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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…

  • Peace activists quiet during violence

    JERUSALEM, Oct. 8 (JTA) – Supporters of the Oslo peace process have, for seven years, persistently argued that there was no choice but to make peace with the Palestine Liberation Organization, Israel’s most bitter of enemies. As diplomacy raised and dashed hopes – and bus bombings and Palestinian riots terrified Israelis – the peace camp…

  • 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,…

  • Israeli Olympic hopefuls speak Russian

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 6 (JTA) — Athletes from the former Soviet Union have transformed the Israeli Olympics sports scene. About one-third of the Israeli team in the upcoming Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia — and five of the six strongest Israeli contenders— are originally from the former Soviet Union. The team, which departed Sunday night for…

  • Israeli ministry’s demise may promote pluralism

    JERUSALEM, Sept. 5 (JTA) — The decision by Israel’s government this week to dismantle the Ministry of Religious Affairs could promote pluralism by making the delivery of religious services more locally accountable. The ministry is an institution that has been notorious for overpoliticization. But it remains to be seen whether the end of the ministry…

  • 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…