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Work On Security Fence Slows

12/18/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — Work on Israel’s controversial separation barrier has ground to a virtual halt as the country’s attention — and budget funding — has shifted away from the threat of Palestinian suicide bombers from the West Bank, say fence advocates.

Still Defiant In The Outposts

12/11/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Ma’aleh Adumim, West Bank — Looking eastward to the Judean Desert’s moonscape, the hillside across the highway from this sprawling settlement looks more like a teen campground than a settler outpost.

Israeli Journalists Interviewed By Cops

12/11/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — They risked arrest in Syria and Lebanon to offer Israelis back home rare glimpses of their neighbors, but now a top Israeli national security commentator, a popular blogger and a travel journalist are under police investigation for breaking a decades-old law banning travel to “enemy” states.

An Israeli Image Goes Up In Smoke

12/04/2007 - 19:00
Tel Aviv

Michal Ben Shlomo looked around at the empty bar at Café Bialik, then over to the “No Smoking” sign scrawled in blue crayon written, and cracked a sad smile.

“This is supposed to be happy hour and look what happened,” she said. “This is a bar of smokers. Only a couple of times families didn’t come in here because of the smoke.”

Promises, Promises: Settlements Revisited

11/27/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Ariel, West Bank — On a sprawling hill top in this West Bank town Tuesday, a commitment made by Israel’s leader in distant Annapolis this week seemed likely to take one of two possible paths, with the outlines of each already apparent.

“Look up there. My son lives in that container,” gestured Arik Yeffet. “There are leaks in the winter, and the heating is insufficient. He deserves to have a spot of his own. Did we commit a crime?”

What Summit?

11/27/2007 - 19:00
Staff Writer

Tel Aviv — “A new beginning.”

The post-Annapolis proclamation ran as the banner headline on Israel’s largest selling daily, Yediot Ahronot.

But on the sun-bathed morning after the Rothschild Coffee Spot — the café kiosk hub of Tel Aviv’s most lively boulevard — few chose to let the first renewal of peace talks in seven years distract them from their morning java.

Policing The Police

11/06/2007 - 19:00
Israel Correspondent

Jericho, West Bank — Dressed in freshly pressed uniforms, officers stroll through the new school toting briefcases stuffed with course packs for classes in information technology and Hebrew.

Wake-up is at 5 a.m., and the daily schedule includes lineups, weight training and lectures. It is a place of order, discipline and timetables — concepts not usually associated with the Palestinian security forces.

Power Cuts To Gaza Fuel Fresh Debate

10/30/2007 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Netiv Ha’asara, Israel — Israel’s dilemma over using fuel and gas supplies to punish Gazans for rocket fire came into sharp focus this week when a salvo of five mortar shells slammed down on this farming cooperative near the Gaza border.

Despite a government decision to impose the controversial sanctions to deter Palestinian militants from similar attacks in the future, experts and locals doubted whether cutting electricity in Gaza would contain the cross-border strikes.

A Different Exodus From Egypt

10/30/2007 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Tel Aviv — The iconic but crumbling Bauhaus building just off the Ayalon freeway in south Tel Aviv resembles the bridge of a ship, a tribute to the Jewish immigrants who reached pre-state Israel in boats.

In the last three months, an abandoned basement pub and a construction site at the same building have become a makeshift absorption center for dozens of illegal African migrants and an embodiment of Israel’s most sensitive immigration dilemmas as the state nears its 60th anniversary.

Anxious At The Syrian Border

10/10/2007 - 20:00
Israel Correspondent

Camp Ziouani, Golan Heights — It started last spring when grazing sheep crossed to the Israeli side of the invisible Golan Heights disengagement border, bringing Syrian herdsman face to face with IDF soldiers on heightened alert after the Lebanon war.

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