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  • Assassination in Lebanon Opens Possibilities for Israel and Its Foes

    Political assassinations often turn out to be seminal events, but they don’t always work out the way the assassins wanted them to. The Feb. 14 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri is widely believed to have been engineered by Syrian intelligence. It may well have triggered a chain reaction that will lead to… More ▸

  • Alan Dershowitz Defends Israel at Polarized Columbia University

    Israelis and Palestinians may one day manage to resolve their differences — but it’s likely that their supporters at Columbia University will still be fighting each other. It sounds like a sad joke, but Alan Dershowitz is serious. “The kind of hatred that one hears on campuses like Columbia, and especially Columbia, is a barrier… More ▸

  • New York Philanthropist Turns Gaze to Israel’s Druse, Asks Others to Join

    It’s not every day that Edith Everett asks someone for money. A major Jewish philanthropist, Everett and her late husband, Henry, were known to take on progressive but unpopular projects, putting their money toward social justice causes and trying to draw attention to them largely because no one else had. “We almost never ask anybody… More ▸

  • Bush Outlines Expectations for Both Israel, Palestinians

    It was an invitation without an RSVP. Come on over, President Bush told his newly elected Palestinian Authority counterpart — but let’s wait to set a date. The check is in the mail I’m just not sure how much. The decisive election Sunday of Mahmoud Abbas, the moderate favored by Israel, the United States and… More ▸

  • With Security Situation Improved, Tourists Return to Israel in Force

    Repelling down Judean Desert mountain faces, bumping along dirt roads by jeep and tucking notes into the Western Wall in Jerusalem, tourists have returned to Israel for winter vacation in the largest numbers since the Palestinian intifada began more than four years ago. The perception that Israel is safer than it was a year ago,… More ▸

  • For Israel’s Growing Cadre of Poor, Government Cutbacks Take Tough Toll

    Gabriella Friedlander recently stopped paying her mortgage. “It was either paying the mortgage or having electricity, water and gas,” said the 38-year-old single mother, her hands clasped tightly together on a small crochet-covered table in her dimly lit apartment. Friedlander, who works part time as a care-giving assistant for the elderly, is among the swelling… More ▸

  • No Bombs, Bickering and Terror; Group Shows Another Side of Israel

    Bemoaning the way Israel is portrayed in the news is something of a favorite pastime for many American Jews. But rather than complain that Israel is depicted unfairly in its conflict with the Palestinians, two Silicon Valley executives are taking a different approach. Eric Benhamou, chairman of 3Com, and Zvi Alon, founder of Netvision, wanted… More ▸

  • Provocations Along Shared Border Raise Questions in Israel and Lebanon

    Not long ago, Jacky Ben-Muha, a popular baker in this northern Israeli border town, pointed to a crack in the bakery window and said, “You see, this is from the previous Katyusha rocket attack. We left it here as a reminder.” Ben-Muha got another unwelcome reminder just last week. On Nov. 15, Katyushas fell near… More ▸

  • With Concessions and Caution, Israel Prepares for Dawn of Post-arafat Era

    As Israel looks ahead to the post-Arafat era, the government is considering a series of policy options: In the short term, easing conditions in the Palestinian territories to help a new leadership consolidate power and, in the longer term, restarting peace talks based on the “road map” plan. But there also are contingency plans for… More ▸

  • Tension Rocketing Up Between Israel and U.N. Refugee Agency

    A month after a U.N. official suggested that some Hamas members are on his payroll, the issue is still reverberating in Washington. JTA has learned that some two dozen members of the U.S. House of Representatives so far have signed a letter calling on Secretary of State Colin Powell “to suspend immediately all U.S. assistance… More ▸