Sunday, September 14, 2014 Elul 19, 5774

Focus on pliability of Sharon's successor ignores the real 'peace process' story
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A week into the post-Ariel Sharon era of U.S.-Israeli relations, some things are already clearer than they were just a few days ago. The first is that although the Bush administration is worried about whether any of the prime minister's possible successors will be as skillful at orchestrating territorial withdrawals as Sharon was, no change in policy toward Israel is...
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Gil Hoffman- The Jerusalem Post
JERUSALEM • ANALYSIS When Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert attended the funeral of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's wife, Lily, in March 2000, he made a snide remark about Sharon, who'd defeated him for the Likud leadership a few months earlier. At the time, Olmert was bitter about the campaign. Nor had their friendship and political alliance developed yet, even though...
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An Israeli boy holds a torch during a protest organized by the Temple Mount Faithful, an ultra-nationalist Jewish group, at the Jaffa Gate Monday in Jerusalem. As it has in the past, the group, which seeks to rebuild the ancient Temple, later tried unsuccessfully to enter the compound. Such demonstrations, as well as other Jewish prayer services, are banned from...
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When Leslie and Michael Molder decided to take their two children on a trip to Israel, they purposely chose to do it during the month of December. "Since Christmas [in America] starts after Halloween, a few months of Christmas is a lot for our kids," said Leslie Molder, who will be one of some 90 people on a 12-day tour...
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Party affiliations may have been left at the door, but everything about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee's recent "Salute to Congress" dinner made clear that the cold November evening was very much political. As it has done at countless policy conferences in Washington, D.C., the pro-Israel lobbying organization succeeded in bringing out a large number of voters and leaders...
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