Cliff Savren reports for the Cleveland Jewish News on Israel and the Middle East from Ra’aana, Israel.

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Last week, Cleveland Jewish News Columnist Marcy Oster wrote eloquently about the natural springs in her area of the West Bank and about the terrorist attack at a spring elsewhere in the West Bank in late August that killed a 17-year-old Israeli girl, Rina Shnerb. Oster concluded with the ho…

What attracted me in part to moving to Israel as a secular Jew was the secular Jewish aspect of the country’s character. Zionism in many respects was a secular response to the religious idea that the Jewish people would be redeemed from persecution when the Messiah comes. Zionism as a moveme…

A headline this month in The Jerusalem Post caught my eye. It said 25% of American Jews polled in an American Jewish Committee survey said a thriving Israel was not vital to the long-term future of the Jewish people. The suggestion that one in four Jews in the United States doesn’t think wha…

During Ronald Reagan’s presidency, a major low point was the Iran-Contra affair of the 1980s in which a plan was hatched to secretly sell arms to Iran with the proceeds going to a rebel group in Nicaragua. The operation was run by Col. Oliver North out of the basement of the White House.

Last week’s Israeli election was a disappointment for me and many other Israelis who were hoping that Benny Gantz, a former army chief of staff who heads the new Blue and White Party, would unseat Benjamin Netanyahu, after 10 consecutive years in office. Gantz failed to become prime minister…