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  • Linking Israel to South Africa

    Linking Israel to the former apartheid state of South Africa can be traced back to the late 1960s, when the Soviet anti-Zionist campaign found common cause with Arab world grievances at the United Nations. Diplomatic pressure on Israel culminated in 1975 when the U.N. General Assembly passed the notorious “Zionism is racism” resolution. At the… More ▸

  • British Jews Support Israel in Highly Visible Celebration

    With a pair of massive rallies for Israel held simultaneously in London’s Trafalgar Square and Manchester’s Heaton Park on Sunday, British Jewry may be signaling that its transformation is at hand. Some 30,000 participants attended the public shows of support for Israel, which were inspired by New York’s annual Salute-to-Israel parade. Several thousand people waving… More ▸

  • Early Elections in Israel Likely As Signs Point to Olmert’s Ouster

    The media and the political establishment in Israel already have decided: Prime Minister Ehud Olmert is through. The cover on Ma’ariv’s weekend political magazine shows a framed portrait of a sad-looking Olmert on the wall of a government office with the caption “Ehud Olmert — Prime Minister 2006-2008.” Now his Kadima Party is preparing for… More ▸

  • From Berlin to London to Paris, Europe-Israel Ties Warming

    When Israel asked for European troops, including Germans, to patrol the Israel-Lebanon border area following Israel’s 2006 war with Hezbollah, it was a salient sign of how far European ties with Israel have come in recent years. “Who would have ever thought that German soldiers would be charged — and trusted — to protect Israelis… More ▸

  • Doves Launch Effort to Take on Pro-israel Establishment in D.c.

    After years of on-and-off policy wars with the pro-Israel establishment, liberal Jewish advocates for a more aggressive U.S. posture in Middle East peacemaking are taking the fight to the street. K Street, Washington’s lobbying mile, that is. A conference call Tuesday was set to launch J Street, a lobbying outfit and political action committee backed… More ▸

  • Rice Presses, and Israel Eases Up on Palestinians

    For the first time since the Annapolis peace parley last November, the United States is leaning heavily on Israel to move ahead in peacemaking with the Palestinians. This week, on her second visit to Israel and the Palestinian areas in a month, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice secured a long list of Israeli commitments… More ▸

  • Cheney Talks Iran in Israel; U.S. Strike Seen As Remote

    With U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney in Israel this week talking about Iran, the big question was whether President Bush would be willing to use military force in the waning days of his presidency to stop Iran’s nuclear weapons program. The answer from most Israeli intelligence analysts: not likely. They say the chances of a… More ▸

  • Facing Threats from Within and Without, Israel Offers a Grim Intel Estimate

    Last week’s terrorist attack at a Jerusalem yeshiva and the new Israeli national intelligence assessment presented to the Cabinet on Sunday underscore the acute security problems Israel faces this year and beyond. The terrorist shooting spree in the Mercaz Harav yeshiva, which left eight students dead, raised questions about the vulnerability of Jews in western… More ▸

  • Success or Not, Israel’s Top 3 Eye Summit As Campaign Booster

    By sending its top three leaders to the Annapolis peace summit, Israel is hoping to make a statement about the seriousness of its approach to peacemaking with the Palestinians. But a more complex reality lies under the surface of this diplomatic show. The big three — Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Defense Minister Ehud Barak and… More ▸

  • 40 Years On, Israel Struggles with War’s Bittersweet Legacy

    Was the Six-Day War a blessing or a curse for Israel’s place in the Middle East and its long-term survival? Forty years on, the jury is still out. In the war’s immediate aftermath, it seemed Israel’s sweeping victory would guarantee the Jewish state’s future and set the stage for a grand regional peace. But the… More ▸