• In Israel, Public Holds Its Breath to See How Hamas Will Respond

    In the eerie emptiness of malls and open-air markets, in the nervous jokes Israelis make before taking their seat at cafes and in the anxious glances bus riders exchange, it’s understood that the waiting game has begun. Israel is a country hanging in grim suspense — wondering when, where and how Hamas will exact its… More ▸

  • Israel Defends Killing of Sheik As the Public Braces for Revenge

    Israeli leaders are making no apologies for killing Hamas founder Sheik Ahmed Yassin, likening him to Osama bin Laden. “The State of Israel hit the first and foremost leader of Palestinian terrorist murderers,” Prime Minister Ariel Sharon told reporters after Israeli helicopter gunships killed Yassin in a predawn airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Monday…. More ▸

  • Missions Are Not Just for Kids: Elderly Go to Israel, Breaking Mold

    Walkers and wheelchairs rumble over the uneven stone alleyways as nursing home residents from New York make their way through Jerusalem’s Old City, stopping to gaze, posing with giggling schoolgirls, and sometimes weeping. Most of these visitors touring Jerusalem — on a weeklong trip — are in their 80s and 90s. For some, it is… More ▸

  • Arrest of Jew for Terror Plots Sends Shock Waves Throughout Israel

    Just as Jews prepared to celebrate Purim, whose story culminates in the Jews’ slaying of their enemies, one Israeli Jew was quietly planning to slay the people he saw as his own enemies. Eliran Golan, a 22-year-old from Haifa, is under arrest for a three-year-long bombing campaign against Israeli Arabs, including a bombing against a… More ▸

  • As Hague Case Approaches, Israel Girding for Legal — and Pr — Battle

    Israel claims that the International Court of Justice has no jurisdiction to rule on the West Bank security barrier — but at the same time the government is preparing detailed legal, security and diplomatic arguments and an intensive public-relations campaign. The government also announced this week that it may well make significant changes in the… More ▸

  • Prisoner-swap Deal with Hezbollah Not First Time Israel’s Paid the Price

    The debate in Israel over this week’s prisoner-exchange deal with Hezbollah is not the first time a swap deal has roiled the Jewish state. Considering Sheik Hassan Nasrallah’s pledge that Hezbollah would kidnap more Israelis, this debate might not be the last. On Thursday, Israel was slated to receive Israeli businessman Elhanan Tannenbaum and the… More ▸

  • Business It’s Morning Again in Israel: High-tech Investment Booms Anew

    An annual report on venture-capital investment in Israel seems to confirm that Israel’s high-tech sector is emerging from the doldrums and regaining its solid footing. Israeli high-tech companies raised $1.01 billion from domestic and foreign venture-capital firms in 2003, managing to stay above the $1 billion mark for the fifth straight year. Although the figure… More ▸

  • With Israel Issue Hot on Campus, Groups Train High School Advocates

    As a college student in the former Soviet Union, one of Natan Sharansky’s first forms of resistance was to call himself Natan rather than Anatoly. The move symbolized the return to his Jewish roots, the legendary refusenik turned Israeli Cabinet minister told a group of Jewish high school students here on Jan. 15. “If you… More ▸

  • Israel Advocates Hope Winter Trips Will Inspire Campus Activism in Spring

    After 12 days of advocacy training in the Jewish state, Jonathan Goldberg is returning to the University of Michigan with concrete plans for promoting Israel’s cause on campus. “The trick is to translate” passion for Israel “into something that somebody else would care about,” says Goldberg, a sophomore who went to Israel for an advocacy… More ▸