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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

Robert A. Cohn is editor-in-chief emeritus of the St. Louis Jewish Light. Photo: Kristi Foster 

Rescue of White Helmets a proud moment for Israel

BY ROBERT A. COHNPublished July 26, 2018

The brave members of the Israel Defense Forces who rescued the besieged White Helmets of Syria rank with Israeli soldiers in numerous previous acts of valor by Israel’s armed forces. These include the fledgling IDF of Israel’s War of Independence,...

Jonathan S. Tobin is opinion editor of JNS.org and a contributing writer at National Review. Follow him on Twitter at: @jonathans_tobin.

Trump may have found right tactic with Abbas

By Jonathan S. Tobin, JNS.orgPublished June 8, 2017

The most important incident during President Donald Trump’s visit to the Middle East took place out of view of the international press. At the time, it went unreported and unremarked upon. The president not only didn’t mention it publicly, he also...

Robert P.  Barnidge Jr. is lecturer and coordinator of international relations at Webster University.  His most recent book is “Self-Determination, Statehood, and the Law of Negotiation:  The Case of Palestine” (Hart, 2016). 

The hypocrisy of an Arab peace bid

By Robert P. BarnidgePublished February 24, 2016

President Bill Clinton was in office for less than a year when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Palestine Liberation Organization Chairman Yasser Arafat met on the White House lawn.On Sept. 13, 1993, Rabin and Arafat signed the Declaration of...

Avinoam Lourie

Israeli zoologist offers stories of the Mideast’s ‘wild’ side

By Cate Marquis, Special to the Jewish LightPublished February 1, 2012

Why would a jackal be in an oven? Could you really lose a snake on a plane? Animal fans of all ages can find out, and hear many more animal adventures when Israeli zoologist and author Avinoam Lourie, former head of the Haifa Zoo and Director of Israel's...

With Stuxnet delaying Iran’s bomb, is the urgency gone?

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished January 18, 2011

WASHINGTON — In the wake of revelations that a computer virus may have set back Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Western groups and analysts that track the Islamic Republic are saying "More of the same, please." The benefits of a nonviolent program...

A labor dispute at Israels Foreign Ministry nearly derailed a trip to Israel in June by Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, seen here at a news conference with Israeli counterpart Avigdor Leiberman, when nobody came to pick Lavrov up from the airport.

Israel’s latest diplomatic flap is with itself

By Leslie Susser, JTAPublished September 1, 2010

JERUSALEM - In Israel's latest diplomatic flap, actions by Mossad agents in Greece have caused a normally friendly foreign ministry to sever ties with the Israeli intelligence agency. The foreign ministry in question? Israel's own. It's all part of a...

In response to vague talks, Jewish groups deliver vague message

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — Two weeks before their launch, the promised renewal of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has already engendered a first: a joint statement of welcome by mainstream U.S. Jewish and Palestinian groups."We congratulate the Obama administration...

Israeli Prime Minister Bejamin Netanyau, right, seen here with U.S. special envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell in Jerusalem on August 11, 2010, welcomed Mitchells announcement of new direct talks between Israel and the Palestinians.

Will talks be about appearance or substance?

By Ron Kampeas, JTAPublished August 25, 2010

WASHINGTON — It's a peace conference where nothing is off the table. -- or on it, for that matter. The Obama administration's invitation to Palestinian and Israeli leaders to launch direct talks on Sept. 2 attempts to reconcile Israeli demands for no...

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

Palestinian leaders must foster hope, not hate

By Jennifer Laszlo MizrahiPublished August 18, 2010

WASHINGTON — With a flurry of diplomatic activity regarding direct Israeli-Palestinian talks, a contingent from The Israel Project (TIP) including pollster Stanley Greenberg met in the West Bank with Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salam Fayyad...

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