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By Daniel Treiman

Neoconspiracy Theories: The notion that neoconservatives are “Jews who serve the interests of Israel” has been embraced “with varying degrees of delicacy” by political actors ranging from Patrick Buchanan to European news outlets, writes Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and contributing editor to The WeeklyRead More


U.S. Group Pushes Israeli Nutrition Bill

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — In a highly unusual step, the National Council of Jewish Women has called on its members and supporters to encourage Israeli legislators to support a bill that would provide every Israeli student with a daily hot, nutritious meal.American Jewish organizations rarely lobby Israeli Knesset members on legislation, and the NCJW isRead More


Software To Aid Military in Civilian Areas

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — The American military is looking to Israel for expertise in dealing with Iraq’s civilian population, possibly adapting Israeli software for use in teaching American soldiers how to minimize friction with occupied Iraqis.The IDF officer who initiated and directed the production of the educational software, Lt. Col. Amos Guiora,Read More


Army: Hamas Halting Strikes Inside ’67 Lines

TEL AVIV — The Israeli army’s military intelligence division believes that Hamas has deliberately refrained over the last 100 days from carrying out terror strikes against Israeli civilians inside the Green Line, Israel’s pre-1967 border. The last Hamas attack within the Green Line, according to military intelligence, took place atRead More


U.S. Officials Supporting Sharon Speech

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Despite an initial White House rebuke and continuing State Department objections, Bush administration officials are now voicing support for a major policy address delivered last week by Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon.The Israeli leader appeared to throw U.S. officials a curve December 18 in a speech at the Herzliya securityRead More


Demographics Drive Likud’s Shifting Agenda

By Ori Nir

WASHINGTON — Driving the Likud’s metamorphosis from “Greater Israel” dogmatism to separation pragmatism are not constraints of geography but of demography.“Above all hovers the cloud of demographics,” Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told Israeli columnist Nahum Barnea of Yediot Aharonot last week, explaining his dramatic decisionRead More


Crisis Looms Over Settlement Evacuations

JERUSALEM — The debate over the future Israel’s settlement policy continued to rage furiously this week, following Prime Minister Sharon’s December 18 speech outlining possible unilateral steps to separate from the Palestinians and redeploy some settlements.While the Labor Party and the left continued to dismiss Sharon’s plan as eitherRead More


Jerusalem Returns to Normal: That Is, Chaos, Paralysis and Strikes Abound

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — Things were briefly back to normal in government offices last week, and that meant chaos.For the last three months, a rolling series of work stoppages, slowdowns and outright strikes have brought Israel’s infamous government bureaucracy to a virtual standstill. The result has been a nightmare for those needing anything from aRead More


After Rebuke, Bush Officials Voice Support For Israel Plan Israeli Sends Signal to Iran Over Airwaves — In Persian

By Marc Perelman

When Israel’s defense minister chatted on-air with radio listeners last week about the possibility of a military strike on Iranian nuclear facilities, he did more than just send a warning to the leaders in Tehran. He also shed light on one of the strangest media phenomena in the Middle East: the Farsi-language program of IsraelRead More


Gibson Film Exposes Rift In Vatican Hierarchy

By Nacha Cattan

The debate over a papal screening of Mel Gibson’s controversial film has become a flashpoint between liberals and conservatives struggling for power in the Catholic Church under the ailing pope.The pope saw “The Passion of Christ” and is said by conservatives to have praised it in a few words, saying, “It is as it was.” But in anRead More


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