When is a kidnapping more than a kidnapping? When politicians and others exploit a tragedy to further their agendas. It can also be an opportunity to repair damaged relations between Israeli and Palestinian leaders.
All of Israel wants to see the three teenagers-- --Gilad Shaer, Eyal Yifrah and Naftali Fraenkel -- kidnapped near Hebron two weeks ago returned safely to their families, and the government and security forces are devoting enormous energy to that task.
IDF vet says American Jewish establishment pays more attention to its feelings about Israel than to facts on the ground.
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I was born in Israel. I served in the Army. Israel is the only home I know. You would think my speaking to students at Hillel would be welcomed. Yet my presentation to students at Washington University’s Hillel in St. Louis last month sparked a storm of controversy.
As radio talk show host and Fox News contributor Monica Crowley exhorted us to put away all cellphones and other recording and photographic devices, we braced with anticipation for a rare glimpse of Israel’s covert monitoring of terrorist activity.
Israel’s two intelligence services, Mossad (external) and Shin Bet (internal), are universally known and respected. What’s little known is the third component of the Israeli intelligence community, known as Aman (Directorate of Military Intelligence).
The Emperor needed new clothes. His wardrobe was not garnering admirers either on the Left or on the Right.
So his tailors pretended to stitch a stunning outfit that could only be seen by “good citizens”.
Flashy accessories were added – slick, emotional hype: "This is the last window of opportunity." "Gilad will be killed if we don't free him immediately." "This is the best deal that Hamas has offered." "The worst offenders will be 'exiled' to distant lands."
Avi Dichter says program leads to connection to Israel for young people and government should pay more.
Avi Dichter, a former head of Israel’s Shin Bet (internal security service) and a former minister of internal security, is a Knesset member from the Kadima Party. He was one of six Knesset members who spent last week meeting with Jewish leaders here and in Boston to learn about the American Jewish community as part of a new effort launched by the Ruderman Fellows Program and Brandeis University. The Jewish Week caught up with him for a wide-ranging interview touching on everything from diaspora Jewry to the Goldstone report to Israel’s new missile-defense system.
JERUSALEM (JTA) -- An Israeli lawmaker canceled a trip to Spain over fears that he would be arrested.
Avi Dichter, a Knesset member from the Kadima Party and the former head of Israel's Shin Bet intelligence agency, was scheduled to attend an international peace summit in Spain. He changed his mind after Spain would not grant him immunity from arrest or prosecution during his time in the country.