• Cheney Talks Iran in Israel; U.S. Strike Seen As Remote

    With U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Israel this week talking about Iran, the big question was whether President Bush would be willing to use military force in the waning days of his presidency to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The answer from most Israeli intelligence analysts: not likely. They say the chances of a… More ▸

  • Facing Threats from Within and Without, Israel Offers a Grim Intel Estimate

    Last week’s terrorist attack at a Jerusalem yeshiva and the new Israeli national intelligence assessment presented to the Cabinet on Sunday underscore the acute security problems Israel faces this year and beyond. The terrorist shooting spree in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, which left eight students dead, raised questions about the vulnerability of Jews in western… More ▸

  • Success or Not, Israel’s Top 3 Eye Summit As Campaign Booster

    By sending its top three leaders to the Annapolis peace summit, Israel is hoping to make a statement about the seriousness of its approach to peacemaking with the Palestinians. But a more complex reality lies under the surface of this diplomatic show. The big three — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and… More ▸

  • 40 Years On, Israel Struggles with War’s Bittersweet Legacy

    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel’s place in the Middle East and its long-term survival? Forty years on, the jury is still out. In the war’s immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel’s sweeping victory would guarantee the Jewish state’s future and set the stage for a grand regional peace. But the… More ▸

  • Heading for French Showdown, Candidates Have Eyes on Israel

    French Jews have made it clear throughout the presidential campaign that candidates’ positions on Israel will be a key factor for Jewish voters. With the second round of voting coming up May 6, it therefore was little surprise that advisers and allies to Nicolas Sarkozy and Segolene Royal were out in force at Israel’s glamorous… More ▸

  • New Pro-israel Initiative Doesn’t Aim to Compete with Aipac, Organizers Say

    Dismay over the American Jewish leadership’s perceived reluctance to press the Bush administration to work toward a resolution of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is behind a series of recent meetings aimed at pressing the case forward. Jewish organizational officials who have participated in the meetings said JTA’s characterization of their aim in a story earlier this… More ▸

  • Hillel Activists Gear Up for Israel Debate This Fall

    Ezra Billinkoff has an easy way about him, with his cropped red hair, funky glasses, wide grin and a T-shirt that boasts, “Everyone loves a Jewish Quaker.” But the 21-year-old president of Hillel: The Foundation for Campus Jewish Life at the University of Pennsylvania becomes serious when asked about his impending return to campus. “We… More ▸