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  • On the Fence Jerusalem Fence Poses Problems of Logistics — and Humanitarianism

    Palestinian schoolboys scramble onto cement blocks and climb on the 26-foot-high slabs of concrete forming the towering wall that is blocking off Jerusalem from the West Bank. From their perch, the boys can see both sides of the wall that runs along Shaya Street, the previously invisible municipal boundary between Jerusalem and the West Bank… More ▸

  • Ruckus at Kotel As Conservatives Protest Plan to Expand Prayer Area

    When Conservative religious leaders gathered here this week for a rabbinical conference, a resolution on Israel’s West Bank security fence was expected to generate the most controversy. But a dispute over prayer at the Western Wall has put religion front and center. A Conservative rabbi from Texas was arrested and briefly detained by Israeli police… More ▸

  • U.S. Folds Up ‘road Map,’ Blaming the Palestinians

    Now that the “road map” peace plan has failed him, President Bush may be ready to ask for directions. The Bush administration is quietly folding up the Israeli-Palestinian road map, the U.S.-led peace plan that neither the Palestinians nor the Israelis seem willing to follow. In recent statements, top Bush officials have made it clear… 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 ▸

  • Middle East Peace Plans Abound, and Israel Has Opted to Wait and See

    With the U.S.-led “road map” plan for Israeli-Palestinian peace stalled, Middle East leaders are looking at alternatives to get a peace process moving again. In Israel, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon wants to use a visit to Washington next month to discuss his contingency plan for unilateral Israeli separation from Palestinian-populated territory. In Saudi Arabia, there… More ▸

  • On Fence Case at the Hague, U.S. Likely Will Not Back Israel

    The Bush administration does not like the International Court of Justice at The Hague, but it likes the route of Israel’s West Bank security barrier even less. That’s why the administration plans to stay out of a case at The Hague over the security fence, unless Israel demonstrates beforehand that the fence will hew to… More ▸

  • Activist Rabbi in the Dock, but He Hopes Israeli Policy Will Be on Trial

    As the Israeli bulldozer rumbled toward him, Rabbi Arik Ascherman says, he thought of Rachel Corrie. Ascherman, 44, a U.S.-born Reform rabbi who now lives in Jerusalem, was trying last April to block the demolition of the Maswadeh family’s home in Beit Hanina, an Arab village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The house violated municipal… More ▸