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  • Ending Six-month Lull, Bombers Kill Israelis on Beersheba Buses

    The thick clouds of smoke billowing around two bombed buses in Beersheba symbolized how the sense of calm that had settled over Israel this spring and summer could end in a single jolt. At least 16 people died and nearly 100 were injured in two near-simultaneous explosions Tuesday afternoon in the southern Israeli city. Hamas… More ▸

  • Palestinian Hunger Strike: Diversion, Rights Issue or a New Terrorist Front?

    Now into its second week, a hunger strike by Palestinian security prisoners in Israeli jails encompasses close to 3,000 out of 3,800 inmates, making it the largest such demonstration in Israeli history. The issue quickly captured the attention of a Palestinian public in which nearly everyone has ties to someone who has done time in… More ▸

  • Finally Free of Diplomatic Restraint, Dennis Ross Shares His Narrative

    Having juggled an armful of narratives for much of his career, Dennis Ross decided it was time to deliver his own. In “The Missing Peace,” an encyclopedic, 800-page tome published this month, Ross exhaustively details how Israeli and Palestinian “narratives” — or mythologies about themselves — beset a peace process fraught with mistrust and missed… More ▸

  • News Brief

    A Jew who once committed terrorist acts called for Israel to seize control of the Temple Mount. “It has been 37 years since the Temple Mount was liberated, and it is still not in our hands,” Yehuda Etzion told Yediot Achronot on Monday, alluding to the capture of eastern Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War. More ▸

  • 50 Years On, Lavon Affair Still Sparks Public Debate in Israel

    Israeli military historians call it Operation Shoshana. Scholars of political intrigue know it as the Lavon Affair. But to veterans of Israel’s first — and perhaps worst — intelligence bungle, the 50-year-old episode whose unseemly details are only now being discussed openly has another name: the Raw Deal. It was 1954, and the fledgling Jewish… More ▸

  • World Court Says Security Fence is Illegal, but Israel Rejects Opinion

    The Jews were outraged, perhaps, but not surprised. For months, Israel had been bracing for a negative ruling on its West Bank security barrier from the International Court of Justice at The Hague, and last Friday it came — with no criticism of the Palestinian terrorist onslaught that prompted Israel to build the fence. Israeli… More ▸

  • Route of Israel’s Security Barrier Raises Concerns Among Ecologists

    For months, Palestinians have blasted Israel’s West Bank security barrier as an “apartheid wall” that will extinguish Palestinian national goals. But an Israeli ecologist says the fence’s potential impact on plant and animal life has been completely overlooked. Noa Olchovsky, campaign coordinator on the fence for Green Action, an Israeli environmental group that advocates “socio-ecological… More ▸

  • News Brief

    Israeli folk musician Naomi Shemer died. Shemer, the singer/songwriter of dozens of Zionist favorites like “Jerusalem of Gold” and “Lu Yehi,” died Saturday of cancer. She was 74. Shemer was asked to write a song about Jerusalem shortly before the 1967 Six-Day War, and “Jerusalem of Gold” became the anthem of the war in which… More ▸

  • Obituary Israel’s National Folk Musician, Naomi Shemer, Dies at Age 74

    It was a sign of the importance of Naomi Shemer to Israel’s national psyche that the singer’s death relegated the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to the inside pages of the nation’s newspapers. Saturday’s death of Israel’s national folk musician, at the age of 74 from cancer, spurred Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon to open his weekly Cabinet… More ▸

  • Moat May Be Israel’s Defense Along the Gaza-egypt Border

    With its latest proposal for the Gaza Strip, Israel is assuming that the principle that good fences make good neighbors also applies to moats. Last week, Israel’s Defense Ministry ran newspaper ads calling for contractor bids to build a 2.5-mile long moat along the Gaza-Egypt boundary in an attempt to halt arms smuggling through tunnels… More ▸