Israel

Israel Is Winning In Media, Too

01/07/2009
Associate Editor
Israel at war has most American Jews instinctively ducking for cover from the media, expecting the worst. However, the good news about this war, aside from Israel giving Hamas a bloody trip to the woodshed, is that the American media, by and large, is being far more supportive of Israel than most anyone could have imagined.

UJA-Fed. May Fund Gush Katif Evacuees

12/22/2006
Editor and Publisher
Acknowledging that a number of families evacuated from Gush Katif in the summer of 2005 may be in need of economic assistance, the leadership of UJA-Federation of New York and the United Jewish Communities (UJC) have committed to evaluating the situation first-hand.John Ruskay, the executive vice president and CEO of UJA-Federation, plans to visit some of the evacuee communities in Israel in February to help decide if assistance is required.

Searching For A New Bond With Israel

04/11/2008
Editor and Publisher
Even before Israel has the chance next month to celebrate the remarkable achievement of creating a state and surviving for 60 years in a hostile environment, and of having forged a proud, democratic, modern society in the Mideast, there is growing discussion of how long it can last.

Proud Of Israel,Warts And All

05/09/2008
Editor and Publisher
Leon Wieseltier, the literary editor of The New Republic, offered a thoughtful analysis of the State of Israel here last week, alternately praising the Zionist enterprise for its remarkable accomplishments in the face of constant threats and calling attention to its moral weaknesses, most notably its treatment of its Arab citizens and policy on settlements, which he called the state’s “single greatest moral and strategic blunder.”

Consul General Gets Injunction

08/25/2000
Staff Writer
An Israeli court has issued a temporary injunction barring the Foreign Ministry from removing its consul general in New York, Shmuel Sisso, pending a hearing. Sisso went to court after learning from his wife of the planned removal. She had heard it on Israel radio while vacationing in Israel. "I had been informed by the Foreign Ministry that I was staying," said Sisso. "They had completed 99 percent of the paperwork, and they had already paid my children's tuition for the coming school year."

Baumelís Parents: Son May Be Alive

05/23/2003
Staff Writer
For two decades Miriam and Yona Baumel have suffered while they held onto the belief that their son was alive. Zachary Baumel, a member of an Israeli tank crew, disappeared during a 1982 battle against the Syrian army in Lebanon. Last week that belief was reinforced when the Baumels received information from a "top-notch" source that Zachary indeed was alive and transferred from Damascus to Lebanon. "He said it was recent information," Yona Baumel said of the source, adding that the transfer was believed to have been made within the last three weeks.

New Israel Aid May Be Hard Sell

A parade of Israel officials has started lobbying Washington for new U.S. aid as compensation for the military redeployments mandated by last month’s Wye River agreement

11/27/1998
Washington Correspondent
New Israel Aid May Be Hard Sell A parade of Israel officials has started lobbying Washington for new U.S. aid as compensation for the military redeployments mandated by last month’s Wye River agreement. But the high-dollar package could be a hard sell in Congress, where the new Republican leadership has vowed to make big tax cuts, not foreign policy, their top priority.

US Nudging Israel on Wye Memorandum

Urgent but quiet pleas, not strong-arming, were on the diplomatic menu at the State Department this week as the target date to begin implementation of the Wye River Memorandum came and went without much action on the ground.

11/06/1998
Washington Correspondent
For Now, U.S. Nudging Israel Urgent but quiet pleas, not strong-arming, were on the diplomatic menu at the State Department this week as the target date to begin implementation of the Wye River Memorandum came and went without much action on the ground. But observers warned that U.S. pressure is likely to resume if what is seen by administration officials as Israeli foot-dragging continues.

Aid Hinges on Congress;Tight Congressional Races

As a sweetener to last week’s Wye River agreement, the Clinton administration is offering new aid to the Palestinians and Israelis.

10/30/1998
Washington Correspondent
Aid Hinges On Congress As a sweetener to last week’s Wye River agreement, the Clinton administration is offering new aid to the Palestinians and Israelis. But on Capitol Hill, already sour on foreign aid and not a hotbed of support for Palestinian leader Yasir Arafat, the aid package could be a hard sell.

Sderot, A Love Story

06/27/2008
Editor and Publisher
Sderot, Israel — There’s far more to Sderot than the almost daily Kassam rocket attacks and the victimized, stressed-out residents we read about in the headlines. There is all of that, for sure, but there are also stories to be told of people here who are as in love with this mostly poor town of about 20,000, about a mile from the Gaza border, as they are frustrated with and deeply pained by a government that has allowed them to be targeted by Palestinian militants’ rockets for more than seven years.
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