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  • Brutal murders strengthen Israel’s resolve

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — The brutal murder of three Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in the West Bank has sickened Israelis and strengthened their government’s resolve to quell the ongoing unrest with whatever means are necessary. Prime Minister Ehud Barak decried what he called the “shocking and heinous lynching” of the reservists, whose…

  • Brutal murders strengthen Israel’s resolve

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 12 (JTA) — The brutal murder of three Israeli soldiers by a Palestinian mob in the West Bank has sickened Israelis and strengthened their government’s resolve to quell the ongoing unrest with whatever means are necessary. Prime Minister Ehud Barak decried what he called the “shocking and heinous lynching” of the reservists, whose…

  • Peace activists quiet during violence

    Supporters of the peace process have persistently argued that there is no choice but to make peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization. But when violence between Israel and the Palestinians spiraled out of control, some liberal Israelis received a

  • Peace activists quiet during violence

    Supporters of the peace process have persistently argued that there is no choice but to make peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization. But when violence between Israel and the Palestinians spiraled out of control, some liberal Israelis received a

  • Plan attempts to cool Israeli tensions

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 17 (JTA) — Israel’s minister in charge of religious-secular issues has weighed in with a set of ideas aimed at ending a strident debate on the relationship between religion and state. The proposals Rabbi Michael Melchior introduced Sunday came after Prime Minister Ehud Barak introduced a set of proposals earlier this month intended…

  • Assimilation on Israeli university’s mind

    RAMAT GAN, Israel, Sept. 12 (JTA) — Assimilation, the eternal fear of Jewish leaders around the world, tops the agenda for Jewish communities in the Diaspora. But for Israelis, who feel mostly immune to the phenomena and are also experiencing a growing gap with Diaspora Jewry, assimilation is rarely in the public eye. This week,…

  • Parched Israel digs for water solutions

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 24 (JTA) — It has been a long, hot summer in Israel, and the country’s scarce water supplies are being squeezed past their limits. After three years of drought, Israeli water authorities have watched this summer in trepidation as the country’s three main water sources — the Sea of Galilee, the coastal aquifer…

  • Sephardi compensation on public agenda

    JERUSALEM, Aug. 9 (JTA) — For more than three decades after the creation of Israel in 1948, Samir Muallem and his parents tried to hold onto the sizable business assets of their Jewish family in southern Iraq. In the early 1950s, many of his family members left for Israel, along with 650,000 Jews from Middle…

  • Left and right know talks not over yet

    JERUSALEM, July 26 (JTA) — The collapse of the talks at Camp David did little to dispel the deep feeling of uncertainty felt by most Israelis over the future of the region. On the face of it, hard-liners were jubilant and the peace camp was dejected, as could be expected. But just the same, settlers…

  • Left and right know talks not over yet

    JERUSALEM, July 26 (JTA) — The collapse of the talks at Camp David did little to dispel the deep feeling of uncertainty felt by most Israelis over the future of the region. On the face of it, hard-liners were jubilant and the peace camp was dejected, as could be expected. But just the same, settlers…