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

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

St. Louis Jewish Light

Guards carrying the coffin carrying of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir from the Knesset on the way to his funeral at Mount Herzl, Israels national cemetery, July 2, 2012.

Shamir remembered for saying little, standing strong

By Ron Kampeas, JTA July 2, 2012

WASHINGTON — When Yitzhak Shamir was Israel’s prime minister, he liked to point American visitors to a gift he received when he retired as director of the Mossad, Israel’s intelligence service.It was a depiction of the famed three monkeys: See no...

Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Shamir in his office in Jerusalem in 1992, one week before he lost the elections to the Labors Yitzhak Rabin.

Yitzhak Shamir, former Israeli prime minister, dies at 96

JTA July 1, 2012

JERUSALEM -- Yitzhak Shamir, who served as Israel's prime minister from 1986 to 1992, has died at the age of 96. Shamir had been living in a nursing home in Tel Aviv and had Alzheimer's disease for several years. He died Saturday. "Yitzhak Shamir belonged...

Israeli President Shimon Peres, center, meets with U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, right, and former Major Leaguer Brad Ausmus, who will manage Israel’s team in the World Baseball Classic, in Jerusalem, May 24, 2012.

Shimon Peres has journeyed from ‘loser’ to Israel’s most popular public figure

By Ron Kampeas, JTA June 14, 2012

WASHINGTON — For decades, the joke in Israel went: How do you know when Shimon Peres is headed for defeat? When he announces that he is running. Peres — today Israel’s extremely popular president and on Wednesday a recipient of the Presidential...

Shelly Yacimovich, head of the Labor Party, during the partys meeting in the Knesset with a photo of slain Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in the background, Jan. 30, 2012.

With Obama and Bibi both running, is 2012 a replay of 1988 or 1992?

By Ron Kampeas, JTA May 1, 2012

WASHINGTON -- If Israel goes to elections as expected this summer, will it be a replay of 1988 or 1992? Both Israeli election years also were American presidential election years, as 2012 is. In 1988, the Dukakis-Bush race had no discernible effect on...

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