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From Liberating the Western Wall to Transforming Israel

Yishai presents audio from Tablet Magazine where they interview Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi on his new book "Like Dreamers", a story about paratroopers from the 55th paratroop brigade who are most famous for liberating the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Arabs Stage Mass Protests Same Day Kerry’s Deadline for Talks

Leave it to John Kerry and his Foggy Bottom aides to come up with the idea, intentional or not, to make the anniversary of the Six-Day War as the deadline for talks. Instead, Arabs plan mass protest.

Disputed Territories: The Census of 1967

In Gaza, the Egyptian data from 1965 had about 100,000 additional people, or 25% more than the Israelis counted.

Jordan Moves to Scrap Peace Treaty over Arrest of Jerusalem Mufti

World War III may have been close and may have been prevented on the Temple Mount, where the Jerusalem Mufti was arrested and then released for throwing chairs at Jews on Jerusalem Unification Day.

The Brave Soldier from Auschwitz

As time went on, as would be expected of me, I lost more and more of my equipment—but not my gun or my tefillin.

Memorial Day — To Live and Die for Israel

In that one moment I though of gratitude: I am so thankful to you, fallen tzanchan, fallen Jew, fallen brother. Without you my parents would have had no place to run to from the choke hold of the Soviet Union, without you Jews of the world would never have shelter, and without you, I would not stand here today, wearing this uniform with a red beret that did not yet belong to me.

Looking for Family of Soldier Killed in Fall of Gush Etzion, 1948

Private Yitzchak Mizrachi is the only soldier who fell in the battle for Gush Etzion in the War of Independence whose relative have not...

Palestinian Authority Terrorists Roll Out Red Carpet for Kerry

Kerry visits next week to reincarnate the peace process. How will he finesse a new PA terror attack on an IDF checkpoint, where soldiers killed the terrorist? Move the checkpoint to the Mediterranean?

The Depth of Egyptian Demands Will Determine the Depth of Egyptian Withdrawals

A third of a century ago Israel wanted peace with Egypt and Israel actually believed there could be peace with Egypt. But what a difference 33 years makes. We’ve discovered since then that we got a bum deal. Maybe it's time to correct the treaty with a new formula, but this time, one that involves tangible concessions on Egypt's part.

Déjà Vu All Over Again?

The current clash between President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu over U.S. policy regarding Iran’s efforts to secure a nuclear capacity calls to mind the contretemps between President Lyndon Johnson and Israeli Prime Minister Levi Eshkol in 1967.

Israel’s Heroism of Survival

The Jewish people are survivors, not only of one Holocaust, but of many great and small. We have walked the road from a burning Jerusalem to Europe and back out of a burning Europe to Jerusalem in a mere few thousand years. That journey is the heroism of survival. It is the only heroism that matters in the long run, because it is the only kind that sustains itself.

The Six-Day War’s Unresolved Legacy

Nearly sixty-five years ago Israel declared its independence and won the war that secured a Jewish state. But its narrow and permeable postwar armistice lines permitted incessant cross-border terrorist raids. For Egypt, Syria and Jordan, the mere existence of a Jewish state remained an unbearable intrusion into the Arab Middle East. As Egyptian President Nasser declared, “The danger of Israel lies in the very existence of Israel.”

Former PM Olmert: Divide Jerusalem For Peace

Former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Sunday urged Israeli leaders to surrender large swaths of Jerusalem to the Palestinian Authority if they want peace. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat disagree.

Striking Iran And The U.S.-Israel Relationship

Recent warnings by President Obama to Israel against an Israeli strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities are reminiscent of the period prior to the 1967 Six-Day War. Then, as now, Israel was faced with an existential threat. Then, as now, the U.S. pressured Israel not to take action.

Vandals Spit on Jewish Sovereignty

I would like to see the vandals who desecrated Ammunition Hill and thereby spat on Jewish sovereignty banished to a place where it doesn’t exist. They have made their statement, let them live by it.

Jerusalem’s Light Rail train is Not Segregated

The track passes though and stops in both Jewish and Arab neighborhoods. I have taken the train and noticed that both Jews and Arabs are regular commuters. All of the train’s signs, tickets, ticket machines, and public announcements are made very clearly in both Hebrew and Arabic. Signs of station names are posted in both Hebrew and Arabic.

Tunisia to Jews: Keep Coming to Djerba for Lag B’Omer

The annual Jewish Lag B’Omer pilgrimage to the oldest synagogue in Africa should be maintained as a symbol of Tunisian openness, according to Tunisia’s tourism minister on Tuesday, yet the increase in fundamentalist Salafi Islamic political rule threatens to drive out the remaining Jews of Djerba.

EU Report: Israel Judaizing Jerusalem

EU Heads of Mission Report calls for the reinstatement of the PLO in East Jerusalem.

Congressmen In Jerusalem: ‘Capital Must Remain United, Israeli’

JERUSALEM – Four U.S. congressmen took a Friday tour of eastern Jerusalem earlier this month and received a strategic briefing, courtesy of the Im Eshkachech-Keep Jerusalem organization.

The Right Not To Be Thrown Into The Sea

This month marks the 44th anniversary of one of the most momentous miracles of modern times, when Israel, facing annihilation at the hands of its enemies, emerged triumphant in the 1967 Six-Day War.

Revising The Six-Day War

Every few years at around this time the Monitor reflects on how perceptions have changed so drastically regarding Israel's massive victory in the 1967 Six-Day War.

It Doesn’t Make Sense – Or Does It?

Some years after the Six-Day War, I was invited to address the IDF as well as various communities in Israel. In the euphoria that followed the spectacular victory of the Six-Day War, gratitude to Hashem, proclaiming His guiding hand, was blatantly missing.

The War Room Israel Needs

Throughout its 62 years of independent existence, Israel has had to defend itself from attacks by Arab states and in more recent decades from Palestinian terrorism and the Lebanese Shi'ite Hizbullah. Despite its existential struggle against the genocidal intentions of the Arab world and the Palestinians, Israel failed to establish an Information Ministry that would contextually present a Middle East reality: A Jewish democratic state struggling against dictatorial regimes that deny democratic rights to their people and religious freedom to minorities, and who choose to impede the progress of their people while using Israel as the scapegoat.

A Tefillah From The Depths

I live in the Ramot neighborhood of Jerusalem. Just up the road from my house is Kever Shmuel Hanavi (the Prophet Samuel's tomb). This landmark is situated in a very strategic spot. It is 885 meters above sea level, affording a panoramic vista of Jerusalem and its surrounding areas. For hundreds of years, it was in Jewish hands.

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