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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Despite Barak’s warm reception, Europe remains strongly pro-Arab

    LONDON, Sept. 27 (JTA) – The Israeli prime minister is enjoying a blissful honeymoon with the United States, but he must still worry about placating Europe. While Israel’s relations with Washington – based on an intricate web of political, economic, strategic and cultural ties – are generally warm and cordial, its relations with Europe are…

  • Himmler offered to free 3,500 Jews to save himself, other leading Nazis

    LONDON, Sept. 21 (JTA) – The chief of the SS sought to win asylum for himself and 200 leading Nazis in the final days of World War II by offering cash and the freedom of 3,500 Jews, according to British intelligence documents released last Friday. According to the documents, details of which have been held…

  • Syrians return to anti-Israel rhetoric in article by a pro-government editor

    LONDON, Sept. 13 (JTA) – In a sharp retreat from earlier expressions of optimism, Damascus has lashed out at Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, warning that he would bear the blame if current peace efforts founder and hinting that Israel’s military superiority might not last forever. At the same time, Barak was speaking more enthusiastically…

  • U.S., Britain push for Iraq inspections, say Saddam is rebuilding missile sites

    LONDON, Sept. 8 (JTA) – Concern that Iraq is rebuilding missile factories that were destroyed in U.S.-led bombing raids is prompting a fresh Anglo-American diplomatic drive at the United Nations for a resumption of weapons inspections. The new urgency is in part being fed by a secret White House report to Congress that expressed concern…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arafat, Barak proved they are tough, but final status talks will be tougher

    LONDON, Sept. 8 (JTA) – Glittering ceremonies and lofty rhetoric are the essential byproducts of every milestone in Middle East peacemaking. And Saturday night’s gala at Sharm el-Sheik – significantly, on territory that Israel had withdrawn from in the context of an earlier peace agreement with Egypt – was no exception. Saturday’s signing ceremony was…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Arafat, Barak proved they are tough, but final status talks will be tougher

    LONDON, Sept. 6 (JTA) – Glittering ceremonies and lofty rhetoric are the essential byproducts of every milestone in Middle East peacemaking. And Saturday night’s gala at Sharm el-Sheik – significantly, on territory that Israel had withdrawn from in the context of an earlier peace agreement with Egypt – was no exception. Saturday’s signing ceremony was…

  • Poland wants to try British Jew for alleged role in killing war hero

    LONDON, Nov. 30 (JTA) – A 79-year-old Jewish woman living in England is facing possible extradition to Poland for her alleged role in prosecuting and executing a leading Polish war hero more than 40 years ago. Polish Justice Minister Hanna Suchowka has reportedly asked the British authorities to extradite Helena Brus to face charges of…

  • Insurance firms set up fund to settle Holocaust-era claims

    LONDON, Nov. 12 (JTA) – Six European insurers have agreed to deposit a total of $90 million in an escrow account as proof of their intent to settle claims by Holocaust victims and their heirs. The decision to establish the fund – with $30 million to be paid within the coming weeks and the remaining…

  • British scholar wants to dig for lost ark in Palestinian area

    LONDON, Sept. 7 (JTA) – A latter-day Indiana Jones believes he has found the burial site of the Ark of the Covenant, which contains the Ten Commandments – – in a part of the West Bank that Israel has already handed over to the Palestinian Authority. Michael Sanders, 58, bases his theory on satellite images,…