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Passover, Israel and the heart of a stranger.

The very existence of the Jewish people is predicated on the notion that the arc of the universe bends toward justice. We were slaves in Egypt, we’re told, strangers in a strange land, and then we were freed – and it was only upon being freed that we could receive…

My Daily Beast column: “Dear Israel, This Is Why I Left”

I’m one of the regular columnists at the newly formed Daily Beast blog group “Open Zion,” edited by Peter Beinart. I post there every other Friday, and will regularly shill that post here. It’s the way of the internet! In this week’s Daily Beast/Open Zion column, I tell Israel why…

What is white privilege.

In light of ABLC’s move to Raw Story, I decided to re-up a couple of posts for our new readers. This is the first of those posts. When my husband and I came to Chicago from Israel so that I could go to graduate school, we had no intention of…

Exchange of fire along Israel-Egypt border: army

JERUSALEM — Israeli troops opened fire at a group of suspects along the Egyptian border on Tuesday, two of whom had crossed from Egypt, a military spokesman said, indicating that several of them were wounded. The incident took place 2:00 pm (1200 GMT), the army said. Also during the afternoon,…

Pentagon backs expanding Israel’s anti-rocket defenses

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon said Tuesday it will request funding to expand Israel’s “Iron Dome” short-range air defense system, which helped thwart rocket attacks out of Gaza earlier this month. The United States spent $204 million on the Iron Dome system in fiscal year 2011 and the Pentagon did not…

Israel says threat of strike on Iran is working

The threat of a military strike on Iran is preventing the Islamic republic from taking the final steps towards developing a nuclear bomb, Israeli Defence Minister Ehud Barak said on Thursday. “We are seeing with our own eyes the reason why Iran, which really wants to achieve a military nuclear…

Iran ‘will not give up nuclear advances’

TEHRAN — Iran will make absolutely no concessions on its nuclear programme, a key lawmaker declared on Sunday amid high geopolitical tensions and ahead of mooted talks with world powers. “The parliament will never allow the government to go back even one step in its nuclear policy,” Aladin Borujerdi, the…

Former Mossad chief: Pre-emptive attack on Iran would be stupid

In an unprecedented interview, the former head of Israel’s spy service told 60 Minutes this week that Iran is nowhere near developing a nuclear weapon, and warned that if Israel attacks its neighbor, it would trigger a “rain of missiles” upon the Jewish state. Meir Dagan, who ran Mossad for…

New air strikes on Gaza after Netanyahu warning

Israeli war planes carried out new air strikes on Gaza overnight, wounding 35, after Israel’s premier vowed no let-up against rocket-firing militants. Hamas emergency services spokesman Adham Abu Selmiya reported at least six air strikes across the Gaza Strip, including two in Jabalia refugee camp that left 33 people injured,…

Israel says Gaza strikes to go on ‘as long as necessary’

JERUSALEM — Israel will continue air strikes against Gaza “as long as necessary,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday, giving no indication that a ground operation was likely for now. “We extracted a high price from them and will continue to do so,” he said at the start of…

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