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  • 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 ▸

  • With Concessions and Caution, Israel Prepares for Dawn of Post-arafat Era

    As Israel looks ahead to the post-Arafat era, the government is considering a series of policy options: In the short term, easing conditions in the Palestinian territories to help a new leadership consolidate power and, in the longer term, restarting peace talks based on the “road map” plan. But there also are contingency plans for… More ▸

  • Former Israeli Prime Minister Says Arafat Always Remained a Terrorist

    As Palestinian Authority President Yasser Arafat lay dying in a Paris hospital, the Israeli leader who last engaged him in negotiations insisted Arafat “was and remained a terrorist.” Former Prime Minister Ehud Barak, addressing about 700 people at a Birmingham Jewish Federation event on Sunday, said Arafat was “a tragic character that brought tragedy to… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The City Council of Somerville, Mass. will consider a resolution asking investors to drop their holdings in Israel. According to the resolution, Israel has violated human rights in its occupation of land seized in the 1967 Six-Day War, including detaining individuals without charge and blocking ambulances. More ▸

  • Backgrounder is Gaza Part of Land of Israel? It All Depends on Whom You Ask

    The sandy strip of land known as the Gaza Strip — wedged between the flat, arid landscape where Egypt, Israel and the Mediterranean Sea meet — is something of a conundrum in Jewish history. Depending on how one interprets the Bible, Gaza either was or was not included in the Land of Israel conquered by… More ▸

  • Libyan Jews Plan Return to Tripoli Hoping They’ll Meet Gadhafi This Time

    A group of exiled Libyan Jews living in Italy did not meet as expected with Col. Muammar Gadhafi during a four-day visit to Tripoli last week. But they look forward to doing so in a follow-up visit planned for next month. Delegation member Angelo Mantin said the six-member delegation, and probably several additional people, were… More ▸

  • Backgrounder Unknown Immigration from Libya Has Swelled Ranks of Italian Jewry

    One year ago, Rina Debach landed at Rome’s Fiumicino Airport after a flight across the Mediterranean from the Libyan capital of Tripoli. On the plane traveling with her were two officials from the Libyan Foreign Ministry. In the arrivals hall to greet Debach were the Italian consul general in Tripoli, and family members who had… More ▸

  • As Part of His ‘charm Offensive,’ Gadhafi Courts Former Libyan Jews

    In Libya, a land that at times has shown as little hospitality to Jews as its Sahara Desert does to travelers, a visiting Jewish delegation is getting the royal treatment. A group of Libyan Jews who now live in Italy met early Monday afternoon with Libyan leader Muammar Gadhafi in Tripoli, according to a statement… More ▸