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  • Jaffa Mosque Defaced

    A mosque near Israel’s Jaffa Port was defaced with graffiti including "Muhammad is a pig" and "Death to Arabs." Muslim worshipers discovered the graffiti Sunday when they arrived that morning for services. Jaffa is a mixed Jewish and Arab city. Sheik Ahmed Abu Ajweh, the head of the Islamic Movement in Jaffa, blamed settlers for… More ▸

  • Georgian Refugees Seek Return to Normalcy

    For Jews near the border with South Ossetia, only the smallest gap exists between normalcy and hardship. The unemployment rate in the area has always been high, hovering at about 60 percent, and there is a disproportionate amount of at-risk Jews, elderly and young. As Russian tanks and soldiers poured through the capital of Ossetia… More ▸

  • Op-ed: Reforms Vital to Israeli Political Stability

    As the United States looks forward to a presidential inauguration, Israel is facing another general election. A little more than a month ago, the new leader of Israel’s Kadima Party, Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, failed to establish a coalition government following the resignation of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. The breakdown of coalition talks forces Israel… More ▸

  • Israel Urges Moscow to Halt Iran Sale

    A senior Israeli defense official visited Moscow in an attempt to dissuade Russia from selling missile defense systems to Iran. Amos Gilad, the head of the defense ministry’s Security-Diplomatic Bureau, traveled to the Russian capital Wednesday to explain Israel’s opposition to the deal. At the same time, Israeli defense officials continued to waver on the… More ▸

  • Israeli Police Officers Injured in Drill

    More than 50 Israeli police officers were hurt during a mass police drill. The exercise involving 6,000 officers simulating a mass riot was held Thursday at a southern Israeli military base. Police acting as rioters and as peacekeepers used excessive force, causing the injuries, which did not require hospitalization, according to reports. In addition, five… More ▸

  • Olmert to Discuss Syria in Turkey

    Ehud Olmert will meet with Turkey’s prime minister to discuss progressing to direct peace talks with Syria. The Israeli prime minister is scheduled to fly to Turkey Monday to meet with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has been mediating indirect talks between Israel and Syria. According to Olmert’s media adviser, the two leaders will meet in… More ▸

  • Culture Wars Emerge Around Israeli ‘big Brother’

    From Internet chat rooms to household dinner tables, the Israeli version of the reality TV show “Big Brother” has all but taken over the national discourse here. With its mansion in the hills of Jerusalem stacked with Israelis representing every token stereotype in the country, the show sparked a 21st-century cultural showdown between Ashkenazic and… More ▸

  • Investigators Visit Eilat Crash Scene

    A special team was appointed to investigate a bus crash near Eilat that left 24 Russian tourists dead. Traffic police investigators visited the scene Wednesday morning as relatives of the victims began arriving in Israel. The Transportation Ministry also is investigating. The driver of another bus who passed by the ill-fated tour bus immediately before… More ▸

  • ‘painful Compromises’ Needed, Olmert Tells London Jews

    Ehud Olmert told leaders of the London Jewish community that Israel must make “painful compromises” or risk one state for two people. Speaking here Tuesday night, the Israeli prime minister admitted that he was one of the “dreamers” of greater Israel. But now, he said, “the real choice we have is peace that will require… More ▸

  • Vacation in Eilat Turns to Tragedy

    Police investigating a bus accident that killed 24 Russian tourists traveling to Eilat reportedly will look at driver error and mechanical failure as the likely causes. The bus plunged down a 45-foot embankment Tuesday afternoon to the bottom of a riverbank north of Eilat after flipping over several times. Some 33 people were injured, many… More ▸