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  • 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 ▸

  • Jerusalem Eternally United? Critics Say Reality Falls Short

    The group of Jerusalemites tumbles off the tour bus onto streets and hilltops where most of them have never set foot. They are in eastern Jerusalem, home to some 150,000 Arabs and, for most on the tour, an entirely new world. They take in views of Israel’s security barrier, here a hulking concrete wall that… More ▸

  • Olmert is Sending Signals on Sitting Down with Arabs

    Is Ehud Olmert yielding on the Saudi proposal for Israeli-Arab peace? That was the question Israel’s pundits were asking Sunday as the prime minister held another round of anti-climactic talks with the Palestinians while signaling he wanted to engage in big-picture diplomacy with the Arab League. “Israel continues to make every effort to make the… More ▸

  • Abbas,olmert Restate Aims but Produce No Breakthrough

    Another Israeli-Palestinian peace summit has come and gone with little to show, though an unconfirmed report indicated hope for the release of a kidnapped Israeli soldier. In a sign that Israel is becoming accustomed to such low yields, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert referred to Sunday afternoon’s meeting with Palestinan Authority President Mahmoud Abbas as the… More ▸

  • ‘progressive’ Anti-semitism? S.F. Meet Considers Phenomenon

    Three years ago, Jonathan Bernstein received an e-mail from a distraught political activist in the San Francisco Bay Area concerned about rising anti-Semitism among fellow political progressives. "The growing acceptance of anti-Semitic rhetoric is so commonplace it is not even recognized as anti-Semitism," wrote the activist, who went on to list a number of anti-Semitic… More ▸