six day war

  • News Brief

    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 ▸

  • The Soviet Jewry Campaign Transformed American Jewry, Too

    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 ▸

  • Unsolved Cold War-era Death Still Inviting Anger, Speculation

    Forty years ago, on Aug. 20, 1967, the head of the world’s largest Jewish humanitarian organization was found drowned in Prague’s Vltava River, producing one of the Cold War’s major murder mysteries. Was Charles Jordan, executive vice-chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, a victim of the StB, the Czechoslovak communist secret police? Could… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni has sent formal invitations to her counterparts from Egypt and Jordan for talks in Israel on the Arab peace initiative. The letters, announced Sunday, formalize the invitation Livni extended to Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit and Jordanian Foreign Minister Abdelelah al-Khatib when she met with them in Cairo on… More ▸

  • 40 Years On, Israel Struggles with War’s Bittersweet Legacy

    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel’s place in the Middle East and its long-term survival? Forty years on, the jury is still out. In the war’s immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel’s sweeping victory would guarantee the Jewish state’s future and set the stage for a grand regional peace. But the… More ▸

  • Army’s Performance in 1967 Shows What Motivation Can Do

    Nearly a year has passed since Israel’s 2006 war in Lebanon, and 40 since the June 1967 war. Those familiar with last summer’s war might well rub their eyes in disbelief. Given how badly the Israel Defense Forces performed in Lebanon, where it was stymied by a guerrilla organization numbering just a few thousand fighters,… More ▸