army

Ground troops take over as air war falters; no endgame in sight.

07/28/2006

Editor At Large
Slowly, reluctantly and with trepidation, Israel turned to its army this week to redeem a military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon that its air force has proved unable to win. The ground assault took place amid rising international opposition to Israeli actions, sparked by rising civilian casualties.

Rights-Watch Rabbis Face Israel Dilemma

12/15/2007

Editor At Large
Some 250 North American rabbis sat in rapt silence for a full minute on Monday when an Ursuline nun kidnapped, tortured and gang raped by Guatemalan soldiers halted her account of that experience in mid-sentence to turn away and weep.

Last Stand At The Holy Tombs

02/26/2003
Associate Editor

In the 1930s, the prophets warned that people who let books burn will let people burn. And what of people who let holy places burn — for 30 months, anyway?

Well, said Rebbetzin Esther Jungreis, we see what’s happening in Israel every day.

Aid For IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

08/12/2009
Staff Writer
Givat Olga, Israel — On a recent steamy Mediterranean day, a few hundred young Israeli soldiers, outfitted in their khaki dress uniforms, sat down for dinner in an air-conditioned hall at a small military rest-and-recreation center here. While some spoke in Hebrew, many held their conversations in English or Russian or Spanish, the languages of their homelands.

Praying For Peace

01/07/2009
Staff Writer
In the Haftorah reading in synagogue last week, Ezekiel prophesizes a united Holy Land: “And they shall no longer be divided into two kingdoms.” For lovers of Israel, for residents of the Jewish state, for anyone fearing the threat of a two-state solution advanced in the peace process, for this soldier saying his morning prayers this week overlooking Gaza, the ancient promise has contemporary resonance.

A Comeback For The ‘Jewish Jordan’

08/20/2008
Staff Writer
A baggage handler at Baltimore-Washington International Airport recognized a familiar face, a redhead with a crew cut and closely trimmed beard and big kippah, the other day. “What’s up, Jewish Jordan?” the baggage handler, an African-American, asked Tamir Goodman.

Aid For IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Givat Olga, Israel — On a recent steamy Mediterranean day, a few hundred young Israeli soldiers, outfitted in their khaki dress uniforms, sat down for dinner in an air-conditioned hall at a small military rest-and-recreation center here. While some spoke in Hebrew, many held their conversations in English or Russian or Spanish, the languages of their homelands.

Aid For IDF’s ‘Lone Soldiers’

08/14/2009
Staff Writer
Givat Olga, Israel — On a recent steamy Mediterranean day, a few hundred young Israeli soldiers, outfitted in their khaki dress uniforms, sat down for dinner in an air-conditioned hall at a small military rest-and-recreation center here. While some spoke in Hebrew, many held their conversations in English or Russian or Spanish, the languages of their homelands.

Teens' Tales Of Terror

05/24/2002
Staff Writer
In Israel's public relations war, one of its best weapons is 16-year-old Gili Karo. Karo, who lives on a moshav in central Israel, was one of seven Israeli high school students in New York this month pressing Israel's case in media interviews, at the United Nations Special Session on Children and in appearances at schools and synagogues. The teens were telling the world what life has been like in Israel over these last 19 months since the start of the Palestinian intifada.

An Ethiopian Success Story

11/29/2002
Staff Writer
Simcha Asrasy is a dreamer who's making her dreams come true. At 26, the former Israeli army officer is in college now and plans to start her own business. That's a long way from her childhood in Israel, when her family of Ethiopian immigrants lived in poverty and her parents divorced. "When I was a child, I didn't have a dream," Asrasy admits.
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