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  • From Berlin to London to Paris, Europe-Israel Ties Warming

    When Israel asked for European troops, including Germans, to patrol the Israel-Lebanon border area following Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah, it was a salient sign of how far European ties with Israel have come in recent years. “Who would have ever thought that German soldiers would be charged — and trusted — to protect Israelis… More ▸

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    Israel reportedly has agreed to withdraw from the Golan Heights as part of a peace deal with Syria. Shams-Press, a semi-official Syrian news Web site, reported Wednesday that Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert agreed in principle to a Turkish plan for renewed peace talks between Jerusalem and Syria. The negotiations, according to Shams-Press, would be… More ▸

  • Disaffected, Some Religious Zionists Turn Against Israel

    For three-and-a-half months, Tzvia Sariel refused to identify herself in an Israeli court after being arrested for allegedly assaulting Palestinian farmers. Instead, the 18-year-old sat in jail and held firm: She would not cooperate with a judicial system she viewed as illegitimate. When Sariel, who lives in the Jewish West Bank town of Elon Moreh,… More ▸

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    A group of 100 Budapest intellectuals has condemned a “libelous attack” against Jewish journalists in a major daily. The condemnation was made in an open letter to the daily Magyar Hírlap publisher, Gábor Széles. Budapest mayor Gábor Demszky reportedly has cancelled his subscription to the paper and said he won’t grant them any further interviews…. More ▸

  • Sixty Years of Successes, Despite Israel’s Craziness

    – Being in Israel in the 21st century, one often wonders what Theodor Herzl, the founder of Zionism, would think of this modern-day state if he could see it. The malarial swamps of prestate Palestine have been replaced by rapidly growing cities with glitzy shopping districts, carefully landscaped parks and six-lane highways that run between… More ▸

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    Egypt is considering deploying troops in the Gaza Strip as part of a proposed future Arab peacekeeper force. Channel 2 reported Saturday that Cairo, unnerved by the continued reign of Hamas Islamists in Gaza and the recent rupture of that territory’s border with the Egyptian Sinai, recently signaled that it could contribute troops for a… More ▸

  • Substance and Symbolism: Parsing Bush’s Words

    Picking apart President Bush’s summarizing of his Palestinian-Israeli peace brokering is a little like reading the fine print in the nutritional information on comfort food: There is empty puffery, to be sure, but there are also nuggets of substance. Bush, speaking Thursday at Jerusalem’s King David Hotel, was summing up two days of working meetings… More ▸

  • Mccain’s Jewish Support Spans the Political Spectrum

    John McCain’s reputation as a maverick holds true in the Jewish world, where his list of allies spans the political spectrum. His long-term support for Israel and human rights issues along with his willingness to cross party lines has won him allies among conservative Republicans, independent Democrats and even some liberal Jews. Topping his list… More ▸

  • Soviet Jewry Campaign Also Transformed American Jewry

    When Jacob Birnbaum began knocking on dormitory doors at Yeshiva University in the spring of 1964, he only half-believed anyone would answer. The young British activist had come to New York to mobilize a grassroots campaign to draw attention to the plight of 3 million Jews trapped behind the Iron Curtain — a cause that… More ▸

  • Bush Announces Joint Pledge but Gaps Still Remain

    Ehud Olmert and Mahmoud Abbas may have bridged the necessary gaps to issue a joint commitment to pursue peace, but their words in Annapolis revealed the substantial distance they have yet to travel. President Bush announced the hoped-for agreement early in the day on Tuesday, saying the Israeli and Palestinian leaders had jointly pledged to… More ▸