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Ron Dermer Makes Effective Voice of Israel in Time of Crisis

By Nathan Guttman

Ron Dermer is Israel’s man in Washington. The American-bred ambassador has so far succeeded in selling the Gaza operation — but how long can his PR magic last?Read More


Iran Nuclear Talks Deadline Looms With Little Angst About Extension

By Nathan Guttman

As the deadline nears for a nuclear deal with Iran, all sides seem resigned to an extension. Even Israel is no longer beating war drums over the supposed existential threat posed by Tehran.Read More


How Jewish Summer Camps Are Coping With Murders of Israeli Teenagers

By Hillel Kuttler

The murders of three Israeli teenagers took place just as Jewish summer camps were opening for the season. How much should children be told about the tumult in the Middle East?Read More


Why British Orthodox Rabbi Fasts for Ramadan

By Cnaan Lipshiz

Rabbi Natan Levy decided to “engage Ramadan as a committed Jew” to promote “a deeper conversation within the Jewish community on how we move beyond demonization of Islam.”Read More


American Vacationers Wake Up in Israel War Zone

By Judy Maltz

They came to Israel on vacation and suddenly found themselves in the midst of a war. American tourists were trying to keep their nerve — even as the bomb sirens blared.Read More


Israeli and Palestinian Roommates Find Common Ground — Far From Home

By Nathan Guttman

The mounting crisis in Israel caught two young interns — an Israeli and a Palestinian — far from home. Guess what? They were able to see how the other side views the conflict.Read More


Jerusalem's Light Rail, Symbolic Unifier of Divided Holy City, Is Victim of Violence

By Daniella Cheslow

Jerusalem’s light rail system was once seen as a unifier of Jews and Palestinians in the divided holy city. And then, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who lived near the Shuafat stop, was murdered.Read More


Beaten American Teen Tariq Khdeir Takes Center Stage in Mideast Drama

By Uri Heilman

For Israelis, the enduring image of the past few weeks may be the montage of the three Israeli teens murdered last month after being abducted from a hitchhiking post in the West Bank.Read More


Natan Sharansky Warns of Dark Days for Jews of France

By Cnaan Liphshiz

On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in Paris. Instead of romantic hideaways, she showed him places where she organized protests on his behalf.Read More


Doomed N.Y. Firefighter Saved 7-Year-Old Hasidic Boy's Life After Garage Mishap

By Hody Nemes

A New York City firefighter killed in a weekend blaze earned accolades in the Satmar Hasidic community for saving a 7-year-old boy’s life a month earlier.Read More





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