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07/16/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

So much for Israel’s coalition government, which lasted all of two months.

Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz announced Tuesday that he was taking his party and its 28 Knesset seats out of the government over the failure to reach a compromise on the proposed draft law that would have done away with many of the existing exemptions for haredim and Arab Israelis.

07/10/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

Two surprising legal rulings out of Jerusalem this week underscore the complex mix of, and distinctions between, law and politics in Israel.

After a two-year trial, former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert was acquitted of the main charges of fraud, tax evasion, breach of trust and falsifying records.

07/10/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

The Russian-speaking Jewish population of New York has come of age, not only making up about 20 percent of the overall Jewish community, but also becoming increasingly active in cultural, political and social ways that make its Jewish identity distinctive.

While others may measure Jewish commitment in religious terms, this tightly-knit community is known for its strong support of Israel, conservative politics, and drive for educational and economic success.

07/02/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

Yitzchak Shamir was a 1930s refugee, a 1940s revolutionary, a 1950s spy, and later a politician — and prime minister — who made no effort to be loved or to craft an image. Diminutive, barrel-chested, with a face like a clenched fist, he showed just how tough a shtetl Jew could be.

06/25/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

On that tragic morning last March when a teacher and three children were murdered at a Jewish school in Toulouse, France, there was no security agent on duty at the school because the community could not afford full-time service, according to Pierre Besnainou, former president of the European Jewish Congress.

“We failed,” he told an audience at the Israeli Presidential Conference in Jerusalem last week, speaking of the French and world Jewish communities.

06/25/2012 - 20:00 | Editorial

The blame game has already begun over how Egypt elected as president this week a leader of the Muslim Brotherhood known to be a strict Muslim ideologue seeking closer ties with Iran.