| Oct 9, 2014
| 1:40 PM
For the first time since 2007, Palestinian Authority officials traveled Thursday from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.
Describing the day as "historic," Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah held a first meeting of the new unity government...
| Dec 22, 2014
| 7:48 AM
Israel has always been a popular Christmas and winter holiday destination, and tourism seems to have stabilized since hostilities with Hamas subsided with a truce earlier this year.
The first destination for visitors is typically Tel Aviv, where,...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 7:33 PM
Israel launched a Gaza ground campaign after 10 days of bombardments from the air and sea failed to stop militants' rocket attacks, stepping up an offensive that already has taken a heavy toll in civilian lives.
Israel signalled the invasion would be...
| Jul 18, 2014
In history's taut nomenclature it was "The July Crisis": One century ago this week, the mighty powers of Europe were deciding whether they would parlay the assassination of an Austro-Hungarian archduke into a massive regional conflict. From afar, the...
| Jul 29, 2014
| 5:44 AM
German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement Wednesday.
"According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at...
| Nov 13, 2014
| 7:52 AM
Cure political paralysis
The 2014 general election left many Democrats shaking their heads in dismay, wondering what happened. As predicted, races throughout the country were extremely close, with some candidates only a percentage point away from...
| Nov 19, 2014
| 1:01 PM
There can be no excuse, no explanation, no reasoned or even plausible justification for the horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday that left four rabbis and an Israeli police officer dead. The assailants, two Palestinian militants armed with...
| Nov 20, 2014
| 2:30 AM
"You've got to be taught to hate..." (Oscar Hammerstein, "South Pacific")
The murder on Tuesday of five people and the serious wounding of several others while they were praying at a synagogue in Jerusalem is only the latest in a continuing pattern of...
| Nov 26, 2014
| 3:00 AM
Racked by pain, the 93-year-old rabbi walked shakily to the lectern to give his sermon on Yom Kippur, the holiest day of the Jewish year. Then his spine straightened. His gaze grew firm.
"Another Yom Kippur," he said. "Another 500 children of Gaza...
| Nov 27, 2014
| 11:45 AM
Israel uncovered a West Bank network of Hamas militants planning a series of large-scale attacks against Israelis in Jerusalem and other locations, the country’s domestic security agency said Thursday.
The targets were to include Jerusalem’s...
| Oct 16, 2014
As readers of spy fiction know, every secret agent has a handler, the person to whom the undercover operative reports. We've read about it in novels by Graham Greene and John le Carre, but how might it work in real life? If the intense and fascinating...