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  • Hezbollah gunmen reported ready to open new battle front in Lebanon

    LONDON, June 16 (JTA) — Iranian-backed Hezbollah gunmen are poised to escalate their attacks on positions occupied by Israel and the Israeli-allied South Lebanese Army in the southern Lebanon security zone, according to the London-based newsletter Foreign Report. Two weeks after the SLA withdrew from the Christian enclave of Jezzine, Hezbollah is now planning to…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Artwork taken by Nazis returned, opening the door to further claims

    LONDON, June 7 (JTA) — When German authorities hand over a $5 million sketch by Van Gogh to Gerta Silberberg in the next few weeks, a small fragment of a destroyed world will be returned. The 85-year-old widow greeted with mixed emotions last Friday’s news that the umbrella body representing most of Germany’s museums, the…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD British group launches campaign to honor man as Righteous Gentile

    LONDON, June 3 (JTA) — Unlike the legendary Oskar Schindler, Albert Gustave Bedane’s acts of courage were not enacted in the horror-filled world of wartime Poland. His heroism was played out on British soil — on the Nazi-occupied Channel Island of Jersey, which now glories in a reputation as a tax haven and home to…

  • Assad said ready for negotiations as Barak plans for Golan withdrawal

    LONDON, June 6 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad is about to embark on direct peace talks with Israel without prior consultation with the Palestinians, according to sources in Damascus. The sources’ comments come amid reports in Israel that Prime Minister-elect Ehud Barak has devised a plan for concluding a peace agreement with Syria that…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Abdullah’s recent Syria courtship first departure from Hussein’s

    LONDON, May 5 (JTA) — A recent trip Jordan’s King Abdullah made to Syria has provided a strong indication that the monarch is embarking on a new course that could upset the old certainties about the Hashemite kingdom. While it is generally thought that Abdullah will broadly maintain Jordan’s pro-Western tilt, it is becoming equally…

  • Wealthy Austrian family claims Albright’s father stole paintings

    LONDON, May 4 (JTA) — A wealthy Austrian family has demanded that U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and her family return millions of dollars worth of “war booty” allegedly taken from their apartment in Prague after World War II. Philip Harmer, head of a family of former Austrian industrialists and landowners, alleges that Albright’s…

  • Britain’s Jews warned they may be next targets of neo-Nazi attack

    LONDON, April 27 (JTA) — Britain’s Jewish community has gone on a state of high alert following two bombings, apparently by a neo-Nazi group, in ethnic areas of London on consecutive Saturday afternoons. The alert, issued to Jewish organizations last Monday by the Jewish Community Security Trust, followed widespread speculation that the bombers would aim…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Kosovo war could influence Israel’s future link with NATO

    LONDON, April 19 (JTA) — More than 1,500 delegates from 43 countries are descending on Washington this week for what should have been a weekend of partying to mark the 50th anniversary of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. But the festivities will be tempered by foreboding over an increasingly contentious, albeit humanitarian, war — the…

  • Report: Israeli agencies dispute threat posed by Egyptian military

    LONDON, April 18 (JTA) — Alarm bells are ringing in some quarters in Jerusalem over the buildup of the Egyptian army, which has more than doubled in size since the 1973 Yom Kippur War, according to sources in London. The massive accumulation of weapons has also sparked an intense debate between two Israeli intelligence agencies…

  • Ignoring American sanctions, London to forge ties with Tehran

    LONDON, April 13 (JTA) — Taking a starkly different approach to Iran than its American ally, Britain is preparing to resume full diplomatic relations with Iran. These ties, which will be marked by an exchange of ambassadors, will signal a formal conclusion to a protracted dispute between London and Tehran. The dispute was sparked nine…