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  • Highlights of Jewish News: 5764 October 2003

    MOSCOW Belarus’ Jewish community protests a decision by the country’s Education Ministry to close a Jewish studies institute. NEW YORK Russian Jewish scientist Vitaly Ginzburg is awarded the Nobel Prize in physics. Ginzburg is honored “for pioneering contributions to the theory of superconductors and superfluids,” the Nobel Prize committee says. JERUSALEM Twenty-one people are killed… More ▸

  • Israel Skeptical As Syria Makes New Noises of Peace

    Under strong pressure from Washington to pull Syrian forces out of Lebanon and prevent cross-border terror against American troops in neighboring Iraq, Syria’s President Bashar Assad has again been talking about a readiness for peace with Israel. The Israeli establishment, however, is skeptical. Officials close to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon say Assad is only trying… More ▸

  • Envoy Looks Back on 2 Years of Tightly Knit U.s.-israel Ties

    Daniel Ayalon has served two years as Israel’s envoy to Washington, presiding over extraordinary closeness between the United States and Israel and radical changes in the American approach to Middle East peace that largely favor Israel. And he’s worried it could all be a career killer. That’s because Ayalon, the first non-political appointee to Israel’s… More ▸

  • News Brief

    The percentage of Jewish residents in Jerusalem is at its lowest since the city’s reunification in the 1967 Six-Day War. At the end of 2003, 67 percent of Jerusalem’s 693,000 residents were Jewish, while 33 percent were Arab, according to the Jerusalem Institute for Israel Studies’ Statistical Yearbook of Jerusalem. More ▸

  • 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 ▸