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  • With Discovery of Ancient Church, Israel Banks on Christian Tourism

    It may not qualify as a miracle, but an exceptional archaeological find in the Megiddo Prison in norther Israel could prove to be a tourism bonanza for Israel. “This finding may attract millions of Christian pilgrims to Israel,” Tourism Minister Avraham Hirschson told JTA. Through September, some 1.4 million tourists have visited Israel this year…. More ▸

  • As Pressure Mounts on Syria, Israel Weighs Risks and Benefits

    As international pressure mounts on Syrian President Bashar Assad’s regime, decision-makers in Jerusalem are considering what a Syrian accommodation with the West could mean for Israel. Assad has been under a cloud of suspicion since the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February. Syrian Interior Minister Ghazi Kanaan’s “suicide” last week, ahead… More ▸

  • After Five Years of Intifada, Israel Considers Benefits of Acting Alone

    Five years after the intifada began, a debate is raging in Israel over how to build on the current lull: re-engage the Palestinians in peace talks or make further unilateral moves like the recent withdrawal from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank. For now, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon rules out further unilateral steps. But… More ▸

  • The Disengagement Summer Foreign Tourists Enjoy Israel, Unfazed by the Pullout Tumult

    For visitors to Israel this summer, the disengagement from the Gaza Strip is proving hard to ignore. “Everybody’s orange,” laughs Rebecca Kaminski, from Berlin, referring to the color adopted by the anti-disengagement activists. “I’m on the blue side, I guess.” Sitting on the beach in Netanya, the 22-year-old is working on her already impressive tan… More ▸

  • Barred from Israel by Egypt, Ali Salem Comes to Washington

    Across the Arab world, leaders and intellectuals are taking only baby steps when it comes to accepting Israel into the fold. Ali Salem, on the other hand, has been speeding toward that goal — sometimes literally — for over a decade. The Egyptian writer has visited Israel 15 times since his first journey by car… More ▸

  • As Gaza Withdrawal Approaches, Worries Mount for Israel’s Sharon

    With the planned Israeli withdrawal from Gaza less than three weeks away, right-wing leaders say they haven’t yet given up hope of preventing it. According to the Israeli Defense Forces, about 2,000 right-wingers have managed to pass through the army cordon around Gaza and are planning to join up with radical settlers there to resist… More ▸

  • Fencing in Jerusalem Proving to Be No Easy Matter for Israel

    A year after the United Nations-affiliated International Court at The Hague ruled that Israel’s West Bank security barrier is illegal, controversy over the section in and around Jerusalem could spark new international pressure on the Jewish state to change the fence route or stop construction altogether. Palestinian leaders warn that the planned route of the… More ▸