November 1, 1988 |
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.
September 4, 2011 |
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.
August 16, 2012 |
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.
April 13, 1988 |
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?
April 3, 1990 |
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.
October 16, 1986 |
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.
July 2, 2012 |
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.
September 27, 1997 |
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.
July 26, 1994 |
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.
April 24, 2002 |
My favorite Israeli cafe hired a security guard and installed a gate after a Palestinian suicide bomber nearly blew the place apart six weeks ago. It was a near-miracle that one of Caffit's waiters, Shlomi Harel, noticed the sweaty youth in a heavy jacket and backpack. "I looked at the guy, and I didn't want to believe, but I knew it was him," says the 23-year-old Shlomi, as if referring to the monster of his dreams who had suddenly become real. Shlomi, who has pierced ears and one pierced eyebrow, grabbed the backpack, saw the wires and detonator, then pushed the terrorist out the door.