Katyusha

Trailed By Rockets

03/05/2008
Israel Correspondent

Ashkelon, Israel — When Ruth Sharabane was roused by the missile alert in the predawn silence last Saturday morning, she wondered whether or not to get her three children and grandchild up in a panic.

Then, from the next room, 15-year-old Eden started shouting “Color Red, Color Red,” a teenager’s hurried interpretation of the “Code Red” alert for incoming rocket fire.

‘I’m Traveling With A Peaceful Heart’

02/20/2008
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The paradox of Israel’s reaction to the assassination of  Hezbollah arch-terrorist Imad Mughniyeh could be summed up in a humorous pop song from the last decade:

“If you travel to a foreign country, hide your Star of David in your shirt.
It’s dangerous for them to know you’re from here.

Say you’re from Greece. Say you’re from Sudan....

No one should make a fuss over you.”

BREAKING: Lebanon War Report Raps Olmert

01/30/2008
Israel Correspondent

An Israeli state inquiry into the conduct of the Lebanon war exonerated Ehud Olmert from charges that he ordered an 11th-hour ground offensive against Hezbollah for political purposes.

The report, issued Wednesday, improved the prime minister's prospects of weathering the storm of an otherwise blistering assessment of the government's performance during the inconclusive war.

Can Olmert Survive Winograd?

01/16/2008
Israel Correspondent

Yakum, Israel — It’s been nearly 16 months since the guns along the border with Lebanon have fallen silent, but the last chapter in Israel’s bungled war against Hezbollah has yet to be closed.

The political fate of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and the emotional baggage of dozens of bereaved parents will be riding on the conclusions of the Winograd Commission’s report on the war, which are scheduled to be released on Jan. 30.

Ashkelon: The Next Sderot?

01/09/2008
Israel Correspondent

Ashkelon, Israel — For the residents of this coastal city of 120,000, the 10 miles between the Gaza border and the center of town seemed like a comfortable buffer. But in the wake of last Thursday’s rocket hit on the northern edge of the city, the buffer has all but dissolved, nerves here are raw, and residents are wondering if their city will become the next Sderot.

Talk of an exodus is in the air.

Suffering From War’s Aftermath

02/19/2007
Israel Correspondent

KIRYAT SHEMONA, ISRAEL — “Mira,” a woman in her late 50s, hasn’t been able to stay home alone since the start of Hezbollah’s summertime war with Israel, when more than 1,000 rockets struck this hilly northern town on the Lebanese border.

For Israelis, How Far To Go?

07/21/2006
Jewish Week Correspondent

JERUSALEM How many casualties are too many casualties? How much destruction is too much destruction? And how long should Israel continue its military assault on Hezbollah targets in Lebanon in order to achieve at least part of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s stated goal of destroying “every terrorist infrastructure, everywhere?”

When Charity Doesn't Mean Money

11/01/2006
Editorial Intern

When Katyusha rockets began falling on Northern Israel in July, Anne Lanski, one of the main organizers of a Chicago program pairing Chicago and Israeli teens, hastily made plans to relocate her group of 45 from the Galilee to central Israel.

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.

Obama Pivots Away From Dovish Past

03/09/2007
Editor At Large
Chicago — Presidential candidate Barack Obama’s maiden speech to the pro-Israel lobby last week saw a man described by early supporters as an ardent dove on Israel take flight as a bird of considerably more hawkish mien. Obama, Illinois’ Democratic junior senator, told the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) last Friday that he was committed, above all else, to “peace through security” for the Jewish state.
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