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Arrest of Settlers On Terror Charges Inflames Hebron

By Elli Wohlgelernter

JERUSALEM — A pair of Jewish settlers from Hebron, arrested on suspicion of belonging to a terrorist cell, remain behind bars this week following legal maneuvers that have pitted many hard-line settlers against Ariel Sharon’s government.Yitzhak Pass — father of Shalhevet Pass, the 10-month-old killed by a sniper’s bullet in Hebron on MarchRead More


House Takes Aim at Judiciary on Church-State Cases

By Chemi Shalev

WASHINGTON — There was a moment during his appearance with President Bush on the White House lawn last Tuesday when Prime Minister Sharon seemed to reveal more than he intended of his inner state of mind right now. Working through his prepared remarks, Sharon briefly fumbled with pages that appeared to be stuck together. Bush leaned overRead More


Dems Call Bush Soft on Saudis But Split on His Israel Stance

By Marc Perelman

Seizing on what they see as a rare opportunity to attack President Bush’s foreign policy without appearing unpatriotic, Democrats and liberals are rushing to condemn the White House for its stance on Saudi Arabia — and in some cases, on the Middle East peace process.The attacks are opening up a rift within the liberal camp,Read More


Moscow Targets Another Russian Jewish Oligarch

By S.A. Greene

MOSCOW — It’s becoming a familiar scenario: Kremlin prosecutors go after a prominent Jewish “oligarch,” and Washington reacts with stern warnings that Russia is risking all the progress it has made during the last decade.Just under three years ago, the target was Vladimir Gusinsky, the press baron and founding presidentRead More


Securing a Safe America Requires Accountability for 9/11 Mistakes

By Bob Graham

Last week, the declassified version of the House-Senate joint inquiry’s report into the September 11 terrorist attacks was finally released to the public, seven months after it was completed. The purpose of the report was not to assign blame for the horrific event, but to find out what could have been done to prevent it, or a more tragicRead More


Ancient Tale of Mistaken Identity Sheds Light on Divorce Dilemma

By Ami Eden

Bringing a glossy magazine to synagogue would usually register as a religious faux pas, especially if it’s the flashy food issue of New York magazine and the holiday in question is the gloomy fast day of Tisha B’Av.This year, however, worshippers — and rabbis — would do well to come to services armed with copies of the magazine’s July 28Read More


Survivors Build Community Over Cinnamon Tea

By Jordan Stolper

LETTER FROM LA PAZWhen a hunger strike by government deputies forced the Bolivian president to call an emergency session of Congress in June, a group of men gathered at Eli’s Confiteria in downtown La Paz to assess the situation. When rival Bolivian security forces clashed in the capital earlier this year, leaving some 30 police and militaryRead More


Labor Boss Finds Himself Kingmaker of the Israeli Left

By Jo-Ann Mort

TEL AVIV — Amir Peretz, chairman of the Histadrut labor federation, is a hot commodity these days, to the apparent surprise of just about everybody but him. He’s emerged as the main threat to Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s controversial budget reforms. His name is spoken with awe on the streets ofRead More


IN OTHER WORDS...

By Oren Rawls

Bonds That Bind: Comparisons between Israel and South Africa are usually of the less-than-charitable variety, seeking to draw parallels between apartheid-era policies and Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.A July 23 opinion article in the South African paper of record, though, has Johannesburg looking to Jerusalem for guidanceRead More


Newsdesk August 1, 2003

Israel, Austria Renew TiesIsrael is resuming full diplomatic ties with Austria and will soon appoint an ambassador to Vienna, Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom announced Tuesday at a joint press conference in Jerusalem with his Austrian counterpart, Benita Ferrero-Waldner.Israel downgraded relations with Austria in February 2000 after the far-rightRead More





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  • "It pains and shocks me to say this, but here goes: My father was right all along. He always told me, as I spouted liberal talking points at the Shabbos table and challenged his hawkish views on Israel and the Palestinians to his unending chagrin, that I would one day change my tune." Have you had a similar experience?
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  • Jon Stewart responds to his critics: “Look, obviously there are many strong opinions on this. But just merely mentioning Israel or questioning in any way the effectiveness or humanity of Israel’s policies is not the same thing as being pro-Hamas.”
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  • Former Israeli National Security Advisor Yaakov Amidror: “A cease-fire will mean that anytime Hamas wants to fight it can. Occupation of Gaza will bring longer-term quiet, but the price will be very high.” What do you think?
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