Inconceivable pain, profound joy, terrible consequences

BY STAN GOODENOUGH— In an expression of unfathomable grief, a young Jewish man Thursday night defaced the memorial in Tel Aviv to assassinated Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.* Shvuel Schijveschuurder – who was arrested then released on bail – was 17 years old when, in 2001, his mother, father, brother and two sisters were killed…

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Obama's bomb deal with Israel raises the spectre of war

BY PAUL KORIG, GLOBE AND MAIL— Barack Obama may be widely regarded at home as the least pro-Israeli president in decades, but he has secretly okayed giving the Jewish state a bunch of special bunker-busting bombs– ideal for destroying Tehran’s ruling mullahs’ nuclear ambitions and so powerful that George W. Bush blocked handing them over.…

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'1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for Gilad Schalit'

By KHALED ABU TOAMEH AND REUTERS— Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal hailed a deal with Israel to release 1,000 Palestinian prisoners in exchange for kidnapped IDF soldier Gilad Schalit a “national achievement” for Palestinians. Meshaal said in a televised statement that 450 prisoners would be released within a week, with the rest being freed in two…

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The forgotten Christians of the East

BY CAROLINE GLICK, JPOST— On Sunday night, Egyptian Copts staged what was supposed to be a peaceful vigil at Egypt’s state television headquarters in Cairo. The 1,000 Christians represented the ancient Christian community of some 8 million whose presence in Egypt predates the establishment of Islam by several centuries. They gathered in Cairo to protest…

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