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St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

A nonprofit, independent news source to inform, inspire, educate and connect the St. Louis Jewish community.

St. Louis Jewish Light

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

John Kerry denies he ever talked about Israeli strikes on Syria with Iranian foreign minister

BY RON KAMPEAS April 27, 2021

(JTA) — John Kerry, an architect of the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran, has adamantly denied that he discussed Israeli strikes on Iranian targets in Syria with Iran’s foreign minister. “I can tell you that this story and these allegations are unequivocally...

“Head of the Mossad: In Pursuit of a Safe and Secure Israel,” by Shabtai Shavit, 434 pages, University of Notre Dame Press, $29

Ex-Mossad chief shines light on reality of Mideast today

BY REPPS HUDSON, SPECIAL TO THE JEWISH LIGHT January 21, 2021

Shabtai Shavit was the top man at Mossad, Israel’s spy agency, from 1989 to 1996, so he knows lots of state secrets. He shares many of them, to the extent he can, with readers in a memoir that is at times absolutely fascinating and at other times absolutely...

Robert A. Cohn

Will the Palestinians miss their last opportunity?

BY ROBERT A. COHN, Editor-in-Chief Emeritus September 24, 2020

In the midst of the relentless COVID-19 pandemic, a bitterly divisive election campaign and vicious natural disasters and social justice protests that have at times turned violent, it is not surprising that the full normalization of ties between Israel...

Bridal portrait.

Bridal portrait.

Hadas Parush August 5, 2020

In a photo from August 2019, an Israeli woman in a wedding dress is photographed a few days before her wedding with a view of the Old City of Jerusalem in the background. (Hadas Parush/Flash90) 

Pride rallies held across Israel in lieu of annual parades due to coronavirus

JTA July 2, 2020

JERUSALEM — They came out by the thousands across Israel to show their support for LGBTQ rights — but the numbers were a far cry from the Pride parades held annually that were canceled due to the coronavirus.Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa, as well...

Representative Ted Deutch, D-Fla., speaks in Washington, D.C., Jan. 28, 2020. He is one of four authors of the letter.  

House Democrats aim to unify the party behind anti-West Bank annexation message

BY RON KAMPEAS, JTA June 18, 2020

WASHINGTON — House Democrats have put together a letter that they hope will unite their entire caucus in warning Israel against annexation of part of the West Bank.The letter, now circulating among the party’s House caucus and obtained exclusively...

Letter to the editor: Jewish groups should renounce legislation

Letter to the editor: Jewish groups should renounce legislation

June 4, 2020

In May, the Missouri legislature passed a bill which, in the words of multiple opposed legislators, forces companies who have a major contract with the State of Missouri to sign a “loyalty oath” to the State of Israel (Senate Bill 739). A representative...

Netanyahu Lands On His Feet — Again!

Netanyahu Lands On His Feet — Again!

Jewish Light Editorial May 14, 2020

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has done it again. Last week, the Israeli High Court ruled unanimously not to overturn the painstakingly negotiated power deal between his center-right Likud Party and rival Benny Gantz’s center-left Blue and...

Pandemic Prompts Coalition Government

Pandemic Prompts Coalition Government

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL April 23, 2020

The coronavirus appears to have accomplished in Israel what three inconclusive elections and long hours of debate have not: an emergency coalition government.Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger, Benny Gantz, announced Monday that...

David Ben-Gurion

Meticulous research elevates Ben-Gurion biography

By Burton Boxerman, Special to the Jewish Light February 20, 2020

David Ben-Gurion, known as the founder of the State of Israel, has been the subject of many books. His latest biographer is Tom Segev, an Israeli historian, author and journalist who is associated with Israel’s New Historians, a group challenging many...

President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speak during a joint statement at the White House on Jan. 28 announcing the Trump administration’s peace plan proposal.  

Can Mideast Plan Finally Bring Peace?

JEWISH LIGHT EDITORIAL February 6, 2020

In the midst of a tumultuous news cycle that included the divisive impeachment trial of President Donald Trump, the formal split of the United Kingdom from the European Union under Brexit and the spread of the deadly coronavirus from China, Trump unveiled...

Jonathan S. Tobin

Trump’s critics shouldn’t encourage Palestinians to make another mistake

BY JONATHAN S. TOBIN, JNS February 6, 2020

Contrary to the bad advice they’re getting from the Democrats and J Street,Palestinians need to accept that the U.S. plan is their best chance for statehood.As far as Americans who despise President Donald Trump go, as well as for many Jews and Israelis...

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