Ofer Shelah; With Reporting by the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

As Gaza Pullout Nears, Fears Of Political Violence Increase

TEL AVIV — Israelis greeted the Jewish New Year in an ebullient mood. Unlike last year, when fears of terrorism kept most indoors, they poured into parks, filled Galilee guesthouses and hiked everywhere during the four-day holiday.Pre-holiday opinion polls showed why: While anxiety over Israel’s future remains high, Israelis’ sense

Israel Hears Lebanese Echoes In American Occupation Woes

TEL AVIV — Stung by accusations that his agency botched its pre-war Iraqi threat assessments, Israel’s military intelligence chief insisted this week that Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction were real and would eventually be found.“We have verified intelligence,” the spy chief, Major General Aharon Ze’evi-Farkash, told the daily