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  • ‘yekkes’ Gather to Mark Their Contributions to the Jewish State

    Pedantic, polite, always on time but a little bit out of place — that’s the caricature in Israel of the “yekke,” the German-speaking Jewish immigrant. Yekkes, who stood out in the rough-and-tumble early years of the Jewish state with their good manners and their taste for European culture, long have been the subject of national… More ▸

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    Alexander Bovin, Russia’s first ambassador to Israel, who was regarded as a friend of the Jewish state, died in Moscow. He was 74. Bovin, a popular Soviet journalist on foreign issues, was appointed ambassador to Israel by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 following the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and… More ▸

  • Gone, but Not Forgotten: Israel Mourns Its Fallen Soldiers

    It’s the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Ha’Zikaron, and also the day Omri Atzmon was born 51 years ago. But it’s the smooth, smiling face of a 21-year-old, a flop of dark hair covering his forehead, that stares out of Atzmon’s framed photographs: The face never changes. Atzmon, a member of an elite special… More ▸

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    Switzerland boycotted a ceremony honoring a Swiss citizen who saved Jews during World War II. The country’s ambassador to Israel was ordered to stay away from Monday’s ceremony honoring Paul Grueninger because it was held in Pisgat Ze’ev, a Jerusalem neighborhood that came into Israeli hands during the 1967 Six-Day War. More ▸

  • Ahead of Likud Vote, Tide Swings Sharon’s Way, but Obstacles Remain

    When Ariel Sharon decided to have the full Likud Party vote on his controversial plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip and part of the West Bank, it seemed like a desperate gamble. The chances that Sharon’s party would approve the plan were uncertain, to put it mildly. Yet just two weeks later, it looks… More ▸

  • Diplomatic and Strategic Setbacks Highlight Palestinians’ Weaknesses

    The assassination of Hamas leader Abdel Aziz Rantissi, combined with President Bush’s backing of Israel’s disengagement plan from the Palestinians, has dealt a double blow to Palestinian hopes for strategic leverage in the Middle East. Palestinians now are looking to the Gaza Strip as the next opportunity to reorganize a political community in disarray. It… More ▸

  • Bush Backing for Sharon Initiative Worries European ‘quartet’ Partners

    President Bush’s ringing endorsement of Ariel Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal plan has exposed differences at the heart of the diplomatic “Quartet” charged with shepherding the Israeli-Palestinian peace process. While the European Union’s Irish presidency said the union was broadly in favor of Israeli withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, such a move would have to be carried… 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 ▸

  • Despite New Leads, Czech Officials to Shelve Inquiry into 1967 Death

    Czech officials plan to shelve an investigation into the mysterious death of a top American Jewish official nearly 40 years ago, despite suspicions that he may have been murdered. The Office for the Documentation and Investigation of Communist Crimes is considering dropping the case of Charles Jordan for lack of evidence — even though officials… More ▸

  • U.s., Israel Find That Details of Gaza Withdrawal Take Time

    It’s become “my-place-or-yours” diplomacy. A group of three top U.S. Middle East advisers was to return to Israel this week to discuss Israel’s plans for withdrawing from the Gaza Strip and possibly parts of the West Bank. A week ago, Israeli advisers were in Washington. Two weeks before that, the Americans were in Jerusalem. On… More ▸