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Young adults explore war-torn Israel
BY Netanya Weiss Hoffman
July 17, 2014

JERUSALEM — On June 29, 27 Jewish teenagers from Baltimore participated in a team-building exercise, working together to build rafts and then sailing them across the Sea of Galilee. It was a day of sun and sea, cooperation and fun. But as the teens sailed across the calm waters, they couldn’t help but notice the CONTINUE »

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What would a Clinton presidency mean to the Mideast?
BY Dmitriy Shapiro
July 17, 2014

“Hard Choices,” the title of a recently released foreign policy memoir by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, comes across as surprisingly ironic. While dedicating a chapter of her 656-page autobiography to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and attendant peace negotiations, Clinton, even in her own words, appears to be a passenger in the peace CONTINUE »

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Two weeks into Israel’s conflict with Hamas, Iron Dome is a game-changer
July 17, 2014

SDEROT, Israel — In less than two weeks, Israel has endured more than a thousand rockets. Yet, the casualty toll so far from a rocket strike during the conflict is one Israeli citizen. In many ways, Israel’s Operation Protective Edge — its third Gaza operation in six years — is much like previous Israeli campaigns CONTINUE »

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In Paris, Sharansky warns of the demise of European Jewry
BY Cnaan Liphshiz/JTA
July 17, 2014

PARIS — On their 40th wedding anniversary, Avital and Natan Sharansky went sightseeing in the City of Lights. But the Sharanskys didn’t follow the trail of countless couples who come here to kiss at the Eiffel Tower or slip so-called love locks on bridges over the River Seine. Theirs was an itinerary that demonstrated a CONTINUE »

Local families brace themselves for war in Israel
BY Simone Ellin
July 11, 2014

Julie August of Pikesville can’t help but get choked up when talking about her son, Josh. A soldier in the Israel Defense Forces, Josh, 20, will be transferred from his usual post in the northern part of Israel to a base near Gaza in the next day or two. The Augusts are one of many CONTINUE »