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  • For Israel’s Growing Cadre of Poor, Government Cutbacks Take Tough Toll

    Gabriella Friedlander recently stopped paying her mortgage. “It was either paying the mortgage or having electricity, water and gas,” said the 38-year-old single mother, her hands clasped tightly together on a small crochet-covered table in her dimly lit apartment. Friedlander, who works part time as a care-giving assistant for the elderly, is among the swelling… More ▸

  • No Bombs, Bickering and Terror; Group Shows Another Side of Israel

    Bemoaning the way Israel is portrayed in the news is something of a favorite pastime for many American Jews. But rather than complain that Israel is depicted unfairly in its conflict with the Palestinians, two Silicon Valley executives are taking a different approach. Eric Benhamou, chairman of 3Com, and Zvi Alon, founder of Netvision, wanted… More ▸

  • Provocations Along Shared Border Raise Questions in Israel and Lebanon

    Not long ago, Jacky Ben-Muha, a popular baker in this northern Israeli border town, pointed to a crack in the bakery window and said, “You see, this is from the previous Katyusha rocket attack. We left it here as a reminder.” Ben-Muha got another unwelcome reminder just last week. On Nov. 15, Katyushas fell near… More ▸

  • With Concessions and Caution, Israel Prepares for Dawn of Post-arafat Era

    As Israel looks ahead to the post-Arafat era, the government is considering a series of policy options: In the short term, easing conditions in the Palestinian territories to help a new leadership consolidate power and, in the longer term, restarting peace talks based on the “road map” plan. But there also are contingency plans for… More ▸

  • Tension Rocketing Up Between Israel and U.N. Refugee Agency

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington. JTA has learned that some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives so far have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell “to suspend immediately all U.S. assistance… More ▸

  • 10 Years After Israel-jordan Peace, No Celebrations Mark the Milestone

    Ten years ago this week, in the midst of a desert storm in the Arava valley, the late King Hussein of Jordan and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin of Israel signed a peace accord ushering in an era of hope that relations between the neighbors would become a model for a new Middle East…. More ▸

  • Kidnapping of Tv Producer Highlights Druse Dilemma As Arabs Living in Israel

    At times it seemed as if the entire Druse community — all 100,000 of them — had decided to come celebrate the release of one of their own: Riad Ali. An endless line of people streamed into his father’s backyard in this predominantly Druse village to share their joy over Ali’s freedom. Palestinian terrorists abducted… More ▸

  • Kerry Offers Hope for an Israel Made More Dangerous by Bush

    Many American Jews and Israeli Americans seem impressed by George W. Bush’s putative support for Israel. As an Israeli, I implore responsible Jewish voters who care about Israel: Look at his record over his rhetoric, and you’ll see the dangers of his leadership for this country. Luckily, John Kerry’s record offers hope for Israel. I… More ▸

  • Envoy Looks Back on 2 Years of Tightly Knit U.s.-israel Ties

    Daniel Ayalon has served two years as Israel’s envoy to Washington, presiding over extraordinary closeness between the United States and Israel and radical changes in the American approach to Middle East peace that largely favor Israel. And he’s worried it could all be a career killer. That’s because Ayalon, the first non-political appointee to Israel’s… More ▸