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  • Obituary Arthur Hertzberg, Rabbi, Thinker and Iconoclast, is Dead at Age 84

    Years ago, David Twersky asked his secretary to give Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg a call. “She asked, Can you hold for David Twersky?” recalls Twersky, now the director of international affairs for the American Jewish Congress. When he picked up the receiver, however, he found that Hertzberg had hung up. When Twersky called back, Hertzberg told… More ▸

  • Who’s One of Israel’s Best Friends? the Answer is Surprising — Poland

    The newly elected president of a European country, in his first interview for that country’s largest newspaper, compared himself to Ariel Sharon to explain the policies he intends to pursue. His country has troops on the ground in Iraq, close military ties with Israel and a voting pattern on Middle Eastern issues in the United… More ▸

  • Blair Should Know That Al-qaida, London Attacks Not Linked to Israel

    Tony Blair has been a rare beacon of light in the global war on terrorism, and his clarity of thought is especially important now after the British have come under repeated terrorist attack. But the British prime minister has one flaw in his analysis of the current situation that unfortunately comes up far too often…. More ▸

  • The Disengagement Summer Ahead of August’s Gaza Pullout, Color War of Sorts Rages in Israel

    An orange wave symbolizing Israel’s anti-withdrawal movement has rolled onto the country’s shores — orange T-shirts, orange ice pops, orange flags, orange ribbons, even orange-draped chupahs, or wedding canopies, and orange stretchers at funerals. In its wake is a smaller blue ripple from those who support the government’s plan to evacuate settlements in the Gaza… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The Israeli folk song “Jerusalem of Gold” was inspired by a Basque lullaby, according to its late composer’s letters. Naomi Shemer, who died in June 2004, confessed to her lyricist that she copied the melody for the song, which became the unofficial anthem of the 1967 Six-Day War, Ha’aretz reported Thursday. More ▸

  • Irish Jewish Academic Explains Why His Country is So Anti-israel

    There’s an old joke in Ireland about the man in Belfast who, when asked his religion, answers simply that he is Jewish. “That’s fine,” his questioner replies. “But are you a Catholic Jew or a Protestant Jew?” Though the joke appears to be aimed at Belfast tribalism, its real target is Irish parochialism — the… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Thousands attended the funeral of Ezer Weizman, a former president of Israel. Weizman, a hero of the 1967 Six-Day War and one of the architects of Israel’s 1979 peace accord with Egypt, succumbed to pneumonia at his Caesarea home Sunday. He was 80. More ▸

  • Obituary Former Israeli President and Air Force Founder Ezer Weizman Dies

    He was the ultimate Israeli highflier, literally as well as metaphorically, shepherding and shaping the Jewish state through war and peace with a singular, sometimes mordant charm. And though Ezer Weizman, who died Sunday at 80, ended his public career tainted by scandal, to many Israelis he typified a national ideal. “Ezer was a symbol… More ▸