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For four and a half years Scottish-born Jonathan Levene, 26, served in one of Israel's most demanding and elite units - the Navy Commandoes – "Shayetet 13". His compulsory army service came during the difficult years of the second Intifada.  more

Shai From Jerusalem: Accountability in Leadership
by Nachman Shai

Shalom. The day Israel Defense Forces Chief of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Dan Halutz tendered his resignation, Jan. 17, will be remembered as a sad yet important day. Sad for Halutz the man, but important for the lesson he demonstrated.  click here for more

Israeli Consulate News
By Amos Harel, Aluf Benn, Yoav Stern and Yossi Verter

January 17 -- Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu told Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday during their meeting that he would support any candidate chosen for the position of Israel Defense Forces Chief of Staff, according to Haaretz...  read more from the Israeli Consulate

Israeli Children Seek Refuge and Recovery at Havens of Calm
During this past summer's conflict in Israel, Netana, age 12, felt anxious and powerless each time a siren — warning of an incoming Kassam rocket — sounded. She also experienced difficulty concentrating, insomnia and fear of being left home alone.  click here for more

JCPA Middle East Briefing: Rice Is Thinking Big, But Will it Work?

Precisely because expectations of US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's trips to the Middle East usually plunge lower than the Dead Sea, she seems to feel that she can quietly gauge receptivity to new approaches to the Israeli-Palestinian situation without setting off world headlines...  click here for more

Myth and Fact: Palestinian Statehood
by Mitchell G. Bard

Newspaper headlines in mid-January 2007 said it all: “Palestinian Opposes Provisional State” and “Abbas Rejects ‘Temporary Borders’ for Palestine”.  read this week's Myth & Fact

Israelis Raise Coral Out of the Blue
by Karin Kloosterman

While other criminal lawyers are spending their afternoons preparing court cases, Israeli attorney Ofer Almalam is taking off his tie and heading over to an unusual aquatic farm to dote on some special clients.  read more

Everyday Heroes: Granit Almog-Bareket
Granit Almog-Bareket, director of the community center summer camp in Jerusalem’s Kiryat Yovel neighborhood, is proud of the vision of unity and inclusiveness that her camp represents.  For ten years the 33-year old Jerusalem native has directed the camp as a labor of love...  read more on Granit Almog-Bareket