Unsafe Passage The new passage will be safe for Palestinians but highly dangerous for
ISRAEL'S WATER BASICS While the arguments go back and forth whether or not Israel's security is
threatened by unilateral territorial withdrawal from the administered
territories and the Golan Heights, one issue has been studiously glossed
over by advocates for territorial concessions: water.
Final-Status Talks Launched With a hearty handshake followed by ceremonial speeches, Foreign Minister David Levy and Palestinian negotiator Mahmoud Abbas formally launched talks last night at the Erez junction for a final peace settlement between Israel and the Palestinians.
Dagestan Jews fleeing hostilities in Jerusalem Fleeing widening hostilities between Russian troops and Chechen invaders, which in some places have reached communities where Jews live, some 80 Jews from Dagestan arrived here yesterday on a special Jewish Agency flight.
ANOTHER TACK: Crazier than Ben-Gurion Back in the days of the great 1948 debate on whether independence should be declared, my dad branded my mom "crazier than Ben-Gurion," not only because she justified B-G's resolute risk, but because she dared express confidence that we could not be defeated.
It Matters What Kind of Islam Prevails Islam is said to have 6 million adherents in the United States and to be the fastest-growing religion in this country; in 1960, there were an estimated 100,000 Muslims living here. In important ways, this is a unique community, unlike any that came before, and it faces choices that are likely to have a major impact both on the United States and on Muslims around the world.