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Jerusalem Day: The Invisible and the Divisible

(139) Comments | Posted May 12, 2010 | 10:11 AM

Forty-three years ago, in the midst of the 1967 Six Day War, Israel gained control over the Old City of Jerusalem and eastern Jerusalem. Soon after, the Chief Rabbi of Israel declared the 28th of the Hebrew month of Iyar as a religious holiday to thank God for the miraculous...

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Could Israel Be the First Fur-Free Nation?

(31) Comments | Posted March 11, 2010 | 1:25 PM

In February 2009, an investigation by Israeli TV Channel 10, in cooperation with the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals in Israel, revealed that two top retail fashion chains in Israel were selling coats, sweaters, and accessory items that contained real animal fur, while assuring their customers that...

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It Is No Dream

(3) Comments | Posted February 17, 2010 | 12:34 PM

In the beginning of February, Im Tirtzu ("If you will it"), a relatively new purportedly-Zionist group, organized a brutal campaign against the New Israel Fund (NIF), an organization committed to democratic change and social justice in Israel, which has - in the last three decades - supported more than 800...

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Netanyahu's Speech: One Step Forward, Four Steps Back

(13) Comments | Posted June 16, 2009 | 12:12 PM

One Step Forward
Donning the same attire (black suit, white shirt, and blue tie) as President Obama wore during his speech in Cairo, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered on Sunday his first foreign policy speech. As he spoke from Bar Ilan University -- home of the country's...

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Israel's HOPE for Peace: Barack Obama

(2) Comments | Posted May 18, 2009 | 11:44 AM

From Netanyahu to Netanyahu
Since Netanyahu's first term as prime minister (1996-1999), which followed Rabin's assassination, Israel has submerged into stagnation. No government has lasted long enough to achieve a genuine reconciliation with the Palestinians or with Israel's surrounding neighbors. No government since then has been courageous and humble...

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Israel's Muted Soft Power

(11) Comments | Posted April 1, 2009 | 5:31 PM

Israel's population of just over seven million citizens, with ninety-nine more populated countries in the world, is not reflective of its immense popularity in the news and in international politics. The attention, however, is merited. Israel is a country of puzzle and mystery. It is a holy land that has...

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