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  • Jordanian Prisoners in Israel Get Visit

    Jordanians were permitted to visit family members imprisoned in Israel. The visit by 37 Jordanians last week to a prison near Netanya was the third since Israel and Jordan signed a peace treaty in 1994, according to a report Wednesday in the Jordan Times. The first was in 1999 and the second in 2006. The… More ▸

  • Israeli Chess Team Takes Silver

    Israel’s national team won its first medal ever in the international Chess Olympiad. The Israelis finished second to take the silver in the competition Tuesday night after defeating the Netherlands. Armenia won the gold medal for the second year in a row and the United States took the bronze. Some 140 teams participated in the… More ▸

  • Israeli Human Rights Group Honored

    An Israeli human rights group won a freedom award from a U.S. academic society. Gisha, which advocates for greater freedom of movement for Palestinians, won the Middle East Studies Association’s Freedom Award for its efforts to get Israeli authorities to allow Palestinian students in the Gaza Strip to leave to study abroad. Israel has imposed… More ▸

  • Olmert a Lame Duck Stretching for the Finish Line

    Lame duck or not, Ehud Olmert is determined to make it to the finish line. Four months after he announced his resignation and 2 1/2 months before elections are held to replace him, the Israeli prime minister insists he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinian Authority before he leaves office. “I… More ▸

  • Olmert: Agreement in the Cards

    Ehud Olmert said he still expects to complete a peace agreement with the Palestinians before he leaves office. “I believe it is possible, I believe it is timely, I believe a declaration is needed,” the Israeli prime minister said Tuesday in Washington, a day after he met with President Bush. “I am ready to make… More ▸

  • U.N. Watchdog Chief: Give Syria Nuclear Aid

    The head of the nuclear watchdog for the United Nations said Syria should not be prevented from receiving aid to build a nuclear power plant. Mohamed ElBaradei, the director of the International Atomic Energy Agency, said in a statement Tuesday that there is no concrete proof that Syria violated nuclear nonproliferation rules and should not… More ▸

  • Two Israelis Sentenced to Death in Thailand

    Two Israelis convicted of drug trafficking were sentenced to death by a court in Thailand. The men were caught with 23,000 Ecstasy pills a year ago during a drug bust coordinated with U.S. police in an area in Thailand popular with Israeli tourists. The drugs were destined for the United States and Italy, Thai police… More ▸

  • Israel Facing Grim Threat Assessment for ’09

    Delivering a grim threat assessment for 2009, the Israeli National Security Council said that Israel in 2009 may well find itself alone facing Iran on the threshold of nuclear power, fighting rocket attacks on two fronts and without a Palestinian partner for a two-state solution. The assessment, which will be presented next month to the… More ▸

  • Olmert Recommits to Annapolis

    Ehud Olmert pledged to the Bush administration that he would pursue peace talks with the Palestinians until he leaves office. The Israeli prime minister met Monday morning with U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. “The prime minister emphasized that the Israeli government is committed to continue the Annapolis process… More ▸

  • Barak: Hezbollah Three Times Stronger

    Hezbollah is now three times stronger than it was at the end of the Second Lebanon War, Ehud Barak said. The Israeli defense minister told the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Monday that Hezbollah’s 42,000 missiles can reach Ashkelon, Beersheba and Dimona. He said Lebanon has been unable to stop Hezbollah. “Hezbollah’s involvement in… More ▸