Israel following border victory

    June 5, 2013 | 10:49 am

    Syria’s military threatened Israel after reportedly capturing the town of Qusair on the Lebanon border.

    SANA, Syria’s state news agency, said the Syrian army on Wednesday took control of Qusair from rebels who had been fighting government forces and Hezbollah volunteers for more...

  • An Israel-Syria war would not be a ‘surprise’

    By Shmuel Rosner

    June 3, 2013 | 7:31 am

    A shorter and somewhat different version of this article was published last week by the IHT-NYT.

    Six months ago, my 6-year old daughter had to pay her first visit to the bomb shelter, as rockets were being fired at Tel Aviv. Last Monday, she had to pay her second, and then third...

  • Blood and hate are flooding Europe

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 29, 2013 | 12:40 pm

    Muslim communities in Europe are not something new. Many people suffered in middle-eastern lands, went searching for a new home where there is freedom of speech and equal rights, and started to settle in various European countries.  With time, they became more and more noticed. It...

  • Propaganda lies in a disguise

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    May 21, 2013 | 12:22 pm

    Muhammad al-Durrah, the little boy who became the symbol of the Al-Aqsa Intifada, is returning to the headlines after a decade. A photo of him, crying, leaning against a wall with his father trying to protect him from the fire of IDF soldiers, was taken on September 30th 2000...

  • Hate, courtesy of the UN

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    April 24, 2013 | 12:03 pm

    Richard Falk, a UN official, referred to the Boston Marathon in a column he wrote for the Foreign Policy Journal , saying the US "had it coming" because of its policy around the world and specifically in the Middle East, Iraq and Afghanistan. Yes, that's right. A respected person...

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