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Israel’s ‘Other Half’

The Jews of Arab lands in the Jewish state.

03/07/2016 - 13:20

Growing up in Israel in the 1950s as a child of Yemenite émigrés, I learned the standard Zionist Israeli narrative. It was of the great sacrifices made by Ashkenazi European Jews — settling and cultivating the land, building kibbutzim and the city of Tel Aviv out of the sand. All of this, decades before the State of Israel won independence in 1948.

Musician Mike Karuchi, from Morocco, photographed in his home in Beersheva, 2015. Zion Ozeri

A Villa In The Jungle

Ehud Yaari Deconstructs Israel’s Situation in Today’s Middle East.

03/03/2016 - 12:47
Write On For Israel

Ehud Yaari characterizes his friend Bernard Lewis, the eminent scholar of the Middle East, as possessing “this ability to see into the future.” Over a recent dinner in Israel, Yaari asked Lewis what he thought the Middle East would look like in fifty years. Without hesitating, Lewis leaned over the table and said decisively, “Any Arab who can will be out of here.”

Write On students meet Ehud Yaari

Israeli Father Of 5 Attacked Outside His West Bank Home Saves His Children

03/02/2016 - 12:24

Jerusalem — A father of five who was attacked by two Palestinian teens said he managed to shove his assailants out of his West Bank home before they could hurt his family.

Roi Harel, an army reservist who lives in the West Bank settlement of Eli, being treated at the Shaare Zedek Medical Center. JTA

New Fears Over Russia’s Role In Syria

Is policy reassessment imminent?

03/01/2016 - 22:30
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — The Quneitra Overlook rest stop at the eastern edge of the Golan Heights border with Syria offers a front-row-seat look into a country decimated by five years of civil war.

Syria’s Bashar Assad: A boost from Putin.

Holocaust Survivor Suing El Al Over Seat Change Request

Eighty-one-year-old Renee Rabinowitz's lawsuit serving as test case for Reform movement's Israel Religious Action Center.

02/29/2016 - 11:44

Jerusalem — An 81-year-old Holocaust survivor is suing El Al airlines after she was asked to move her seat because a haredi Orthodox man refused to sit next to her.

An El Al flight seen at the airstrip at the Ben Gurion International Airport, Aug. 5, 2013. JTA

Israel Police Officer Seriously Injured In Possible Car-Ramming Attack

02/29/2016 - 11:01

Jerusalem — An Israel Police officer was seriously injured in what may have been a car-ramming attack.

Israel police officers. Wikimedia Commons

Israeli Man Killed By Gunfire Aimed At His Stabber

02/24/2016 - 10:39

Jerusalem — An Israeli man was killed by gunfire meant to stop his assailant in a stabbing attack at the Gush Etzion Junction in the West Bank.

Israeli security forces and rescue personnel at the scene of a terror attack at Gush Etzion Junction, on Feb. 24, 2016. JTA

Israeli Man Killed, Another Seriously Injured In West Bank Supermarket Attack

02/18/2016 - 13:35

Jerusalem — An Israeli man was killed and a second seriously injured in a stabbing attack at a West Bank supermarket.

One of the knives used in a stabbing attack at a West Bank supermarket, Feb. 18, 2016. JTA

Israel’s Defense Minister Backs IDF Chief Of Staff’s Call For Restraint In West Bank

02/18/2016 - 13:01

Jerusalem — Israel’s defense minister backed statements by the Israel Defense Forces’ chief of staff on exercising military restraint in the West Bank.

Israel's Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, Wikimedia Commons

Labor Pains Over Two-State Solution

Herzog argues for unilateral moves, which creates a firestorm on the left.

02/16/2016 - 17:45
Contributing Editor

Tel Aviv — Ever since Yitzchak Rabin and Shimon Peres signed the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians back in 1993, Israel’s Labor Party has championed bilateral negotiations toward a two-state solution.

Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog is being criticized from within the party for seeming to abandon the two-state solution. Getty
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