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At ceasefire: Taking stock of gains and losses

At ceasefire: Taking stock of gains and losses

*UPDATE* On Friday, August 8, 2014, Hamas began firing rockets on Israel, choosing not to extend the 72-hour ceasefire. Several hours later Israel responded with an air strike.

JERUSALEM — Now that the latest Gaza conflict appears to be over — or nearly so — it’s time to take stock of the winners and losers.

Who won the war?

Perhaps more than the other two Gaza conflicts in the last six years, Israel is the clear winner this time. The Israel Defense Forces dealt a serious blow to Hamas’ tunnel infrastructure, effectively neutralized the Hamas rocket threat thanks to the Iron Dome missile defense system and destroyed hundreds of Hamas targets in Gaza.

Hamas’ aim of doing significant damage to Israel failed.

The organization’s numerous attempts to kidnap Israelis — soldiers or civilians — came up empty.

The incessant rocket fire did not succeed in causing a mass casualty event or significant damage inside Israel.

Last Updated ( Friday, 08 August 2014 07:49 )

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International

Dutch chief rabbi says he’d leave if not for job

Dutch chief rabbi says he’d leave if not for jobAMERSFOORT, The Netherlands — After the latest attack on his home, Rabbi Binyomin Jacobs sat down on his couch, picked up the phone and made three calls. A chief rabbi of the Netherlands, Jacobs first phoned police and a Jewish community leader to tell them that late on the night of July 17, just over a week after the onset of the latest round of hostilities between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, four bricks were hurled through a window of his home. It was the fifth time in recent years that Jaco...
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International

Cochin synagogue in India to receive legal protection

Cochin synagogue in India to receive legal protectionNEW DELHI — Officials sought protection for a historic synagogue in the city of Cochin in western India and a nearby Jewish cemetery following the synagogue’s partial demolition. The procedure seeking protection of the sites as cultural assets was initiated last month, according to a July 30 report on the website of STMEGI, an Azerbaijan-based organization representing Jewish communities in central Asia.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 August 2014 12:43 )

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Local

Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDS

Denver Presbyterian clergy defend national moves but say they’re not BDSTHERE was a time, not that long ago, when Jews and Presbyterians — in Denver and across the country — happily broke bread together. There were shared trips to the Holy Land, plentiful opportunities for interfaith services and activities as well as joint action on human rights and social justice issues, particularly among Reform and Conservative Jews whose progressive agenda often coincided with that of Presbyterians. Those days — at least for the moment — are over. A resolution narrow...
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National

Peres has seen it all

Peres has seen it allJERUSALEM — In the midst of a grinding war in Gaza, a sometimes near-empty Knesset gallery was packed last week for an uplifting moment: what probably was the final political act of Israel’s elder statesman. Shimon Peres — former Israeli prime minister, defense minister, foreign minister and now former president — stood before the Knesset for the last time as a public servant on July 24, just prior to the inauguration of his successor, Reuven Rivlin. Facing his professional home for al...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 31 July 2014 14:51 )

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