war

Give War A Chance

Amid media frenzy and global outrage, Israel just needs more time. Will the world let Israel win?

07/31/2014

U.S. and Israeli officials have been working hard in recent days to ease the deeply bruised feelings on both sides after Secretary of State John Kerry’s proposed cease-fire conditions appeared more sympathetic to the cause of Hamas, a declared terrorist organization, than to Israel, America’s greatest ally.

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Weddings In A Time Of War

The recent Gaza conflict was tough on simcha preparations. ‘I was prepared to get married in the backyard if necessary,’ a bride says.

Israel Correspondent
12/04/2012

Jerusalem — Months ago, when Pnina Weiss was planning her late-November wedding, she spent a lot of time choosing the hall, the menu, the photographer.

What Weiss couldn’t anticipate was that a war would make it impossible to tie the knot in her fiancé, Shimon’s, hometown of Ashkelon, located just a few miles from Israel’s border with Gaza.

A week before their big day, Israel’s Home Front Command began prohibiting gatherings of over 100 people in the south of the country.

An Israeli couple, posed for photos at the Western Wall while a prayer vigil,held during the recent war between Israel and Hamas

The First War Played Out On Social Networks

Social media changes the zeitgeist in ways we couldn't have imagined. As we saw with the recent presidential election, opinions and attacks now travel at the speed of light. And so it should be no surprise that the ongoing Middle East conflict in Gaza between the Palestinians and Israelis has escalated into a Cyber war.

Recommended Readings: On Libya; Arabs Against Arab Anti-Semitism; and the French, Fashion and Jews

Pardon my bloggerly desuetude, but last week I was out on vacation.  Now I'm back, and to make up for the lost time in blog-o-land, I'm posting a few longer essays you might have missed. (I did, at least.)

Distinguished Service

09/12/2003
Staff Writer
When 2nd Lt. Jonathan Zagdanski arrived in Kuwait last January, he found himself on an urgent supply mission. The kosher meals he had arranged back in Fort Benning, Ga., hadn't arrived, and the supply officer in Kuwait City knew nothing about it. "I had to bust his nuts for two weeks to get me my meals," Zagdanski said. "He got so sick and tired of me, he showed up with a truck": enough meals to feed a kosher battalion, if there was one. Word spread about the food, and dozens of gentile soldiers suddenly turned kosher.

Mixed Messages

03/28/2003
Staff Writer
As the war on Iraq entered its first Shabbat, reactions from area synagogue pulpits ranged from staunch support to somber reflections and prayer. At the progressive-minded Conservative B'nai Jeshurun on Manhattan's Upper West Side, Rabbis J. Rolando Matalon and Marcelo Bronstein abandoned their weekly discussion before the Torah reading to read an anti-war essay by the late Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel.

Olive Groves Now New Battleground

02/08/2002
Staff Writer
Olive groves, long a symbol of peace, have become the unlikely focus of a debate about morality in a time of war that has intensified in recent days in Israel. It’s a clash that pits the little-known Rabbis for Human Rights — founded in 1988 to speak out for social justice, equality and humanity — against a dissident group of rabbis who argue that morality must be compromised in wartime.

Caught In The Image War

01/02/2004
Editor and Publisher
The Israel Project, says its founder and president Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi, was created in March 2002 in Washington to improve Israel’s image based on polls the group conducts, interprets and shares with officials of the Foreign Ministry and top Jewish leadership in the United States. Now, though, the group is concerned about an image problem of its own, with some tough criticism coming from at least a few Israeli officials and Jewish leaders who question whether the project’s work is helping or harming Israel’s cause.
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