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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Swiss officials win plaudits from watchful Jewish groups

    NEW YORK, March 17 (JTA) — Matching deeds to their words, Swiss officials have won a vote of confidence from Jewish leaders that Switzerland is at last prepared to confront its wartime past. The Swiss have shown a willingness to “face their past with honesty and courage so they can have an honorable future,”” said…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS After months of renegotiation, deals include new commitments

    NEW YORK, Jan. 15 (JTA) — The agreement that Israel and the Palestinians reached this week for transferring most of Hebron to Palestinian control grew out of a mutually felt need to reopen an earlier agreement. This week’s accord has its roots in the Interim Agreement that Israel and the Palestinians signed in Washington in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Confronting wartime past consumes Swiss daily life

    BERN, June 1 (JTA) — The tidy Swiss people are trying to cope with a decidedly untidy situation. Months of mounting accusations about how their government and banks conducted business with the Nazis during World War II — and how the banks refused to return the assets of Holocaust victims after the war — have…

  • Palestinians blame terrorism on Netanyahu’s peace policies

    NEW YORK, Dec. 12 (JTA) — The Palestinian Authority said this week that the fatal attack on an Israeli family in the West Bank was caused by Israel’s refusal to implement the Israeli-Palestinian self-rule accords. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu obviously has not “learned the lessens of last September’s tragic events,” the Palestinian statement said, referring…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES An unremarkable life sparks many questions in violent death

    NEW YORK, Feb. 25 (JTA) — He led an unremarkable life, but his final act of violence that brought it to an end has sparked a host of questions. Indeed, had it not been for his sudden, perhaps irrational, assault atop the Empire State Building this week, Ali Abu Kamal’s life may not have been…