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October 6: Sadat’s Assassination

Egyptian President Anwar Sadat was assassinated on this date in 1981, the eighth anniversary of the 1973 war that was known in Israel as the Yom Kippur War. His assassins were members of Islamic Jihad, and their motivation was Sadat’s signing of a peace agreement with Israel in 1978, for which both he and Israeli […]

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Kinderland Meets Givat Haviva

By Judith Rosenbaum Photos by David Rendell In the seemingly intractable roil of Israeli-Palestinian relations, there are, albeit rarely, faint, hopeful glimpses of the possibility for understanding and rapprochement. This summer, thanks to a grant from the Puffin Foundation, Ltd., the 15- and 16-year-old CITs at Camp Kinderland in Tolland, Massachusetts were able to learn […]

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October 26: Peace with Jordan

Jordan became the second Arab country (after Egypt) to normalize relations with Israel when representatives of the two countries signed a peace treaty on this date in 1994. A state of war had existed between the two countries since 1948, but Jordan’s King Hussein had also warred against the Palestine Liberation Organization in 1970, expelling […]

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February 3: Ezer Weizman Quits the Knesset

Ezer Weizman, who headed Israel’s air force from 1958 to 1966 and led its surprise attack against Egypt in the Six Day War, resigned from the Knesset on this date in 1992, warning that the Israeli government under Yitzhak Shamir was leading the country toward war. The nephew of Israel’s founding President Chaim Weizmann and […]

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November 4: The Assassination of Yitzhak Rabin

The sitting prime minister of Israel, Yitzhak Rabin, was assassinated on this date in 1995. The murderer was Yigal Amir, a rightwinger opposed to the Oslo Peace Accords, which Rabin, a lifetime warrior, had signed in 1994 with his enemy, PLO leader Yasser Arafat. Rabin was born in Jerusalem and grew up in Tel Aviv. […]

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The Palestine Resolution and the Plight of Refugees

by Ralph Seliger IT’S MADDENING THAT THE UNITED NATIONS has again become a battleground between Arab and Jewish claims in what was the British Palestinian Mandate, rather than an instrument for ending the conflict. The original General Assembly Resolution 181, passed in November 1947, sought to resolve the issue by calling for Jewish and Arab […]

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September 10: Uri Avnery

Uri Avnery (Helmut Ostermann), one of Israel’s most dynamic peace activists, was born on this date in Germany in 1923. His family fled the rise of Nazism in 1933 and settled in Palestine, where he dropped out of school at age 14 to help support the family. Twice wounded in the 1948 Independence War, Avnery […]

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Rent, Cottage Cheese, and Peace

What’s Making Israel Tick These Days? by Ron Skolnik From the Autumn, 2011 issue of Jewish Currents WHEN I WORKED for the United Kingdom’s embassy in Tel Aviv as a political analyst during the Oslo and Intifada years, diplomats from the ambassador on down would frequently ask me to help them “figure out the Israelis.” […]

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June 24: Jewish National Fund

The Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemeth) was launched on this date in 1901 at the Fifth Zionist Congress in Basel, Switzerland. It began purchasing land in Palestine, and in a little over a century the JNF owned 13 percent of Israel’s acreage and had planted close to 250 million trees and established over 1,000 parks. […]

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June 20: The Hot Line

The hot line, also known as the red phone, directly connecting the White House and the Kremlin, was installed on this date in 1963, prompted by the Cuban Missile Crisis of October, 1962. (During the crisis, it had taken the U.S. nearly 12 hours to receive and decode the USSR’s first settlement offering.) The hot […]

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