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Arab-israeli conflict

  • Good news on coexistence

    At a time of mostly bad news on the Arab-Jewish coexistence front, a recent Harvard University study on Arabs and Jews in Israel finds some good news to report. Among the key findings: • 77% of Arab citizens would rather live in Israel than in any other country in the world. • 68% of Jewish… More ▸

  • Dreary Israel, dreary Israelis

    The Sunday New York Times’ Week in Review has two revealing Israel-related pieces: One, a spot-on piece by Ethan Bronner about the gloomy mood in the Jewish state, thanks to threats from within and without. The other, a column by Nicholas Kristof, is revealing for who Kristof thinks are the bad Jews, and who the… More ▸

  • Hamas’ gain, Fatah’s loss

    Israel’s new cease-fire agreement with Hamas may be good news in Sderot and Gaza City, but it’s bad news for the Palestinian Authority leadership in Ramallah. As if Fatah’s routing by Hamas in elections in January 2006 and in a violent coup in June 2007 weren’t enough, now Israel is signing agreements with Hamas while… More ▸

  • Al-Dura conspiracy theories

    After ridiculing claims by Jewish right-wingers that the iconic shooting of 12-year-old Mohammed al-Dura was a hoax, the Jerusalem Post’s Larry Derfner responds to a rebuttal by Richard Landes and Philippe Karsenty with a detailed analysis of what is, and isn’t, known about the shooting. Karsenty is the French Jewish media watchdog who was sued… More ▸

  • Parent trap?

    It’s completely understandable that the parents of Israel’s captive soldiers are doing all they can to bring their sons home. In a nation where most sons serve in the army, the sentiments of anxious parents carry a lot more sway than they do in America (Remember Cindy Sheehan, who lost her son in the Iraq… More ▸

  • Cease-fire ho-hum

    On the eve of an apparent cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the terrorist group that rules Gaza, the chatter in Israel already has moved onto another subject: Israel’s other threatening neighbor, Hezbollah in Lebanon. The New York Times reports that Israel is willing to engage in peace talks with Lebanon about “all issues,” including a… More ▸

  • Shut up

    After Israeli Transportation Minister Shaul Mofaz opened his mouth last week to warn that an Israeli bombing run against Iran was inevitable, oil prices had their biggest single-day jump in history while global markets tanked. On Wednesday, the Jerusalem Post’s Michael Freund offered some advice to Mofaz and the countless Israeli politicians who mistake speech… More ▸

  • Osama sends Israel belated birthday wishes

    The Onion reports, In an unexpected act that Israeli president Shimon Peres called “thoughtful,” al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden sent a belated threat to Israel Monday in honor of the Jewish state’s 60th birthday. “Old fart!” read the front of the card in a font designed to look like ancient stone tablets. “Did you actually… More ▸

  • HaAm Im HaGolan

    In the following podcast, JTA staff writer Dina Kraft speaks with Ramona Bar-Lev, director of outreach for the Golan Resident’s Commitee, who moved to the Golan Heights as a teenager in 1969 and has never looked back. Responding to the announcement this month that Syria and Israel were engaged in indirect talks, Bar-Lev is once… More ▸

  • The other face of Syria

    Even as Syria moves forward with peace talks with Israel, it is strengthening its ties with Iran. On Tuesday, Syrian Defense Minister Hassan Turkmani ended a three-day visit to Tehran by signing a new defense pact with the Islamic Republic. Read the Tehran Times report here. Also on Tuesday, Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei,… More ▸