August 8, 2012 RSS feed / Mideast

Despite a militarized society, Israel’s strict gun laws keep civilian violence at low level

TEL AVIV—First-time visitors to Israel might be taken aback to see groups of armed teenagers walking through a city plaza on a weeknight, or surprised to walk into a public bathroom and see an M-16 laying across the sinks as a soldier washes hi More...

PA economy can’t support state

The Palestinian economy is not yet strong enough to support a sovereign state because of its heavy reliance on foreign aid, according to a World Bank report.  More...

For Knesset’s Danny Danon, unapologetic nationalism key to success

JERUSALEM—If there’s one thing Danny Danon doesn’t do, it’s shy away from controversy.  More...

Hebrew U. scores among best places

ACADEMIA

A survey of the best places to work in academia ranked Jerusalem’s Hebrew University as the second best place to work outside of the United States.  More...

Holocaust ‘big lie,’ says Hamas official

DENIAL…

Calling the Holocaust “a big lie,” a Hamas official criticized an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for visiting Auschwitz.  Ziad al-Bandak visited the death camp, according to The Associated Press. More...

Israel denies report of U.S. Iran briefing

Unnamed senior Israeli sources denied an Israeli newspaper report that the U.S. National Security Advisor Thomas Donilon shared U.S. contingency plans for a possible attack on Iran with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  More...