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Israel prepares for next threat — nuclear?

NABLUS, West Bank — During the Palestinian intifada, I sat on a dusty hilltop overlooking this most violent of West Bank towns with a dozen of the top Israeli officers in the area. The brigade commanders told their regional chiefs that all the police work and house-to-house fighting of the intifada had made their troops ill-prepared for a real war. “If we had to fight in Lebanon, my men wouldn’t know what they were doing,” shouted one.

Making head scarves make history

Opinion: What motivates a terrorist?

BOSTON — The American reaction to Faisal Shahzad’s failed attempt at a car bombing in Times Square was: Pakistan again? Why do so many of terrorism’s hydra-heads originate in Pakistan? Pakistan answered that Shahzad had, after all, spent decades in America and had become an American citizen. So was he radicalized solely in Waziristan’s training camps? Or were the seeds of his radicalization planted here in the United States?

The other West Bank

Claims of foul play in Corrie case

JERUSALEM — Evidence has emerged that an Israeli commander in Gaza obstructed a military police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death seven years ago of American non-violent activist Rachel Corrie, who was killed by an Israeli army bulldozer while trying to block a home demolition in Rafah, Gaza Strip.

The rise of Jericho

JERICHO, Israel — Jericho claims to be the oldest city in the world, where Joshua is said to have made the walls come tumbling down and where King Herod the Great built his winter palaces. In more recent times, Jericho was the winter seat of the Jerusalem and Amman aristocracy. Yet a globalized Palestinian elite coupled with a volatile political situation turned Jericho into a provincial has-been resort town. Efforts to reinvent the city in the 1990s foundered during the Second Intifada.

Talks resume as Hamas rebuilds popularity and weapons

RAMALLAH, West Bank — Indirect talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority were set to resume this week, as United States Mideast envoy George Mitchell prepared for yet another round of shuttle diplomacy intended to revive a peace process long eclipsed by mistrust. But that hasn't stopped preparations for more fighting. Hamas is steadily rebuilding its power in the West Bank, stockpiling weapons and material underground, biding its time for a renewal of the conflict with its Fatah rivals.

Good times and danger signs in the West Bank

Editor's note: Barack Obama's special envoy to the Middle East has arrived in the region to broker indirect talks between Israeli and Palestinian negotiators. Washington hopes that former senator George Mitchell — the man largely attributed with bringing peace to Northern Ireland — can produce a handshake between the Palestinian and Israeli leaders.

Opinion: Media bias and Israel-Palestine

LONDON, U.K. — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's refusal to stop building Jewish homes in Arab east Jerusalem and the West Bank has become a major obstacle to peace talks with the Palestinians and severely strains relations with President Barack Obama's administration. That's a simple statement of fact. But depending on which country you live in, the way the news media present these facts can make them seem quite different.

A scribe and scholar enter Hamas' world

JERUSALEM — Stephen Farrell was sipping coffee in the office of his money changer on Salah ud-Din Street, East Jerusalem’s main commercial strip, four years ago, when Beverley Milton-Edwards entered. From his rucksack, Farrell produced a copy of a book about Islamic militants written by the Queens University Belfast professor.
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