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  • 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 ▸

  • Arts & Culture Art Show in Israeli Gallery Focuses on Unsettling Images

    The trademark white trailer, synonymous with the Israeli settler movement, floats into an ink black night, ripped out of the ground. Below the trailer, settlers and soldiers wrestle, punch and push each other while other settlers try to cling onto the gigantic roots that grow out of it. “The Trailer,” is one of a series… More ▸

  • As Mlk Day Approaches, Some Ask What Has Become of Black-jewish Ties

    The storied tale of Jewish Northerners heading South in the 1960s to fight for blacks’ voting rights has taken its place as one of the most distinctive cross-cultural relationships in American history. Until now, the 1964 murders of three civil-rights campaigners has been unresolved. The recent arrest of a suspect in the Mississippi murders of… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Back to the Future: a Look Inside Israeli Unity Governments

    Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s attempt to bring the Labor Party into a national unity coalition to help him carry out his withdrawal plan offers the alluring promise of problem-solving for many Israelis. The track records of unity coalitions, which bring together the two largest political parties from Israel’s different ideological camps, are mixed. The first… More ▸

  • Once, Twice, Three Times Burned, Golan Israelis Doubt Peace with Syria

    The latest hit in movie theaters across Israel is called “The Syrian Bride.” The award-winning Israeli feature tells the story of a young Druse woman in the Golan Heights who is engaged to marry a Druse man on the Syrian side of the border. Once she crosses the border, she knows, she will no longer… More ▸

  • Syria Continues to Call for Talks, but Sharon Camp Isn’t Buying It

    Syria’s President Bashar Assad is proving to be as stubborn a character as his father. But where Assad senior showed his obduracy by refusing to make concessions for peace, the younger Assad shows his by continually pushing for peace talks — or at least saying he wants them. Indeed, despite repeated failures to elicit a… More ▸

  • Book: Sharon and Generals Talked of Seizing Power Before 1967 War

    As an Israeli army general in the tense days before the 1967 Six-Day War, Ariel Sharon proposed that the military seize the initiative from indecisive Cabinet ministers and launch a pre-emptive strike on the Arabs without government approval, according to a new official history of the period. The prime minister’s comments, in a book commissioned… More ▸