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St. Louis Jewish Light

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St. Louis Jewish Light

Intolerable Cruelty

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIALPublished August 22, 2012

Some view Arab Spring as a gateway toward democratic leadership in a number of Middle East nations. Others are less optimistic, concerned that Islamist fundamentalists will ascend to governance and cause more seismic shifts that will inure to Israel’s...

Romney visit reveals falling visibility of Palestinian issue

By Ben Sales, JTAPublished July 30, 2012

JERUSALEM (JTA) – Mitt Romney’s policy speech in Israel covered plenty of bases: The presumptive Republican presidential candidate spoke about the status of Jerusalem, the threat of a nuclear Iran, the “tumult” of the Arab Spring and the “enduring...

A protester outside Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court in Cairo carrying a sign that reads “No to Shafiq and to the Muslim Brotherhood and down with military rule too,” June 14, 2012. 

Egyptian military’s anti-democratic moves may benefit Israel

By Uriel Heilman , JTAPublished June 20, 2012

TEL AVIV — Egypt’s military coup is now nearly complete. That may be distressing for Egyptian democracy, but it could help the Israel-Egypt relationship. Sunday’s decision by military rulers in Egypt to rewrite the country’s constitution — a...

Hamas reportedly turns against Syria

JTAPublished February 26, 2012

Hamas reportedly has turned on its former Syrian sponsors. "I salute all the nations of the Arab Spring and I salute the heroic people of Syria who are striving for freedom, democracy and reform," Reuters quoted Ismail Haniyeh, the Hamas leader of the...

Arab Spring inflating Israel’s defense costs, Bibi tells U.S. Jewish leaders

JTAPublished February 20, 2012

JERUSALEM -- The Islamistization of the Arab Spring movement has placed "enormous pressure" on Israeli defenses and progress in the peace process, Benjamin Netanyahu told American Jewish leaders. The Israeli prime minister, speaking Sunday night to the...

Shalit and parents meet with Sarkozy in Paris

JTAPublished February 9, 2012

PARIS -- Former captive Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and his parents met with French President Nicolas Sarkozy at the presidential palace in Paris. "We are very happy to be here at the Elysee Palace," said Noam Shalit, speaking to journalists Wednesday...

Ismail Haniyeh, the Palestinians prime minister in the Gaza
Strip, meeting with Bahrains King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa in the
Bahraini capital of Manama, Feb. 4, 2012.

Is Hamas trying to change its stripes?

By Mati Wagner, JTAPublished February 7, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Is Hamas trying to change its stripes? Terrorist attacks against Israelis appear to be on pause, and rocket fire from Gaza is down significantly. The Hamas leader in Damascus, Khaled Meshaal, is trying to distance himself from the Assad regime...

Netanyahu chats on Facebook in Arabic

JTAPublished January 31, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a live Facebook chat with web surfers from the Arab world. Netanyahu responded in Arabic to questions from people from Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, the Gulf States, northern Africa and the Palestinian...

Ya’alon: Pressure can convince Iran to halt nuclear program

JTAPublished January 25, 2012

NEW YORK—Israel's strategic affairs minister expressed confidence that international pressure could force Iran to halt its nuclear program. Moshe Ya'alon, speaking in New York at a meeting of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations,...

President Barack Obama

Obama: ‘All options’ – including diplomacy – still on with Iran

JTAPublished January 24, 2012

WASHINGTON—All options are on the table for Iran, but a diplomatic solution to the impasse over its nuclear weapons program is still a possibility, President Obama said in his State of the Union speech. Obama said Iran was more isolated than ever because...

Editorial: The Rights of Spring (and Winter)

Published January 4, 2012

It's not common for citizens of Israel, a haven of democracy in a historically repressive region, to feel simpatico with those in surrounding nations. Yet as matters of gender equality move to the media forefront across the Middle East in the aftermath...

Robert A. Cohn, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus

Making sense of the mounting Mideast morass

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief EmeritusPublished August 17, 2011

The so-called "Arab Spring" which began on such hopeful notes a few months back has since morphed into a "Long, Hot, Arab Summer of Discontent." The confusing array of new developments has included setbacks to the interests of Israel and the United States....

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