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  • 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 ▸

  • The Six-day War — Facts and Background

    The Six-Day War in June 1967 was the culmination of hostilities between Israel and neighboring Arab nations that started with the Jewish state’s founding two decades earlier. Palestinian Arabs had claimed the area as their homeland, and the Arab nations refused to acknowledge Israel’s legitimacy. Several Arab states and Palestinian groups attacked Israel when it… More ▸

  • Sarkozy, Seen As Israel’s Friend, Expected to Look Inward Early on

    Optimistic and celebratory, Jewish groups were quick to offer congratulations to Nicolas Sarkozy after his victory in French presidential elections. Sarkozy, of the ruling Union for a Popular Movement (UMP), defeated Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal in Sunday’s runoff. He garnered some 53 percent to Royal’s 47 percent in the election, which featured a huge… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Bush administration still has a chance to leave a legacy of Israeli-Palestinian peace based on an Arab League initiative, a top Jewish Democratic U.S. senator said. “I believe the most critical legacy this administration could leave and should leave is once and for all a peaceful settlement between the Palestinian and Israeli people, a… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Arab League appointed Egypt and Jordan to hold talks with Israel on a Saudi initiative for regional peace. Meeting Wednesday in Cairo, Arab foreign ministers decided that Egypt and Jordan the only two members of the forum to have established full ties with the Jewish state would make up a working group tasked with… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israel said it was ready to enter peace talks with Arab nations based on a Saudi initiative. Prime Minister Ehud Olmert made the overture in a television interview broadcast Monday, the latest indication of Israeli accession to Riyadh’s initiative, which was first endorsed by the Arab League in 2002 but long rebuffed by Jerusalem. “I’m… More ▸