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  • Obituary Israel’s National Folk Musician, Naomi Shemer, Dies at Age 74

    It was a sign of the importance of Naomi Shemer to Israel’s national psyche that the singer’s death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation’s newspapers. Saturday’s death of Israel’s national folk musician, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to open his weekly Cabinet… More ▸

  • Under Threat of Hezbollah Missiles, Israel Reconsiders Its Policy in North

    How much longer President Bush remains in office may have an impact on what Israel does to counter the threat from the Hezbollah. After an early May flare-up with Hezbollah on Israel’s northern border, some Israeli generals are pressing for a major military operation in southern Lebanon. In calculated leaks to the press, Israel Defense… More ▸

  • Iraq Unrest May Boost Sharon Visit, but in Long Run It Bodes Ill for Israel

    The conflagration in Iraq is likely to draw Israel and the United States closer for now, but a long-term war could riddle the alliance with political land mines. The uncertainty flourishing in Iraq is reinforcing American reliance on its closest regional ally, but a failure in Iraq could lead to a range of dire outcomes… More ▸

  • For Foreign Workers in Israel, Haggadah’s Message Seems Relevant

    Raising plastic cups of wine and wishing each other happy Passover in Hebrew, foreign workers from countries as far-flung as Ghana and China sat down to a seder dinner in Israel. Wearing their holiday finest — African batik tunics or shimmering skirts – – they smiled as they sampled matzah and charoset. Many had spent… More ▸

  • Russian American Jews Show Strong Ties and Support for Israel

    When North American Jews marched through the streets of Jerusalem in an act of solidarity last fall, one man stood out. A little more strident than the others, David Vinokur, an elderly Russian American Jew, shouted: “God bless Israel! Best country in the world!” His deep voice like a drumbeat, his legs moving almost like… More ▸

  • 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 ▸