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    Syria reportedly plans to abandon the anti-Israel policy known as the “three no’s.” The Persian Gulf newspaper Al-Watan on Tuesday cited sources in Syria’s ruling Ba’ath Party saying that Damascus was drawing up a new policy whereby it would be willing to recognize the Jewish state if it relinquishes lands conquered in the 1967 Six-Day… More ▸

  • Is Syria’s Gregarious New Ambassador the Face of a Kinder, Gentler Damascus?

    Syria’s ambassador to Washington says he wants peace with Israel because it’s in Syria’s interest, the region’s interest and — “this might be bizarre for me to say,” he admits — Israel’s interest. Gregarious, grinning and looking younger than his 44 years, Imad Moustapha is the face of a new Syrian charm offensive launched during… More ▸

  • Ronald Reagan Remembered As President Who ‘got’ Jewish Issues

    Some Jewish officials said they had a certain perception of Ronald Reagan when they walked into the White House during the 1980s: that the 40th president of the United States was aloof and unfamiliar with the complexities of the issues of the day. But when they walked out of meetings with Reagan, those perceptions often… More ▸

  • Cabinet Approves Sharon Plan, but Hurdles Remain for Gaza Pullout

    Ariel Sharon’s Gaza withdrawal plan overcame a key hurdle with its passage in the Israeli Cabinet this week, but there are more obstacles ahead. The version of the plan the Cabinet approved by a vote of 14-7 Sunday was a withdrawal in principle, but the Cabinet did not vote on actually dismantling any Jewish settlements… More ▸

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    Israel pulled out of the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Rafah. The troops left all areas of Rafah on Monday night. During the weeklong maneuver, called Operation Rainbow, the army killed 41 Palestinian terrorists and 11 civilians, and destroyed three tunnels used for weapons smuggling, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai said. Palestinians say many of those… More ▸

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    The United States abstained from a U.N. Security Council resolution blasting Israel for the demolition of Palestinian homes in the Rafah refugee camp, in the southern Gaza Strip. The abstention was a departure from typical U.S. policy, which is to veto any U.N. Security Council resolution on the Middle East that does not meet certain… More ▸

  • ‘yekkes’ Gather to Mark Their Contributions to the Jewish State

    Pedantic, polite, always on time but a little bit out of place — that’s the caricature in Israel of the “yekke,” the German-speaking Jewish immigrant. Yekkes, who stood out in the rough-and-tumble early years of the Jewish state with their good manners and their taste for European culture, long have been the subject of national… More ▸

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    Alexander Bovin, Russia’s first ambassador to Israel, who was regarded as a friend of the Jewish state, died in Moscow. He was 74. Bovin, a popular Soviet journalist on foreign issues, was appointed ambassador to Israel by Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev in 1991 following the restoration of full diplomatic relations between the Soviet Union and… More ▸

  • Gone, but Not Forgotten: Israel Mourns Its Fallen Soldiers

    It’s the eve of Israel’s Memorial Day, Yom Ha’Zikaron, and also the day Omri Atzmon was born 51 years ago. But it’s the smooth, smiling face of a 21-year-old, a flop of dark hair covering his forehead, that stares out of Atzmon’s framed photographs: The face never changes. Atzmon, a member of an elite special… More ▸