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Israeli Policy On Iran ‘Paralyzed’

12/12/2007
Staff WriterEditor At Large
For Israel this week, it was as if nothing had changed. One week after an official U.S. National Intelligence Estimate effectively shrank to near zero the chances of a Bush administration military strike against Iran’s nuclear facilities — or President Bush’s support for an Israeli strike — Israel continued to talk up its feasibility.

Apocalypse Now: Iran Threat Dominates AIPAC Confab

03/20/2007
Staff Writers
Washington – The specter of the 1930s overshadowed  the Convention Center here as the pro-Israel lobby this week decried Iran as an existential threat to Israel and the West unseen since World War II. In comparison, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s three-day annual policy conference largely played down the Jewish state’s longstanding conflict with the Palestinians.

Israel Seeks To Redefine Victory

08/03/2006
Editor At Large
With its war goals constantly in flux, what will constitute victory for Israel’s armed forces in Lebanon? That was the crucial question hanging in the air this week as Israel widened the ground war in its battle against Hezbollah, and its leaders vowed not to stop until victory was attained. With its war goals constantly in flux, what will constitute victory for Israel’s armed forces in Lebanon?

Rebuilding Lebanese Jewry

08/26/2009
Staff Writer
In the last several years, following the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s and Israeli battles against Lebanese-based PLO fighters of the 1980s and Israeli fights against Hezbollah since the 1990s, rumors circulated that the Lebanese Jewish community had ceased to be, and that the last handful of Jews had surreptitiously found a home in Israel. The rumors of the death of Lebanese Jewry, it turns out, were premature.

Rebuilding Lebanese Jewry

08/28/2009
Staff Writer
In the last several years, following the Lebanese civil war of the 1970s and Israeli battles against Lebanese-based PLO fighters of the 1980s and Israeli fights against Hezbollah since the 1990s, rumors circulated that the Lebanese Jewish community had ceased to be, and that the last handful of Jews had surreptitiously found a home in Israel. The rumors of the death of Lebanese Jewry, it turns out, were premature.

Breaking Ranks With Reform Movement

09/01/2006
Staff Writer
Adrian Shanker, a college student from Westchester, spent this summer working as an intern in Washington. During his time in the capital, he took part in a training program run by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism. The other young participants in the RAC program shared Shanker’s support for Israel. And, like him, many of them, opposed Israel’s month-long war in Lebanon this summer. A war — spurred by Hezbollah attacks on Israel and kidnappings of Israeli soldiers — that the leadership of the Reform movement supported.

Katyushas: Going Once, Going Twice

08/11/2006
Staff Writer
How much would you pay for a few shards of twisted steel or some quarter-inch-diameter steel balls? If the metal items are the remnants of Katyusha rockets fired at Israel in recent weeks, the going rate is at least $52 and $24.99, respectively. Those were the high bids offered, as of early this week, by potential customers on the Internet eBay.com auction site.

The Stubble Of Remembrance

08/04/2006
Staff Writer
I hadn’t seen Nissim, owner of my favorite kosher restaurant in my Queens neighborhood, for a while, but he saw something new on me right away. “That’s one of those Three Weeks things, right?” he said, pointing to my face with a note of concern. It had sprouted a growth of unkempt, untrimmed beard since I last had sampled his steamed dumplings and egg roll.

A Realtor To The Rescue

07/28/2006
Staff Writer
The Kaminer family of Kiryat Bialik, a Haifa suburb, needed a new place to live, temporarily, on short notice. A Katyusha missile fired by Hezbollah terrorists in Lebanon exploded near their apartment two weeks ago. It was 20 yards away. “It was a miracle no one was injured,” says Chaim Kaminer, a 59-year-old businessman. His home wasn’t damaged, “thanks God,” but his family’s psyche was. “It’s driving you crazy to stay all day in the shelter.”

The War, Personalized

07/28/2006
Staff Writer
Full-scale wars, which Israel has fought many times in the past, and major army operations, which Israel has found itself in during recent weeks in Gaza and Lebanon, usually bring stories of troop maneuvers and military analysis, call-ups of the reserves, and civilian sacrifices. The human side of war is often hard to picture from a distance, particularly when the fighting involves Israel, a country that few Americans, even American Jews, have visited.
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