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November 1, 1988 | By Marc Duvoisin, Inquirer Staff Writer
The man named Yosef cradled a toddler in his arms, fought back tears and reflected on the tragedy that had struck his friends, the Weisses, who used to live down the hall from him in an apartment block in this Jerusalem suburb. Yosef, 28, heard on the radio Sunday night that four Israeli civilians had burned to death when Palestinians pelted a bus with firebombs near the West Bank city of Jericho. Not until yesterday did he learn that the victims were Rachel Weiss, 26, and her three sons, ages 10 months to 3 years.
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September 4, 2011 | By Daniella Cheslow, Associated Press
TEL AVIV, Israel - More than 400,000 Israelis poured into streets across the country Saturday night, Israeli media estimated, in a show of strength behind a social protest movement that has rocked the country for two months. The demonstrations in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and elsewhere against Israel's high cost of living, its housing crisis, and distorted distribution of wealth marked the high point - so far - of a summerlong grassroots protest movement that has ballooned from a few tents in Tel Aviv to a nationwide phenomenon that has delivered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government its most serious domestic crisis.
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May 21, 2013 | By Josef Federman, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's senior coalition partner says that reaching a final peace agreement with the Palestinians is unrealistic at the current time and that the sides should instead pursue an interim arrangement. Finance Minister Yair Lapid's assessment, delivered in a published interview Sunday just days before the arrival of U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, throws a contentious idea into the mix as the United States searches for ways to restart peace talks.
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August 16, 2012 | By Amy Teibel, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - An Israeli attack on Iran's nuclear program could trigger a monthlong war on multiple fronts, killing hundreds of Israelis or more, the Israeli cabinet's civil defense chief warned in an interview published Wednesday. It was the most explicit assessment yet of how the government sees events unfolding in the aftermath of an Israeli attack. Matan Vilnai, stepping down as the "home front" cabinet minister to become Israel's ambassador to China, described the scenarios to Israel's Maariv daily.
FOOD
April 13, 1988 | By BARBARA GIBBONS, Special to the Daily News
Geography and topography have given Israel a healthy harvest that would warm the heart of any cardiologist: olives instead of cows, grains and beans instead of beef, coastline instead of grazing land. There's a healthy life- affirming freshness about Israeli cuisine that reflects the vitality of the country. Despite its often uneasy mix of beliefs and backgrounds, Israel seems to live in culinary harmony with the Arabs, borrowing freely from the flavors of Africa and the East. The outcome?
NEWS
April 3, 1990 | By Carol Morello, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andean flute music wafts from Victor Chico's open trailer window and gets lost in the wind gusting up the mountain from the plain west of the River Jordan. "It is rather curious," shrugged Chico, a Peruvian mestizo whose Incan and Spanish ancestry shows in his golden skin, his dark eyes and his hair straight and black beneath his knitted yamulke. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he is now an Israeli Jew, one of 56 Peruvians who found Judaism in the Andes, converted and last month immigrated to Israel.
NEWS
October 16, 1986 | By Edward J. Sozanski, Inquirer Art Critic
The exhibition of contemporary Israeli painting at the Port of History Museum confirms the oft-made observation that Israel is a European country plunked down in the Middle East. The work presented by seven Israeli artists varies in its dedication to indigenous themes, but it's all Euro- internationalist at its roots. The seven, all men, are Tsibi Geva, Menashe Kadishman, Gabi Klasmer, Uri Lifshitz, Joshua Neustein, Izhar Patkin and Shaoul Smira. (The show was to have included a woman, Tamar Getter, but her current work wasn't available.
NEWS
July 2, 2012 | By Ian Deitch, Associated Press
JERUSALEM - Former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir, 96, who clung throughout his life to the belief that Israel should hang on to territory and never trust an Arab regime, died Saturday at a nursing home in the town of Herzliya, north of Tel Aviv. Israeli media said Mr. Shamir had suffered from Alzheimer's disease for years. In his younger days, Mr. Shamir served as a Jewish underground leader who fought the British as well as Arab militias before Israel's creation in 1948.
NEWS
September 27, 1997 | By Barbara Demick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The homeless Israelis who had been given refuge by Palestinian authorities in the West Bank town of Jericho have returned to Israel for the Jewish New Year, and a court has lifted a ban on their return to their homes in a Jerusalem suburb. A Jerusalem judge on Thursday said leaders of the group could return to Mevasseret Zion, and the Israelis left Jericho on Tuesday and Wednesday in anticipation of the decision. They left so quietly that at least one official at Israel's internal security ministry was not aware as late as Thursday that they had begun to leave.
NEWS
July 26, 1994 | By Alan Sipress, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Amid all the talk of border demarcation and water-sharing arrangements, nonbelligerency pacts and aviation rights, the average Israeli really only has one question: "When do we get to go to Petra?" For years, the red-stone ruins of Jordan's leading tourist attraction have held an almost mystical attraction for Israelis. The most daring Israelis, and perhaps reckless, stole across the armed border to see the ancient buildings and tombs carved into a sandstone canyon. This fascination stands in marked contrast with the almost lackadaisical attitude of many Israelis to the historic summit yesterday between King Hussein of Jordan and Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and their pact to end the technical state of war. Peace with the Egyptians, prompted by President Anwar el-Sadat's journey to Jerusalem 17 years ago, was unprecedented.
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ENTERTAINMENT
August 15, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
We hear so much about the uneasy relationship across the Israeli-Palestinian divide that we tend to forget that fully 20 percent of Israeli citizens are Arab. What does it mean to be an Israeli Arab (or Arab Israeli)? Is that an identity - or a recipe for inner discord? These are just some of the tantalizing questions raised in the Israeli import A Borrowed Identity , an extraordinary coming-of-age story about Eyad, a Palestinian boy from a small village who grows up to become a cosmopolitan Israeli.
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August 14, 2015 | BY TIRDAD DERAKHSHANI, Inquirer Staff Writer tirdad@phillynews.com, 215-854-2736
WE HEAR so much about the uneasy relationship across the Israeli-Palestinian divide that we tend to forget that fully 20 percent of Israeli citizens are Arab. What does it mean to be an Israeli Arab (or Arab Israeli)? Is that an identity - or a recipe for inner discord? These are just some of the tantalizing questions raised in the Israeli import "A Borrowed Identity," an extraordinary coming-of-age story about Eyad, a Palestinian boy from a small village who grows up to become a cosmopolitan Israeli.
NEWS
July 25, 2015 | By Trudy Rubin, Inquirer Columnist
Israeli officials are orchestrating a campaign to have Congress scuttle the Iran nuclear deal by voting it down and overriding a promised presidential veto. Republican presidential hopefuls have jumped on the bandwagon, denouncing the deal as if it heralded the end of the world. There are indeed very serious concerns about the details, which the administration must try to allay. And Israel, whose right to exist is challenged by Iran, has every right to be concerned. But before Capitol Hill sinks into hysteria, legislators need to know that many former Israeli intelligence and national security officials oppose their government's approach - and think a congressional veto would be a disaster.
NEWS
July 23, 2015 | By Julia Terruso, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four Israeli companies plan to open offices in Philadelphia, Mayor Nutter said Tuesday, following his return from a three-day business visit to Tel Aviv. The trip was a continuation of a trade mission in November 2013 and this time included a stop in Frankfurt, Germany. Nutter signed a sister-city agreement with Frankfurt - Philadelphia's first in 23 years - before traveling to Tel Aviv, which has been a sister city to Philadelphia since 1967 and is also a sister city to Frankfurt.
NEWS
June 26, 2015 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ruth Muscal, 79, of Penn Valley, an accomplished Israeli citizen who spent much of her adult life here, died Thursday, June 11, in Tel Aviv. She had long been ill with dementia. Mrs. Muscal was the wife of Zvi Muscal, and the couple arrived to Philadelphia in 1979 when he was in charge of establishing a branch of Bank HaPoalim here. The Muscals fell in love with the city, and he founded First Executive Bank, then on Walnut Street. Several years ago, the Muscals returned to Tel Aviv.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | BY SHAMUS CLANCY, Daily News Staff Writer clancys@phillynews.com
HOW FAR would someone go to win a football game? Lower Merion's Ari Wilen went all the way to Tel Aviv, Israel, to find success on the gridiron. Wilen is a 2014 graduate of Lower Merion High School, where he played varsity football for 3 1/2 years. The Bulldogs had almost as many wins as coaches during Wilen's time with the team. New coaches arrived in Wilen's sophomore, junior and senior years. Lower Merion won three games his sophomore season and put up goose eggs in when he was a junior and a senior.
NEWS
March 4, 2015 | By Jonathan Tamari, Inquirer Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON - The top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, New Jersey's Robert Menendez, said he will "be proud" to escort Benjamin Netanyahu into the House Chamber for the Israeli prime minister's speech to Congress on Tuesday, even as some Democrats recoil at an event they see as a political jab at President Obama. Menendez boasted of his unflinching support for Israel in a speech Monday to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference, drawing around a dozen standing ovations in his 19-minute address.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 28, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
American kids often have a raised-eyebrow reaction when they find out Israel has conscription: All citizens over 18 must serve with the Israel Defense Forces. Men for three years, women for two. Although there are ways around it, military service is a fact of life there, so it's natural it would figure in dozens of home-brewed books, movies, and TV shows. The two men who return home after nearly two decades of imprisonment in Prisoners of War , the international hit that yielded Showtime's Homeland , were new, young conscripts when they were taken.
NEWS
November 16, 2014 | By Nancy G. Heller, For The Inquirer
In its Philadelphia debut on Thursday night, Israel's Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company (KCDC) presented If At All , by artistic director Rami Be'er. While this piece gave the dancers an opportunity to show off their strength, flexibility, and stamina, in the end it was only a partial success. Be'er says he doesn't tell stories with his choreography, so viewers can make up their own interpretations. But at points, the dancers drop to the floor, accompanied by sounds of gunfire and screaming; they also beat their chests and "stab" themselves.
NEWS
August 28, 2014 | By David O'Reilly, Inquirer Staff Writer
LAKEWOOD, N.J. - Public officials and the family of 23-year-old Aaron Sofer, an Orthodox Jew who went missing Friday from a Jerusalem woods, implored the United States and Israeli governments on Tuesday to do all they could to find him. "Please bring back my brother. Please bring back my brother," Aaron's younger brother, Yaakov, implored from the steps of Lakewood's town hall, repeatedly bowing his upper body as if in prayer at the close of a morning news conference. Another brother, Tuvia Sofer, followed Yaakov to the microphones.
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